Closing the Achievement Gap Consortium

History

In 2012, several area southeastern Wisconsin school district superintendents approached the Concordia School of Education, seeking a higher education partner to address the radically disproportionate academic achievement among diverse student groups, especially for students of color. Recognizing the need and opportunity, Concordia partnered with these schools to create the Closing the Achievement Gap Consortium (CAGC).

Today, many area districts, including public, private, parochial, and charter schools, have joined this movement to address the well-documented achievement gap between white students and students of color within each of their schools and districts.

Action

As a partner, Concordia is dedicated to closing the achievement gap by providing support, education, and resources to CAGC schools.

Ongoing Discussion

Representatives from the schools and university meet on Concordia’s campus every six-weeks. They discuss possible contributing factors to the gap and research effective solutions. Through deliberate study and collaboration, schools gain the tools needed to implement productive plans.

Promoting Diverse Teachers

Concordia hosts an annual career fair for Concordia students and other candidates to apply for open positions at CAGC schools. The goal is to promote diverse role models, who will encourage students to succeed. Open positions often include teachers, administrators, and counselors.

Support for Young Men of Color

Young men of color are one of the most vulnerable subgroups in academic achievement. These students are suspended more often and participate in gifted or advanced courses less often than their classmates. The African American Male Initiative (AAMI) is a summer event that encourages young men of color to succeed academically with the intent of pursuing higher education. Students stay on the CUW campus and attend classes designed to prepare them for college.

More Information

For more information about CAGC, contact Dr. Elliott Moeser, Executive Director, at elliott.moeser@cuw.edu or 262.243.4213.

CAGC School Districts

  • Brown Deer School District
  • CESA #1
  • Fox Point-Bayside School District
  • Glendale-River Hills School District
  • 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
  • Shorewood School District
  • South Milwaukee School District
  • Wauwatosa School District
  • West Bend School District
  • Whitefish Bay School District