Teacher Recruitment and Retention Initiative (TRRI)

The UW System is committed to enhancing diversity in its teacher education programs and growing its capacity for preparing teachers for high-demand licensure areas. In order to meet this goal, it is expected that each participating institution will work collaboratively with other educational institutions and agencies in their region and across the state.

The Teacher Recruitment and Retention Initiative (TRRI) is intended to help institutions make progress toward their objectives for future teaching candidates. This is accomplished by:

Student Leadership Conference:
Each yearUW-La Crosse, in collaboration with UW-Madison, UW-River Falls, UW-Stout, UW-Superior, UW-Whitewater and UW System, hosts a nationally recognized “best practice” conference by bringing pre-service college and prospective high school students to attend a two day conference designed to inform, support and retain future teachers. Additional information is located at:

Institutional Recruitment Plan 2014
Two  key areas of focus for the TRRI program in 2014 are to coordinate meetings around the state between UW System institutions and two-year colleges that host students interested in becoming future teaches. UW System institutions can play a key role in helping to mentor and guide such students, as well as to provide information to help transition these students from a two to a four year teacher preparation program. The purpose of these systemwide meetings will be to facilitate the discussion necessary to the formation of consortium agreements that will better serve students by providing a clear pathway to completion of a baccalaureate degree through teacher preparation programs. Individual links to UW System teacher preparation programs are located below.

The second area of emphasis will be the recruitment and referral of student into high demand areas with an emphasis on those from underserved and historically underrepresented communities.  These include but are not limited to special education and the STEM fields.  We will work to serve other key areas of need as determined by each institution. STEM positions are now in high demand and will continue to be in high demand for the foreseeable future. The TRRI program will coordinate activities to bring attention to the opportunities and needs of schools for high quality teachers to fill anticipated vacancies.

PK-16-TRRI Partners with IceCube:
In effort to further inform and excite prospective students about the importance of STEM education, PK 16-TRRI members will work with the IceCube outreach director at various community meetings and presentations scheduled throughout the state of Wisconsin.  This is a great opportunity and collaborative to demonstrate not only Wisconsin's commitment to scientific research but to also demonstrate the importance of having a strong STEM education focus throughout the UW System.  Please click on the link below to learn more about the IceCube project, as well as scheduled events during 2014:




Sr. Planner Leadership is provided by Craig Morris

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Email: cmorris@uwsa.edu
Telephone: 715-425-0670

UW System Student Leadership Conference UWL March 2013

UW-Eau Claire PK-16  Website

UW-Green Bay PK-16  Website

UW-La Crosse PK-16  Website

UW-Madison PK-16  Website

UW-Stout PK-16 Website

UW-Superior PK-16  Website

UW-Whitewater Minority Teacher Program

UW-Whitewater Future Teacher Program