In an effort to address Wisconsin’s ongoing concern of achievement gaps between white students and students of color, Concordia University Wisconsin’s School of Education will again partner with school districts throughout the greater Milwaukee area to host the Great Achievement Possibilities Education Career Fair.
The second annual career fair will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 9, in the Environmental Center on Concordia’s campus, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive.
Representatives from 15 area school systems will be present at the fair and will seek to attract and retain qualified candidates for a wide range of school positions, including staff, faculty, and administration.
Concordia University education alumni and current student teachers are encouraged to attend, as well as any other interested educational professionals.
The discrepancy between achievement scores of white students and students of color is a trend that has persisted for years, said Dr. Michael Uden, dean of CUW’s School of Education. It is one that is found in school districts of all sizes and transcends socio-economic factors.
“We need to attract the best and brightest of today’s students to facilitate and encourage the lifelong learning of tomorrow’s students,” Uden said. “All students deserve to have teachers, counselors, and administrators who look like they do.”
The fair is put on by the Closing the Achievement Gap Consortium. The CAGC is a committed collaboration of 17 public, private, and faith-based school systems—including CUW—with a mission to identify and address school practices, instructional methodology, and school structures that perpetuate achievement and/or opportunity gaps.
School districts that will be represented at the fair include Brown Deer, Carmen Schools of Science and Technology, Fox Point-Bayside, Greendale, Hamilton, HOPE Christian Schools, Kenosha, LUMIN Schools, Menomonee Falls, Messmer Catholic Schools, Mequon-Thiensville, Shorewood, South Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, and West Bend.