Workforce Diversity - Early Exposure

The partners will collaboratively plan and conduct a series of activities with the goals of raising the visibility of and promoting teaching as a profession with under-represented MMSD high school students. This may include school visits from School of Education faculty and staff; high school course work, job shadowing opportunities, and "future teacher" activities for high school students; collaborations with current precollege programs; and the exploration of financial support from the district and the campus for academically high-performing students from diverse backgrounds who choose UW-Madison for teacher preparation.

T.E.E.M. Scholars

Tomorrow's Educators for Equity in Madison (T.E.E.M. Scholars), is a new program to diversify the teacher workforce in Madison schools by recruiting from within.

T.E.E.M. Scholar's programming is designed to prepare students for college and careers in education. T.E.E.M. Scholars is interested in  recruiting a diverse pool of MMSD students each year, who have an interest in improving the educational opportunities for all students in MMSD. In the Fall of 2017, there will be three active cohorts of over 40 aspiring teachers.

Students participate in summer and academic year programming including tutoring, college level coursework, and take part in teaching internships working to earn the Wisconsin Youth Leadership Certificate. Forward Madison is collaborating with UW-Madison’s Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE) and the School of Education College Access Program for T.E.E.M. Scholars pre-college summer academic enrichment programming. 

Forward Madison is committed to raising funds in order to provide support to TEEM Scholars in college. Funds are currently being raised mutually through the Foundation for Madison's Public School's Future Teacher Scholarship Fund and the UW-Madison Foundation.


  • 2017-18 APPLICATION MATERIALS
    Recruiting current 9th and 10th graders for 2017-18:
    March 1 - March 24, 2017

    ---Materials available from TEEM Scholar Teacher Coordinators:
    East High School - Ms. Judy Gump, English
    LaFollette High School - Ms. Kris Howard, Learning Coordinator
    Memorial High School - Mr. Mike Harris, English
    West High School - Ms. Danielle Borneman / Guidance Office
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  • Classroom X - powerpoint presentation June 2016 Action Research Project on qualities of the ideal classroom and teacher
  • Video Report of Workforce Diversity Design Team including progress to date and expected program outcomes - Feb 18, 2015

Other News:

T.E.E.M. Scholars are part of plan to diversify teaching staff in Madison schools - by Ogechi Emechebe, The Capital Times, October 5, 2015

New legislative task force focuses on issues in urban education - Ogechi Emechebe, The Capital Times, September 30, 2015 T.E.E.M. Scholars highlighted as an example of recruiting efforts

Madison overhauls the way it hires teachers, seeking high quality and increased diversity - by Doug Erickson, Wisconsin State Journal, Sunday, September 7, 2015

More Minority School Teachers Need Apply ,Wisconsin State Journal Editorial, August 7, 2015

Madison Schools act to diversify teaching workforce, by Paul Fanlund April 29. 2015 Captimes.com