School of Education News

Thu
Jan
04
UW-Madison’s Faisal Abdu’Allah was recently showcased in The Capital Times as part of the newspaper’s annual “Bright Ideas” feature. Abdu'Allah is an associate professor of printmaking with the School of Education’s Art Department and the faculty director of The Studio: Creative Arts Community. This is the fifth year Cap Times reporters have asked several Madisonians to share their "bright ideas" for the new year. Abdu’Allah writes: “I want somebody to sponsor a building that has a gallery space for young people under the age of 18 who can have exhibitions, like a young person’s museum.”
Thu
Jan
04
Dane Cook, a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, will be receiving a 2018 Postdoc Mentoring Award from UW-Madison’s Postdoctoral Association. This honor is a way of recognizing excellent mentors across the university and the work they put into students’ daily research lives and career development.
Wed
Jan
03
Madison’s local CBS affiliate, WISC-TV/Ch. 3, recently reported on the World Health Organization’s decision to include “excessive video gaming” in its draft of the 2018 International Classification of Diseases. UW-Madison’s Michael Beall explains to WISC that he believes this classification is a step backward for gaming, which he sees as a positive influence in people's lives. Beall is director of GEAR Learning, an educational gaming development center that is part of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research in the School of Education.
Wed
Jan
03
The UW-Madison Arts Institute's Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program has selected two artists to teach in residence and conduct community outreach for the 2018-19 academic year. Playwright, producer, social entrepreneur and policy researcher Stuart Flack will join the university for the Fall 2018 semester, followed by multidisciplinary media artist Rashaad Newsome in Spring 2019. Newsome's residency is hosted by the School of Education's Art Department, with Stephen Hilyard as lead faculty. Co-sponsors include the School's Dance Department.
Tue
Jan
02
UW-Madison alumna Emily Schroeder, a dual language teacher at Madison's Lincoln Elementary, and Bill Quackenbush, the Ho-Chunk Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, played leading roles in pulling together and publishing a new trilingual children's book titled, "The Ho-Chunk Courting Flute." The book is told in English, Spanish and Ho-Chunk, and has three QR codes that one can scan and that allows a person to listen to Native speakers read the story in all three languages. A book release party is being held Jan. 5.
Thu
Dec
28
A new report from a research-practice partnership between the UW–Madison School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research and the Madison Metropolitan School District finds that, overall, students who enrolled in MMSD 4K experienced slightly stronger literacy skills and slightly higher teacher ratings of engaging in consistently high classroom effort in kindergarten. The Madison Education Partnership researchers note that MMSD’s 4K students of color, as well as those from families with lower incomes and those whose parents ended their formal education at high school, show significantly stronger literacy skills at the beginning of five-year-old kindergarten than similar students who did not enroll in 4K.
Thu
Dec
28
The online news magazine OZY.com earlier this month asked its readers, “Should private education be banned?” OZY.com then reached out to UW-Madison’s Julie Underwood to get her thoughts on the topic. “There’s something to be said for diversity in all sorts of ways, including diversity of how we deliver education,” Underwood tells OZY.com. “My concern about private schools mainly is their constant need for public money and their unwillingness, for the most part, to comply with accountability measures.”
Wed
Dec
27
Inside Higher Ed recently reported on two new academic research papers that are identifying some negative consequences linked to performance-based funding formulas being used in different places across the United States. And one of the new papers noted is from UW-Madison’s Nick Hillman, who has published several reports on this topic and is an associate professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Fri
Dec
22
UW-Madison’s Michael Dando played a key role in leading a Hip-Hop Architecture Camp earlier this year at the Madison Central Library, an initiative that was recently recognized by the Urban Libraries Council as a “top innovator” for 2017. Michael Ford, an architect designing the Universal Hip-Hop Museum in the Bronx, hip-hop artist Rob “Dz” Franklin and Dando led workshops in urban planning and architecture at the library for kids ages 10 to 15 in February 2017. The students listened to and discussed popular hip-hop tracks that address urban life and social justice before planning neighborhoods, parks and buildings based on their ideas for what Madison needs.
Thu
Dec
21
UW-Madison alumnus Tom Grade was recently profiled in the Waunakee Tribune in an article headlined, "Tom Grade: An artist and teacher who carves wood." Grade earned his art education certification from the School of Education in 1957. "I’ve always been interested in art but my strongest suit is teaching and inspiring,” Grade told the Waunakee Tribune.
Wed
Dec
20
Time magazine recently posted an article putting the spotlight on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ controversial first year, and UW-Madison’s Michael Apple was among the experts the publication reached out to in an effort to put these topics in perspective. Apple is the John Bascom Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies.
Wed
Dec
20
UW-Madison’s Arts Institute recently announced the winners of it’s 2018 Awards in the Creative Arts, and three people with ties to the School of Education are being honored. Andrea Harris, an associate professor with the Dance Department, is receiving an Emily Mead Baldwin Award, while J Myszka Lewis, a curator with the Art Department’s Tandem Press, is receiving the Edna Wiechers Arts in Wisconsin Award. In addition, master of fine arts candidates and collaborators Maria Wood of the Design Studies Department and Leigh Garcia of the School of Education’s Art Department are receiving a Sinaiko Frank Graduate Fellowship for a Woman in the Arts.
Tue
Dec
19
Mark Tauscher, an alumnus of UW-Madison’s School of Education, is being inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, the team announced earlier this month. Tauscher is a former Badger and Packer offensive lineman who graduated from UW-Madison in 1999 before going on to earn his master’s degree in educational administration from the School of Education in 2003. He also served a three-year term on the School of Education's Board of Visitors. Tauscher will be inducted on July 21.
Tue
Dec
19
The call for proposals is now open for the 2018 MSAN Institute, which is scheduled for April 26-27 at The Madison Concourse Hotel. Housed within the School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), the Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) is a national coalition of multiracial, mid-sized, suburban-urban school districts working to understand and eliminate the effects of institutionalized racism on student achievement.
Mon
Dec
18
Two of UW–Madison’s top fundraising priorities received a significant boost on Monday, Dec. 18 as donors John and Tashia Morgridge announced a new $20 million gift to the university’s All Ways Forward campaign to support faculty excellence and student scholarships. "We believe these two priorities align well with our beliefs in what helps make UW-Madison a special place," said Tashia Morgridge, a 1955 graduate of the School of Education who currently serves on the School’s Board of Visitors. "John and I feel strongly that now, more than ever, our faculty and our students need private support to help them reach their goals."
Sun
Dec
17
UW-Madison's School of Education put a spotlight on its newest class of graduates by hosting its annual pre-commencement celebration on Sunday morning, Dec. 17, at the Gordon Dining and Event Center. Prior to heading over to the Kohl Center to walk across the stage at the university’s Winter 2017 commencement ceremony, students from the School of Education enjoyed breakfast, heard from Dean Diana Hess, and hung out with faculty and staff, family and friends. Make sure and check out photo galleries of the big day that are posted to the School of Education’s Facebook Page.
Fri
Dec
15
UW-Madison’s Claudia Persico recently appeared on “Marketplace” to discuss Superfund sites. Persico is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Her research interests include inequality, the intersection between environmental and education policy, and the influence of interventions and environmental conditions on children with disabilities.
Thu
Dec
14
The latest edition of Learning Connections, the School of Education’s alumni magazine, is now posted online. In the Fall 2017 issue we hope to pique your curiosity and deepen your appreciation of the School by spotlighting a sampling of the many ways in which faculty, staff and students are developing creative programs, conducting leading-edge research and advancing innovative tools — all of which can help us better address the many challenges of the modern world.
Thu
Dec
14
Just more than 1,000 students will take part in the 2017 UW-Madison winter commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Kohl Center. Keynote speakers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, two of Hollywood's top storytellers, will deliver the charge to graduates. They'll recount how they turned an undergraduate friendship at UW-Madison into a successful writing-and-producing partnership.
Wed
Dec
13
As the fall semester and 2017 come to a close, the Morgridge Center for Public Service will be saying goodbye to one of its beloved staff members as Kathy Cramer will be stepping down as the faculty director and returning to a full-time position as a professor in the Political Science department. Cramer will be pursuing multiple research projects focusing on public opinion, civic engagement and deliberative democracy. The Morgridge Center for Public Service is administratively housed within the School of Education.

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