School of Education News

Fri
Apr
06
School of Education graduate students and faculty members Leema Berland, Rosemary Russ and Noah Weeth Feinstein on April 7 took part in UW-Madison's Science Expeditions event. But unlike many of their counterparts from across campus, this group not only delivered interesting and interactive learning activities — it also spoke with families about their everyday experiences and the science underlying them in an effort to bolster and improve out-of-school science ventures. This is part of their Grand Challenges Engage project, “Curiosity Practice: A powerful new lever for science engagement across Wisconsin.”
Fri
Apr
06
“Radical Jewelry Makeover: Wisconsin" draws attention to talented student designers while raising awareness about ethical metal sourcing.
Fri
Apr
06
UW-Madison alumna Erin Quast is receiving recognition for her dissertation work from the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Literature Special Interest Group (SIG). Quast, who received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, is being honored for her dissertation titled, “Racial Meaning Making in 4K: An Ethnographic Collective Case Study.” She is the second place winner of the Shelby Wolf AERA Literature SIG Award for Outstanding Dissertation. Quast today is an assistant professor of elementary literacy at Illinois State University.
Thu
Apr
05
Over the past four years, the Counseling Psychology Training Clinic (CPTC) has both built and bolstered a unique relationship with UW-Madison’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement (DDEEA) to increase access to psychological services for underrepresented students. This partnership has become so successful that UW-Madison’s Counseling Psychology Training Clinic (CPTC) received the Clinic Innovation Award for 2018 from the Association of Psychology Training Clinics (APTC).
Thu
Apr
05
Backpacks for Madison is a student initiative aiming to collect packs for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Dane County. From April 9 to 13, collection bins will be located across the UW-Madison campus -- in the Red Gym (Morgridge Center for Public Service in room 154), Smith Hall, Natatorium, Shell and Union South. This initiative is being led by students with the Occupational Therapy Program through the student-led organization known as SOTA (Student Occupational Therapy Association). The OT Program is housed within the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology.
Wed
Apr
04
UW-Madison’s School of Education and many of its programs are consistently ranked among the very best in the nation. One of the main reasons is the many dedicated and talented faculty and staff who work across the School. In an effort to recognize some of these important individuals, the School administers Faculty and Staff Distinguished Achievement Awards. And on April 4, Dean Diana Hess led the School’s annual awards ceremony to honor this year’s recipients. Congratulations to all of this year’s award winners and thanks for making the UW-Madison School of Education such an amazing place.
Wed
Apr
04
WisconsinEye recently produced and released a “Morning Minute” video highlighting a keynote presentation delivered by UW-Madison School of Education Dean Diana Hess at the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies’ (WCSS) 2018 Conference. The theme for this year’s WCSS Conference was, “The Relevance of Social Studies: Conflict, Controversy and Change.” Hess, who holds the Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education, is uniquely qualified to speak on these timely topics as she co-authored the award-winning book, "The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education."
Tue
Apr
03
UW-Madison’s David Kaplan was in Ensenada, Mexico, last month delivering a workshop on Bayesian Methods to faculty, staff and students at the Institute for Educational Research and Evaluation. Kaplan is the Patricia Busk Professor of Quantitative Methods with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology and the author of the 2014 book, “Bayesian Statistics for the Social Sciences.” While visiting the institute in Mexico from Feb. 28 to March 4, Kaplan was briefly interviewed by the staff for the Instituto de Investigacion y Desarrollo Educativo YouTube channel about his visit and work.
Mon
Apr
02
The Wisconsin State Journal recently put the spotlight on an upcoming production of “The Laramie Project” by the School of Education’s Department of Theatre and Drama. The show runs April 12 to 29 in Vilas Hall’s Hemsley Theatre. In October 1998, 21-year-old Mathew Shepard was a University of Wyoming student who was kidnapped, brutally beaten and left for dead outside Laramie, Wyoming. His death and the aftermath of the trial uncovered an ugly story of homophobia, hate, alienation, and intolerance. Members of the Tectonic Theatre developed a powerfully theatrical mosaic of a community forced to look at the darkness of humanity and searching to find compassion and understanding.
Fri
Mar
30
UW-Madison's Julie Underwood examines teacher tenure rules in her latest "Under the Law" column for Phi Delta Kappan magazine. Underwood is the Susan Engeleiter Professor of Education Law, Policy and Practice, and the former dean of the School of Education. Underwood writes: “Originally enacted to protect against potential evils in state and local employment systems, such as nepotism, arbitrary dismissal, and political favoritism, tenure has become a common expectation of teacher employment. State teacher tenure laws are not a job guarantee but rather protection against arbitrary or politically motivated maltreatment. But is tenure on the way out?”
Thu
Mar
29
UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings is receiving the American Educational Research Association’s 2018 Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award. This prestigious honor from AERA recognizes meritorious contributions to education research and is intended to publicize, motivate, encourage and suggest models of education research at its best. "This is a tremendous honor and I am deeply appreciative to be selected at this time in my career,” says Ladson-Billings, who was a faculty member with the School of Education from 1991 until her retirement earlier this year.
Thu
Mar
29
UW-Madison’s Jennifer Otting is the author of a new study examining education reform in Kosovo that was published in the journal, Compare: Journal of Comparative & International Education. Otting is a Ph.D. student with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. Her paper is titled, “Rendering technical the responsible citizen: implementing citizenship education reform in Kosovo." This work is a product of her master’s thesis.
Wed
Mar
28
Colleen Howes was recently named the School of Education’s new associate dean for communications, advancement and engagement, a position she is starting on Monday, April 9. In this role, Howes will be building and leading a new Office of Communications, Advancement and Engagement that will oversee many of the communications and outreach efforts currently housed within the External Relations Office. As manager of this new office, Howes will also be developing new marketing and engagement strategies to more effectively support programs, faculty and staff across the School.
Wed
Mar
28
Madison’s Capital Times newspaper reported on a bill introduced last week to create a 19-member blue ribbon panel to identify strengths and weaknesses of the UW System and to set a course for the system’s future. The Cap Times reports how the bill, introduced by Rep. Katrina Shankland, D-Stevens Point, came about after “hundreds of demonstrators occupied the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point administration building to protest proposed cuts to liberal arts programs.” In an effort to put this topic in perspective, the Cap Times spoke with UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman.
Tue
Mar
27
UW-Madison’s KT Horning is being recognized by the Children’s Literature Association for an essay she co-authored that’s titled, “Much Ado About ‘A Fine Dessert’: The Cultural Politics of Representing Slavery in Children’s Literature.” This work, which appeared in the Journal of Children’s Literature, is receiving honorable mention recognition for the association’s 2018 Article Award. Horning directs the School of Education's Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC). Co-authors on the paper are Ebony Elizabeth Thomas and Debbie Reese.
Tue
Mar
27
UW-Madison’s Department of Kinesiology is hosting its annual Safrit Lecture on Thursday, April 12, and this year’s presentation will be delivered by the University of Tennessee’s David Bassett, Jr. Bassett, a professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Studies, will be examining “The Science of Step Counting” in his talk, which begins at 4 p.m. in room 1140 of the UW Natatorium. Bassett is an alumnus of the Department of Kinesiology, having completed his Ph.D. in exercise physiology in 1988.
Mon
Mar
26
UW-Madison's Gloria Ladson-Billings will be accepting a significant honor at the American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting next month when she receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from AERA’s Division B, a diverse and eclectic group of scholars who raise questions, study issues and explore possibilities related to curriculum. Ladson-Billings was a faculty member with the School of Education from 1991 until her retirement earlier this year. Today, the professor emerita is serving a four-year term as president of the National Academy of Education.
Fri
Mar
23
Visiting international scholars are an important part of the intellectual and artistic community within UW-Madison’s School of Education. In an effort to help the School of Education community get to know the visiting scholars on our campus, we are launching a new question-and-answer feature that will be highlighting scholars who are spending time at UW-Madison. The following is a Q&A with Zengyuan Ren, an associate professor of higher education at Jilin University, a leading national research university in China.
Thu
Mar
22
UW-Madison's Mitch Nathan gave a talk at the Chaos and Complex Systems Seminar on Tuesday, March 20, ​titled "What makes math hard? Hint: It's not the math." Nathan is the director of the Center on Education and Work and is a professor of the learning sciences with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked departments of Educational Psychology and Curriculum and Instruction. Nathan's talk challenged the well-entrenched idea that mathematics is hard to learn.
Thu
Mar
22
The artwork of UW-Madison's Adriana Barrios was recently featured by the Badger Herald. Barrios is currently earning her MFA with the School of Education's Art Department, with an emphasis in printmaking. Barrios earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas-San Antonio and participated in a residency program in Florence, Italy. Barrios works to bring awareness to the dangerous impacts people are having on the environment through her art, specifically in printmaking, photography and video.

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