School of Education News

Fri
Oct
19
Seven students from across UW-Madison — including two from the School of Education — have been selected as recipients of the highly competitive Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Awards. Diana Famakinwa, who is being advised by Lesley Bartlett, will examine, "Africa’s secret weapon — A case study of diaspora engagement in Nigerian higher education.” And Choua Xiong, who is being advised by Stacey Lee, is studying, “Activating Hmongness in Thai Schools – Hmong Negotiation of Citizenship and Belonging in Northern Thailand.”
Thu
Oct
18
The Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) recently announced its annual award winners leading up to the organization’s 2018 conference, and two faculty members with UW-Madison’s School of Education are receiving significant recognition. Jerlando Jackson is receiving the CEP Mildred García Award for Exemplary Scholarship (Senior), while Nicholas Hillman will be recognized with the CPPHE Excellence in Public Policy in Higher Education (Individual) Award. The 43rd annual ASHE Conference runs Nov. 15 to 17 at the Tampa, Florida, Marriott Waterside Hotel, with the awards ceremony taking place on Friday evening, Nov. 16.
Wed
Oct
17
Inside UW-Madison recently put the spotlight on the School of Education’s Simon Goldberg in the latest installment of its “New Faculty Focus” segment, a Q&A feature that highlights new faculty members across campus. 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. Goldberg explains that he “fell in love” with meditation in college, struck by its simple yet powerful techniques. His focus has expanded to include mental health in military veterans.
Wed
Oct
17
Three people with ties to UW-Madison’s Dance Department each presented work at the recently completed DUMBO Dance Festival in New York. Lyndsay Lewis, who earned her undergraduate degree from the department in 2017, plus Assistant Professor Marlene Skog and Professor Jin-Wen Yu, took part in the event, which ran Oct. 11-14 at the Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Tue
Oct
16
Wisconsin Life recently produced an in-depth look at the remarkable work of UW-Madison’s Helen Lee, who is a master glassblower. Lee is a faculty member with the School of Education’s Art Department, where she heads the university’s highly regarded Glass Lab. “Glass has this really alien behavior,” muses Lee. “How do you interact with something that’s changing its behavior as you work with it? It’s just really captivating to me.” The report explains how Lee’s glass artwork has been exhibited across the globe and how growing up bilingual, much of her work explores language.
Mon
Oct
15
The School of Education’s Andy Garbacz is one of 10 people from across the UW-Madison campus to be named to a new Morgridge Fellows program. The Morgridge Center for Public Service is launching this new professional development program to further institutionalize and support community engaged scholarship at the university. Garbacz is an assistant professor with the Department of Educational Psychology whose research focuses on developing and testing family centered and family-school partnership interventions to promote children’s social behavioral competencies and reduce the risk of later problem behavior.
Mon
Oct
15
UW-Madison’s Department of Kinesiology is welcoming John Raglin to campus on Oct. 25 to deliver the annual William P. Morgan Lecture. Raglin is the director of graduate studies in the Department of Kinesiology at Indiana University-Bloomington. His research has examined psychological factors associated with performance in athletes. In addition, Raglin’s writings focus on methodological issues in sport and exercise psychology research, with a specific emphasis on the placebo effect.
Fri
Oct
12
UW-Madison’s Rachelle Winkle-Wagner is the lead author on a paper that was recently published in the American Educational Research Journal that examines expectations placed on black women in higher education. The report is co-authored with Bridget Turner Kelly of the University of Maryland's College of Education, Courtney Luedke of UW-Whitewater and Tangela Blakely Reavis of Tulane University. Luedke and Reavis both earned their doctorates from UW-Madison’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Fri
Oct
12
Education Week recently put out a special report that takes an in-depth look at what skills students need for the workplace and among the range of experts Education Week uses to put this topic in perspective is UW-Madison’s Matthew Hora. He is 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
Oct
11
Warrington Colescott, an innovative printmaker and emeritus faculty member with UW-Madison’s Art Department, passed away in September, the New York Times reports. The Times explains how Colescott “deftly navigated the intersection between tragedy and high comedy with biting etchings about civil rights, history, politics and the Internal Revenue Service (which audited him).” He died on Sept. 10 at his farmhouse in Hollandale, Wis., the Times reports, at age 97. Colescott joined UW-Madison in 1949, where he taught painting and printmaking for 37 years, the Times reports.
Wed
Oct
10
The Capital Times newspaper used the cover of its Oct. 3 edition to put the spotlight on four talented artists with ties to the School of Education’s Art Department. The artists being featured are: Anwar Floyd-Pruitt, who recently started his second year with the Art Department’s master of fine arts program; Tomiko Jones, a photographer and new faculty member with the Art Department; Evan Gruzis, an alumnus who earned his BFA from the Art Department in 2002; and Alaura Borealis, who earned an undergraduate degree from the Art Department in 2012.
Wed
Oct
10
UW-Madison’s Ellie Bruecker studies FAFSA completion rates and is a doctoral student with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. When it comes to FAFSA completion rates, Bruecker says, "Wisconsin's got some work to do." Bruecker adds in the USA Today-Network Wisconsin report: "We’ve tracked completion last year and this year, but the patterns we noted in the (2016 study) are pretty consistent. We really haven't done anything to close the gaps in socioeconomic and race."
Tue
Oct
09
UW–Madison senior Gabbie Taschwer and two fellow members of the 2018 USA Water Ski Show Team just became the first female trio ever to perform a triple helicopter spin in competition. The record-setting feat occurred Sept. 8 at the Show Ski World Championships in Ontario, Canada. The three sailed off a ski jump, spun 360 degrees in the air, and stuck the landing. Taschwer is earning her undergraduate degree from the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology.
Mon
Oct
08
UW-Madison’s Robert Enright is a professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. He is not — he is sure to emphasize — a physician. So how did Enright become involved with a study to prolong remissions for patients with the blood cancer, multiple myeloma? Enright will be discussing his groundbreaking work on forgiveness at the UW Carbone Cancer Center's annual fall conference. This year's focus will be the unique challenges faced by young adults with cancer.
Fri
Oct
05
Kate Corby's duet "Passing," performed last week as part of the 2018 Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, was reviewed by Lauren Warnecke for See Chicago Dance. Warnecke describes the duet as a "sort of purgatory" which plagues the dancers as they battle through a "beautiful boxing match." She writes that the pairing of dancers Erin Kilmurray and Mikey Rioux is "organic and natural" and refers to the piece as "a divine comedy." Corby is an associate professor and chair of the School of Education’s Dance Department.
Fri
Oct
05
Inside Higher Ed recently reported on the new “myStudentAid” mobile app that’s designed to help more applicants finish the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). And among the experts the digital media outlet used in putting this topic in perspective is UW-Madison’s Ellie Bruecker, a doctoral student with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Bruecker notes that she doesn’t expect the mobile app to move the needle for FAFSA completion among low-income students and students of color -- those who are most in need of federal assistance.
Thu
Oct
04
WISCAPE has released a new policy brief highlighting the effects of performance funding on various types of credential completions at community colleges.
Thu
Oct
04
The Wisconsin State Journal recently posted a report about Breathe For Change (B4C), a Madison-based company that’s designed to enhance the health and well-being of teachers, students and school communities through yoga, mindfulness and social-emotional learning. Breathe for Change was founded by Ilana Nankin, who earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2016. The State Journal reports: “The company runs the world’s only 200-hour Wellness and Yoga Teacher Training for Educators, and offers an app with recorded meditations and yoga classes as well as live interactive video sessions with wellness experts. It now employs 20 full-time team members and 125 part-time trainers, and has certified over 2,000 educators positively impacting over 250,000 students across the country.”
Wed
Oct
03
UW-Madison's David Williamson Shaffer has developed a new research method, known as quantitative ethnography, to tease out rich, real-time insights buried in the digital records we all generate on a daily basis. The tool weaves the study of culture with statistics to help understand human behavior. Shaffer is the university's Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Learning Sciences and is a faculty member with the School of Education's No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. He will deliver a presentation, "The Importance of Meaning: Going Beyond Mixed Methods to Turn Big Data into Real Understanding," at Union South on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from noon to 1 p.m.
Tue
Oct
02
The work of UW-Madison’s Elizabeth Graue was recently showcased in a “Research Minutes” podcast hosted on the CPRE Knowledge Hub website. As states increasingly call for standards-based Pre-K programs, teachers and administrators often struggle to balance traditional child development practice with external standards and policies. Graue is the lead author of a new, multi-state, comparative case study titled "What Guides Pre-K Programs?" In the podcast, Graue discusses her findings and their implications for Pre-K administrators, teachers and policymakers.

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