About the IUE

Welcome to the UW System Institute for Urban Education (IUE). The IUE is a UW System program housed at the UW-Milwaukee.

Research on school reform consistently demonstrates that the presence of an effective teacher is an influential factor in the success of a student. The mission of the UW-System Institute for Urban Education (IUE) is to prepare highly effective, culturally relevant, and culturally responsive teachers who can serve the needs of culturally diverse youth in PK-12 schools and their surrounding communities. The IUE will accomplish this mission by providing urban education opportunities for preservice teachers, in-service teachers, and scholars. This mission is central to the IUE, UW System, and its PK-12 partners.

Over the next five years, the IUE will partner with 9 urban school districts, identified in the DPI State Equity Plan, where students have inequitable access to quality teachers. IUE will begin its partnership by placing interns in 2 southeastern Wisconsin school districts in fall 2020. The remaining 7 school districts will be added incrementally in subsequent years.

Institute for Urban Education Goals
  1. Provide internship opportunities for UW-System students to teach in urban school settings to fulfill their student teaching requirements.
  2. Facilitate community connections between teaching candidates, community members around and within the school districts, and UW-System stakeholders.
  3. Increase and support effective professional development opportunities for Wisconsin teachers who are working in urban settings or want to work in urban settings.
  4. Increase and improve the collaborative teaching and research efforts of UW System Schools and Programs of Education.
Institute for Urban Education Mission

The IUE’s charge is to advance the field of urban education and to recruit, promote and retain high quality educators for urban districts. To achieve this goal, the IUE will:

  • Establish and maintain productive relationships with appropriate public and private organizations at the local, regional, state, national, and international levels;
  • Promote public service and research efforts directed toward meeting the social, economic and cultural needs of the state of Wisconsin and its metropolitan areas;
  • Encourage others from institutions in the University of Wisconsin System and from other educational institutions and agencies to seek benefit from the University’s research and educational resources such as libraries, special collections, archives, museums, research facilities, and academic programs; and
  • Provide educational leadership in meeting future social, cultural, and technological challenges.
3 Key Components of the IUE Include
  1. Clinical Experience
    The IUE’s clinical experience is a voluntary residential internship preparation program for teacher candidates across UW System institutions who desire to student teach in an urban setting. IUE will partner with 2 urban school districts in SE Wisconsin for 2020-2021.
  2. Professional Development
    The IUE provides ongoing professional development opportunities for practicing teachers and cooperating teachers in urban classroom to implement research based culturally relevant pedagogy.
  3. Scholarly Research
    The IUE collaborates with scholars from UW System institutions to support research in urban education. IUE will focus their research on culturally relevant pedagogy and the impact on educator effectiveness, retention, and student outcomes.

Hear a short story from Chloe, a former IUE teacher.

Teacher Equitable Access Plan for Wisconsin

DPI Teacher Equitable Access Plan for Wisconsin (PDF)

9 Wisconsin School Districts Identified in the DPI Wisconsin Equity Plan

  1. Milwaukee Public Schools
  2. Racine Unified School District
  3. Kenosha Unified School District
  4. School District of Janesville
  5. School District of Beloit
  6. Madison Metropolitan School District
  7. West Allis-West Milwaukee School District
  8. School District of Waukesha
  9. Green Bay Area Public School District

Questions About the Institute?

For questions about the Institute for Urban Education, please email iue-info@uwm.edu.