School of Education Diversity News

Thu
Jun
18
Following a pledge made last year in response to President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) challenge, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin announced the city’s own initiatives to tackle racial disparities at a news conference on June 5. UW-Madison’s Jerlando F. L. Jackson stood with Soglin and other civic and community leaders to introduce the Madison-specific measures that seek to bolster young men of color, ensuring they reach their full potential.
Thu
Jun
11
Eleven students from the Madison Metropolitan School District have been selected as the first group to enter the Tomorrow’s Educators for Equity in Madison, or TEEM Scholars program, as part of the district’s Forward Madison partnership with UW-Madison’s School of Education. The TEEM Scholars program is focused on preparing current Madison high school students to become future teachers in the district. These future teachers will be nurtured to be civically-engaged and social-justice oriented agents for change.
Tue
Jun
09
The organization 100 Black Men of Madison earlier this spring recognized the work of more than a dozen groups and individuals during its Outstanding Educators and Mentors Appreciation Breakfast. And among those receiving awards for 2015 include two people from UW-Madison’s School of Education: LaVar Charleston and Elton Crim.
Thu
May
28
On Friday night, the Justified Anger coalition is scheduled to unveil its detailed vision for racial progress in Madison. Titled, “Our Madison Plan,” this framework features goals developed by five work groups under the headings of: education; economic development; incarceration; family and community wellness; and leadership capacity and development. The School of Education's Gloria Ladson-Billings, Jerlando Jackson and Dawn Crim all played leading roles in this important work.
Thu
May
21
The two finalists to become the next dean of UW-Madison’s School of Education delivered public presentations earlier this week, and videos of both talks now are available via the search website. The finalists are: Dorothy Farrar Edwards, professor and chair in the Department of Kinesiology at UW-Madison; and Diana Hess, senior vice president, Spencer Foundation, Chicago. Hess is also a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UW-Madison.
Sat
May
16
UW-Madison’s School of Education recognized its Spring 2015 cohort of graduates by hosting a pair of celebratory events at the Gordon Dining and Events center on campus. On Friday, May 16, the School honored its Ph.D. and MFA graduates with a special Hooding Ceremony and Reception. And prior to UW-Madison’s Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday, May 16, the School celebrated with its newest class of master’s and bachelor’s degree graduates by hosting its annual Commencement Breakfast Celebration.
Mon
May
11
Both candidates will give public presentations in the Education Building's Wisconsin Idea Room. Farrar Edwards will present on Monday, May 18, and Hess on Wednesday, May 20. Both events are scheduled for 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Employees may attend the talks in pay status, with supervisor permission, if the presentations fall during normal work hours. During these presentations, the finalists have been invited to lay out their vision for the role.
Fri
May
08
Nicole Bowman is receiving her Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Bowman says: “What I was trying to accomplish is much bigger than just me. This was about finding a way to better give Indigenous stakeholders a voice in public education policy debates, because most of our Tribal students, like me, attended public schools.”
Tue
Apr
28
The sterling national reputation of UW-Madison’s School of Education is due, in large part, to the talent and dedication its faculty, staff and students. Each year, the School recognizes some of its most outstanding contributors with School of Education Faculty & Staff Achievement Awards. And on Tuesday night, the most recent class of award winners was honored during a reception and ceremony in the Wisconsin Idea room of the Education Building.
Tue
Apr
28
UW-Madison’s Pa Her delivered the keynote speech at the annual Hmong Gala on Saturday, April 25. Her is a first-year doctoral student with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology. Saturday’s event was to celebrate and draw support for the Madison-based Hmong Language and Culture Enrichment Program, which seeks to “develop productive citizens and leaders through enhancing academic skills.”
Fri
Apr
24
A national network of educators organized by UW-Madison will gather on campus Monday and Tuesday, April 27-28, to focus on the latest research and most promising practices for eliminating racial disparities in achievement in schools across the United States. The Minority Student Achievement Network, a project of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research within the School of the Education, is dedicated to eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps that persist in our nation’s schools.
Tue
Apr
21
On Saturday, May 2, the third annual, “Performing Ourselves Showcase: I Dance Because … ” will feature performances by approximately 50 girls from six community centers across Madison. Performing Ourselves provides a series of experiential movement and performance classes to nearly 100 underserved local girls in six Madison locations. The program, which has been growing and is now in its fourth year of funding, is co-directed by UW-Madison Dance Department Associate Professor Kate Corby and Associate Lecturer Mariah LeFeber.
Thu
Apr
16
Three UW-Madison students who are conducting their studies within the School of Education were recently inducted into the university’s Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. This society commemorates the first African American to earn a doctorate degree from an American university (Physics, Yale University, 1876). Those earning recognition include doctoral candidates Saili Kulkarni, Patrice Leverett and Gerardo Mancilla.
Wed
Apr
15
The School of Education’s Karen McShane-Hellenbrand and Aaron Bird Bear are two of nine outstanding members of UW-Madison’s academic staff who were recently honored for achievements in leadership, public service, research, teaching and overall excellence. Chancellor Rebecca Blank honored the recipients in a ceremony at the Fluno Center April 7.
Mon
Apr
13
UW-Madison's Clifton Conrad has written a book titled, “Educating a Diverse Nation.” He and co-author Marybeth Gasman examined a dozen minority serving institutions -– including historically black colleges and universities, tribal colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and Asian American and Pacific Islander-serving institutions -- and found many practices at MSIs that are helping nontraditional students flourish. Conrad will be giving a free public talk about this topic on Thursday, April 23.
Mon
Apr
06
Jerlando F. L. Jackson will serve as the 2014-15 Michael G. Morris Endowed Chair at Eastern Michigan University. The Morris Endowed Chair is designed to help EMU better understand and improve the experience of black males on campus. The award provides up to $50,000 for outstanding visiting faculty. Jackson will remain in his posts at UW–Madison during the year-long special appointment.
Tue
Mar
31
Students from Michigan’s Farmington Public Schools, one of 28 school districts that are members of the Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN), drafted a resolution on social justice and civil rights and successfully secured its state-level adoption by the Michigan Civil Rights Commission on Jan. 26. MSAN is housed within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) at UW-Madison’s School of Education. It is a national coalition of multiracial, suburban-urban school districts that have come together to understand and eliminate achievement/opportunity gaps that persist in their schools.
Fri
Mar
27
The artwork of UW-Madison’s Jerry Jordan, a recruitment and retention specialist with the School of Education’s Student Diversity Programs Office, was recently highlighted in The Capital Times newspaper. The article is about “Justified Art!,” a new exhibition in the Overture Center's first floor gallery.
Fri
Feb
06
Student-athletes from UW-Madison’s Beyond the Game program will participate in the Saturday, Feb. 7, Science event in the Town Center of the Discovery Building, 330 North Orchard St. “The Science of Badger Athletics,” hosted by WARF and the Morgridge Institute for Research, will offer lively learning experiences related to sports and engineering, physics, physiology, nutrition and biology with assistance from “Beyond the Game,” the Athletic Department’s Office of Student Athlete Development , and the College of Engineering’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.
Mon
Jan
19
UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings took the time in January to share her thoughts with Education Week blogger Larry Ferlazzo, who was collecting opinions on the question, “What impact can having more teachers of color have on our schools and what needs to be done to make it happen?”
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