School of Education News

Fri
Jul
27
Wisconsin Life recently featured UW-Madison alumna J Matzner and her career working to make ballet accessible to people with mobility challenges. Matzner earned an undergraduate degree from the School of Education’s Dance Department in May 2013. The Wisconsin Life story centers around one of Matzner's students, Mari Koopman, who is in a wheelchair.
Thu
Jul
26
The Capital Times recently published an article about UW-Madison alumna and actor Carrie Coon, who returned to Wisconsin's American Players Theatre (APT). Coon received her master of fine arts degree from the Department of Theatre and Drama, which today is housed within the School of Education.
Wed
Jul
25
Four finalists to become the UW-Madison School of Education’s Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs will present public presentations and take part in question-and-answer sessions as part of the interview process. The Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs has general oversight and responsibility for student academic affairs and student services units and activities in the School of Education. This person will establish directions, develop policies and procedures, and facilitate coordination and integration among units providing services related to undergraduate dean’s office work, advising, student recruitment, program admission, scholarships and fellowships, and career services.
Wed
Jul
25
Using a new skills index based on federal data, a study out of UW-Madison's Wisconsin Center for Education Research finds significantly fewer “middle-skill” jobs exist in the United States than previously estimated. The report finds that only 16 percent of all jobs require training beyond high school but less than a bachelor’s degree, compared to previous estimates of one-third to more than one-half of total employment.
Wed
Jul
25
Isthmus recently reviewed "Little Shop of Horrors," a production from the UW-Madison School of Education's Department of Theatre and Drama. The story is famous for its cartoonish world of solid archetype characters and the crazy, strange man-eating plant that takes over a flower shop. In the review, Isthmus touches on the well-cast main characters and the ambitious set, and calls it a "charming" performance. "Directed and choreographed by visiting professor Shad Willingham, with music direction by Erin McConnell, it is an impressive take on a campy, horticultural horror story," Gwendolyn Rice reports ​for the Isthmus.
Tue
Jul
24
An article from Men's Health about the dangers of football for young players' brains quotes UW-Madison's Julie Stamm, an associate lecturer with the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology. A 2017 study coauthored by Stamm in Translational Psychiatry found that "people who started playing tackle football before age 12 doubled their risk of having behavioral problems and cognitive impairment, and tripled their risk of suffering from depression later in life. The increased risks did not change based on how many years they had played, the number of concussions they had, or whether they played through high school, college, or the pros," the Men's Health article explained.
Tue
Jul
24
UW-Madison alumna Kristina Navarro was recently named Rutgers University's senior associate athletic director for Leadership Development and Strategic Partnerships. Navarro earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2012, and has worked at UW-Whitewater since 2017 as the associate director for Student Development and Strategic Initiatives. Navarro received the UW-Madison School of Education's 2014 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award.
Mon
Jul
23
An article from the Chronicle of Higher Education exploring whether faculty workloads can be accurately captured in a database quotes UW-Madison's Dorothy Farrar-Edwards and Nicholas Hillman. The article examines recent pushes from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for more accountability in evaluating professors' workloads, mainly through a database that records the average time professors spend teaching every week.
Fri
Jul
20
A report from Wisconsin Public Radio features UW-Madison's David Bell and his research examining overspecialization in youth sports. Bell is a faculty member with the Department of Kinesiology’s Athletic Training Program and the director of the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Laboratory (WISL). In the report, Bell discusses the do's and don'ts of training teens to be specialized in a single sport.
Fri
Jul
20
The College Access Program is hosting an event titled, "A Gathering of Mathematical Problem Solving." It will be held on July 25 from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the Educational Sciences Building, room 159. Students will present a poster of their favorite, most memorable, or even most frustrating math problem. Students have been encouraged to not give solutions to their problems, but instead to speak about their approach and make suggestions, to encourage attendees to try to solve the problems and have mathematical experiences themselves.
Thu
Jul
19
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected Robert D. Mathieu, the Albert E. Whitford Professor of Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, as an inaugural member of the STEM Education Advisory Panel. Mathieu, director of the university’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) and the associate dean for research at its School of Education, begins his first term on the national panel immediately and could serve up to three years.
Thu
Jul
19
A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education examining "education deserts" makes note of the important work by UW-Madison's Nicholas Hillman, who has conducted significant research​ on this topic. "What would it take to make sure that distance doesn’t prevent students from obtaining a college degree? Making geography a bigger part of the conversation about college fit would be a start, according to Nicholas Hillman," the article states, referencing Hillman's work.
Wed
Jul
18
The UW–Madison School of Education has filled two key leadership positions for its new Teacher Education Center, which is set to launch during the upcoming 2018-19 academic year. Kimber Wilkerson, a professor with the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, was recently named the faculty director of the center and started her new position on July 1. Samantha Baruah will fill the role of associate director, a post she will start on Aug. 6. The new Teacher Education Center will support research, policy work and innovation in teacher education, as well as in the School’s mission-driven PK-12 educator preparation programs.
Tue
Jul
17
UW-Madison's Rachel Dyer, Morgan Sinnard and Christopher Raines have received 2018 American Psychological Association (APA) Student Travel Awards. Dyer is a master's degree student, and Sinnard and Raines are Ph.D. students -- all with the School of Education's Department of Counseling Psychology. They received the awards to help with travel to the 2018 APA convention Aug. 9-12 in San Francisco to present their research.
Mon
Jul
16
UW-Madison's Rachelle Winkle-Wagner is the co-author of an article that was recently published in the Teachers College Record titled, "Finding a Voice in Predominantly White Institutions: A Longitudinal Study of Black Women Faculty Members’ Journeys Toward Tenure." Winkle-Wagner is a faculty member with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. She co-authored the article with Bridget Turner Kelly of the Loyola University at Chicago's School of Education.
Fri
Jul
13
Kathleen Woit, an alumna of UW-Madison and a current member of the School of Education's Board of Visitors, was featured by the Isthmus newspaper about her memories and experiences around the Art Fair on the Square. Woit earned a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction in 1973, a master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1981, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1992. Woit tells the Isthmus that she visited her first fair in 1959, and it sparked a love of the arts and a "lifetime of volunteerism and giving."
Fri
Jul
13
The first National Writing Project Midwest Conference will take place on the UW-Madison campus from Aug. 3 to 5. The conference will be hosted by the Greater Madison Writing Project, and offers educators the opportunity to share their work and learn from colleagues in the field. The Greater Madison Writing Project is a joint effort between UW-Madison's College of Letters & Science, and the School of Education. "There are precious few opportunities for teachers to engage in professional learning that is designed by and for other teachers," says Mark Dziedzic, the director of the Greater Madison Writing Project and an outreach specialist with the School of Education's office of Education Outreach and Partnerships.
Thu
Jul
12
UW-Madison's sj Miller will giving a presentation at TEDMED 2018, which runs Nov. 14-16 in Palm Springs, Calif. TEDMED is the independent health and medicine edition of the famous TED conference. TEDMED bridges the gap between science and the public by finding and sharing stories that inform, inspire, engage and provoke action across a broad, passionate community both inside and outside of health and medicine. Miller is the coordinator of the School of Education's joint Master's Teacher Certification program in secondary English education and English as a second language.
Wed
Jul
11
UW-Madison's Gwendolyn Baxley will ​be presenting during a webinar hosted by the University Council for Educational Administration's (UCEA) Graduate Student Council (GSC) titled, "Finishing Strong: Navigating the Last Stage of Doctoral Work." Baxley is a Ph.D. student with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. She is a current NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellow. For the webinar, Baxley, along with Joanna Sanchez, Darrius Stanley and Benterah C. Morton, will mentor graduate students on navigating the final stage of doctoral work, and the transition into their careers or professoriate and postdoctoral work.
Tue
Jul
10
Diverse Issues in Higher Education recently published a report that puts the spotlight on a book edited by UW-Madison’s Jerlando Jackson. The book, “Advancing Equity and Diversity in Student Affairs: A Festschrift in Honor of Melvin C. Terrell,” serves to highlight how student affairs has grown as a field of practice in response to the growth of student diversity on college campuses and honors the remarkable career of Terrell. "Unlike many of his contemporaries, he was one of the few who saw it as part of their role to uplift the future generation of scholars and practitioners," Jackson tells Diverse Issues.

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