What we do:

The Greater Milwaukee Catholic Education Consortium (GMCEC) is an ongoing collaborative effort between the archdiocese of Milwaukee and the region’s five Catholic colleges and universities. Building a strong partnership among multiple institutions has allowed the GMCEC to leverage the individual strengths of each member institution to provide a variety of supports to Catholic schools within the diocese.

Working with Young Children


Achieving Our Goals


The Greater Milwaukee Catholic Education Consortium is a partnership that aims to marshal the academic resources and professional expertise of the region’s Catholic colleges and universities to strengthen and sustain K-16 Catholic education.Its members, provide services in the areas of professional development, faith formation, and capacity building.

“Working with the GMCEC has been an affirming and inspiring experience. Their myriad program topics cover critical contemporary issues and their Mark Joerres, Principle, St. Thomas More High Schoolstaff is extremely hard-working, creative, and competent. They willingly offer a plethora of services in a convenient, effective, and professional manner.”
Dr. Mark Joerres, Principal, St. Thomas More High School


All schools, teachers, leaders, and board members of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee K-12 Catholic schools.


Large group workshops, small group conversations, on-site consultation in classrooms…whatever it takes to help improve our schools! 



(Not Inclusive of all events)


Sustainability Seminars:
Strategies for Today to Build the Catholic Schools of Tomorrow

Special Needs:
Reforming the Model: Building the Capacity of Catholic Schools to Meet Students' Special Needs

  • Learning Support
    Learning Support
     - Ongoing summer session to assist teachers with differentiating instruction including RTI/PBIS and Literacy
  • Grant Writing Workshops 
    - How to Get the Money: A Hands-on Workshop To Seeking, Submitting, and  Managing Grants

Counseling Pilots in Racine schools – placement of graduate students in  Catholic schools without mental health counselors

  • Technology Conference
    - “Meeting 21st Century Students Where They Are: Education in the Age of  Technology and Innovations in Education”
    Technology Conference
    - On site 21st century teacher training from Marian University

“The workshop was highly informative and much needed to give us appropriate technology know-how for keeping pace with public schools.”

21st Century Technology workshop

  • English Language Learners
    - Improving Access to Latino/a Students: Shared Best Practices and Goals”
    - Mini Course On Effectively Serving Latino/a Students in Classroom
    - On-site consultation in schools serving largely Spanish speaking populations
    - Social Media Guidelines for Parents (Spanish) 

    Service Learning Partnership with Marquette University for project work  within schools

  • Safety
    - Imminent Threat Workshop

  • School Culture
    - Measure Culture and Perceptions of schools around themes of:
    Rigor, Relevance, Relationships, Leadership, and Faith

Early Childhood Initiative – assistance with schools beginning pre-school programs

“I found the information on communication styles, Latino values and beliefs, as well as acculturation, most interesting and helpful. Since the workshop, I have shared most of the information I learned with my fellow teachers.”

Sr. Mary Kemen, teacher, Holy Wisdom Academy, Milwaukee, participant, ELL workshop


Teacher Catholic Conference
  • Cardinal Stritch University
    -“Forming K-8 Adult Faith Formation Teams”
  • Alverno College
    -“Bringing Scripture to Life for Children and Adolescents”
  • Mount Mary College
    -“Peace building Themes for Classroom Strategies” &
    “Children and Adolescent Literature”
  • Marian University
  • - "Graduate On-Line Religious Education". 
  • Marquette University
    - “Supporting the Latino/a Community”

    Faith in the 21st Century workshop – conducted by Marquette University  Jesuit faculty

    GMCEC Member Institutional Facilitation Assistance of Sustaining the Mission
    ; the designated official program for the religious education certification  of Catholic school teachers in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee developed by the  Cardinal Stritch University Saint Clare Center for the Office for Schools 


Funding Conference

“The Roles of the Administrator and Board Member in Marketing the Catholic School for Image, Enrollment and Resources”

Catholic Higher Education Collaborative (CHEC)
Hosted by the GMCEC and held at Marquette University


“How Can IHE’s Support Dynamic and Effective Governance Structures in P-12 Catholic Schools?” (part of series of six, 3-day conversations on how higher education can support Catholic K-12 schools) including:

  • Loyola Marymount – Serving the Immigrant Church
  • Loyola Chicago – Leadership
  • Boston College – Academic Excellence
  • Catholic University – Faith Identity

Board Development
Establishing modules for best practices in board governance with delivery options to interested schools using faculty from both education and business

School Requests
(School names not provided due to confidentiality). Topics have included:

  • Anti-bullying/harrassment
  • Preparing Teachers to Serve English Language Learner students
  • Recruitment and marketing
  • Reading and Language Arts
  • Multi-age classroom training
  • Teacher and Principal Needs Assessment
  • Board Member profile criteria and new member orientation
  • Librarian leisure reading
  • Social Media for Parents, St. Adelbert – (conducted in Spanish)
  • Grant Writing Foundational Link – sponsored by consortium, provided free ofcharge to all K-12 schools in Archdiocese
  • Offer tuition discount for all Archdiocesan teachers seeking graduate degrees  and certifications

  • Presented at the U.S. Dept. of Education Private School Conference,  Washington, D.C.


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Milwaukee Archdiocese Office for Schools

PAVE logo
PAVE (Partners Advancing Values in Education)

STAFF logo
STAFF (Schools’ Theology and Faith Formation)

SOAR logo
SOAR Racine

Concordia logo
Concordia University and Missouri Synod schools


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