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Center for Urban Teaching

The Center for Urban Teaching (CfUT) is a Christian organization that exists to identify, prepare, and support high-performing urban teachers, leaders, and schools. This work meets the critical need for a pipeline of highly qualified and committed teachers to serve in Milwaukee. Its vision includes expanding to other Wisconsin Metropolitan regions including Racine and Madison while working to reach a goal of 11% representation in the teacher and leader workforce in Milwaukee.

Primary Focus Area: Urban teacher pipeline

Requesting Funding for Operating Support

Operating Budget: $3,182,725

Lutheran Affiliation: Pan/WELS

Programs: CfUT provides a solution that helps colleges, universities, and urban schools close the gap in teacher and leader preparation, and as a result, in student achievement. Programs include:

  • The six-week summer school program allows aspiring teachers and school leaders to put theory to practice under the coaching and leadership of CfUT. Prior to the start of summer school, aspiring urban teachers and leaders engage in two weeks of intensive training that yield academic gains during the summer. CfUT’s number one core value is being Christ-centered.

  • CfUT also partners with over 40 area schools, including many Lutheran schools, to provide a pipeline of teachers and leaders who are more prepared, retained over time, and better positioned to have an increased impact on student achievement.

Who is Served: CfUT serves low-income and disadvantaged youth in Milwaukee’s most underserved neighborhoods by building a pipeline of high-quality teachers and leaders. The majority of those schools have a student enrollment where 80% or more students represent minority communities and 80% or more live in poverty. CfUT recruits and trains a diverse group of undergraduates aspiring to teach in the city from universities across the nation. It supports over 50 schools in the Milwaukee, Racine, and Madison area through coaching and professional development for teachers and leaders. 46% of the teacher and leader candidates who participate in the program are people of color.

Location: 2600 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233


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