School of Education News

Wed
Sep
05
UW-Madison’s occupational therapy program, which is housed within the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and is regarded as one of the very best in the United States, is hosting a 75th anniversary celebration Sept. 13-15. “We are not simply celebrating a program’s longevity,” says School of Education Dean Diana Hess. “The exceptional research, scholarship and instruction that have kept our university’s OT program at the forefront of its field for decades are both impressive and worthy of this wonderful occasion.”
Wed
Sep
05
UW-Madison’s Susan Miller Smedema was recently awarded a pilot grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for a project that examines ways to help people with the disease bolster their quality of life. Smedema is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, and is the director of the rehabilitation counseling master’s degree program. Her research project will investigate if individuals with MS who have specific strengths of character -- such as creativity, perseverance, gratitude or hope -- may be protected against negative effects of MS.
Tue
Sep
04
The Reuters news agency recently put the spotlight on research conducted by UW-Madison’s David Bell. The Reuters report explains: “Children and teens who specialize in one sport may be more likely to get injured than those who play a variety of sports, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from five previously published studies with a total of about 5,600 athletes age 18 or younger. Compared to athletes who played the widest variety of sports, youth who specialized the most were 81 percent more likely to experience an overuse injury, the study found.
Fri
Aug
31
Four scholars with ties to UW-Madison’s School of Education traveled to China last month to take part in the 2018 International Network of Education Institutes’ (INEI) Summer Program, which was hosted by Beijing Normal University. The institute is an effort to build a cross-cultural platform for meaningful intellectual dialogue. Those from UW-Madison taking part in the program included: Hanna Lichtenstein and Kristen McNeill, who are master’s degree students with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis’ Global Higher Education program; alumna Carolyn Schroeder; and Adam Nelson, a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor with the Department of Educational Policy Studies.
Wed
Aug
29
UW-Madison and faculty members from across campus helped host an international cohort of scholars on Aug. 13 at the Pyle Center for a conference titled, “Valuing Deep Education.” The event resembled a think tank for about 20 researchers and humanitarian specialists from Taiwan, India and the United States, including School of Education faculty members Francois Victor Tochon, Lynet Uttal and Mimi Bloch.
Tue
Aug
28
Sandra Kowalczyk, a reading specialist at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie, was named a 2018 Educator of the Year by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE). Kowalczyk, who earned a Reading Specialist license through UW-Madison’s School of Education in 2005, will receive the award during the association’s annual conference Oct. 25-27 in Orlando, Fla.
Mon
Aug
27
Researchers at UW–Madison have built a robot, named Minnie, to serve as a reading buddy to middle school kids. Minnie’s new friends grew more excited about books and more attached to the robot over two weeks of reading together. Joseph Michaelis, a graduate student studying with the School of Education's Department of Educational Psychology, is the lead author of a paper on this work published Aug. 22 in the journal Science Robotics. The report is co-authored by Bilge Mutlu, a computer sciences professor.
Fri
Aug
24
UW-Madison's Michael W. Apple earlier this month delivered the keynote address at the International Symposium on Cultural Legacy and Educational Institutions, which was held at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Apple is the John Bascom Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies. His keynote was titled, "Questioning Official Knowledge." He also presented the CLASS Public Lecture at Nanyang Technological University, with a talk titled, “Can Education Change Society?”
Fri
Aug
24
The New Books Network recently interviewed UW-Madison’s Matthew Hora and posted a podcast interview with the author about his 2016 book, “Beyond the Skills Gap: Preparing College Students for Life and Work.” A preview of the podcast explains: "How can educators ensure that young people who attain a postsecondary credential are adequately prepared for the future? Matthew T. Hora and his co-authors, Ross Benbow and Amanda Oleson, explain that the answer is not simply that students need more specialized technical training to meet narrowly defined employment opportunities."
Thu
Aug
23
Jessica Stovall, an alumna of UW-Madison’s School of Education who has spent the past 11 years teaching in suburban Chicago, appears in a new documentary series that follows students, teachers and administrators as they grapple with racial and educational inequities. Stovall earned a degree in secondary education from the School of Education in 2007 and is beginning work toward her Ph.D. this fall at Stanford University.
Thu
Aug
23
UW-Madison alumna Kara Finnigan is the co-author of a book due out in October that’s titled, “Striving in Common: A Regional Equity Framework for Urban Schools.” Finnigan received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies in 2003, and today is a professor at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education. The book is also written by Jennifer Jellison Holme, an associate professor of education policy in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin.
Wed
Aug
22
With the start of the 2018-19 academic year just over the horizon, UW-Madison's School of Education is preparing to welcome a highly regarded cohort of new faculty hires to campus. Fourteen faculty members are set to join the School of Education’s roster during the fall semester, which is one of the largest such groups to sign on with the School since its founding in 1930. “The many talented faculty members we bring to campus to work in fields as varied as the arts, health and education are among the great strengths of our School of Education,” says Dean Diana Hess.
Tue
Aug
21
Christina Klawitter was recently named the School of Education’s next associate dean for student academic affairs, a position she is starting on Sept. 24. Klawitter, who is an alumna of the School of Education and previously worked at UW-Madison for more than a decade, returns to campus after serving as the dean of students at Beloit College since 2011.
Tue
Aug
21
The research of UW-Madison’s Li-Ching Ho that examines “Social Harmony and Diversity” was in a recent Vialogues video. Li-Ching is an associate professor with the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Vialogues is a community of learners that center discussion through video. The video showcasing Li-Ching examines a study that she authored and that appeared in the Teachers College Record titled, “Social Harmony and Diversity: The Affordances and Constraints of Harmony as an Educational Goal.”
Mon
Aug
20
UW–Madison faculty and staff recipients of Fall Research Competition awards say they are thankful for the funding to help them acquire the resources they need to engage in their research. But perhaps most important, they say, is the student support they are able to provide thanks to the funding. Helen Lee, ​an assistant professor of glassworking with the School of Education's Art Department and head of the glass lab, says Fall Research Competition funding has allowed her to buy materials for her studio, crate and ship her work to exhibitions, and have a graduate student project assistant with the necessary experience to assist her in the hot shop.
Mon
Aug
20
UW-Madison alumnus Gerardo Mancilla was recently honored with the Emerging Leader Award at the Mortar Board national conference in Columbus, Ohio. Mancilla earned his Ph.D. from UW-Madison's No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2015, and also received a master's degree in multicultural education from UW-Madison. Today, he is an assistant professor at Edgewood College’s School of Education.
Fri
Aug
17
The School of Education Department of Counseling Psychology hosted a class that was part of the LEAP Forward program. This program featured a six-week paid internship hosted by UW–Madison and the Madison Metropolitan School District's Personalized Pathways, a program that exposes high schoolers to careers and curriculum in the health sciences.
Fri
Aug
17
UW-Madison’s Brett Nachman was elected to the national board of directors for the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi earlier this month. Nachman, a Ph.D. student with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, will serve as the graduate student representative on the board for the next two years.
Thu
Aug
16
As parents, students and teachers prepare for the upcoming 2018-19 school year, experts from across UW-Madison are ready to provide expertise on a variety of subjects.
Thu
Aug
16
The Isthmus newspaper recently reported that the Middleton-Cross Plains School District is taking a look at whether or not Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books are appropriate for elementary students after the Wisconsin author’s name was removed from a national children’s award due to racist stereotypes in her books. The Isthmus utilizes the expertise of UW-Madison’s Kathleen Horning in helping to put this hot-button topic in perspective. Horning directs the School of Education's Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC).

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