Volume 5 Issue 3 | November 2019
PEP Talk
CUW's newsletter to the members of the Preferred Educational Partnership network

Graduate Education Alumni Spotlight - La Tasha Fields

LaTasha Fields received her Master’s degree and Reading Specialist from Concordia University. She is an educator with over 21 years of experience. She’s taught grades 4-11 and served as a literacy coach, RtI/PBIS coach, and Culturally Responsive Practices Teacher Mentor. LaTasha currently serves as a Technical Assistance Coordinator for the Wisconsin RtI Center.

LaTasha earned a teaching degree from Marquette University in addition to a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in Curriculum and Instruction and her master’s degree in Reading from Concordia University of Wisconsin. LaTasha is currently pursuing a doctorate from Cardinal Stritch University in Language and Literacy. She also serves as a Literacy Specialist for Nehemiah Project, a group home for boys, in which she provides weekly literacy instruction and motivation to young men transitioning in or out of the juvenile detention system. Additionally, LaTasha works as an adjunct instructor at Concordia University of Wisconsin in the Literacy Graduate Program, helping educators deepen their knowledge of literacy instruction. 

LaTasha is also the first Black person elected to serve on the Wisconsin State Reading Association Board of Directors and currently serves as President. LaTasha is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She enjoys spending time with her husband Jason Fields, reading, facilitating professional development and she considers herself a lifelong learner. 

Visual Impairment License Students Learn Braille
Graduate students in the special education visual impairment licensure (#1825) pathway are taking their first braille course, after taking the introductory course over the summer. The braille courses challenge their learning with the goal to pass the state braille test necessary for licensure. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for the VI pathway, and graduate students may take courses as soon as they are accepted at any time throughout the year. Contact Michelle Kasbohm for more information, michelle.kasbohm@cuw.edu.

Special Education Licensing
Teachers may earn a special education license in one year with CUW’s graduate level 16-credit cross-categorical special education (#2801) licensure pathway. Teachers who have a current teaching license (in any subject) may apply and enroll at any time with rolling admissions and enrollment. Contact Michelle Kasbohm for more information, michelle.kasbohm@cuw.edu.

Professional Development in Your District
The needs of schools and districts are constantly changing, and CUW stands ready to assist districts with professional development in a variety of ways. From in-service workshops to onsite licensing cohorts and anything in between, we are here to help!

If your district is looking for a professional development partner, please contact our Academic Partnerships Coordinator, Sarah Mayer, for more information. (262)243-4557 or sarah.mayer@cuw.edu
Give your staff a shout out!
Is there a teacher or department in your district who is doing outstanding work to better the lives of your students? We love success stories and want to share yours.

Please email your success story to sarah.mayer@cuw.edu.

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