In fall, 2012, several area southeastern Wisconsin school district superintendents approached the Concordia School of Education, seeking a higher education partner to address a persistent problem which they all faced: radically disproportionate academic achievement among diverse student groups, especially for students of color.
Original Superintendent Consortium
Dr. Demond Means, Mequon Thiensville
Dr. Deb Kerr, Brown Deer
Dr. Phil Ertl, Wauwatosa
Mr. Larry Smalley, Glendale-River Hills
From these initial discussions, other area districts as well Lutheran Urban Mission Initiative Schools (LUMIN) were invited to participate in addressing a well-documented achievement gap between white students and students of color within each of their schools and/or districts.
From these early beginnings, Concordia University’s School of Education in Mequon has been collaborating with ten Metro-Milwaukee School Districts, the LUMIN schools and members of the Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee on efforts to close a well-documented achievement gap between black and white students as well as between Hispanic and non-Hispanic white students.
The Closing the Achievement Gap Collaborative (CAGC), which is led by Dr. Demond Means, Superintendent of the Mequon-Thiensville School District has developed a SharePoint website to assist members in accessing CAGC resources. Click here to visit our SharePoint site.