School of Education News

Tue
Dec
05
UW-Madison’s Jill Barnes is the lead author of a recently published paper in the American Heart Association's Hypertension journal. The research examines an association between pregnancy history and brain blood flow characteristics. The results suggest a history of high blood pressure (specifically preeclampsia) negatively affects cerebral circulation years after pregnancy. This might explain the greater risk of stroke and cognitive decline in women who have had a history of preeclampsia.
Tue
Dec
05
UW-Madison’s Michael Apple was recently recognized by the University of Southern Queensland in Australia as a “Research Giant” for 2017. Apple is the John Bascom Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies. Apple is widely known for conducting groundbreaking work as one of the leading founders of the field of critical curriculum studies.
Mon
Dec
04
An innovative and groundbreaking 2012 book co-authored by UW-Madison’s Clifton Conrad and Laura Dunek was recently translated into Chinese and published by Shanghai Scientific and Technological Education Publishing House. The book, which was initially published in English by the Johns Hopkins University Press, is titled, “Cultivating Inquiry-Driven Learners: A College Education for the 21st Century.”
Mon
Dec
04
UW-Madison alumna Suzanne Eckes was recently named the President of the Education Law Association (ELA). Eckes earned a Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2002, and is now a professor at Indiana University Bloomington. The ELA's mission is to help scholars and practitioners collaborate and inform educational policy to positively affect students, faculty and administrators. A press release from Indiana University states one of Eckes' long-term goals in the position is to bring knowledge of education law to the forefront of the ELA's work with groups that would benefit the most.
Fri
Dec
01
UW-Madison alumna Pat Greco was named the 2018 Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year by the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators. Greco earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership and administration from the School of Education in 1995, and serves as superintendent for the School District of Menomonee Falls. Under Greco's leadership, the School District of Menomonee Falls has won a Journal Sentinel Top Workplace award three years in a row. In addition, Menomonee Falls High School is a silver-rank school by U.S. News & World report and has 130 Advance Placement Scholars.
Thu
Nov
30
Among the people the Post speaks with to address this nuanced topic is UW-Madison’s Clifton Conrad, who has served as an expert witness and consultant in a range of high-profile civil rights cases involving higher education over the past several decades. Conrad has spent much of his career studying race and gender in higher education and has visited more than 50 historically black colleges and universities as part of his work with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education. Conrad is a faculty member in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Thu
Nov
30
UW-Madison alumni Todd Anderson and Bruce Crownover have a collection of prints in a book titled "The Last Glacier" that is on display at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gallery 690 at The Met Fifth Avenue. Anderson, an art professor at Clemson University, received his bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of Education’s Art Department in 1997. Crownover received his master of fine arts degree from the Art Department in 1989 and today is a master printer with UW-Madison’s Tandem Press. In "The Last Glacier," Anderson and Crownover, along with Ian van Coller, worked on capturing the glaciers in Glacier National Park through prints and photography.
Wed
Nov
29
UW­–Madison graduate student Colin Rohm is being remembered by his campus colleagues as a scholar of uncommon talent and wide-ranging passions who nurtured the intellectual curiosity of thousands of his fellow students as a gifted advisor. Rohm, 26, was pursuing a master’s degree in educational policy studies at the School of Education and a master’s degree in public affairs at the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs. He died Nov. 21 at UW Hospital in Madison. The cause was bacterial pneumonia and complications of Type 1 diabetes, according to his family.
Wed
Nov
29
Jen Schoepke was recently hired as the new director of Forward Madison, a partnership between UW-Madison’s School of Education and the Madison Metropolitan School District that’s designed to impact student achievement by growing, inducting and supporting new educators within the Madison Schools. “Forward Madison has made great strides in its first three years, and I am honored and excited to continue to advance its equity minded goals through this innovated university-district partnership,” says Schoepke, who will start her position Dec. 11.
Wed
Nov
29
The research of UW-Madison’s Kathryn Kirchgasler that examines the racialized history of U.S. science education was recently featured in a news report from the University of Kansas. Kirchgasler is a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. While completing her dissertation, Kirchgasler has started working as a lecturer with the University of Kansas’ Department of Curriculum and Teaching. The news report notes how Kirchgasler has been studying how U.S. students have been separated into different levels of science classes for more than a century and how research and standardized testing have perpetuated inequalities.
Tue
Nov
28
A new campus forum designed to bring together UW-Madison researchers from a range of arts fields is kicking off Dec. 7. Arts Agôn: A Forum Where Arts Researchers Connect, runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Education Building’s Wisconsin Idea Room. It will put a spotlight on how faculty and students are participating in arts research, which is a key to the creation of new knowledge, whether it takes the form of arts practice as a method of inquiry, historical research through curation, arts in science or medical research, arts educational research, or arts impact studies.
Mon
Nov
27
Looking to enjoy a unique experience, or hoping to find or create a one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone? Two clubs associated with the School of Education’s Art Department are hosting the annual Holiday Art Sale and Blow Your Own Glass Ornament events Dec. 9-10. The events are being hosted by Mad Gaffers, the glassblowing club, and Fresh Hot Press, the printmaking club. They run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the Art Lofts, 111 N. Frances St.
Mon
Nov
27
The Isthmus newspaper recently reviewed “Page 20,” a a contemporary, cross-cultural, multi-media dance concert from Jin-Wen Yu Dance and the UW-Madison Dance Department. “Page 20” featured the award-winning choreography of Yu, a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor who is celebrating 20 years with the School of Education’s Dance Department.
Fri
Nov
24
Brittany Travers, a faculty member with the School of Education and Department of Kinesiology's Occupational Therapy program, is the lead author on a new study showing how playing a video game can help some children and youth with autism spectrum disorder improve their balance. In this pilot study — the largest ever to look at the effects of balance training on individuals with ASD — 29 participants between the ages of 7 and 17 with ASD completed a six-week training program playing a video game developed by the researchers.
Fri
Nov
24
UW-Madison alumna Eva Nimmer is playing the role of Percy Talbott in the upcoming Four Seasons Theatre production of “The Spitfire Grill.” Percy is a feisty parolee who follows her dreams to a small town in rural Wisconsin, where she finds work at the Spitfire Grill and carves out a place in the struggling community. Nimmer received her BA in 2013 from the Department of Theatre and Drama, which today is housed in the School of Education. “The Spitfire Grill” is coming to the Overture Center’s Playhouse Dec. 1-10.
Wed
Nov
22
A community drawing jam with Lynda Barry and her Drawbridge students will be held Nov. 30 at the Eagle Heights Community Center gym. Drawbridge is an experimental, arts-based research methods course that facilitates multi-generational research teams in examining questions and problem solving through spontaneous drawing, collage and writing. 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.
Tue
Nov
21
Jacqueline A. DeWalt, a long-time community and education advocate and former director of the UW-Madison Pre-college Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE), passed away on Monday, Nov. 20. In 2015, DeWalt was promoted to a new and expanded role as Director of External Relations, Partnerships and Development for the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement. DeWalt joined the School of Education’s Board of Visitors in 2016 and she retired with emeritus status in 2017.
Tue
Nov
21
UW-Madison alumnus Simon Goldberg recently co-authored an article published in the journal Clinical Psychology Review about mindfulness-based interventions for psychiatric disorders. Says Goldberg, who received his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology: "Rather than viewing mindfulness as an 'alternative' therapy, our study suggests mindfulness on average shows similar effects to other frontline treatments, things like cognitive-behavior therapy and antidepressant medications."
Mon
Nov
20
The UW-Madison Dance Department presents its annual Kloepper Concert, a studio performance of new student work, Dec. 2-3. The concert takes place in the historic Louise Kloepper Studio, room 549 of Lathrop Hall. Ten student choreographers -- Nolan Elsbecker, Amanda Graziano, Julianna Hom, Kimi McKissic, Jessica Robling, Megan Schimke, Bailey Seymour, Jenny Smith, Alice Svetic and Kaitlin Verchimak -- will present a mix of solo and ensemble works Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m., followed by a matinee performance on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2:30 pm.
Mon
Nov
20
UW-Madison’s Michael W. Apple delivered the keynote address at the Re-Imagining Education for Democracy Summit in Queensland, Australia, on Nov. 13. Apple’s address was titled, “Can Education Change Society?” Apple writes that while it is important to offer analyses and critiques of the way the terrain of educational reform has been dominated by neoliberal and neoconservative policies, it is equally important to build critically democratic alternatives.

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