A. Expanding Access to Precollege Experiences in Wisconsin
In 1997, Kaleem encouraged University of Wisconsin System Administration and the Wisconsin Technical College System Board to make their pre-college programs more accessible to 6th to 12th graders who needed support preparing for high school and college. He then assisted the UW System with the development and implementation of the pre-college component of its Diversity Plan 2008 , which was aimed at increasing student, faculty and staff diversity among the System’s 26 two-year and four-year campuses. He also facilitated workshops on pre-college and high school planning for the UW System with students, educators, and parents across the state.
B. University of Wisconsin-Madison PEOPLE Program
Between 1997 and 2000, Kaleem advocated for and worked with former UW-Madison Vice Provost Paul Barrows, Walter Lane and Cleveland James to develop the University of Wisconsin-Madison PEOPLE Program (https://peopleprogram.wisc.edu). PEOPLE prepares children of color, economically disadvantaged students and first generation college goers in grades 8 – 12 for college admissions and graduation. More than 1,100 students now participate in the program annually and more than 1,000 PEOPLE Scholars have earned their four-year college degree at UW-Madison. It is the largest university-sponsored precollege program in the United States. PEOPLE graduates who are admitted to UW-Madison receive five years of tuition assistance towards their education.
C. University of Wisconsin-Madison Information Technology Academy (ITA)
In 1999, Kaleem helped develop the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Information Technology Academy (http://ita.wisc.edu) with his wife, Lisa Peyton-Caire, the founder of ITA, and former UW-Madison division leader Calvin Williams. ITA is a highly regarded pre-college technology access and training program for college-bound students of color and economically disadvantaged students. The program serves students in grades 9 - 12 in the greater Madison Metropolitan community, and on the Oneida Nation and Lac Du Flambeau Nation reservations. More than 200 ITA graduates have completed their four-year college degrees at UW-Madison and other colleges and universities in the USA. Presently, 30 students entering ninth grade are selected each year to participate in the program.
D. Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY)
From 1999 - 00, Kaleem created and led programs for the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (https://wcaty.wisc.edu). WCATY is the premiere provider of accelerated learning programs for academically talented students in Wisconsin. At WCATY, Kaleem developed and implemented new projects statewide, including three academic skills assessment centers (in partnership with the founders of Renaissance Learning https://www.renaissance.com), the Children of Promise program that served children of color in grades 4 - 9 and the Grandparents Program. He also secured $100,000 in scholarships from the state-sponsored Minority Pre-college Scholarship Program to assist under-resourced students with attending WCATY summer programs, and guided the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County through the proposal drafting and interview process, securing an unprecedented $250,000 grant from the Madison Community Foundation. The funds were used to identify and support low-income gifted and talented students in Madison, and get them involved in WCATY Programs. Kaleem’s outreach efforts significantly increased the number of Milwaukee and Madison students participating in Midwest Talent Search, and the number of students of color participating in WCATY programs statewide. To learn more about Kaleem's work at WCATY, click here http://bit.ly/2QrPLTg and http://bit.ly/2Fa0yk4.
E. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Minority Student Achievement Initiative
Kaleem developed and directed Wisconsin’s Minority Student Achievement (MSA) Initiative (1997 - 1999) at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in late 1990s. This initiative involved six urban and suburban school districts and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and focused them on redesigning and enhancing organizational, instructional, and curricular approaches to improve student achievement among children of color. He also advised the State Superintendent on his Milwaukee School Reform Initiative and the department’s role in supporting children’s participation in pre-college programming.
F. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Affirmative Action Advisory Committee
Kaleem chaired the State Superintendent’s Affirmative Action Advisory Committee at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). In this role, Kaleem worked with Deputy State Superintendent Steve Dold to increase the number of Summer Affirmative Action Internships (college students) at DPI from 4 to 16 in one year in Madison and Milwaukee.
Kaleem also served as a member of Wisconsin’s former High School Graduation Test Steering Committee, Public School Open Enrollment Committee, and Title I-Comprehensive School Reform Workgroup at DPI.