School of Education News

Wed
Jan
18
Noel Radomski, associate researcher and managing director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), offered commentary in a Wisconsin State Journal article discussing the implications of Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to cut tuition for University of Wisconsin System students.
Wed
Jan
18
The Wisconsin State Journal recently put the spotlight on a unique and innovative class at Clark Street Community School in Middleton that uses hip hop as its foundation. And UW-Madison’s Michael Dando, the newspaper explains, is playing a leading role in making this course a reality. Dando is a Ph.D. candidate with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The newspaper report also quotes Professor Carl Grant, a scholar of multicultural education who is Dando's graduate adviser.
Wed
Jan
18
UW-Madison alumna Karen Searles was recently named the Dance Educator of the Year by the Texas Dance Educator’s Association (TDEA). Searles received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a BS in Dance Education from the School of Education’s Dance Department in 2004. Today, Searles leads the dance program at Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock, Texas.
Wed
Jan
18
The call for proposals is now open for the 2017 MSAN Institute on Equity Leadership and Cultural Competence being held April 27-28 at The Concourse Hotel in Madison. 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. The Institute, MSAN’s annual conference, is an intensive two-day professional learning opportunity dedicated to sharing cutting-edge strategies for furthering equity-focused leadership and building cultural competence in K-12 schools.
Tue
Jan
17
UW-Madison’s Lisa Cadmus-Bertram recently appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The Larry Meiller Show” to talk about a research project she is leading that is examining how to motivate cancer patients to become more physically active. Cadmus-Bertram is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology. She directs the Wisconsin Physical Activity Epidemiology Lab and is a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control program at the UW Carbone Cancer Center, where the clinical trial is housed.
Tue
Jan
17
In an op-ed published by the Los Angeles Times, UW-Madison alumnus Mark Paige and co-author Bruce Meredith argue that it’s time to dismantle the U.S. Department of Education. Paige earned a master’s (2006) and Ph.D. (2011) from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and also graduated from the university’s Law School in 2007.
Mon
Jan
16
UW-Madison’s Lesley Bartlett and alumna Frances Vavrus are co-authors of a recently released book that examines a new and innovative way to conduct research of policy and practice across multiple social fields. Bartlett is a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. Vavrus earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction and is now a professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.
Mon
Jan
16
UW-Madison alumnus Travis Graves recently received an Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Johnson City Press reports. Graves earned his Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from the School of Education’s Art Department in 2003. Today he is an associate professor of sculpture with East Tennessee State University’s (ETSU) Department of Art and Design.
Fri
Jan
13
UW-Madison’s David Kaplan and colleagues at the German Institute for International Education Research recently published a new book examining the methodology and research behind the highly publicized Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) global education survey. Kaplan, the Patricia Busk Professor of Quantitative Methods with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology, worked on this project during the 2015-16 academic year while he was visiting Germany as a Humboldt Research Award scholar.
Thu
Jan
12
Students, faculty and staff are invited to the 2017 UW-Madison MLK Day Celebration on Monday, Jan. 16 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in Union South. The event will recognize and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as the many ways UW-Madison students, faculty and staff embody King’s spirit of service. The celebration will feature a free lunch, student speakers, conversation, an art project and a food drive.
Thu
Jan
12
The Clarion-Ledger newspaper out of Jackson, Mississippi, recently published a report examining proposed teacher merit pay legislation in that state. And among the experts the Clarion-Ledger turned to in an effort to put this topic in perspective is UW-Madison’s Carolyn Kelley, a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. The report notes that it’s not yet clear how, exactly, the legislation will be implemented, and Kelley explains that the research on whether merit pay incentive programs actually work is mixed.
Wed
Jan
11
Education Week blogger Rick Hess published his annual rankings of the most influential education scholars in the United States on Jan. 11, and UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings is ranked No. 3 on this year’s list. UW-Madison's Geoffrey Borman, Adam Gamoran and John Witte also made the list of the top 200.
Wed
Jan
11
The work of UW-Madison’s Robert Enright is highlighted in a recent magazine article from the American Psychological Association that’s headlined, “Forgiveness can improve mental and physical health: Research shows how to get there.” Enright has pioneered the study of forgiveness in locations across the globe for three decades. He is a professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology and is a co-founder of the International Forgiveness Institute.
Tue
Jan
10
UW-Madison’s Xueli Wang served as editor of ​a special issue of New Directions for Institutional Research titled, "Studying Transfer in Higher Education: New Approaches to Enduring and Emerging Topics."
Tue
Jan
10
Brava magazine released its 2017 “Women to Watch” list and two people with ties to UW-Madison’s School of Education are highlighted in the recently released January issue. Christin Calloway, a current Ph.D. student with the School of Education, and Ilana Nankin, an alumna of the School, are among the women being recognized. Brava magazine's 2017 Women to WatchIn previewing its annual “Women to Watch” feature, Brava writes, “Meet 26 influential women who will make Madison -– and good things -– happen in 2017.”
Mon
Jan
09
In recent years, The Capital Times newspaper has asked Madisonians to share “bright ideas” they have for the upcoming year. And among the people being featured by the Cap Times in 2017 is UW-Madison’s Meg Mitchell. The faculty member with the School of Education's Art Department will be assembling a hoppy art installation on the rooftop of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.
Fri
Jan
06
UW-Madison's Edward Hubbard and Department of Educational Psychology colleague Percival Matthews are conducting neuroscience-based research on fractions. What makes them so challenging for people -- and how can we most effectively teach children about fractions? The researchers are trying to answer these questions by finding out which areas of the brain are involved in learning fractions and how current classroom teaching techniques engage these brain regions.
Thu
Jan
05
The Hechinger Report recently produced an article that examines how state budget cuts to higher education across the nation have hit colleges that serve the neediest students the hardest. Among the experts interviewed in an effort to put this topic in perspective is UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman. The associate professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis notes that some higher education policies aren't just reinforcing inequality -- they're exacerbating it.
Wed
Jan
04
UW-Madison alumna Sister Michaela Melko was named a professor emeritus during Silver Lake College’s winter commencement ceremony Dec. 17 in Manitowoc, Wis. Melko received a Ph.D. from UW-Madison’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1974.
Tue
Jan
03
Madison’s local CBS affiliate, WISC-TV/Ch. 3, recently put the spotlight on a research project that’s being led by UW-Madison’s Lisa Cadmus-Bertram. The 12-week randomized trial is examining if a Fitbit and online coaching can help cancer survivors remain more active. Cadmus-Bertram is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, and director of the Wisconsin Physical Activity Epidemiology Lab.

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