MADISON, Wis. – The UW System Task Force for Advancing Teachers and School Leaders in the State of Wisconsin seeks public input and invites the public to attend three listening sessions in April.

Teachers, school leaders, students, parents, and community members are invited to help task force members answer this question: How can the UW System understand the concerns of key stakeholders and consider how to raise public esteem for teachers and school leaders in Wisconsin?

The first public listening session will be held Tuesday, April 2, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at UW-Milwaukee (UWM) in the 4th floor conference center of the UWM Golda Meir Library.

The task force will also meet on:

  • Thursday, April 11, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the UW-Green Bay University Union, Room 1965.
  • Monday, April 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the UW-Eau Claire Davies Center, Centennial Hall 1804.

Broad public participation is encouraged. Therefore, people are invited to submit comments online, and to participate in each listening session by attending in person, or by teleconference and webinar. In addition, each session will be broadcast live online.

The teleconference information for each listening session is:

Dial in: 1 (888) 582-3528
Passcode: 9345 084#

To access each listening session by webinar or livestream, visit For more information about the task force and to submit comments online, visit

Last December, the UW System Board of Regents asked the UW System Office of Academic and Student Affairs to create a task force to recommend student financial incentive programs to improve affordability; reduce student loan debt; address teacher workforce shortages in Wisconsin; and increase access, enrollment, and graduation from teacher education and school leadership programs at UW System Colleges and Schools of Education.

The task force will also focus attention on understanding the concerns of communities, district administrators, school leaders, teachers, students, and parents, while seeking to raise public esteem for teachers and school leaders in Wisconsin.

The University of Wisconsin System serves more than 170,000 students. Awarding 36,000 degrees annually, the UW System is Wisconsin’s talent pipeline, putting graduates in position to increase their earning power, contribute to their communities, and make Wisconsin a better place to live. More than 80 percent of UW System graduates stay in Wisconsin five years after earning a degree. The UW System provides a 23:1 return on state investment. UW System institutions also contribute to the richness of Wisconsin’s culture and economy with groundbreaking research, new companies and patents, and boundless creative intellectual energy.


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Mark Pitsch UW System (608) 265-3419