MEP Webinar

The Milwaukee Education Partnership and the University of Wisconsin System presented Dr. Cassandra Herring in a webinar titled “The Importance of Educator Diversity: Beginning with the End in Mind” on November 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM (CST).

Dr. Cassandra Herring is President & Chief Executive Officer of the Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity (BranchED). Dr. Herring’s passion about equity-driven education reform fuels her work. Her career spans all levels of education, with professional experiences in Head Start thru higher education and leading state education policy. Prior to founding BranchED, Dr. Herring served as Dean of the School of Education and Human Development at Hampton University for nearly ten years. Dr. Herring holds the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Policy from Georgia State University, and Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.

To access the webinar please use the attached link… 

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The National Center for Teacher Residencies Black Educator Initiative

The University of Wisconsin System (UWS) in collaboration with the Milwaukee Education Partnership (MEP) and the National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR) presented a webinar to discuss teacher residency models that prepare African American male teachers. The presenters were Anissa Listak, Chief Executive Officer, National Center for Teacher Residencies and Erica Hines, Chief Program Officer.  The webinar was held July 14, 2021 and was moderated by Gerard Randall, Executive Director of the Milwaukee Education Partnership.  Questions were entertained following the live presentation by NCTR.

Black Educators Initiative

National Center for Teacher Residencies’ (NCTR) Black Educators Initiative (BEI) is a response to an urgent and pressing challenge: Black students who have just one Black teacher in elementary school are more likely to graduate from high school and consider going to college, yet just 7 percent of teachers are Black. As the nation’s students become more diverse, teacher residencies are the best way to prepare the next generation of teachers. Residencies are one of the leading models for preparing teachers of color, with over 20% of residents identifying as  Black, compared to 7% of teachers nationwide.

NCTR piloted BEI in the school year ending in the Summer of 2019 after receiving a five-year, $20 million grant from Ballmer Group.


Erica Hines, Chief Program Officerweb

Erica joined the NCTR team in September 2016, first as Program Manager then Associate Director and Director, and now as Chief Program Officer. In this role, Erica oversees at team of nine program staff and leads NCTR’s program mission, overseeing a network of fifty residency programs across the country.  Prior to joining NCTR, Erica worked in student support and program management with LINK Unlimited Scholars, a scholarship and mentoring organization serving African American students in Chicago, where she specialized in academic programming, curriculum development, and strategic analysis to improve program design and effectiveness. She previously taught English at the middle and high school level in independent, traditional public, and charter school settings. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Washington University in St. Louis. Erica is based in California.


Anissa Listak, Chief Executive Officer

Anissa has dedicated the last 17 years to building and sustaining the teacher residency movement, first working for a Chicago residency program and then launching NCTR in 2007.  As CEO, Anissa sets the vision for and directs the strategic operations of NCTR, as well as overseeing national fundraising efforts, policy and advocacy, and network development. In prior roles, Anissa lead development efforts at City Year Seattle/King County and Public Allies Chicago, both AmeriCorps programs engaging youth in community service.  She has experience in business and non-profit development, organizational capacity building, fundraising, strategic planning and board development. Anissa has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Dayton and a Master of Science in Public Service Management from DePaul University. Anissa is based in Chicago.






Dr. Jerome Adams, Former Surgeon General of the United States Presentation

October 27, 2020

Dr. Jerome Adams, former Surgeon General of the United States, held a live virtual conversation with local Milwaukee area healthcare, education, corporate and civic leaders to develop recommendations on how we can best advance the work of recruiting, developing and supporting healthcare professionals of color, in collaboration with Historically Black Colleges and Universities.


The Surgeon General also discussed the health and social impacts of COVID-19 and federal government resources that may be available to address local response efforts.

To access the presentation, use the link provided.