School of Education News

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Stephanie Budge was recently named the new faculty director for the Advancing Health Equity and Diversity (AHEAD) program, which is administered via UW-Madison’s Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE). Budge is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology at UW-Madison. Budge was a recipient of a 2017 ICTR AHEAD Pilot Grant for her project, “Psychotherapy minority stress interventions for transgender patients: A pilot randomized controlled trial."
Tue
May
29
UW-Madison’s Aydin Bal is the lead author on a new research paper that presents the first formative intervention study in the United States that addresses racial disparities in discipline at a public high school. The article, which appears in the American Educational Research Journal (AERJ), is titled, “Culturally Responsive School Discipline: Implementing Learning Lab at a High School for Systemic Transformation.” The report is co-authored with Kemal Afacan and Halil Ibrahim Cakir, both of whom are pursuing doctorates at UW-Madison in special education.
Tue
May
29
Over the next two years, two research studies funded by UW-Madison’s Center for Research on College to Workforce Transitions (CCWT) will help reveal how two types of college students –- Latinx parents attending community college and undergraduate anthropology majors -– transition to work and life after college. “The goal of these awards is to support applied research that will create new knowledge about how college students experience their transitions from college to work,” states Matt Hora, CCWT director. Hora, a UW–Madison education research scientist and assistant professor, launched the center a year ago in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, part of the university’s School of Education.
Mon
May
28
A commentary posted earlier this month in the San Diego Union Tribune that examines a revised higher education budget proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown utilizes research from UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman to question the governor’s plan. More than two-thirds of states are either developing or using some sort of performance-based funding for public colleges and universities, with performance being tracked in areas such as graduation rates and degree production numbers. Hillman, who has studied these performance-based formulas extensively, argues that this way of distributing funding is rarely effective.
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May
28
On Wisconsin magazine, a publication for UW-Madison alumni, recently put the spotlight on Jeff Butler, a current student with the School of Education’s Art Department. Butler first arrived at UW-Madison in 1976, but left in the 1980s without his diploma to pursue a successful career as an artist. “Before college, drawing was just an intuitive thing that I did,” Butler tells On Wisconsin. “College was the first time I started paying attention to the formal and academic aspects of creating art.”
Sun
May
27
The Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (WACTE) presented awards to 59 outstanding educators from across Wisconsin in April, including three people who graduated from UW-Madison’s School of Education. Radeen Yang, an alumna of the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, received an Early Career Educator Award. Ellen Boyle and Tonya Rasmussen received a Pre-Service Educator Award, which is presented to an outstanding educator who has demonstrated a sustained pattern of mentoring pre-service educators for at least five years.
Fri
May
25
Three finalists to become the UW-Madison School of Education’s Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion will be delivering public presentations and take part in a question-and-answer session as part of the interview process.
Fri
May
25
New Orleans Public Radio (WWNO) recently interviewed UW-Madison’s Walter Stern about his new book that focuses on the historical intersection of race and education in that city. Earlier this month, his new book, “Race and Education in New Orleans: Creating the Segregated City, 1764-1960,” was released. WWNO explains how Stern's work "is the history of how New Orleans schools were used to funnel the city’s limited resources to white residents for more than 200 years. It’s also the story of how black residents have fought tirelessly for educational equality.”
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May
25
Kyree Brooks, a special education master’s degree student with the School of Education, is featured in a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report that’s headlined, “Wisconsin alums use #BlackandHooded to recognize African-Americans earning advanced degrees.” "Males I grew up with had no intention of getting a master's degree," Brooks, a graduate of Rufus King High School in Milwaukee, who was also featured in the report, tells the Journal Sentinel. "It's important to see people like yourself and others in educational spaces. It's about planting the seed, believing you can be there, too."
Thu
May
24
In the latest edition of UW-Madison’s alumni magazine, On Wisconsin, reporter John Allen conducts a Q&A with Aaron Bird Bear, an assistant dean for Student Diversity Programs in the School of Education. Bird Bear, the report explains, fills numerous roles: recruiting and retaining students from underrepresented communities, overseeing the summer College Access Program, and serving as a consultant for American Indian Curriculum Services. He also co-leads a group that is creating signs honoring the Native American presence in the campus area — ones that will present messages in both English and Ho-Chunk.
Thu
May
24
UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman and Daniel Corral authored a blog post that examines how minority serving institutions fare under performance-based funding policies that many states are turning to. Hillman is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and a faculty affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE). Corral is a Ph.D. student with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Wed
May
23
Have you heard of ALTELLA? It’s a new project at WCER that helps states develop federally mandated assessments for English language learners with significant cognitive disabilities, a K-12 population largely overlooked in the U.S.
Wed
May
23
Learn what Madison Education Partnership (MEP) researchers discovered about excused and unexcused absences in Madison’s public schools. MEP is the research-practice partnership between the UW–Madison School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) and MMSD.
Thu
May
17
The National Academy of Education (NAEd) on May 17 announced the recipients of the 2018 NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral and Dissertation Fellowships, and four scholars from UW-Madison are receiving support. Walter Stern, an assistant professor with the Department of Educational Policy Studies, is receiving a Postdoctoral Fellowship, while Ph.D. students Gwen Baxley, Giselle Martinez Negrette and Stacy Priniski ​are being awarded Dissertation Fellowships. These prestigious fellowships provide funding and professional development to early-career researchers whose projects address critical issues in the history, theory or practice of formal or informal education, at the national and international levels.
Thu
May
17
UW-Madison’s Mitchell Nathan and Sadhana Puntambekar each were recently elected as a Fellow of the International Society of Learning Sciences (ISLS). Both are faculty members with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology, and the honor is in recognition of their “substantial contributions to the learning sciences.”
Tue
May
15
UW-Madison's Julie Underwood will speak at the "Keeping the 'Public' in Public Schools," forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Dane County on June 6. Underwood is the Susan Engeleiter Professor of Education Law, Policy, and Practice, and the former dean of the School of Education. Underwood will be discussing the many changes afoot in Wisconsin education policy, including expanding voucher programs and the changes in state funding over the last few budget cycles.
Thu
May
10
UW-Madison's Walter Stern was quoted in a story from Wisconsin Public Television's WisContext addressing parallels between recent gun control student marches and historical examples of student activism. Stern is an assistant professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Policy Studies. Student activism is a topic Stern is researching and exploring in his current course, "The History of Student Activism." In the WPT report, Stern specifically draws parallels between current gun control student marches and Selma marches during the civil rights-era.
Wed
May
09
WISCAPE, hosted its inaugural summit, Educating a Diverse Wisconsin, on April 26 at Dejope Residence Hall at UW-Madison.
Wed
May
09
UW-Madison announced that 18 students have been selected to receive grants through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2018-2019 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. And among those receiving this prestigious honor is the School of Education’s Britta Pigorsch, who earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education and political science. Pigorsch is one of eight UW-Madison finalists to be awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants for English Teaching Assistantships. Pigorsch will be taking her talents to the Netherlands with this Fulbright award.
Tue
May
08
The Grand Challenges initiative developed in UW–Madison’s School of Education, which aims to ignite cross-disciplinary innovation, has awarded grants to four projects that display the potential to transform lives by supporting young people and families in Wisconsin. “I am so excited about how the Grand Challenges initiative has provided support for our faculty and staff to work in collaboration with community organizations and others from across UW–Madison to develop new interdisciplinary teams,” says School of Education Dean Diana Hess.

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