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Our Mission

The Teacher Education Center aims to uphold the Wisconsin Idea by supporting research and development of policies that capitalize on the role of teacher preparation in challenging inequities in P-12 schools, maximizing the impact of our teacher preparation programs, and supporting the preparation of teacher educators and teacher education scholars.

Our Vision

To advance UW–Madison’s leadership and impact in the field of education by serving as an incubator for teacher education practices and providing support for and connections between our research, state policy, and our preparation of future teachers.

American Indian Curriculum Services

Through Act 31, a piece of legislation which emerged from the recommendation of the 1984 Ad Hoch Comission on Racism, schools are required to teach American Indian studies at least three times throughout a student’s K-12 career and to maintain instructional materials which appropriately reflect diverse cultures. The Act’s greatest impact on programs at the University of Wisconsin, is that each teacher seeking a license from the state must have instruction in American Indian history, culture and tribal sovereignty.

Learn more about Act 31 

Our Team

The team members of the Teacher Education Center share a passion for equitable education, social justice, innovation, and service. We believe ensuring that all P-12 students have access to high-quality teachers is an important avenue by which to pursue excellence and equitable educational outcomes. Brief descriptions of the Teacher Education Center’s leadership team and staff are provided below.

Samantha Baruah

Associate Director of Teacher Education

sbaruah@wisc.edu

(608) 890-3481

Ann Halbach

Innovative Programs Specialist

ah@education.wisc.edu

(608) 262-1187

Kelly Hayek

Student & Alumni Support Specialist

kdhayek@education.wisc.edu

(608) 262-4602

Nancy Kuehn

Field Experience Coordinator

nkuehn@wisc.edu

(608) 262-3773

Omar Poler

American Indian Curriculum Consultant

poler@wisc.edu

(608) 890-3817

Katie Porwoll

Administrative Assistant

kbusalacchi@wisc.edu

(608) 262-2997

Jen Schoepke

Director of Forward Madison

jsschoepke@madison.k12.wi.us

UW-Madison Office: (608) 265-8255; MMSD Office: (608) 204-7804

Kimber Wilkerson

Faculty Director of Teacher Education Center

klwilkerson@wisc.edu

(608) 263-4362

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