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Midwest Achievement Gap Research Alliance

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Partnership Facilitator

Kyle Fagan

Research Liaison

Jameela Conway-Turner

Partnership Objective

The Midwest Achievement Gap Research Alliance leverages data from state education agencies and other key stakeholders for two purposes:

  1. To increase the region's capacity to access, conduct, interpret, and make sense of achievement gap research.
  2. To support the use of achievement gap research in decision making at the state and local levels.


  • Tony Chambers, Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Network, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Andreal Davis, Culturally Responsive Practices Coordinator, Wisconsin Rtl Center
  • Allison DeGraaf, Principal, Kennedy Elementary School
  • Carl Frederick, Research Analyst, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • Eric Grodsky, Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Madeline Hafner, Executive Director of the Minority Student Achievement Network, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Julia Hartwig, Assistant Director of Special Education and Learning Support, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • Frank Humphrey, President, Wisconsin NAACP
  • Jerlando Jackson, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Jack Jorgensen, The Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Network, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Kurt Kiefer, Assistant State Superintendent, Division for Libraries and Technology, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • John Odom, State Education Chairman, Wisconsin NAACP
  • Brad Saron, Superintendent, Sun Prairie Area School District
  • Seena Makeeba Skelton, Director, Great Lakes Equity Center
  • Brianna Stenson, Teacher, Kennedy Elementary School
  • Chrishirella Sutton, Manager, Office of Family & Community Engagement, Racine Unified School District
  • Karen Wendorf-Heldt , Agency Administrator, CESA 9
  • Kate Womack, Teacher, Kennedy Elementary School
  • Jonas Zuckerman, Director of Title I and School Support Staff, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Training, Coaching, and Technical Support Projects

Environmental Scan on Closing the Black-White Achievement Gap

REL Midwest provided in-depth coaching and consultation to support the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s continued efforts to close the achievement gap between the state’s Black and White students. REL Midwest’s environmental scan included state and district profiles outlining existing policies, programs, and practices aimed at closing the achievement gap. REL Midwest also is creating an infographic that details the process for completing an environmental scan.


Evidence-Supported Interventions Associated with Black Students’ Education Outcomes: Findings from a Systematic Review of Research

REL Midwest conducted a systematic review of research on interventions that may improve academic outcomes for Black students.