Redefining what’s possible: Impact 2030 one year after launch


The UW–Madison School of Education believes in big ideas — and in finding ways to bring them to life.

Just one year ago, on Aug. 18, 2020, the School launched Impact 2030 — an exciting, $40 million initiative funded by donors that’s designed to dramatically strengthen our already highly regarded School of Education.

Impact 2030 logoImpact 2030 centers its efforts in four areas:

As just one example of this important work, we developed the UW–Madison School of Education Wisconsin Teacher Pledge. This program covers the equivalent of in-state tuition and fees, testing and licensing costs for all of our teacher education students who wish to participate. In return, our students pledge to work at a Wisconsin pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade school for three to four years after graduation. This will help our School attract and retain diverse cohorts of students who are dedicated to becoming educators across Wisconsin.

“The response to Impact 2030 from alumni, friends, community members, faculty, staff, and students has been overwhelmingly positive,” says School of Education Dean Diana Hess, noting that in the past year all 10 of the School’s departments across the arts, health, and education have benefitted from this bold initiative, along with several major units, including the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Tandem Press, and the Global Engagement Office. “Impact 2030 has bolstered opportunities and significantly increased financial support for our faculty, staff, and students so they can thrive — with the ripple effects of their work better serving our communities, the state, and the world.”

The Impact 2030 Morgridge Match, provided by Tashia and John Morgridge, played a vital role in helping to inspire a strong response. In all, more than 900 donors have contributed to Impact 2030.

And, really, we are still just getting started on redefining what’s possible leading up to the School of Education’s centennial celebration in 2030.

To learn more about Impact 2030 and how it is changing lives, visit: education.wisc.edu/impact-2030.