School of Education News

Wed
Jun
27
UW-Madison alumna Laura Hamman will begin working as a post-doctoral research associate with the BUENO Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Hamman received her Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2018.
Wed
Jun
27
Madison Magazine recently profiled UW-Madison’s Peter Miller and his work as both a professor on campus and as chairman of the Athletic Board. Miller is uniquely qualified to serve in this role. He is a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, where his research focuses on leadership, collaboration and organizational change in complex environments. He also played college basketball at the University of Notre Dame 25 years ago. “Pete has a fount of knowledge in both academics and athletics that is making him a transformative leader,” Dr. Laurel Rice, who chairs UW-Madison’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and who preceded Miller as chair of the Athletic Board, tells Madison Magazine. “UW is lucky to have him at the helm.”
Tue
Jun
26
Spectrum recently published an article exploring video games and autism research, and invokes the expertise of UW-Madison's Brittany Travers. Travers is developing a game that lets children practice poses inspired by yoga and tai chi, titled "Ninja Training." The player can get to more advanced levels by holding poses for longer periods of time. Travers has researched the effects of playing "Ninja Training" on children and adolescents with autism. Travers and her team have found preliminary evidence of real-life benefits of the game, with players making the most progress in "Ninja Training" also making the most improvements in their balance.
Tue
Jun
26
UW-Madison's Matt Hora recently authored a ​report for Liberal Education, the flagship journal of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. In his ​article, "Beyond the Skills Gap: How the Vocationalist Framing of Higher Education Undermines Student, Employer, and Societal Interests," Hora discusses his research and work around the idea of the skills gap and the importance of ​broad education. "The view that education is solely about job training requires the deliberate suspension of belief about, or recognition of, a host of pressing social, environmental, and political problems, including climate change, income inequality, and the resurgence of virulent racism across the United States and around the world," writes Hora.
Mon
Jun
25
Every few summers, Aztalan State Park becomes an active archaeological site when UW-Madison's Sissel Schroeder leads a field school there to better understand those who lived at Aztalan nearly 1,000 years ago. The endeavor has also funded the development of a statewide, K–12 science and social studies curriculum by project assistant Linda Orie, who is finishing her master’s thesis this summer with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Designed around archaeology, it is being piloted in partnership with Fort Atkinson Middle School.
Mon
Jun
25
Several alumni of UW-Madison's School of Education ​contributed to a new book titled, "Navigating the Common Good in Teacher Education: Critical and International Perspectives." The book's co-editors are Nikola Hobbel, who received a Ph.D. from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2003, and Barbara Bales, who received a master's in 1998 and a Ph.D. in 2004 from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The book also contains chapters from four others with ties to the School of Education: alumnus Julio Emilio Diniz-Pereira (Ph.D. 2004); alumna Rita Verma (Ph.D. 2004); alumnus Bekisizwe S. Ndimande (Ph.D. 2005); and an afterward by Kenneth M. Zeichner, a former UW-Madison Hoefs-Bascom Professor of Teacher Education and School of Education associate dean.
Fri
Jun
22
The work of Gear Learning was recently highlighted in an article from In Business magazine about Madison's role as a tech hub. Gear Learning, a game development studio, is led by Michael Beall and housed within the School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research. “Thanks to the foresight of Diana Hess, dean of the School of Education, and Bob Mathieu, director of WCER, Gear Learning is positioned to have tremendous impact in the field of games for learning," Beall tells In Business.
Fri
Jun
22
The latest episode of WISCAPE's "Now in Higher Ed" podcast ​brings on Leslie Orrantia, director of community relations ​at ​UW-Madison, to discuss the rewards and intricacies of her experiences as she nears her second anniversary serving in the role.
Thu
Jun
21
The Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement (WISCIENCE) at UW–Madison has been awarded $1 million over five years by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to develop stronger support systems for transfer students studying science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, fields. Janet Branchaw, director of WISCIENCE and a faculty member with the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology, will lead a multi-institutional team of faculty and staff at UW–Madison, Madison College, UW–Whitewater and the UW System’s two-year institutions to develop, implement and evaluate a model transfer program.
Thu
Jun
21
UW-Madison's Mitchell Nathan was recently appointed as a Vilas Distinguished Achievement professor. Nathan is a highly-regarded faculty member with the School of Education's No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. He also directs the Center on Education and Work. His research and teaching focuses on basic learning theory and research methods for understanding and improving instruction and student reasoning in mathematics, engineering and STEM more broadly.
Wed
Jun
20
The Discussion Project team is now accepting applications for the fall 2018 cohort, and invites all UW-Madison faculty and teaching staff who are assigned to teach at least one course for the fall semester, and are able to attend all sessions, to apply. The Discussion Project is a campus professional development program that will train participants how to create productive discussions with students on serious topics in a welcoming, engaging and academically rigorous classroom. Paula McAvoy created and is implementing The Discussion Project in collaboration with School of Education Dean Diana Hess.
Wed
Jun
20
UW-Madison alumnus Bruce Nauman's artwork was featured in an article from the New York Times headlined, "Doing Justice to the Art of Bruce Nauman." Nauman earned his undergraduate degree from the School of Education’s Art Department in 1964, and then graduated with a master of fine arts from University of California, Davis, in 1966. “There are artists who make good work throughout their career, but good isn’t great,” curator Kathy Halbreich told the New York Times. “Bruce makes great art from graduate school to yesterday."
Tue
Jun
19
The 2019 Wisconsin Teachers of the Year have been announced and one of this year's award winners is UW-Madison alumnus Benjamin Grignon. Grignon graduated from the School of Education's Art Department in 2005 with a bachelor of fine arts degree. Currently, Grignon teaches traditional Menominee crafts at Menominee Indian High School in Keshena. As part of the Teacher of the Year honor, Grignon will receive $3,000 from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation.
Tue
Jun
19
UW-Madison's Rachel Dyer won second place for the Margaret Bernauer Psychology Research Award. Dyer is a master's degree student with the School of Education's Department of Counseling Psychology, under advisor Stephanie Budge. Dyer's research is titled, "Trans Youth Needs Assessment Survey Results: Nonmetropolitan-Metropolitan Differences in Perceived Safety at School for Wisconsin Trans and Non-binary Youth." Dyer co-authored the piece with Budge, Jay Botsford, Ben Andert, Jennifer Rehm and Brittany Allen.
Mon
Jun
18
The third episode of WISCAPE's "Now in Higher Ed” podcast ​features “spirited academic dialogue” with UW-Madison's Clifton Conrad. Conrad is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and the faculty director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE). Conrad contends that we should prioritize quality learning experiences in post-secondary education as opposed to emphasizing hard metrics. During our conversation, Conrad upends traditional notions of how college classrooms operate and instead calls for more cooperative and individualized learning.
Mon
Jun
18
A one-day Science of Running Workshop that features a series of presentations from leading experts in the field is taking place on the UW-Madison campus Saturday, July 28. The event, which is being presented by the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, culminates with a keynote talk from UW-Madison alumnus and Olympic medalist Jack Daniels, who authored the popular "Daniels' Running Formula." The presentations from a range of scientific experts and athletes will explore topics related to distance running.
Fri
Jun
15
A new training program at UW–Madison is bringing graduate students from three departments together in a cohort to become leaders, teachers and researchers on race, ethnicity and inequality in education. The program, which launches in the fall and is supported by a Collaborative Training Grant from the UW–Madison Graduate School, focuses on intensive mentoring and cohort-based training. The Graduate School grant supports four Ph.D. students in the cohort for three years. Additional support for the program comes from the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), the Morgridge Center for Public Service, and the departments of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, Sociology, and Educational Policy Studies.
Thu
Jun
14
The 2018 online edition of "The disAbility Advocate," an annual newsletter for alumni and friends of the School of Education's Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, is now available. This year's cover story focuses on UW-Madison's Fong Chan, who grew up in a refugee settlement in Hong Kong before overcoming long odds to become one of the field of rehabilitation counseling's leading scholars.
Thu
Jun
14
UW-Madison’s Morgan Sinnard is the winner of the 2018 American Psychological Association’s Division 44 Transgender Research Award. ASA’s Division 44 is the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. Sinnard is a doctoral student with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology. Her work that is being recognized is titled, “Expanding the minority stress model: A meta-analysis of mental health among transgender compared to cisgender adults.”
Wed
Jun
13
Each summer, UW-Madison teams up with Urban Word NYC to offer educators and community leaders a four-day program to learn the best practices in hip hop and spoken word pedagogy. The Institute brings together the leading educators, professors, emcees and activists utilizing the media of spoken word, hip hop and urban arts as relevant, dynamic and necessary educational tools to engage students across multi-disciplinary curricula. The institute, which is co-sponsored in part by the School of Education's office of Education Outreach and Partnerships, will take place July 9-12 in the Education Building on the UW-Madison campus.

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