School of Education News

Wed
Jun
13
The UW-Madison Dance Department on Thursday, June 14 is presenting a restaging of Anna Halprin’s historic “Paper Dance” at the Memorial Union's Frederik March Play Circle Theater. This work is a section of Halprin's​ 1965 "Parades and Changes." It is an ever-evolving dance that includes a distinct, well-known, process-based score and the dressing and undressing of the cast. The intention of the score, according to Halprin, “is to comment on the corporate world, with business suits as costume, removing them ceremoniously and revealing our naked unarmed nature, the whole body.” Halprin is an alumna of UW-Madison.
Tue
Jun
12
The work of UW-Madison's David Williamson Shaffer was recently featured on a "SciPod" podcast episode about quantitative ethnography. Shaffer is the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Learning Sciences with the School of Education's No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. The episode -- "Transforming Big Data into Meaningful Insights" -- explores the unprecedented way social scientists can study human behavior through data in the information age.
Tue
Jun
12
UW-Madison's Jill Barnes is an invited speaker at the Campus Alberta Neuroscience 2018 International Conference in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Barnes is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology. The 2018 conference is titled, "Promoting Healthy Brain Aging and Preventing Dementia: Research and Translation." Barnes' research interests include the regulation of blood flow and blood pressure in humans, and how this changes with aging and exercise. ​She has published over 50 peer-review articles on these topics and oversees the Barnes Lab.
Mon
Jun
11
UW-Madison alumnus David Harris recently published the second edition of "Reasoning with Democratic Values: Ethical Issues in American History." Harris earned his master’s degree in 1970 and Ph.D. in 1976 from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Harris authored the book with Anne-Lise Halvorsen from the College of Education at Michigan State University and Paul Dain, a retired high school social studies teacher. The first edition was written by Harris and UW-Madison's Professor Alan Lockwood in 1985. The second edition contains more than 75 percent new content, and the authors have pledged their royalties to teacher education and are offering professional development for teachers across the country without fees.
Mon
Jun
11
UW-Madison alumnus Fredrick A. Schrank has been named a J. William Fulbright Specialist by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In his new position as a Fulbright Specialist, Schrank is hosted by the School/Applied Child Psychology program ​at McGill University in Montreal, where he will deliver specialty lectures on curriculum development in cognitive assessment. Schrank earned a master's degree in 1975 in counseling and guidance, and Ph.D. in 1980 in counselor education, both from the School of Education. Later, Schrank earned a post-doctoral diploma in school psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology and was elected president of the American Academy of School Psychology.
Fri
Jun
08
Following the results of the American Sociological Association’s elections, UW-Madison’s Anthony Hernandez learned that he was selected as the Graduate Student Representative for the Sociology of Education Council for the upcoming 2018-19 academic year. Hernandez is a fourth-year doctoral student with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. Hernandez explains that his research interests are Latinx students and Latinx educational leadership at Hispanic serving institutions (HSIs).
Thu
Jun
07
The Capital Times recently posted a report examining a unique and innovative UW-Madison Summer Term course being taught by the School of Education’s David Bell. Technology is becoming increasingly common in high-level athletics, with many teams now using GPS units to inform training. The Department of Kinesiology is in the midst of hosting an upper-level, three-week Summer Term class called, “Sports Science & Athlete Monitoring.” It focuses on the most popular technologies in the field of human performance in an effort to teach UW-Madison students how to collect data, interrupt the information and use it in a meaningful way.
Wed
Jun
06
UW-Madison’s Julie Underwood is part of a Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding, and the panel held its final hearing at the State Capitol on Monday. The current public school funding formula is based on a revenue limit set in the early 1990s. It puts a cap on the amount of money school districts can get from the state and from local levies. “The message is absolutely clear: we’re falling short,” Underwood said during a Monday news conference. “We’re falling short on our children and we’re at a point of doing harm and we need to fix this."
Tue
Jun
05
UW-Madison’s Mitchell Nathan is quoted in a recent report that examines the explosion of so-called study-with-me videos. “I think the people making these videos are tapping into a need where you want to be social without being disrupted from your study goals,” Nathan tells the Wall Street Journal. “Think of it like parallel play. This is parallel studying: You’re ignoring each other, but that’s still much more preferable than doing it all by yourself.” Nathan is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Learning Sciences with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology. He also is the director of the Center on Education and Work.
Mon
Jun
04
UW-Madison alumna Carolyn Stanford Taylor was presented the 2018 Virginia Hart Special Recognition Award during a ceremony Thursday, May 31, at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Stanford Taylor serves as the assistant superintendent of the Division for Learning Support at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. She earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education from the School of Education in 1978 and received a master’s from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1979.
Fri
Jun
01
The Isthmus newspaper recently put the spotlight on Whoopensocker, an innovative arts education initiative that works with students in local elementary schools. The program was launched with the help of UW-Madison’s Erica Halverson, who is a professor with the School of Education's No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Fri
Jun
01
UW-Madison’s Nicole Bowman-Farrell recently delivered a plenary address and took part in a panel discussion at the 2018 Canadian Evaluation Society Conference in Calgary, Alberta. Bowman-Farrell, who earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2015, notes that Canada has taken a strong position on reconciliation and culturally responsive evaluation. Bowman-Farrell is the president and founder of Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) in Shawano, Wisconsin, and also is a researcher/evaluator with the School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research.
Thu
May
31
A team of UW-Madison researchers published a new article in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine examining the attitudes and beliefs of young athletes who specialize in one sport, including thoughts on whether or not such efforts are likely to lead to a college scholarship. The study indicates that most youth athletes surveyed for the report believe that specialization in a sport increases their performance and ability to make not only a college team, but also their high school squad. Highly specialized athletes were also more likely to believe that they will receive a college scholarship.
Wed
May
30
Stephanie Budge was recently named the new faculty director for the Advancing Health Equity and Diversity (AHEAD) program, which is administered via UW-Madison’s Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE). Budge is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology at UW-Madison. Budge was a recipient of a 2017 ICTR AHEAD Pilot Grant for her project, “Psychotherapy minority stress interventions for transgender patients: A pilot randomized controlled trial."
Tue
May
29
UW-Madison’s Aydin Bal is the lead author on a new research paper that presents the first formative intervention study in the United States that addresses racial disparities in discipline at a public high school. The article, which appears in the American Educational Research Journal (AERJ), is titled, “Culturally Responsive School Discipline: Implementing Learning Lab at a High School for Systemic Transformation.” The report is co-authored with Kemal Afacan and Halil Ibrahim Cakir, both of whom are pursuing doctorates at UW-Madison in special education.
Tue
May
29
Over the next two years, two research studies funded by UW-Madison’s Center for Research on College to Workforce Transitions (CCWT) will help reveal how two types of college students –- Latinx parents attending community college and undergraduate anthropology majors -– transition to work and life after college. “The goal of these awards is to support applied research that will create new knowledge about how college students experience their transitions from college to work,” states Matt Hora, CCWT director. Hora, a UW–Madison education research scientist and assistant professor, launched the center a year ago in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, part of the university’s School of Education.
Mon
May
28
A commentary posted earlier this month in the San Diego Union Tribune that examines a revised higher education budget proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown utilizes research from UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman to question the governor’s plan. More than two-thirds of states are either developing or using some sort of performance-based funding for public colleges and universities, with performance being tracked in areas such as graduation rates and degree production numbers. Hillman, who has studied these performance-based formulas extensively, argues that this way of distributing funding is rarely effective.
Mon
May
28
On Wisconsin magazine, a publication for UW-Madison alumni, recently put the spotlight on Jeff Butler, a current student with the School of Education’s Art Department. Butler first arrived at UW-Madison in 1976, but left in the 1980s without his diploma to pursue a successful career as an artist. “Before college, drawing was just an intuitive thing that I did,” Butler tells On Wisconsin. “College was the first time I started paying attention to the formal and academic aspects of creating art.”
Sun
May
27
The Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (WACTE) presented awards to 59 outstanding educators from across Wisconsin in April, including three people who graduated from UW-Madison’s School of Education. Radeen Yang, an alumna of the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, received an Early Career Educator Award. Ellen Boyle and Tonya Rasmussen received a Pre-Service Educator Award, which is presented to an outstanding educator who has demonstrated a sustained pattern of mentoring pre-service educators for at least five years.
Fri
May
25
Three finalists to become the UW-Madison School of Education’s Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion will be delivering public presentations and take part in a question-and-answer session as part of the interview process.

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