Closing the Achievement Gap Consortium

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.