Education Initiatives



Urban Literacy Centers – Cardinal Stritch University’s Literacy Centers offer comprehensive literacy assessment and intervention services for students in grades K-12. All students are taught in groups of 1-3 by literacy professionals or Cardinal Stritch University undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Molly Shiffler is the director of the literacy centers.

SCOPE-prep Pre College Program – The SCOPE prep program is designed to support the academic development of students in grades 2-7.  In addition, students are mentored by Cardinal Stritch University students as they consider future careers including those that will require a college degree.  This program is run in partnership with the Green Tree Community Center.

Teach for America partnership – The School of Urban Initiatives prepares and supports the development of bilingual, special education and early childhood teachers who are employed in Milwaukee area schools.  Teachers are recruited by Teach for America and participate in a summer program held in Chicago and staffed by Teach for America personnel prior to starting their graduate work at Cardinal Stritch University.

Milwaukee Teaching Fellows partnership – The School of Urban Initiatives prepares and supports the development of bilingual and special education teachers who are employed in Milwaukee area schools.  Teachers are recruited by the Milwaukee Teaching Fellows and participate in a summer program held in Milwaukee and staffed by Milwaukee Teaching Fellows personnel prior to beginning their graduate work at Cardinal Stritch University.

MPS partnerships with various schools

Formal partnership with MATC for early childhood program – An innovative early childhood completion program was developed in consultation with MATC to support the continued development of early childhood teachers who have earned an associate degree from MATC and wish to continue to earn a bachelor’s degree through Cardinal Stritch University.  This partnership has lead to an articulation agreement with all Wisconsin Technical Colleges  for this program.  Dr. Linda Gordy serves on the advisory board for the Teacher Education Program at MATC.

Milwaukee Teaching Fellows partnership – The School of Education prepares and supports the development of secondary education  teachers who are employed in Milwaukee area schools.  Teachers are recruited by the Milwaukee Teaching Fellows and participate in a summer program held in Milwaukee and staffed by Milwaukee Teaching Fellows personnel prior to beginning their graduate work at Cardinal Stritch University.

Parents Advocating for Educational Equality and Educational Excellence – Dr. Tony Frontier is an Advisory Member of the Consortium on Equality and Educational Excellence.

South Eastern Wisconsin New Teacher Project – In partnership with the New Teacher Center in Santa Cruz, CA, the SEWNTP is a consortium of 25 school districts that is dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers through research-based comprehensive mentoring and professional development programs aligned with Wisconsin PI-34 state requirements.

Urban Schools/Seminars