School of Education News

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Jul
09
This latest edition of Learning Connections, the UW-Madison School of Education's alumni news magazine, is now available online. The ​Summer 2018 issue is filled with exciting news about School of Education faculty, staff, students and alumni. In this edition, we put the focus on Leadership that Matters.
Fri
Jul
06
Sarah Zurawski has spent one leg of her 16-year career as a school-based occupational therapist and another as an entry-level occupational therapy (OT) instructor. Now she’s getting ready for new roles — including teaching in a clinical doctorate program and conducting research — through UW–Madison’s online Doctor of Occupational Therapy program. “I appreciate that I can tailor the doctorate program to my specific interests and needs,” she says, “and I’ve been able to select electives that will assist me in pursuing my career goals.” The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program is housed within the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology.
Thu
Jul
05
UW-Madison's Matt Hora is the lead author on a paper that was just published in the Community College Review titled, "Cultural Capital at Work: How Cognitive and Noncognitive Skills are Taught, Trained, and Rewarded in a Chinese Technical College." The paper is co-authored by Chelsea A. Blackburn Cohen, who received her Ph.D. from UW-Madison's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis earlier this year. Community and technical college student employability is an area of concern for the United States and China, and policy-makers focus on students' credentials and cognitive skills. The paper explores whether or not this focus on "completion" overlooks the roles other factors may play in employability, such as noncognitive skills and contextual factors.
Tue
Jul
03
UW-Madison alumna Christine Barwick has been promoted to a new position with First National Bank and Trust. Barwick earned her undergraduate degree in rehabilitation psychology from the School of Education in 1985. She has been promoted to learning solutions officer. In this role, Barwick is responsible for managing the compliance training program for the bank, identifying and facilitating leadership training for new and current leaders, and developing technical training to meet system and process needs for the bank’s business partners.
Mon
Jul
02
UW-Madison's Lynda Barry was featured by the Isthmus newspaper for her work incorporating cartoons into the curriculum in the School of Education's Art Department, and beyond. Barry is an award-winning author and cartoonist with the Art Department. The associate professor of interdisciplinary creativity holds the Chazen Family Distinguished Chair in Art. Barry, more than anyone else, has made cartooning at UW-Madison respectable, the article said. Cartooning is critical thought, because students "choose the barest minimum of lines to put your idea across."
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Jul
02
UW-Madison alumnus Jack Raglin was featured in a recent spotlight article by the American College of Sports Medicine. Raglin earned his master’s degree from the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology and its physical education program in 1983. He then received a Ph.D. in 1988 from the same program. Raglin is currently a professor with Indiana University-Bloomington's Department of Kinesiology. In the member spotlight interview, Raglin answers questions about his professional career and education, and gives some advice for students beginning to explore exercise science.
Fri
Jun
29
A sports science summer term class from the School of Education's David Bell focuses on the most popular technologies in the field of human performance in an effort to teach UW–Madison students how to collect data, interpret the information and use it in a meaningful way. Bell is an assistant professor with the Department of Kinesiology’s athletic training program and the director of the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Laboratory.
Fri
Jun
29
UW-Madison recently announced its Community-University Partnership Awards, and two honorees are connected with the School of Education. The awards recognize the work of UW-Madison faculty, staff and students, and their community partners across the state of Wisconsin that are addressing public issues in Madison and the surrounding region. The Department of Kinesiology's Dorothy Farrar-Edwards was recognized for her role in the Oneida Nation - Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center Partnership. Additionally, alumnus Kaleem Caire was awarded the 2018 LaMarr Billups Community-University Engagement Award.
Thu
Jun
28
UW-Madison alumna Libby Pier's research was cited extensively in a recent New York Times op-ed about funding scientific research. Pier earned her Ph.D. in the learning sciences from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology in 2017. The op-ed discusses how medical research funding is scarce, and how the current approach to designate funding "favors low-risk research and proposals by older scientists and white men."
Thu
Jun
28
The human resources team within the School of Education's Business Office is partnering with UW-Madison's Office of Human Resources (OHR) to launch a new digital performance management platform, called the Performance Management and Development Program (PMDP). PMDP is a new campus-wide software program designed to streamline and track activities and conversations between supervisors and their direct reports. OHR will have trainings for both employees and supervisors July 13, 17 and 18.
Wed
Jun
27
UW-Madison alumna Laura Hamman will begin working as a post-doctoral research associate with the BUENO Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Hamman received her Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2018.
Wed
Jun
27
Madison Magazine recently profiled UW-Madison’s Peter Miller and his work as both a professor on campus and as chairman of the Athletic Board. Miller is uniquely qualified to serve in this role. He is a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, where his research focuses on leadership, collaboration and organizational change in complex environments. He also played college basketball at the University of Notre Dame 25 years ago. “Pete has a fount of knowledge in both academics and athletics that is making him a transformative leader,” Dr. Laurel Rice, who chairs UW-Madison’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and who preceded Miller as chair of the Athletic Board, tells Madison Magazine. “UW is lucky to have him at the helm.”
Tue
Jun
26
Spectrum recently published an article exploring video games and autism research, and invokes the expertise of UW-Madison's Brittany Travers. Travers is developing a game that lets children practice poses inspired by yoga and tai chi, titled "Ninja Training." The player can get to more advanced levels by holding poses for longer periods of time. Travers has researched the effects of playing "Ninja Training" on children and adolescents with autism. Travers and her team have found preliminary evidence of real-life benefits of the game, with players making the most progress in "Ninja Training" also making the most improvements in their balance.
Tue
Jun
26
UW-Madison's Matt Hora recently authored a ​report for Liberal Education, the flagship journal of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. In his ​article, "Beyond the Skills Gap: How the Vocationalist Framing of Higher Education Undermines Student, Employer, and Societal Interests," Hora discusses his research and work around the idea of the skills gap and the importance of ​broad education. "The view that education is solely about job training requires the deliberate suspension of belief about, or recognition of, a host of pressing social, environmental, and political problems, including climate change, income inequality, and the resurgence of virulent racism across the United States and around the world," writes Hora.
Mon
Jun
25
Every few summers, Aztalan State Park becomes an active archaeological site when UW-Madison's Sissel Schroeder leads a field school there to better understand those who lived at Aztalan nearly 1,000 years ago. The endeavor has also funded the development of a statewide, K–12 science and social studies curriculum by project assistant Linda Orie, who is finishing her master’s thesis this summer with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Designed around archaeology, it is being piloted in partnership with Fort Atkinson Middle School.
Mon
Jun
25
Several alumni of UW-Madison's School of Education ​contributed to a new book titled, "Navigating the Common Good in Teacher Education: Critical and International Perspectives." The book's co-editors are Nikola Hobbel, who received a Ph.D. from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2003, and Barbara Bales, who received a master's in 1998 and a Ph.D. in 2004 from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The book also contains chapters from four others with ties to the School of Education: alumnus Julio Emilio Diniz-Pereira (Ph.D. 2004); alumna Rita Verma (Ph.D. 2004); alumnus Bekisizwe S. Ndimande (Ph.D. 2005); and an afterward by Kenneth M. Zeichner, a former UW-Madison Hoefs-Bascom Professor of Teacher Education and School of Education associate dean.
Fri
Jun
22
The work of Gear Learning was recently highlighted in an article from In Business magazine about Madison's role as a tech hub. Gear Learning, a game development studio, is led by Michael Beall and housed within the School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research. “Thanks to the foresight of Diana Hess, dean of the School of Education, and Bob Mathieu, director of WCER, Gear Learning is positioned to have tremendous impact in the field of games for learning," Beall tells In Business.
Fri
Jun
22
The latest episode of WISCAPE's "Now in Higher Ed" podcast ​brings on Leslie Orrantia, director of community relations ​at ​UW-Madison, to discuss the rewards and intricacies of her experiences as she nears her second anniversary serving in the role.
Thu
Jun
21
The Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement (WISCIENCE) at UW–Madison has been awarded $1 million over five years by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to develop stronger support systems for transfer students studying science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, fields. Janet Branchaw, director of WISCIENCE and a faculty member with the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology, will lead a multi-institutional team of faculty and staff at UW–Madison, Madison College, UW–Whitewater and the UW System’s two-year institutions to develop, implement and evaluate a model transfer program.
Thu
Jun
21
UW-Madison's Mitchell Nathan was recently appointed as a Vilas Distinguished Achievement professor. Nathan is a highly-regarded faculty member with the School of Education's No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. He also directs the Center on Education and Work. His research and teaching focuses on basic learning theory and research methods for understanding and improving instruction and student reasoning in mathematics, engineering and STEM more broadly.

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