Mission & Priorities


The Milwaukee Education Partnership (MEP) was formed by educators and civic leaders with the overarching goal to improve the education of children through better teacher preparation, recruitment and retention.  As the MEP grew, the mission expanded to ensure every child in Milwaukee area schools is performing at or above grade level in reading, writing, mathematics and science through shared responsibility for student success.  The MEP will seek to help schools navigate the challenges facing urban school districts and programs including:

  • Raising graduation rates
  • Advocating for public, private and charter schools
  • Improving student learning and access to higher education opportunities
  • Professional development of teachers and administrators
  • Expanding unique partnerships and identifying resources to support its mission

The MEP further seeks to assist in the economic development of the Southeastern Wisconsin region by attracting professionals graduating from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in the fields of education, engineering, healthcare and information technology.



Since its inception in 1999 as the Milwaukee Partnership Academy, or MPA, the primary goals of the MEP have remained constant. They are:

  • Assist Milwaukee children in obtaining grade level proficiency or beyond in reading, writing, mathematics and science.
  • Provide greater opportunities for Milwaukee youth to obtain a two-year or four-year higher education degree.
  • Provide support to teachers and administrators through high quality professional development programs.
  • Provide access to professional opportunities for HBCU graduates especially in the fields of education, engineering, healthcare and information technology.

Our partners include over 20 HBCU institutions.

The Executive Partners of the MEP set the framework for the collaborations that the partnership will engage in and to review for support items and initiatives related to our mission and priorities.

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