School of Education News

Thu
Feb
08
UW-Madison's Amy Bellmore was recently interviewed by Wisconsin Public Radio about a study she co-authored about how having a diverse group of peers impacts academic performance. The study, published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, examined who sixth-graders chose to sit with at lunch. The study found that the students who sat with peers from other racial or ethnic groups had higher grades.
Thu
Feb
08
The School of Education has named Francesca Rodriquez as its new strategic program coordinator for the Dean’s Office. She begins her new position Feb. 8. In this role, Rodriquez will lead inquiry projects that are time sensitive and require collaboration both on and off campus. This work will produce recommendations for what the School might consider doing in the future in terms of solving a problem or taking advantage of, or creating, an opportunity.
Wed
Feb
07
Many Art Department faculty members and alumni ​are being featured in the 2018 Wisconsin Artists Biennial from Feb. 3 through April 8 at the Museum of Wisconsin Art. Every two years, the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend showcases the most "compelling, engaging, inventive and unique art" from the state's artists. The 2018 Wisconsin Artists Biennial will showcase the work of 46 Wisconsin artists and explore a "wide spectrum of media and creative perspectives."
Wed
Feb
07
In a campus tradition dating back a decade, UW-Madison’s annual class of Outstanding Women of Color awardees will be recognized at a reception on Thursday, Feb. 22. And among those being honored this year are two faculty members with the School of Education, Taucia Gonzalez and Helen Lee.
Tue
Feb
06
At the "Arts Agôn: February Arts Research Forum," arts researchers will share their work with each other and UW-Madison campus colleagues. The Feb. 15 forum aims to create connections and encourage dialogue. The event will feature a Community Arts Collaboratory presentation with Erica Halverson, Kate Corby, Faisal Abdu’Allah and Stephanie Richards. These faculty and staff are partnering in the Arts Collaboratory to develop evaluation tools that can measure and ​demonstrate the impact of their various arts-based education programs.
Tue
Feb
06
The School of Education's Laura P. Minero is among this year's campus wide teaching assistant award winners. Minero won an Exceptional Service Award. Minero is a fourth-year Ph.D. student with the Department of Counseling Psychology who has taught a range of courses over the past four years. In teaching, Minero said she enjoys having the opportunity to create an environment that empowers students in both their learning and their identities. “I love influencing students to feel confident in themselves and finding more doors to walk through when one closes on them,” she said.
Mon
Feb
05
The School of Education has named Elizabeth Jach as its new policy and planning analyst. She begins her new position Feb. 5. The policy and planning analyst works closely with the dean and senior staff on School of Education data assessment, program and accreditation reviews, national surveys and reports, enrollment and revenue forecasting, and ad hoc data requests. Jach also will work with other School and campus data stakeholders, and the Office of Academic Planning and Institutional Research.
Fri
Feb
02
UW-Madison alumnus LaVar Charleston will be recognized by the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals with the organization’s Benjamin L. Perry Professional Award. This award honors outstanding service and contributions to the field of student affairs. Charleston in July was named assistant vice chancellor of student diversity, engagement and success at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is an alumnus of the School of Education, having earned his Ph.D. (2010) and master’s (2007) degrees in educational leadership and policy analysis.
Thu
Feb
01
UW-Madison's Chris Walker was appointed a Vilas Associate through the university's prestigious Vilas Associates competition. Walker is a faculty member with the School of Education’s Dance Department. The Vilas Associate appointment is awarded to a faculty with new, ongoing, significant and high-quality research. The Divisional Research Committees of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education chooses the competitive recipients ​based on a detailed proposal. The appointment provides summer salary for two summers and $12,500 in flexible research funding for two fiscal years.
Wed
Jan
31
UW-Madison's Rena Kornblum will hold weekly de-stress sessions using dance and movement therapy this spring semester. Kornblum is a senior lecturer with the School of Education's Dance Department. These free sessions will provide tools and ways to manage anxiety, increase self-awareness and compassion, identify and understand triggers and address social anxiety. The sessions will run every Thursday afternoon from Feb. 1 through April 12, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m, at 249 Lathrop Hall. Snacks will be provided.
Wed
Jan
31
UW-Madison’s Jill Barnes will be delivering a presentation at the fourth annual Healthy Hearts for Women Symposium hosted by the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Barnes will be giving a talk on Friday, Feb. 2, titled, “Sex-specific factors regulating pressure and flow.” This symposium is part of the “Go Red for Women” event that's designed to bring attention to cardiovascular disease risk in women. Barnes is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, where she heads the Barnes Lab within the Bruno Balke Biodynamics Laboratory.
Tue
Jan
30
UW-Madison began revitalizing the summer experience in 2016 with a significant increase in scholarship funding. The goal was to encourage more students to take advantage of accelerated summer courses so they could graduate on time and avoid the expense of extra semesters. Building on these successes in 2018, UW–Madison will serve a wider range of students during the summer months. Current undergraduates, incoming freshmen, students visiting from other institutions, high school students, and others will benefit from the university’s world-class resources.
Mon
Jan
29
The UW-Madison Dance Department presents its annual faculty concert “in tension,” Feb. 8-10 and 15-17 at the Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space in Lathrop Hall. “In tension” will feature the work of one of America's greatest choreographers and a leader of the American avant-garde throughout his 70-year career, the late Merce Cunningham, along with six contemporary dance works by UW-Madison artists Kate Corby, Joseph Koykkar & Karen McShane-Hellenbrand, Li Chiao-Ping, Marlene Skog, Collette Stewart and Jin-Wen Yu.
Fri
Jan
26
UW-Madison’s David Kaplan will be receiving the 2018 Samuel J. Messick Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from Division 5 of the American Psychological Association. This recognition honors an individual who has a long and distinguished history of scientific contributions within the field of quantitative research methods. Kaplan is the Patricia Busk Professor of Quantitative Methods with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology.
Fri
Jan
26
UW-Madison's Julie Underwood authored another "Under the Law" column for Phi Delta Kappan magazine, with her latest report examining education as an American right. Underwood unpacks how although the right to education is listed as international law in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, neither the U.S. Constitution nor the U.S. Supreme Court have recognized such a law. The article explores how a federal right might impact future educational opportunities and legal protections. Underwood is the Susan Engeleiter Professor of Education Law, Policy, and Practice, and the former dean of the School of Education.
Thu
Jan
25
A recent publication from UW-Madison’s Matthew Hora is being honored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) with its 2018 Frederic W. Ness Book Award, which is given to the work that best contributes to the understanding and improvement of liberal education. Hora is being recognized for “Beyond the Skills Gap: Preparing College Students for Life and Work.” Hora wrote the book with Ross J. Benbow, an associate researcher with WCER, and Amanda K. Oleson, an education scholar focused on workforce pathways.
Wed
Jan
24
UW-Madison alumna Crystle Martin was recently named the director of Library and Learning Resources at El Camino College. Martin earned a Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2012. El Camino College is located in Torrance, Calif.
Mon
Jan
22
UW-Madison's Beth Graue and Erica Ramberg reviewed and responded to a report about the advantages of online degree programs titled, “When Degree Programs for Pre-K Teachers Go Online: Challenges and Opportunities.” The report, written by Shayna Cook and published by the New America Foundation, argues that appropriately structured online degree programs have the potential to professionalize and increase the quality of early childhood (EC) teachers. Graue and Ramberg assert the report underplays a number of critical issues in professionalizing the field.
Fri
Jan
19
UW-Madison's Diana Hess authored a commentary for Education Week that is headlined, "The Problem With Calling Scholars 'Too Political.' " Hess is dean of the School of Education and the Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education. In the column, Hess writes about the importance of education scholars speaking up and participating in public debates about their issues of expertise. She frames partaking in political debate as a responsibility and a way to give back to the community and the universities that support them.
Wed
Jan
17
UW-Madison’s Daniel Bolt was recently elected as the president of the Psychometric Society in a vote by the organization’s membership. He will begin serving on the executive committee as president-elect in August, and will serve as president of the organization in 2019-20. Bolt is a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology. The Psychometric Society is a professional organization founded in 1935 with the goal of advancing quantitative methodology in the behavioral sciences. It includes more than 600 members from 36 countries representing a range of academic disciplines, as well as industry and government agencies.

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