In a 1999 article in Madison’s Isthmus Newspaper titled “Futures Leaders of Madison”, editors said about Kaleem, “The thumbprints of this Madison native are all over local education projects, especially those which help minority students succeed. Indeed, his name was mentioned more often than any other by leaders surveyed for this article.”
A. One City Schools
Kaleem founded and launched One City Schools, Inc.(www.onecityschools.org) in July 2014. One City operates a nonprofit independent preschool and public charter school that are preparing children ages 1 to 5 for school success by starting early. Ninety-four percent (94%) of One City’s children were ready for kindergarten in 2018 and 89% were ready in 2017. Eighty-five percent (85%) of One City’s children in the 2018-19 school year are children of color and 52% are low-income. One City currently enrolls 91 children in its preschools. It also plans to add a grades 1 to 6 to its public charter school, which currently only serves children in 4-year-old and 5-year-old kindergarten, beginning with first grade in the fall of 2019-20.
One City’s future goals are two-fold. First, it plans to establish one preschool to grade 12 public charter school in Madison that will allow families to keep their children in a consistent educational program from preschool through grade 12, and culminate with their children’s completion of an early college, project-based high school experience that earns them up to 60 credits in college transfer credits, or towards earning an associates degree, before they graduate. Second, One City recently began an effort to study the short-term and long-term success of its children and its school model that will inform the field or early childhood education, and the growth and expansion of its preschools in cities and towns across Wisconsin and the United States. Click here to review the Evaluation Plan for One City: http://bit.ly/2GZqj86.
B. Nuestro Mundo Community School
Influenced and supported the creation of the Nuestro Mundo Community Charter School (http://www.nuestromundoinc.org and https://nmcs.madison.k12.wi.us) in Madison, Wisconsin, a bilingual public charter school operated by the Madison Metropolitan School District. At the time, Kaleem was a member of Latinos United for Change and Advancement (LUCHA). To learn more about his work with LuCHA and Nuestro Mundo, click here: http://bit.ly/2Vr9Ahr.
C. SHAPE Tutoring Program
Kaleem co-founded and developed the S.H.A.P.E Tutoring Program at the UW-Madison School of Education in 1997 with Professor Marianne Bloch. For more than 15 years, the program trained college students to be effective reading and math tutors in Madison elementary and middle schools. More than 500 UW-Madison students trained and tutored children in Madison’s public schools through SHAPE. Madison’s popular Schools of Hope Tutoring Program (http://schoolsofhope.org/) was built, in part, using the program and funding model of SHAPE, and SHAPE’s unique partnership with Lincoln and Midvale elementary schools.
D. MMSD Equity, Diversity and Advocacy Initiative
In 1998, Kaleem was selected by former Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Cheryl Wilhoyte to join the district’s newly established Equity, Diversity and Advocacy Student Results Audit Committee. The panel’s role was to participate in shared learning activities and advise the Superintendent on the district’s efforts to eliminate Madison’s achievement gap between white students and students of color. The committee provided recommendations that focused on getting all children to read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade, successfully complete algebra by 9th grade and maintaining 95% attendance or greater in school.
E. African American Ethic Academy
From 1994 to 1997, Kaleem taught in the AAEA's popular Saturday school geared towards African American children. The Saturday program ceased operation in 2012 due to limited access to funding. However, AAEA continues to operate its week-long "A Celebration of Life" summer science program in partnership with Promega Corporation's Biopharmaceutical Technology Center Institute for children in grades 3 through 8 at BTCI's headquarters in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. If you are interested in this program for your child, please contact Ms. Barbara Bielec, K-12 Program Director at Barbara.Bielec@btci.org or (608) 277-2618. All children are invited to apply and the program always enrolls a very diverse group of students. To learn more about Kaleem's work with the AAEA, click here: http://bit.ly/2C1Gr3j. To learn more about the summer science program, click here: http://bit.ly/2AwDuYB.
F. Partners in Youth Employment
Kaleem was employed as a Job Coach with Partners in Youth Employment, a program offered by the former Community Adolescent Programs of Madison. Through this program, Kaleem developed high quality summer employment and internship opportunities for Dane County youth. He also worked closely with area high schools and businesses to recruit, train, place and supervise more than 200 students in these jobs. You can learn more about this program by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2EXpDhX.