School of Education News

Mon
Mar
12
UW-Madison's Richard Smith is publishing his latest book, "Musings of an Old Man: Some Prose and Poetry to Ponder." Smith is a professor emeritus with the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction. “My musings range from the idiosyncrasies of the English language, to thoughts on growing old, to sentimental poetry, to observations of nature,” said Smith. “Some are serious, some are humorous and some are sad. Those emotions are all part of life, at least as I have lived it.”
Fri
Mar
09
It’s not easy to narrow down the number of Badger alumni making a significant mark in the world, but the Wisconsin Alumni Association has selected eight for the 2018 Forward under 40 Award — all of them under the age of 40 and “outstanding examples of living the Wisconsin Idea — the idea that this public university exists to serve the public good." One of those being honored is Raul Leon, an alumnus of the School of Education. Leon, who received his Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis in 2010, studies student success, the role of chief diversity officers, and the impact of international and study-abroad experiences. He infuses this expertise throughout his work as a researcher, teacher, mentor, and world traveler.
Fri
Mar
09
Multifaceted media practitioner Fleeta Chew Siegel is visiting UW-Madison to present "Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Art of Improvisation: From Planned Opportunities to Continual Uncertainty." Siegel will present twice; once at the Art Department Visiting Artist Colloquium on Wednesday, March 14 at 5 p.m. in L160 Elvehjem, and again at the Dance Department Friday Forum on Friday, March 16 at 3:30 p.m. in the Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space, Lathrop Hall.
Thu
Mar
08
WISCAPE is pleased to announce its inaugural Summit, focused on the opportunity and challenge of educating a diverse Wisconsin.
Thu
Mar
08
UW-Madison's Michael Sullivan has been documenting the Department of Theatre and Drama's production of "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui," from early rehearsals through last week's opening night. Sullivan is an academic advisor in the Education Academic Services office in the School of Education, and is a Madison-based photographer. The show opened on March 2, and will run through March 18. For a complete list of remaining show times and to purchase tickets, visit the Arts on Campus Box Office.
Thu
Mar
08
UW-Madison's Matthew Hora wrote a guest column for The Chronicle of Higher Education discussing the flaws with requiring internships during college. Hora is an assistant professor of adult and higher education in the Department of Liberal Arts and Applied Studies at UW–Madison, and is an affiliate with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Hora is also a research scientist with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), and the director of UW-Madison’s Center for College-Workforce Transitions (CCWT), which is housed within WCER.
Wed
Mar
07
WISCAPE is thrilled to ​announce the release of its "Now in Higher Ed" podcast series.
Wed
Mar
07
UW-Madison alumna Alexandra Pavlakis has published a new article in the journal Educational Researcher titled, "Spaces, Places, and Policies: Contextualizing Student Homelessness." Pavlakis received her Ph.D. in 2015 from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. The article explores the diversity of the ways students and families experience homelessness and high mobility. Pavlakis discusses the ways residential space and geographic space shape students' educational opportunities and experiences.
Wed
Mar
07
There will be a panel discussion and a gallery exhibition reception for a new exhibit, "Twice Alive: A Convergence of Art, Science and Poetry," on March 21. The panel discussion will feature Emily Arthur, Forrest Gander and Anne Pringle. At the exhibition reception Lynn Keller will introduce this interdisciplinary collaboration exploring the relations of science and art through the study of lichens and fungi.
Tue
Mar
06
Video from ​​Karen Skibba and Janet Staker-Woerner's recent presentation, Applying Adult Learning Principles for Effective Online Teaching, which was hosted by the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), is now available on the WISCAPE YouTube channel.
Tue
Mar
06
During her first few years teaching English in Taiwan, Debby Egly sensed that many kids were not having a positive experience learning a new language. She turned to UW–Madison’s Master of Science for Professional Educators (MSPE) program to create a solution: a school of her very own. “I wanted to be able to establish positive spheres of support around children to promote academic and emotional growth, as I have found this sometimes to be lacking in traditional Taiwanese school systems,” she says.
Mon
Mar
05
UW-Madison will offer the class, "Imaging Self: School of Education Pre-College Summer Arts Intensive," during the Summer Term from July 8-27. The class is open to high school juniors and seniors of all skill and experience levels, with the main requirement being an interest in art and self-expression. Imaging Self is a program that will help students learn about themselves through artistic expression and work with practicing artists and faculty. It's also an opportunity to get to know UW-Madison, as well as earn three college credits.
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.

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