School of Education News

Fri
Mar
02
UW-Madison's Julie Underwood published another Under the Law column in Phi Delta Kappan magazine titled, "School uniforms, dress codes, and free expression: What's the balance?" Underwood is the Susan Engeleiter Professor of Education Law, Policy, and Practice at UW-Madison, and the former dean of the School of Education. She explains the difference between dress codes and uniforms, and also discusses the value of free expression and analyzes uniform policies that exist.
Fri
Mar
02
Kaleigh Pope is a Janesville, Wis., teacher who got her master’s degree online while continuing to teach. The M.S. for Professional Educators integrates courses from three School of Education departments — Educational Psychology, Curriculum & Instruction, and Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis — leading to a master of science in educational psychology. All courses emphasize practical applications for pre-K-12 teachers. “I found it great to be able to focus on my classroom during the school year and then work toward my master’s when it was convenient for me,” Pope said.
Fri
Mar
02
UW-Madison's Nicholas Hillman was featured in an Education Dive article for his contributions during a Feb. 21 panel discussion in Washington, D.C., hosted by Third Way, which is an education advocacy organization. The event was titled, “Behind the Bumper Sticker: Risk-Sharing.” Hillman is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Thu
Mar
01
UW-Madison's Department of Theatre and Drama is producing "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui," March 1-18 at the Ronald F. Mitchell Theatre in Vilas Hall. The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui" is by Bertolt Brecht, and adapted by George Taboriby. The show is a parable of corruption, power, and danger. It's Brecht’s reimagining of the rise of the Nazi power in Germany -- transposed to gangland Chicago. Small-time hood Arturo Ui climbs the ladder of authority, intimidating businesses and removing inconvenient obstacles through any means necessary. A satire of authoritarian impulses with all too relevant messages for today’s world.
Thu
Mar
01
UW-Madison’s David Williamson Shaffer will be delivering a keynote address at the Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference, which runs March 5-9, 2018, in Sydney, Australia. Shaffer is the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Learning Sciences with the No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. Shaffer is an expert on teaching and assessing 21st Century skills through educational games.
Thu
Mar
01
The Cooperative Children's Book Center published its annual diversity statistics for 2017, tracking the number of children's books by and about people of color and from First/Native Nations. The CCBC started tracking these numbers in 1985, documenting them in their annual best books listing, “CCBC Choices” publication. Today, the center housed within the School of Education also maintains a web page devoted to multicultural literature, including lists of recommended titles by age group. The CCBC received approximately 3,700 books in 2017, of which 340 had significant African or African American content or characters. Another 27 had significant American Indian/First Nations content or characters, 310 had significant Asian/Pacific or Asian/Pacific American content or characters, and 216 had significant Latinx content or characters.
Thu
Mar
01
UW-Madison alumna Jo Ann Heckroth Jansen continues to play basketball with the San Diego Splash at age 82, and was recently featured by On Wisconsin magazine. Jansen received her bachelor's degree in physical education from the UW-Madison School of Education in 1957. Jansen had a lifelong career of teaching physical education and special education before retiring at age 77. San Diego Splash, a basketball team for women over 80 years old, has gotten considerable attention after being covered by ESPN. However, Jansen is more focused on the positive impressions she and her team are leaving for young girls, saying, “They bring signs, and they cheer, and they stay for the whole game. I think they look up to us.”
Wed
Feb
28
UW-Madison's Paula McAvoy was recently quoted in a report from U.S. News about "Balancing Politics and Public Schools," in the aftermath of tragedies ​that spur student activism. McAvoy is the director of The Discussion Project, and the program director for the Center for Ethics and Education, which is housed within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the School of Education. McAvoy is co-author of the book, “The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education.” She wrote that publication with School of Education Dean Diana Hess, the Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education at UW-Madison.
Wed
Feb
28
UW-Madison alumna Jennifer Seelig’s dissertation research examining educational policy in rural Wisconsin is receiving recognition from two different groups associated with the American Educational Research Association -- Division L (educational policy and politics) and the rural education special interest group. Seelig received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies in 2017. Her ethnographic study examines a small town in Northern Wisconsin. "I am very pleased that my colleagues acknowledge the importance of considering the effects of educational policies in rural contexts," says Seelig.
Wed
Feb
28
UW-Madison's Peggy Choy will be in Prague to set new ensemble work on the Kintari Dance Company. Choy also showcased two new solos as part of the 2018 Year of the Dog Songfest on Feb. 23 and Kolem světa on March 11. Additionally, Choy will teach two workshops, including the Prague Theater Conservatory. Choy is an associate professor with the School of Education's Dance Department.
Tue
Feb
27
UW–Madison alumnus Takeo Fujikura is founder of Kanjiyama Mime, a leading professional mime company in Japan. He has developed his own performance style by discarding what some might deem essential to miming — the silence. Fujikura received his Ph.D. in educational drama from UW–Madison in 2006. He is also currently a faculty member at Sophia University and Waseda University in Tokyo.
Tue
Feb
27
An article from Expedia's Viewfinder travel blog named Madison one of the country's top artistic towns, with special acknowledgements to the UW-Madison Art Department. The piece starts by recommending the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Concerts on the Roof series at Monona Terrace and the Chazen Museum of Art. "Check out the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Art Department exhibits at several galleries if you want to get insider knowledge on new generations of creators and visionaries," explains Expedia in its ViewFinder travel blog.
Mon
Feb
26
Li Chiao-Ping Dance will present "ARENA" at the Overture Center for the Arts on March 2-4. Li is a Vilas Research Professor and a faculty member with the School of Education’s Dance Department. She formed Li Chiao Ping Dance in 1990. "ARENA" features new works choreographed by Li and performed by her company. The show will shift attention to abstract expression through the dancing body. The Promenade Hall location will work to give each audience member a unique perspective of the performance.
Mon
Feb
26
The work of UW-Madison's Lynda Barry ​is being featured in the "Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists," exhibit at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The "Drawn to Purpose" exhibit will be on display through Oct. 20 and will showcase almost 70 works by 43 artists in two rotations. Barry is an award-winning author and cartoonist with the School of Education's Art Department. The associate professor of interdisciplinary creativity holds the Chazen Family Distinguished Chair in Art.
Sun
Feb
25
Adam Nelson, an alumnus of UW-Madison, was selected to receive the 2018 Dissertation of the Year Award from the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA). Nelson earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2017. Nelson’s dissertation is titled, "Learning and Development as a Result of Student Conduct Administration." Reviewers noted how Nelson’s dissertation is contributing to the field’s knowledge base and professional practice, adding that his research methodology was sound and thorough.
Sun
Feb
25
UW-Madison’s Alyssa Ramírez Stege has been selected for induction into the Bouchet Graduate House Society this spring. She is a Ph.D. student with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology. This is a national award in recognition of Ramírez Stege's exemplary qualities of character, leadership and advocacy for traditionally underrepresented students. Ramírez Stege's has been a campus leader providing mentoring and mental health support to underrepresented students at UW-Madison.
Sat
Feb
24
UW-Madison’s Office of Child Care and Family Resources (OCCFR) recently learned that Eagle’s Wing Child Care, UW Preschool Lab and Little Chicks Learning Academy earned National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA). The accreditation process took more than a year to complete and included surveys, classroom and playground updates, policy review and site visits. While all of OCCFR’s campus child care centers have maintained annual accreditation by the City of Madison’s Child Care Unit, this is the first time the centers have garnered NECPA status, national recognition as an exceptional site for children.
Sat
Feb
24
Jacob Lindheimer has been selected by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Research and Development to receive a five-year Career Development Award. Lindheimer is a third-year post-doctoral fellow with the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology, where he works with faculty member Dane Cook’s Exercise Psychology Lab. The long-term goal of ​Lindheimer's research project, “Acute exercise tolerance among Veterans with Gulf War Illness,” is to develop an evidence-based exercise dose that can be prescribed to Veterans with Gulf War Illness.
Fri
Feb
23
Kathryn Moeller first started looking into efforts by major corporations and their foundations to support girls and young women in Latin America, Africa and Asia more than a decade ago. At the time, several global brands, such as Nike and ExxonMobil, were getting behind theories promoted by some economists in the early 1990s that considered investing in girls’ and women’s education to be the most efficient way to end poverty and promote development. Moeller’s extensive research examining these efforts was released in a new book in February titled, “The Gender Effect: Capitalism, Feminism, and the Corporate Politics of Development.”
Fri
Feb
23
From the day Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald were announced as the artists charged with painting former President Barack Obama and First lady Michelle Obama, Leslie Smith III waited in suspense for the reveal. “I was both surprised and amazed with the finished paintings,” says UW-Madison’s Smith, an associate professor of painting and drawing with the School of Education’s Art Department. “They both undoubtedly exhibit the nuances of each artists’ current studio practices while remaining sensitive to specific archetypal characteristics of both President Obama and Michelle Obama.”

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