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A Shared Vision for Urban Education: School, University & Community Partners

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite #7000 Milwaukee, WI 53203 (map)

UW Institute for Urban Education Presents:
The Third Annual Professional Development Conference


This conference highlights partnerships between school, university, and culturally diverse communities as a means to support classroom practices, improve student outcomes and engage families.

In addition, we always highlight culturally responsive pedagogy as a necessary practice for cooperating teachers and other educators working with children who are culturally, linguistically and economically diverse. For more information, visit the IUE website.

Who is the audience?

  • Current cooperating teachers (CT) and prospective CT who work in urban and diverse settings.
  • All other educators who work or are interested in urban and diverse settings


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
School of Continuing Education
161 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite #7000
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Conference Accommodations

We are pleased to offer the following accommodations for your convenience.

Hampton Inn & Suites Milwaukee Downtown
176 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Ph: (414) 271-4656

Conference Room Rates: $115 per night
Online Group Code: IUE

If calling directly to the hotel, please refer to the Institute of Urban Education. You must reserve your room at the Hampton Inn by July 22, 2016 to receive the conference rate. Conference rates available one day before and after the conference.

Conference Registration

There is no charge for registration for Wisconsin residents.
Professional Development Conference Registration Form

Online registration will be open until August 9th.
After August 9th we will only accept onsite registration.

Out-of-state registration is $50.00

Professional Development Conference Registration ePayment
2016 Professional Development Conference Flyer (PDF)

Conference Program (PDF) (coming near the end of July)

Attend & Earn Course Credit

Undergraduate & graduate 1-credit course are offered in conjunction with conference attendance at special pricing options: Undergrad $168.57 & Grad $324.59
Earn Course Credit for Conference Attendance (PDF)

Keynote Panel

Topic: Building Strong Schools and Communities: Collaborating with Schools, Community Organizations, and Institutes of Higher Education

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Dr. Maureen Gillette is Dean of the College of Education at Seton Hall University, New Jersey. She has been a teacher, teacher educator, researcher, and administrator. Dr. Gillette is co-author (with Carl A. Grant) of Learning to Teach Everyone’s Children: Equity, Empowerment, and Education that is Multicultural. She has designed and evaluated programs that recruit, prepare, and graduate community-based teachers of color for urban schools in NY, Paterson, NJ, and Chicago. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Follow Maureen on Twitter @deanmaureen.

Katelyn Johnson has over a decade of community outreach experience including leadership development, civic engagement, fundraising, and policy advocacy. As Executive Director of Action Now and Action Now Institute (Chicago, IL), she leads grassroots, African-American leaders toward taking public stances on issues that concern their communities. She focuses her energy on shifting public policy toward racial, social, and economic justice, especially for low-income people of color. Most recently, Ms. Johnson helped lead the “Raise Chicago” coalition, resulting in a historic victory for working families with the first ever “Chicago” minimum wage increase from $8.25 to $13 an hour. Katelyn grew up in a small, rural town in Pennsylvania, and her humble roots drive her to fight for people who have historically been marginalized.

Demetrius Davis is a Chicagoland educator, minister, entrepreneur and social activist. He currently serves as director of community partnerships and recruiting at Catalyst-Maria Charter School. He is also full-time co-pastor of CityPoint Community Church, a millennial church in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood. He holds a B.A. in Secondary Social Studies from Northeastern Illinois University and is currently a Master of Divinity student at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. Follow Demetrius on Twitter @DemetriusDavis.

Juan Luis Martinez is a middle school Social Studies, Science, and English Language Arts (ELA) teacher at Talman Elementary School in Chicago. He has been serving the community on Chicago’s southwest side, where he was raised, since 2007. After partnering with the South West Organizing Project (SWOP) and Grow Your Own Illinois (GYO), he graduated from Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) in 2012 with a BA in Elementary Education. He uses his pedagogical knowledge, experience, and cultural background to promote and maximize student learning.

Lissette Moreno-Kuri is Director of Educational Opportunities and Advancement at Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA) in Chicago. She provides guidance to school-based project leaders/parent facilitators and helps them identify and secure services from non-profits and other external sources. Lissette has eighteen years of experience as LSNA’s school-based Community Learning Center director, including the LSNA Grow Your Own Teachers cohort. Prior to LSNA, she was program director for the PUENTES project of SOY for five years. In this capacity she provided family programs for students in Chicago Public Schools. Lissette has a B.A. and an M.A in Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University.

Special Guest Performance

Lilo Allen, Spoken Word Artist. Lilo Allen is a local poet from Milwaukee, WI. She got her start performing poetry at the age of 18 at UWM’s monthly open mic, Lyrical Sanctuary. Lilo uses her poetry to inspire, to teach, and to share the stories that we all can relate to. She will be performing soon on the Womenz Stage at Pridefest Milwaukee.


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