Core Guiding Principle


Student and pupil

All programs at UWM leading to licensure by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction have adopted a unified guiding principle centered on advocating for and providing an equitable education to all students, within a culture of inspiration, high expectations, accountability and quality services.

Individuals licensed through UWM demonstrate an understanding of the unique characteristics of urban contexts and keep issues of race, class, culture, and language at the forefront of their work. Candidates have substantive knowledge about the varieties of urban contexts and cultures, the forces that maintain poverty, and other powerful historic and contemporary beliefs and traditions that support discrimination in society. They understand how other social identities, including gender, disability, sexual orientation, and religion, intersect with the forces of poverty, cultural traditions, language, and racism and lead to inequity in teaching and learning.

This Urban Education/Equity Principle is aligned with UWM's commitment to the urban community and influences our interpretation of state licensing standards and how they are assessed. Throughout their programs and in their portfolios, candidates address the Urban Education/Equity Principle as they interpret the performance standards of the applicable license.