“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field”. (Luke 10:2)
Milwaukee Lutheran has a long history of preparing workers for the harvest field. As a way to continue this important part of our history, we are happy to announce the creation of our 4th academy: the Urban Education Academy at Milwaukee Lutheran High School. This program is the latest expansion of our Red Knight Institute, and joins the Career Academy, Honors Academy, and Art Academy.
The field of education has recognized the shortage of teachers. Our church body (The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod) has recognized the need for educators to replace those who will soon be retiring from the field. There is an especially high shortage of teachers of color, which is especially notable when considering the demographics of our country show that the majority of children in our schools are children of color. The demand for educators who are committed to serving in an urban environment is a particular need that warrants significant attention and support.
The Urban Education Academy at Milwaukee Lutheran will intentionally work with students who have the attributes of an effective educator and the interest to pursue this as a future career. During their junior and senior year, students will participate in experiences that help them determine if this is their calling and prepare them for the rigors of college studies to become an educator.
Milwaukee Lutheran is happy to announce a partnership in this endeavor with the Center for Urban Teaching, Concordia University – Wisconsin and Ann Arbor, Bethany Lutheran College of Mankato, MN, and Wisconsin Lutheran College. These partnerships afford expertise in preparing future teachers during the high school Academy experience as well as post-secondary opportunities. Successful graduates of the Urban Education Academy will qualify to receive significant institutional funding pledged from our Lutheran university partners to support their undergraduate higher education. Specific details of the financial partnerships will be announced soon.
We thank God that He has laid this opportunity before us. We pray that we would be effective in establishing a program that serves students who have a desire to serve God as an educator of His children.