School of Education News

Tue
Oct
03
UW-Madison's Julie Underwood has ​authored two new Under the Law columns for Phi Delta Kappan magazine. One post examines the rights of student-athletes in public schools to kneel during the national anthem, while another takes a look at students' privacy rights, and when backpacks can be searched. Underwood is the Susan Engeleiter Professor of Education Law, Policy, and Practice at UW-Madison, and the former dean of the School of Education.
Mon
Oct
02
UW-Madison's Nicholas Hillman and Valerie Crespin-Trujillo recently co-authored a paper in the American Educational Research Journal titled "Evaluating the Impact of Performance Funding in Ohio and Tennessee." The paper explores how Tennessee and Ohio have responded to using performance-based funding models that tie appropriations directly to educational outcomes. The research states that the only significant positive effects were that Tennessee community colleges produced more certificates.
Mon
Oct
02
UW-Madison's Jill Barnes was invited to participate in the UW Alzheimer's Disease Research Center Annual Fall Lecture. Barnes is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and heads the Barnes Lab within the Bruno Balke Biodynamics Laboratory. Barnes will give a talk titled, "The Role of Exercise in Healthy Aging." The event will focus on Alzheimer's prevention, the science behind the disease, as well as evidence-based strategies for delaying and preventing onset of the disease.
Fri
Sep
29
UW-Madison's Linn Posey-Maddox was quoted in a recent article from Mother Jones headlined, "What White Parents Can Do to Help Desegregate Schools." Posey-Maddox is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies, and the author of “When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban Schools.”
Fri
Sep
29
The class of 2030 has just started kindergarten. As four million youngsters across the country begin the first step of education, a new study provides a first-time look at inequalities in school readiness among Wisconsin’s kindergarten students. Researchers from the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), part of UW–Madison’s School of Education, compared the literacy skills of Wisconsin’s kindergarten students and found them “far from equally prepared to learn.” “These findings are consistent with national research,” states Eric Grodsky, the WCER researcher and UW–Madison professor of sociology and educational policy studies who led the study.
Thu
Sep
28
UW-Madison's Dorothy Farrar-Edwards spoke with NBC15 about the upcoming Alzheimer's Disease Research Center's 16th annual community event about Alzheimer's prevention. Farrar-Edwards is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology. The community event is on Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Gordon Dining and Events Center on the UW-Madison campus, and is free and open to the public.
Thu
Sep
28
UW-Madison is joining the other Big Ten institutions in a new competition to promote civic engagement: the Big Ten Voting Challenge. The Morgridge Center for Public Service, which is administratively housed within the School of Education, will lead UW–Madison’s participation in the Big Ten Voting Challenge. Members of the campus community are invited to reach out to vote@morgridge.wisc.edu to learn more and get involved.
Wed
Sep
27
Amy Claessens, a candidate for the Gulbrandsen Chair in Early Childhood Education, will be delivering a presentation titled, “Mathematics in early childhood: A look inside kindergarten classrooms.” The candidate talk will run from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, in room 259 of the Educational Sciences building.
Wed
Sep
27
Amy Noelle Parks, a candidate for the Gulbrandsen Chair in Early Childhood Education, will be delivering a presentation titled "Centering Young Children's Perspectives in Classroom Research." The candidate talk will be on Monday, Oct. 9 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in room 259 of the Educational Sciences building.
Wed
Sep
27
Can playing video games teach students how to be better stewards of the environment? Read how “Econauts,” an interactive video game developed at UW‒Madison and part of Gear Learning’s game portfolio, is inspiring students and teachers to care more about the world we live in.
Tue
Sep
26
School of Education Dean Diana Hess took part in a national summit on Sept. 21 titled, “Democracy at a Crossroads: Our Nation’s Future Needs Innovative Civic Learning Now!” The event took place in Washington, D.C., and was designed to raise awareness about civic learning issues and showcase promising solutions to make the case that resources are needed to expand proven practices. Hess took part in a panel discussion moderated by Judy Woodruff, anchor of the “PBS NewsHour,” that was titled, “State of Our Democracy: What’s at Stake.”
Tue
Sep
26
Steven Olikara, a 2012 graduate of UW-Madison and the founder and president of the Millennial Action Project, delivered a lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 19, hosted by WISCAPE.
Tue
Sep
26
UW-Madison's Gloria Ladson-Billings will lead one of the monthly University Roundtable luncheon presentations, titled "Is There Still a Public for Public Education?" A major challenge of today is an evacuation of the public sphere, with public education being "one of the last remaining institutions being supported by the public." In the talk, Ladson-Billings will question whether this support is dwindling and "discuss the signs there may not be a public for public education." Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education.
Mon
Sep
25
Of 14 applications to the inaugural Grand Challenges Engage initiative, eight finalists are receiving a combined total of $200,000 to carry out the Wisconsin Idea on behalf of the UW-Madison School of Education over the next two years. The Grand Challenges initiative inspires and facilitates interactions among School of Education faculty, staff and community partners. The goal is to build interdisciplinary teams to identify and design innovative solutions for critical social and scholarly problems across Wisconsin and around the world.
Mon
Sep
25
UW-Madison alumna Chele Isaac's new show at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art was featured in a recent article from the Wisconsin State Journal. Isaac received her Master of Fine Arts from the School of Education’s Art Department in 2008. Isaac's show, titled "Chele Isaac: the understory," is a 20-minute looped multi-channel video installation and is "as much a performance as an exhibition." The artwork is positioned at the museum's State Street Gallery, and features seven simultaneous projections with the images in motion.
Fri
Sep
22
An article from the Badger Herald recently featured "The Discussion Project," which was developed by Paula McAvoy in collaboration with Diana Hess. The Discussion Project is a campus program that will train faculty on how to create productive discussion with students on serious topics in a more inclusive classroom. “If students simply sit shoulder-to-shoulder in lecture halls taking notes, students miss the opportunity to learn about the experiences of others,” McAvoy told the Badger Herald.
Fri
Sep
22
Faisal Abdu'Allah will give an artist talk at the upcoming Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program Retrospective exhibition from UW-Madison's Arts Institute. During his artist talk on Oct. 9, Abdu'Allah will speak about his experiences with the IARP and how the residency program contributes to both the UW-Madison campus and the community as a whole.
Thu
Sep
21
UW-Madison's Gloria Ladson-Billings led a session at the Cap Times Idea Fest on Sept. 17 titled "Education and children of color." At the session, Ladson-Billings was asked how Wisconsin could better serve students of color. Ladson-Billings answered to strive for experimentation, patience and a never-failing belief in the students themselves.
Wed
Sep
20
UW-Madison’s Gary Lupyan and Haley Vlach recently received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct an innovative and interdisciplinary research project that will examine key questions of how early language experience shapes later cognitive and academic outcomes. As part of the grant, the team will develop an app to help parents track their children's language development. Vlach is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology and Lupyan is an associate professor with the Department of Psychology.
Wed
Sep
20
UW-Madison's Nicholas Hillman was recently featured on both WORT-89.9 FM and the podcast "No Jargon" speaking about an array of education and policy issues. Hillman is an associate professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis who researches higher education finance and policy. He also is a Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education faculty affiliate.

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