School of Education News

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The seventh biennial Conney Conference on Jewish Arts is being held March 31 to April 3 at the 92Y cultural and community center in New York. “Our mission is to create a vibrant and respectful space for artists and scholars to present new research in the interdisciplinary field of Jewish arts and by extension, to participate in shaping the ever-evolving field into a robust contemporary discourse,” says UW-Madison’s Douglas Rosenberg, the director of the Conney Project on Jewish Arts and the chair of the School of Education’s Art Department.
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A recent ​report from Nature Medicine features the expertise of UW-Madison’s Simon Goldberg, an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology. Nature Medicine’s article, “Mental health apps lean on bots and unlicensed therapists,” explores the new trend for app-based mental health care. Nature Medicine points to a study from Goldberg, who notes that his research, published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology, doesn’t really support the idea that non-licensed individuals can be effective providers of therapy.
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22
UW-Madison’s Tom Loeser will receive the 2019 Award of Distinction from the Furniture Society. Loeser, a professor with the School of Education's Art Department, designs and constructs unique functional and dysfunctional objects, always drawing on the history of design and object making. He has worked on numerous public commissions and site-specific installations.
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22
UW-Madison’s Kevin Reilly will deliver a presentation on Tuesday, March 26 at UW-Madison’s Chaos and Complex Systems Seminar. His presentation is titled: "A form for the feeling of being alive and kicking: Chaos and structure in Joyce’s Finnegans Wake." The presentation runs from 12:05 p.m. to 1 p.m. in room 4274 of Chamberlin Hall. Reilly is the former president of the University of Wisconsin System and he holds an appointment as a Regent Professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
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21
On Wisconsin, UW-Madison’s alumni magazine, posted a cover story headlined, “Room for Debate: In a polarized world, UW-Madison fosters tough conversations.” Luckily, though, many at UW-Madison are actively seeking, encouraging, and developing the ability to discuss difficult topics — and not just politics. Among those featured is the Diversity Dialogues work of the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology.
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21
A publication from UW-Madison alumni Katherine Palaces Narita and Suzanne Kaufman — “100 Bugs! A Counting Book” — was named a 2019 Mathical Honor Book. Narita, who authored the book, earned her master’s degree from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1997, after earning her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and sociology in 1995. Kaufman, who illustrated the book, earned her undergraduate degree from the School of Education’s Art Department in 1994.
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19
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently reported on how smaller class sizes can benefit students of color, with the article featuring the insight of UW-Madison’s Elizabeth Graue, the Sorenson Professor with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and the director of the Center for Research on Early Childhood Education (CRECE). Graue notes that the costs associated with implementing smaller class sizes can be significant.
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UW-Madison’s Simon Goldberg is the lead author on a new paper examining treatment delay among post-9/11 veterans vs. pre-9/11 veterans and civilians. This work was published by the journal Psychiatric Services Today. Goldberg is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology, and he is an affiliate with the university’s Center for Healthy Minds.
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UW-Madison alumna Miriam Thangaraj is this year's recipient of the Gail P. Kelly Dissertation Award from the Comparative and International Education Society. Thangaraj earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Policy Studies in 2018. Thangaraj's dissertation examines global policy efforts to combat child labor on the historical silk hand-looms of Kanchipuram, India, by moving children off of the looms and into schools.
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Five women were honored with UW–Madison’s Outstanding Women of Color awards in a ceremony at the Pyle Center on March 5, including the School of Education's Bianca Baldridge.
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The Wisconsin State Journal recently posted an article detailing UW-Madison alumna Carolyn Stanford Taylor’s journey to becoming Wisconsin’s state superintendent of public instruction. Stanford Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in educational administration with the School of Education. The State Journal reports that Stanford Taylor’s experience of desegregation growing up in the south inspired her to a career in education, stating that it has driven her desire to create equitable learning environments for children.
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UW-Madison’s Julie Mead recently co-authored a report with the University of Connecticut's Preston Green titled, “Advancing Intentional Equity in Charter Schools.” Mead is the School of Education’s association dean for education and is a professor with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Charter schools, first implemented in the 1990s, have grown to account for 6 percent of the total number of students enrolled in public schools across the country.
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UW-Madison professor Jin-Wen Yu is receiving the Hilldale Award in the Arts and Humanities for the 2018-19 academic year. Given annually on the UW-Madison campus since 1986-87, the Hilldale Awards recognize distinguished contributions to teaching, research, and service. One faculty member is honored in each division. Yu, who is a faculty member with the School of Education’s Dance Department, will be honored at a ceremony on May 6.
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13
NBC recently posted an article that features research conducted by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC), which is housed within the UW–Madison School of Education. The CCBC publishes an annual report tracking the number of children’s books by and about people of color and from First/Native Nations. The center started tracking these numbers in 1985. “This year for the first time, we are seeing an increase in the number of books about African-Americans and Latinos that are actually being created by authors and illustrators from those two groups,” KT Horning tells NBC.
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UW-Madison alumna Kathryn Kirchgasler is receiving honorable mention recognition from the American Educational Research Association’s Division B (curricular studies), in that group’s Outstanding Dissertation Award competition. Kirchgasler earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2018. The dissertation being recognized is titled, “Tracking Disparities: How Schools Make Up Scientific Americans and Pathologized Others.”
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12
U.S. News and World Report released its 2020 Best Education Graduate Schools rankings on March 12, and UW-Madison is home to the highest-rated public school of education in the nation, a distinction it is sharing this year with the University of California-Los Angeles. UW–Madison’s School of Education is No. 3 overall, trailing only Ivy League privates Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. UW–Madison, UCLA, and Stanford University all tied for the No. 3 spot. In addition, UW–Madison’s School of Education is also home to nine specialty programs ranked among the top 10 in the nation — including the top-ranked program in rehabilitation counseling.
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The School of Education’s Dance Department will be hosting the Regional High School Dance Festival from March 15 to 19, bringing more than 400 students, teachers, and recruiters to campus.
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UW-Madison’s Walter Stern was recently featured in a report from Milwaukee’s NPR affiliate, WUWM-89.7 FM, which examined the end of Milwaukee’s Chapter 220 desegregation program. Stern is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. ​He is a historian of education and the author of a 2018 book titled, “Race and Education in New Orleans: Creating the Segregated City, 1764-1960.”
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07
UW-Madison alumna Edie Raether recently gave a TEDx talk on brain fitness for kids. In her presentation, she discusses setting goals for children and oneself, drawing on the new finding that people are able to alter DNA through their thoughts. Raether earned her undergraduate degree in occupational therapy from the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology in 1966.
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06
The Wisconsin State Journal (WSJ) recently covered UW-Madison student Shasparay Lighteard’s work on leading the new Black Arts Matter Festival. Lighteard, an undergraduate student working towards a degree in African American studies and a degree from the School of Education’s Department of Theatre and Drama, took the initiative last May to create a festival that celebrated black voices in the arts.

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