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For the Love of Learning

Parent, educator, and lifelong Madisonian

 

Ali Janae Muldrow been a part of this community her entire life. She attended Madison public schools until adulthood, and worked in the district as a custodian, as support staff, and as an educator. Her partner is a dual-language immersion teacher, and she's the mother of two students.

Ali Muldrow with her partner Sandy Welander and children Esau and Adrian.

Ali Muldrow with her partner Sandy Welander and children Esau and Adrian.


My name is Ali Muldrow and I want to serve on the school board for the love of learning.


 
 

My work in education began in 2006 when I started teaching spoken word poetry in an after-school club at East High School (my alma mater), a program which I then helped develop into an accredited academic class in partnership with UW–Madison’s First Wave Program. I facilitated the Spoken Word course for four years before partnering with Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) to create and host spoken word clubs at five Madison public high schools. 

I am currently Co-Executive Director at GSAFE where I also serve as Director of Youth Programming and Inclusion. For the last several years, I have developed the curriculum for and facilitated Foundations of Leadership, a course based in the experiences of LGBTQ+ youth of color that recruits high school students from the entire Madison public school district to develop their capacities as leaders and earn Advanced Learning credit. In the spring of 2015, I launched GSAFE’s New Narrative Project in the Dane County Juvenile Detention Center, a program that provides incarcerated young people with clear channels to academic success, civic engagement, and self-determination. 

Madison has the tools to ensure that our children have access to the most relevant technologies. We have the drive to empower students to resolve conflict, seek solutions, and value each other. We have the ability to invest in our community by growing competitive public schools that nurture a new generation of innovative Madison leaders. 

We have the resources to help our children to imagine the future of Madison from inside their classrooms. 

I grew up in a multiracial family in Madison where identity was discussed at the dinner table and difference was celebrated. I am passionate about consent, freedom, learning, and human rights. I am committed to bringing innovation and love to all that I do. I know that we are not a district to be defined by our past; we are a community of learners willing to embrace the work needed to ensure that every student in Madison succeeds. We will address racial disparities relentlessly until our schools are places where students of color are recognized, valued, and provided with meaningful opportunities for success and inclusion. We need to seize the opportunity to cultivate our students’ creativity and intelligence, and support the educators in our community.

Our school board serves not only the students, but our entire community—our methods and strategies should strive to shine light on the part of every one of us that yearns to learn, that explores new ways of solving problems, and seeks out the good in all of us. In my leadership, I will empower all of us—students, teachers, families, and community members—to innovate Madison schools and give all students the chance to love learning. 

— Ali

Ali with her daughter Esau in 2017. Photo: Hedi LaMarr Photography.

Ali with her daughter Esau in 2017. Photo: Hedi LaMarr Photography.

Co-Director of Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools (GSAFE)

Director of Youth Programming and Inclusion, GSAFE

Founder | The New Narrative Project, Dane County Jail

Member | Board of Directors, Fair Wisconsin Education Fund

Recipient | 2018 City-County MLK Humanitarian Award; 2017 Carola Gaines Collaborator of the Year Award at the Black Women's Leadership Conference; 2017 LGBTQ Advocate of the Year Award at OutReach’s 25th Annual Awards Banquet

Lifelong Madisonian

Graduate of MMSD

Parent of two young children

Partner to an MMSD dual-language immersion teacher

Ali reviewing speech notes at the Overture Center’s Capitol Theater on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, where  she and Gaddi Ben Dan each received the 2018 City-County MLK Humanitarian Award .

Ali reviewing speech notes at the Overture Center’s Capitol Theater on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, where she and Gaddi Ben Dan each received the 2018 City-County MLK Humanitarian Award.