School of Education Diversity News

Thu
Nov
12
A new website, WisconsinAct31.org, is helping educators throughout the state teach students from kindergarten through high school about Wisconsin’s American Indian nations. This project was led by the School of Education’s Aaron Bird Bear and Simone Schweber -- with significant help from partners across the state. Wisconsin Act 31 is the term for the five state statutes that require schools to teach American Indian Studies throughout a student's career and maintain instructional materials that appropriately reflect diverse cultures.
Mon
Nov
09
UW-Madison’s Clifton Conrad co-authored an op-ed for the Huffington Post headlined, “To Educate a Diverse Nation, Topple the Ivory Tower.” Conrad is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and a faculty member with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He is also an affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE).
Wed
Oct
28
UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings will take part in an upcoming panel discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at the Madison Public Library. The workshop is titled, “Why are you brown? Conversations with Young Children about Race and Privilege.” It will review the current research on children’s understanding of race and how parents can best address racism and racial inequities with their children.
Tue
Oct
27
Wisconsin’s Equity & Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) and the Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male (BNRC) at the Ohio State University sponsored the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education (ICBME) in Kingston, Jamaica, Oct. 6–9. The event had record attendance as scholars, students, practitioners, policymakers and global citizens gathered to disseminate timely research findings and share empirical strategies that directly respond to the most critical and pressing issues surrounding the educational achievement of black males on a global scale.
Wed
Oct
14
Jerlando Jackson will give a talk during UW-Madison’s Multicultural Homecoming Reception on Friday, Oct. 16. Jackson will speak about life after sports. Jackson is UW-Madison's Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and is the director and chief research scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB), which helps administer UW-Madison’s “Beyond the Game” initiative that’s designed to strengthen the post-graduation trajectories for student-athletes.
Tue
Oct
06
An estimated 250 student leaders from high schools across 10 states will come together Oct. 7-10 for the 16th annual Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) Student Conference, hosted by the Verona Area School District and the University of Wisconsin-Madison at The Madison Concourse Hotel. MSAN, a project of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) in UW-Madison’s School of Education, is a national coalition of 28 multiracial, suburban-urban school districts dedicated to eliminating opportunity gaps in their respective schools.
Mon
Sep
28
Wisconsin’s Equity & Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) Assistant Director and Senior Research Associate LaVar J. Charleston traveled to Eastern Michigan University earlier this month to provide workshops to students in the BrotherHOOD Scholars program. The BrotherHOOD (Helping Others Obtain Degrees) Scholars program, a living and learning community for men of color, is the first program of its kind at EMU and one of the few in the U.S.
Fri
Sep
25
Esmeralda Rodriguez, a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, will be receiving a UW-Madison Outstanding Women of Color Award during a celebratory reception on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The event runs from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the Pyle Center Alumni Lounge, 702 Langdon St. Nominated by their peers and selected by a broad-based campus-wide committee, this year’s awardees were selected for their outstanding academic achievement and/or contributions to the life of the university, the Greater Madison community and beyond.
Wed
Sep
23
Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) Assistant Director and Senior Research Associate LaVar J. Charleston and Director and Chief Research Scientist Jerlando F. L. Jackson presented their research at the sixth International Conference on Sport and Society this past summer. The conference examines sport within the contexts of history, sociology, psychology, medicine, health, education, administration and management, and convenes global scholars and researchers to discuss key issues and build relationships with experts in fields related to these topics.
Fri
Sep
04
UW-Madison’s Jerlando F. L. Jackson gave the keynote address at the Wisconsin Association of School Boards’ (WASB) Summer Institute back in July. Jackson’s talk was titled, “State of Affairs for Black Males in Education: How Data Shapes the Narrative.” The talk presented information to school board members and administrators from across the state of Wisconsin seeking information and best practices to this challenging issue that persists in education today.
Wed
Sep
02
Registration for UW-Madison’s largest student volunteer program opens on Friday, Sept. 4 at midnight and runs through Sept. 10. Badger Volunteers fall 2015 registration is open exclusively on the organization’s website. Students can also visit the website to explore volunteer sites and times prior to registration opening. Just over 800 volunteer slots are available for fall 2015, but the program has filled to capacity each of the last three semesters. So interested students are encouraged to log on to register for their preferred site as soon as possible on Sept. 4.
Tue
Sep
01
Tom and Karen Falk are donating $10 million to UW-Madison to help ensure that future generations of students can get an education — and that the UW will have top faculty who make that education one of the best in the world. Their gift, in part, will create the Karen A. Falk Diversity Scholarship Fund in Education, which will support students from underrepresented groups enrolled in the School of Education. The Falks will also endow two faculty chairs, including the Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education. Karen is an alumna of the School of Education.
Mon
Aug
31
Aaron Bird Bear, interim assistant dean for student diversity programs in the School of Education, will once again host the Chancellor’s Convocation. The event offers a chance for first-year and transfer students to come together as a class, experiencing the traditions of the UW-Madison campus. The event, presented through the Center for the First-Year Experience (CFYE), takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Kohl Center.
Mon
Aug
31
UW-Madison’s Jerlando F. L. Jackson on Aug. 12 served as an expert panelist at the 82nd Grand Chapter Meeting of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Jackson is UW-Madison's Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and is the director and chief research scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB). The Kappa Town Hall was intended to provide attendees with information as to how to improve life and educational outcomes for young men of color in America.
Tue
Aug
11
Wisconsin's Equity & Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB), along with The Ohio State University's Todd Anthony Bell Resource Center on the African American Male is proud to announce the Fourth Annual International Colloquium on Black Males in Education. The 2015 Colloquium will take place Oct. 6-9 at the University of the West Indies-Mona in Kingston, Jamaica.
Sat
Aug
01
Diana Hess started her position as the next dean of UW-Madison’s School of Education on Aug. 1. Hess, who had served as senior vice president of the Spencer Foundation in Chicago since September 2011, becomes just the ninth dean of the School of Education since its founding in 1930. She is replacing Julie Underwood, who returned to the faculty after a decade of serving as dean. Prior to starting her tenure as dean, Hess sat down for a question-and-answer session.
Tue
Jul
28
Ruttanatip (Dang) Chonwerawong, who served as the UW-Madison School of Education’s assistant dean for Student Diversity Programs since 2008, has left her post to take a leadership position at a different institution. Aaron Bird Bear has been named interim assistant dean for Student Diversity Programs.
Wed
Jul
08
The latest edition of Learning Connections, a news magazine from the UW-Madison School of Education, is now available online. This latest issue is filled with exciting news about School of Education faculty, staff, students and alumni.
Thu
Jun
25
The work of UW-Madison’s Maisha Winn is featured in the William T. Grant Foundation’s 2014 Annual Report. Winn is the Susan J. Cellmer Chair in English Education and a professor of language and literacies with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The article begins by noting: “Maisha Winn’s research sits at the intersection of literacy, justice, and the school-to-prison pipeline."
Tue
Jun
23
UW-Madison announced the winners of the most recent Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment competition -- and six different projects led by faculty, staff and students from across the School of Education received funding. The Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment allows students, faculty and staff to extend their talents, knowledge and research beyond the borders of the university — the core definition of the Wisconsin Idea.
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