School of Education News

Tue
Dec
18
UW-Madison's Julie Mead has co-authored a policy brief titld, “How School Privatization Opens the Door for Discrimination,” which analyzes discrimination in an era of education privatization. Mead is the School of Education’s associate dean for education and is a professor with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. The brief, co-authored with Indiana University's Susan Eckes, was published through the National Education Policy Center (NEPC).
Mon
Dec
17
UW-Madison’s Haley Vlach was interviewed by Child Trends about her research that investigates adaptive spatial language in children’s cognitive development. Language is a powerful tool for learning, notes Vlach, citing previous research that shows the importance of spatial language to children’s learning, especially as a precursor for entrance into STEM fields. Vlach is an associate professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology and is the director of the Learning, Cognition and Development Lab.
Fri
Dec
14
A professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) and in the Department of Kinesiology at the UW-Madison School of Education, Farrar Edwards has focused her research on investigating the cultural, physical, genetic and lifestyle factors that lead to a wide range of health conditions that have disparate effects on different populations. Her current investigations have the goal of advancing health equity by addressing health disparities, particularly focusing on Alzheimer’s disease and stroke in African American populations. She has contributed to significant advances in the care of minority, immigrant and tribal communities in Wisconsin, but says there’s a long way to go. This is among the reasons she advocated for UW-Madison to engage in the All of Us Research Program.
Thu
Dec
13
In her most recent column of Under the Law for Phi Delta Kappan magazine, a professional journal for educators, Julie Underwood discusses marginal decisions in the US Supreme Court that changed the direction of education policy and practice. By describing these 5-4 landmark education cases, “each hinged on just one vote,” Underwood hopes to display the significance of every vote and opinion, especially in the Supreme Court.
Wed
Dec
12
Last year, Moody’s Investor Service downgraded the credit outlook for higher education from “stable” to “negative.” This year, Moody’s predicts the same. The Chronicle of Higher Education responded to the credit-rating agency’s report, utilizing the expertise of UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman.
Tue
Dec
11
On Nov. 29, UW-Madison’s Kathleen Horning was a guest on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The Larry Meiller Show” to discuss book recommendations for “children of all ages.” Horning, the director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC), housed in the School of Education, gave viewers insight into the CCBC and suggestions on children's literature.
Tue
Dec
11
The journal Brain Plasticity recently published a new paper from UW-Madison’s Jill Barnes and Adam Corkery titled, “Exercise Improves Vascular Function, but does this Translate to the Brain?” Their research examines how cerebrovascular function facilitates the connection between exercise and cognition, specifically applying this to Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.
Mon
Dec
10
The latest edition of Learning Connections, a news magazine published twice a year for alumni and friends of the UW-Madison School of Education, is now available online. The ​Fall 2018 issue is filled with exciting news about School of Education faculty, staff, students and alumni. The theme for this latest issue is impact. By tapping into its talents and expertise, the School is involved in a range of initiatives across the arts, health and education that are designed to positively impact our community — and our world.
Fri
Dec
07
The call for proposals is now open for the 2019 Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) Institute on Equity Leadership and Cultural Competence being held April 15-16 at The Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin.The Institute, MSAN’s annual conference, is an intensive two-day professional learning opportunity dedicated to sharing cutting-edge strategies for racial equity work in K-12 schools.The call for proposals is open until Feb. 1.
Fri
Dec
07
UW-Madison’s Matthew Hora and his colleagues Ross Benbow and Bailey Smolarek recently had a report critiquing the idea of soft skills published in Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning. Hora is an assistant professor of adult and higher education in the Department of Liberal Arts and Applied Studies, and is an affiliate with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Hora is also a research scientist with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), and the director of UW-Madison’s Center for College-Workforce Transitions (CCWT), which is housed within WCER.
Thu
Dec
06
According to an article recently published by Wisconsin State Journal, Lake View Elementary School last year recorded 1,745 calls for behavior support, 10 percent of which involved a violent act.This year, UW-Madison’s dance/movement therapist and Dance Department Senior Lecturer Rena Kornblum is helping to reverse this trend by teaching a violence prevention class called “Peaceful Families, Peaceful Schools.”
Thu
Dec
06
John Baldacchino, the director of UW-Madison’s Division of the Arts and a professor with the School of Education’s ​art education program, will be publishing his new book, “Art as Unlearning: Towards a Mannerist Pedagogy,” on Dec. 13. In this book, Baldacchino pushes past traditional art education aspects.
Wed
Dec
05
UW-Madison alumna Kristina Navarro was recently interviewed by NJ Advance Media to talk about her plans for athletic leadership programs at the University of Rutgers. Navarro, now the senior associate athletic director for leadership development and strategic priorities at Rutgers, was once in the daunting role of student-athlete herself. Before earning her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2012, Navarro was a rower and a track and field athlete who shared a common struggle among student athletes.
Wed
Dec
05
This holiday season, the School of Education’s glass program invites the public to find their inner artist. They will be hosting their annual Glass Holiday Ornament Sale and Blow Your Own Ornament event from Dec. 15-16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., alongside the glass lab and the Mad Gaffers, UW-Madison’s glassblowing club.
Tue
Dec
04
UW-Madison’s Wyl Schuth recently appeared on National Public Radio’s “1A” program to discuss creative writing and the role it plays in veterans’ return and readjustment to civilian life. Schuth, a Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq War, is an academic advisor with the School of Education’s Office of Education Academic Services. He also is the editor of The Deadly Writers Patrol, a literary journal that focuses on war and its aftermath. He believes that writing can help veterans express their suffering and resolve it, in part.
Mon
Dec
03
The work of UW-Madison’s John Hitchcock and Tom Jones is currently being showcased ​in the “Original Warrior” exhibit at the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago. Hitchcock is the School of Education’s associate dean for the arts and a professor of printmaking with the School’s Art Department. Jones is a professor of photography with the Art Department.
Mon
Dec
03
The UW-Madison Trans Research Lab (TRL) was the topic of an article recently published by Our Lives magazine. Lab founder Stephanie Budge, who is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology, was interviewed by Our Lives, along with some members of the lab. The TRL, which was founded in August 2014, remedies the lack of research on trans issues by exploring mental and physical health needs and care for the transgender, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming (TNG) community.
Fri
Nov
30
PBS “NewsHour” recently produced a segment for its Tuesday, Nov. 27, program headlined, “How schools are forced to close as rural populations dwindle.” Among the many experts interviewed for this report is UW-Madison’s Julie Underwood, who tells “NewsHour” that “lots of times, when a school closes in a small community, it closes a community.” Underwood is the Susan Engeleiter Professor of Education Law, Policy and Practice, and the former dean of the School of Education.
Fri
Nov
30
The UW-Madison Dance Department presents its annual Kloepper Concert, a studio performance of new student work, Dec. 8-9. Thirteen student choreographers will present a mix of solo and ensemble works. The students are: Caroline Criste, Lauren Forrest, Charli Harris, Elisa Hildner, Julianna Hom, Lauren John, Haley Johnson, Cassie Last, Lauren Lynch, Sarah Meltzer, Jessica Robling, Megan Schimke, Bailey Seymour and Alice Svetic.
Fri
Nov
30
UW-Madison’s David Bell, an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and director of the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Laboratory, recently wrote a guest editorial for the journal Athletic Training and Sports Health Care. His column is headlined, "Youth Sports Injuries and Sports Specialization."

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