Why a Charter School? Panel Discussion 9-16-20


Description: Join us for a panel discussion with Kaleem Caire, Founder and CEO of One City Schools, Madison, Wisconsin, Maurice Thomas, Founder and Executive Director of Milwaukee Excellence Charter School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and parent representatives from the respective schools as we gain insight into different perspectives on charter schools.

Gain insight into different perspectives on the advantages of and opportunities available in a charter school, the unique role a charter school can play in meeting a student’s needs and things to consider in thinking about whether a charter school may be a good option for your child.

The first hour will focus on moderated questions to panel members followed by an audience question session featuring questions submitted in advance or through the Zoom question function.

Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Time: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Virtual Zoom Webinar, attendance limited to 100 attendees.

Registration Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5RUitgIvRj2Fz3FlYWRAGA 

Questions for panel members may be submitted in advance to: [email protected]

Our Panelists:

Kaleem Caire is the founder and CEO of One City Schools, the operator of two preschools serving ages 1 through kindergarten that are focused on getting young children ready for school success. Prior to One City, Kaleem was the President & CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison in Madison, WI and chair of the National Urban League’s Education Committee. Prior to the Urban League, Kaleem held other executive leadership positions with Target Corporation, Fight For Children of Washington, DC, Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), American Education Reform Council, Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY) and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

In 2008, Kaleem was among the first recipients of the University of Wisconsin’s Forward Under Forty Award and in the same year, was named a Distinguished Alumni by the University of Wisconsin Alumni Association for his work in education and community development. He was also the youngest recipient of the City of Madison’s (WI) Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award in 2001 and the Urban League of Greater Madison’s Whitney Young Jr. Award (2001).

Kaleem’s life commitments are to create opportunities in places where people need them the most, to move people from poverty to prosperity and to raise strong and caring children in his own home. His work in education has been chronicled in news articles, research papers and books. Kaleem is married with five children ages 13 to 27 and holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also a Pahara-Aspen Institute Fellow.

Maurice Thomas is a proud Milwaukeean, born and raised on the city’s north side. Mr. Thomas was born into a single-parent household in Milwaukee’s Metcalfe Park neighborhood. He is a graduate of the Milwaukee Public Schools system (Rufus King High School) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At the University of Wisconsin – Madison, he received degrees in Political Science and Theatre.

Maurice brings a wealth of executive leadership experience and results in closing racial opportunity gaps in K-12 education to any team. In 2010, he was selected as the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award winner in secondary humanities; Teach For America’s national teacher of the year award while teaching in Atlanta, Georgia. Maurice’s love for Milwaukee compelled him to leave Atlanta to pursue work in education in his hometown.

Maurice currently works as the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Milwaukee Excellence Charter School, a 6th through 12th-grade school for the city of Milwaukee, WI serving predominantly African-American students. The school will serve 543 students in 6th through 10th grade in fall 2020. At capacity, the school will serve 840 students in 6th through 12th grade. Milwaukee Excellence is the highest-rated middle school and second-highest rated school in the city of Milwaukee according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.