School of Education News

Fri
Feb
16
Think of the world as one big classroom. That is the concept behind Siftr, an online citizen-science platform created in 2015 by David Gagnon, director of Field Day Lab at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, to help promote fieldwork in schools. Siftr encourages people to learn more about the world by actually observing it, documenting discoveries through photographs and sharing their projects online at Siftr.org.
Fri
Feb
16
UW-Madison’s Lena Batt was nominated by the university and selected to participate in the 2018 David L. Clark Seminar, a two-day event for emerging educational administration and policy scholars. The seminar is sponsored by the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Divisions A and L, and University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). Batt is a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies, where she also earned her master’s degree.
Thu
Feb
15
Second-grade teacher Laura Treat wanted a master’s degree, but she didn’t want to take a break from inspiring her students at a Mequon, Wis., elementary school. By enrolling in ​the UW-Madison School of Education's Master of Science for Professional Educators program, she not only kept teaching, but also gained aptitude and confidence to create a school-wide reading program.
Thu
Feb
15
UW-Madison recently hosted its annual Day of Play, a community outreach initiative for elementary school students and their families. The event, which took place at UW-Madison Natatorium on Friday, Feb. 9, was organized and administered through a partnership between Rec Sports and the School of Education's Physical Education Teacher Education program. The two groups worked together to develop and facilitate engaging, age-appropriate activities for the kids. The PE students brought their excellent planning and teaching skills to an already well-established campus event by leading the games and activities.
Wed
Feb
14
Three finalists to become the School of Education’s Associate Dean for Communications, Advancement and Engagement will be delivering public presentations and take part in a question-and-answer session later this month as part of the interview process. The Associate Dean will be leading an expanded Office of Communications, Advancement and Engagement. The individual will bring together a diverse and collaborative team that will design and implement a comprehensive and integrated communications and marketing strategy focused on advancement, recruitment and research communications to raise the profile of the School and enhance impact.
Wed
Feb
14
UW-Madison's Faisal Abdu'Allah and his latest exhibition was featured in an article from Artimage.org. The article revolves around Abdu'Allah's exhibition "The Duppy Conqueror & Other Works." He tells Artimage that the art showcases his alter-ego named the Duppy Conqueror, who is a spirit that highlights social inequities. “The Duppy Conqueror & Other Works” is on display at Autograph ABP in London until April 14. Abdu’Allah is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Art Department and the faculty director of The Studio, UW-Madison's Creative Arts Community.
Wed
Feb
14
UW-Madison's Arts Institute welcomes Sheron Wray as the spring 2018 interdisciplinary artist in residence. Wray’s residency is hosted by the School of Education's Art Department, with co-sponsoring departments of Art History, Dance, Afro-American Studies and African Cultural Studies. The faculty lead is Associate Professor Faisal Abdu’Allah of the Art Department. Wray self-titles as a “Performance Architect,” and has developed a theory and practice called Embodiology, a neo-African approach to contemporary dance improvisation.
Tue
Feb
13
The Discussion Project is a new professional development initiative created at the UW–Madison School of Education to help instructors both facilitate high-quality classroom discussions and prepare their students to participate in them. “Discussion-rich classrooms are valuable because students hear multiple perspectives and learn how to engage civilly with those holding opposing views, and that’s an important skill in a democracy,” says School of Education Dean Diana Hess.
Tue
Feb
13
Grand Challenges teams will showcase their Transform proposals submitted for funding on Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Attendees to the poster fair can come speak with Grand Challenges teams about their proposals, see posters created by ​students from the School of Education's Art Department and have a complimentary lunch. The School of Education's Grand Challenges initiative aims to connect the School of Education with community partners to "identity and address critical problems in education, health and the arts."
Mon
Feb
12
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is presenting a solo exhibition by UW-Madison's José Carlos Teixeira through May 20 in the Imprint Gallery. Teixeira is a faculty member with the School of Education's Art Department. In the exhibit, Teixeira explores themes of the complexities of immigration, belonging and exile. Titled "José Carlos Teixeira: ON EXILE," the work is a two-part exhibition featuring video essays.
Mon
Feb
12
UW-Madison's Deborah Smrz has been selected to present her work at the Young Designers' Forum (YDF) at the 2018 United States Institute for Theatre Technology conference in March. Smrz is pursuing a master of fine arts degree in lighting with the School of Education's Department of Theatre and Drama. Smrz was selected from a large pool of graduating MFA and undergrad design students across the country by a professional panel.
Fri
Feb
09
There is a new video report explaining "Learning with Visuals," a vlog from UW-Madison's Martina Rau that is an effort to better connect her education research with people outside the realm of academia. Rau directs the Learning Representations and Technology Lab on campus, which studies how educational technologies can best support student learning with visuals. The video examining Rau’s work was produced by MERIT video producer Eric Rajala.
Fri
Feb
09
UW-Madison's Matthew Hora's research was included in a recent report from The Chronicle of Higher Education headlined, "Over Time, Humanities Grads Close the Pay Gap with Professional Peers." The Chronicle article discusses research saying humanities majors track closely to other fields in the areas of job security, job location and opportunities for advancement. This report should "contradict the popular narrative about under-employed baristas and the need to redirect students away from these disciplines," Hora ​tells The Chronicle.
Thu
Feb
08
UW-Madison's Amy Bellmore was recently interviewed by Wisconsin Public Radio about a study she co-authored about how having a diverse group of peers impacts academic performance. The study, published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, examined who sixth-graders chose to sit with at lunch. The study found that the students who sat with peers from other racial or ethnic groups had higher grades.
Thu
Feb
08
The School of Education has named Francesca Rodriquez as its new strategic program coordinator for the Dean’s Office. She begins her new position Feb. 8. In this role, Rodriquez will lead inquiry projects that are time sensitive and require collaboration both on and off campus. This work will produce recommendations for what the School might consider doing in the future in terms of solving a problem or taking advantage of, or creating, an opportunity.
Wed
Feb
07
Many Art Department faculty members and alumni ​are being featured in the 2018 Wisconsin Artists Biennial from Feb. 3 through April 8 at the Museum of Wisconsin Art. Every two years, the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend showcases the most "compelling, engaging, inventive and unique art" from the state's artists. The 2018 Wisconsin Artists Biennial will showcase the work of 46 Wisconsin artists and explore a "wide spectrum of media and creative perspectives."
Wed
Feb
07
In a campus tradition dating back a decade, UW-Madison’s annual class of Outstanding Women of Color awardees will be recognized at a reception on Thursday, Feb. 22. And among those being honored this year are two faculty members with the School of Education, Taucia Gonzalez and Helen Lee.
Tue
Feb
06
At the "Arts Agôn: February Arts Research Forum," arts researchers will share their work with each other and UW-Madison campus colleagues. The Feb. 15 forum aims to create connections and encourage dialogue. The event will feature a Community Arts Collaboratory presentation with Erica Halverson, Kate Corby, Faisal Abdu’Allah and Stephanie Richards. These faculty and staff are partnering in the Arts Collaboratory to develop evaluation tools that can measure and ​demonstrate the impact of their various arts-based education programs.
Tue
Feb
06
The School of Education's Laura P. Minero is among this year's campus wide teaching assistant award winners. Minero won an Exceptional Service Award. Minero is a fourth-year Ph.D. student with the Department of Counseling Psychology who has taught a range of courses over the past four years. In teaching, Minero said she enjoys having the opportunity to create an environment that empowers students in both their learning and their identities. “I love influencing students to feel confident in themselves and finding more doors to walk through when one closes on them,” she said.
Mon
Feb
05
The School of Education has named Elizabeth Jach as its new policy and planning analyst. She begins her new position Feb. 5. The policy and planning analyst works closely with the dean and senior staff on School of Education data assessment, program and accreditation reviews, national surveys and reports, enrollment and revenue forecasting, and ad hoc data requests. Jach also will work with other School and campus data stakeholders, and the Office of Academic Planning and Institutional Research.

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