ACCESS is a project made possible through a Department of Education Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) Grant. The project includes three distinct but interconnected efforts that promote a highly effective diverse teaching staff able to implement culturally responsive practices (CRP).

ACCESS Resources


1. Partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools to Support Culturally Responsive Practices

The first effort works with twelve Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) as they become models of CRP. As models of practice, these sites will demonstrate effective CRP instruction in each classroom and a school culture that supports and drives effective CRP. These sites will serve as host sites for UWM student teachers providing an immersive high quality clinical experience in CRP.

2. Alignment of Culturally Responsive Teaching in UWM Teacher Certification Programs

The second effort improves UWM practices through alignment of CRP in all teacher certification programs. While all UWM programs currently include CRP content and skills, the ACCESS grant allows the SOE to align CRP across all programs with depth, scope and sequence.

3. Support of the Professional Licensure with Undergraduate Support (PLUS) Program

The third effort creates a pathway for para professionals to become teachers through the PLUS program. This pathway is a partnership with MPS, MATC and UWM infused with CRP. ACCESS provides tuition, other financial supports and a coordinator to support participants.

ACCESS Faculty & Staff

Principal Investigators

Leanne Mary Evans, PhD, Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education

Donna L. Pasternak, PhD, Professor, English Education

Faculty & Staff

LaTasha Fields, CRP Coordinator, Milwaukee Public Schools

Tania Habeck, PhD, Associate Professor, Reading Education

Shana Lucas, CRP Facilitator

Kelly Saunders, Programs Director and CRP Facilitator

Nakeysha Roberts Washington, CRP Facilitator


Graduate Student Assistants

Kelly R. Allen (Lead Research Assistant), Sarah Harris (CRP Facilitator), Calvin Lewis (CRP Facilitator), Alanna Malloy (Research Assistant), John Milton Knapp (Research Assistant), Crystasany Turner (Research Assistant), Molly A. Wolk (CRP Facilitator), Xinzhi Wu (CRP Facilitator)

Undergraduate Student Program Assistants

Megan Lane, Shannon Thao