UW-Milwaukee: UWM Institute receives STEM-focused grant for American Indian education

CONTACT: Margaret Noodin, [email protected], 414-229-4511. 
MILWAUKEE _ The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $1.1 million to the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to prepare American Indian students to become teachers and administrators.

A focus of this grant is to prepare educators of science, technology, engineering, math and computer science. This is the second consecutive year of this award to UWM by the U.S. Department of Education’s Bureau of Indian Education.

The Electa Quinney Teacher Training and Administrative Leadership Program is a five-year partnership between the Indian Community School and Milwaukee Public Schools to recruit and prepare undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or graduate level students to build capacity in public, private and charter schools in Milwaukee and tribal schools in the Great Lakes region. This project will address teacher and administrator shortages in the American Indian community and will work with school districts throughout the state. 

The Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education was founded at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1999. It grew out of an endowed professorship in American Indian education through a gift from the Indian Community School to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The institute supports the native community in Milwaukee, throughout Wisconsin and beyond, through programs, outreach, education and research. 
About UWM
Recognized as one of the nation’s 115 top research universities, UW-Milwaukee provides a world-class education to 27,500 students from 91 countries on a budget of $689 million. Its 15 schools and colleges include Wisconsin’s only schools of architecture, freshwater sciences and public health, and it is a leading educator of nurses and teachers. UW-Milwaukee partners with leading companies to conduct joint research, offer student internships and serve as an economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin. The Princeton Review named UW-Milwaukee a 2019 “Best Midwestern” university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews, and the Sierra Club has recognized it as Wisconsin’s leading sustainable university.