It’s a concern that has persisted for years: the gap in academic achievement between Wisconsin’s white students and students of color is the largest in the nation.

It’s also a concern that cannot be addressed in a silo, which is why Concordia’s School of Education and several school systems in the state have banded together to form the Closing the Achievement Gap Consortium.

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CAGC initiatives

African American Male Initiative

Data shows that African American males perform at the lowest level of all minority groups on academic achievement tests. Since 2015, Concordia has sought to provide support for young African American men, and encourage them in their pursuit of higher education.

One of the main efforts of the AAMI is the annual Summer Institute, where schools nominate young men of color to attend a four-day, overnight event on Concordia’s campus where attendees learn to set goals for themselves, meet with successful African American executives in the area, and connect with peers and mentors who will help them achieve success.

Learn more about the AAMI.

African American Female Initiative

With a similar goal to that of the AAMI, Concordia began in 2018 an African American Female Initiative, and will host the first AAFI Summer Institute this summer. Check the Upcoming Events page for more details, or contact Elliott Moeser for more information.

Learn more about the AAFI.

Equity Institutes

Concordia has partnered with Integrated Comprehensive Systems for Equity to offer its partner CAGC schools summertime training on how they can begin to tackle the achievement gap concern within their schools. The interactive, intensive, three-day institutes are held on partner schools’ campuses throughout the summer. Learn more by contacting Elliott Moeser.

Contact Dr. Elliott Moeser at for more information about the CAGC or any of the above efforts, or visit Concordia’s Upcoming Events page for details on events.


As the consortium’s sole higher education partner, Concordia is dedicated to addressing the issue by providing support, education, and resources to its partner CAGC schools.

Apply for The Minority Teaching Scholarship by filling out the online application.

Our partners

  • Brown Deer School District
  • Cudahy School District
  • CESA #1
  • Fox Point-Bayside School District
  • Glendale-River Hills School District
  • Greater Holy Temple Christian Academy
  • Greendale School District
  • Greenfield School District
  • Hamilton School District
  • HOPE Christian Schools
  • Kenosha Unified School District
  • LUMIN Schools
  • Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District
  • Menomonee Falls School District
  • Mequon-Thiensville School District
  • Messmer Catholic Schools
  • Nicolet School District
  • Racine Unified School District
  • Seton Catholic Schools
  • Siena Catholic Schools
  • Shorewood School District
  • South Milwaukee School District
  • St. Augustine Preparatory Academy
  • Wauwatosa School District
  • Whitnall School District
  • Whitefish Bay School District
  • West Bend School District
  • West Allis-West Milwaukee School District