Concordia's Elliott Moeser, associate professor of education, is a lead voice for a Jan. 28 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article that talks about how Milwaukee-area schools are trying to close the achievement gap separating groups of students.

Elliott Moeser with an AAMI student.

Written by Bob Dohr and Alec Johnson, the article was the first of a two-part examination of the achievement gap in suburban school districts. The story took a look at an area consortium—for which Moeser serves as executive director—and equity-based strategies.

The consortium, called the Closing the Achievement Gap Consortium (CAGC), is made up of 36 suburban public, private, voucher, and charter schools throughout Wisconsin.

The group works to address Wisconsin’s achievement gap issue in a number of ways. It annually hosts a career fair to attract high-quality teachers to schools where achievement gaps are most prominent and it offers Equity Institutes over the summer for CAGC members.

The CAGC is also responsible for hosting the annual African American Male Initiative (AAMI) and African American Female Initiative, two summertime efforts that encourage young African American men and women to succeed with the intent of pursuing higher education. During two different four-day event, students stay overnight in CUW dorms, network with dozens of other black teens and young adult mentors, hear addresses from prominent and successful black men and women in the community, and participate in a variety of goal-setting and personal development exercises.

Media Mention

Click here or on the image below to read the full Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article. Click here to get connected with the Closing the Achievement Gap Consortium.

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