School of Education News

Sat
Sep
29
The Isthmus newspaper recently highlighted the First Nations Cultural Landscape Tours on the UW-Madison campus, which are led by the School of Education's Aaron Bird Bear. Bird Bear and Omar Poler, UW-Madison’s American Indian Curriculum Services coordinator, lead groups on about 80 tours per year. “Once you go on the tour, you can’t unsee the landscape,” Bird Bear tells Isthmus. “It permanently alters your perception of this place.”
Fri
Sep
28
UW-Madison’s Andrea Ruppar and Bonnie Doren were recently awarded a grant from the Spencer Foundation to examine ways to help rural school districts better support special education teachers. Ruppar and Doren are faculty members with the School of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education. Their funding is being provided via the Spencer Foundation’s small research grants program​.
Thu
Sep
27
UW-Madison’s alumni magazine, On Wisconsin, recently put the spotlight on the Trans Research Lab, which is led by the School of Education’s Stephanie Budge. This lab is noteworthy, On Wisconsin reports, for its specialized focus on health outcomes for transgender people. Budge, an associate professor with the Department of Counseling Psychology, is both the founder and the director of the lab.
Wed
Sep
26
UW-Madison’s Percival Matthews is the principal investigator on a new National Science Foundation (NSF) grant that’s designed to examine ways to promote equal sign knowledge among school children. The researchers will test the effectiveness of brief episodes of instruction over the course of a semester to build children’s understanding of the equal sign and associated gains in algebraic thinking. Participants in the research will be elementary- and middle- school students.
Wed
Sep
26
Are you looking for career opportunities that allow you to leverage your study abroad experiences, foreign language skills, international work/internship experience or intercultural competence? The School of Education’s Global Higher Education master’s degree program is helping host a free event on Tuesday, Oct. 2, titled “Pathways to Careers in International Higher Education.” The event runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Education Building’s Wisconsin Idea Room (room 159). Participants will learn more about the growing field of international higher education by meeting with UW-Madison alumni and faculty who will demystify what it takes to get a job in the field.
Tue
Sep
25
The School of Education is hosting a retirement celebration to honor Jeff Hamm and his career from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, in the Education Building’s Morgridge Commons area. Dean Diana Hess and Hamm will deliver remarks during a short program that begins at 4 p.m. Hamm served from 2006 to earlier this month as the School of Education’s associate dean for student academic affairs, and from 1998 to 2006 as the assistant dean/director of education academic services.
Tue
Sep
25
UW-Madison’s David Kaplan will be spending two weeks in January as a visiting researcher at the Luxembourg Institute for Social and Economic Research (LISER). Kaplan is the Patricia Busk Professor of Quantitative Methods with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. During his time at LISER, Kaplan will be presenting his recent work on Bayesian approaches to estimating country-level trajectories in educational outcomes and collaborating on multiple LISER-based projects.
Mon
Sep
24
UW-Madison’s Jerlando Jackson is featured in a special edition of Diverse Issues in Higher Education as the magazine showcases the accomplishments of distinguished professors of color. Diverse Issues reports that Jackson was the first African American to be selected by UW-Madison as a Vilas Distinguished Professor in 2012. “I was very pleased that my department, School of Education and university felt that my body of work, including my contributions on campus, warranted the distinction,” Jackson tells Diverse. The report continues: “An expert on hiring practices, career mobility, workforce diversity and workplace discrimination in hiring education, Jackson has emerged as a national thought leader ... "
Mon
Sep
24
UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman is taking part in a Capitol Hill briefing on Tuesday, Sept. 25 examining policy changes from President Donald Trump’s administration that scholars fear could be closing the door to college for students of color. The event, which is being hosted by UCLA’s Civil Rights Project, is being held in room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. Hillman will give a presentation titled, “How Accountability Can Increase Racial Inequality: The Care of Federal Risk-Sharing.”
Sun
Sep
23
The Chronicle of Higher Education published a commentary from Kevin Reilly headlined, “There’s No One-Size-Fits-All Model for Student Success.” Reilly is the former president of the University of Wisconsin System and he holds an appointment as a Regent Professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Reilly’s commentary notes that about 17 million undergraduates are in American colleges, and they are more diverse than ever before. And he asks, "How should we define and deliver a quality education to all of them?”
Sat
Sep
22
The fourth floor of 821 East Washington Ave. will be softly illuminated by white light throughout September and October as part of a temporary public art project created by UW-Madison students Ben Orozco and Emily Leach. The new exhibit, “Something,” was installed Sept. 14 at StartingBlock Madison. The exhibit is a Madison Arts Commission BLINK temporary public art project. Orozco and Leach are pursuing their bachelor of fine arts degrees from the School of Education’s Art Department.
Fri
Sep
21
Multiple researchers and a non-profit organization are telling ThinkProgress.org that the research cited in an Education Department proposal for eliminating an Obama-era rule to protect students from predatory for-profit colleges is misrepresented to incorrectly justify those plans. UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman is among those saying that the Education Department is misrepresenting his research findings.
Thu
Sep
20
The Mixed Methods blog recently put the spotlight on research that examines the success of students at community colleges conducted by UW-Madison’s Xueli Wang, who is an associate professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. She also is a faculty affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education. Wang studies college students’ learning, pathways and success, with a particular focus on community colleges and STEM education.
Wed
Sep
19
UW-Madison’s Haley Vlach and Percival Matthews each recently received an Understanding Human Cognition Scholar Award from the James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF). The two are faculty members with the School of Education's No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. These awards, of which only 10 were given out this year, each provide $600,000 of funding to be used over the next six years.
Wed
Sep
19
The work of UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman on “education deserts” is the focus of a recent podcast hosted on the CPRE Knowledge Hub website. The “Research Minutes” podcast explains: ”Despite a growing demand for college-level education in communities across the U.S., millions of residents currently live in what researchers call ‘higher education deserts,’ areas where students have limited or no access to a public, broad-access four-year university.” Hillman, who has conducted significant research on this topic, is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis,
Tue
Sep
18
School of Education faculty members William Hoyt and Elizabeth Larson served as guest coaches Saturday afternoon during the Badger football team’s game against Brigham Young University at Camp Randall Stadium. Hoyt is a professor with the Department of Counseling Psychology and is the School’s associate dean for health areas, while Larson is an associate professor with the Department of Kinesiology’s occupational therapy program. Both were given this opportunity due to their efforts to support student-athletes on campus.
Tue
Sep
18
UW-Madison’s Marlene Skog presented her second evening-length contemporary ballet concert, “Consider It Not So Deeply,” Aug. 31 to Sept. 1 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago. The concert explores the conflicting layers of the female psyche in Shakespeare’s women through Skog's powerful, demanding choreography, Shakespeare's theatrical prose, and original sound, designed by Matan Rubinstein and Timothy Russell. Skog is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Dance Department, and her concert received rave reviews from Picture the Post.
Mon
Sep
17
UW-Madison’s Craig Albers was recently named by the Society for the Study of School Psychology as the 11th editor of the Journal of School Psychology (JSP). Albers is an associate professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology, where he is director of the school psychology program. Albers will begin his term as editor-elect in January of 2019 and he will serve as editor from January 2020 through the end of 2024.
Fri
Sep
14
With rhetoric ratcheting up ahead of the November elections and a new school year just underway, an upcoming conference hosted by the UW-Madison School of Education couldn’t be more timely or relevant. The event is titled, “Teaching About the 2018 Elections: Preparing Students for Political Engagement,” and it will run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, in Grainger Hall. The conference is designed to provide educators the tools, resources and confidence they’d need to teach about electoral politics in a way that is engaging but respectful to differing points of view.
Fri
Sep
14
UW-Madison’s Colleen Howes recently authored an article for The EvoLLLution that explains her thoughts on building a high-performing marketing team. Howes is the School of Education’s associate dean for communications and advancement.

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