School of Education News

Thu
Sep
13
UW-Madison’s Tom Popkewitz delivered a keynote speech at the European Educational Research Association ‘s annual conference in Bolzano, Italy, earlier this month. Popkewitz is a professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. His research focuses on the systems of reason that govern curriculum reforms, the sciences of education and teacher education. His keynote was titled, “The Paradox of Research: The Good Intentions of Inclusion that Excludes and Abjects.”
Wed
Sep
12
For years, Paris Wicker’s job was to help students succeed at college. Now she’s taking her own advice. Wicker, an incoming doctoral student at UW–Madison, worked the last decade in admissions and student affairs at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. When she left Lawrence in August, she was serving as associate dean of students for student transition, support and persistence. At UW–Madison, Wicker will be a Ph.D. fellow in a new program for doctoral students across three departments: sociology, education policy studies, and educational leadership and policy analysis.
Wed
Sep
12
UW-Madison’s Matt Hora has started a residency as a guest professor in the School of Education at Tianjin University in China, where he will teach and study for 2½ weeks. Supported by a $10,528 grant from Tianjin University, Hora will deliver guest lectures and oversee a team of faculty members and graduate students working to implement the WCER-based College Internship Study at Tianjin and at a the nearby School of Applied Sciences. The overall study, directed by Hora starting in April, uses a mixed-methods approach based on student focus groups, an online student survey and interviews with faculty members, career services professionals and local employers.
Tue
Sep
11
UW-Madison’s Rui Li was recently awarded a prestigious Doctoral Dissertation Grant from The International Research Foundation (TIRF) for English Language Education. Li is a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Education’s No.1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She is now one of 130 grantees from 26 different countries who have received this award since 2002. The project that’s being funded is titled, “Multimodal Learning and Communication Through Transnational Digital Storytelling.”
Mon
Sep
10
UW-Madison’s Bianca Baldridge is the author of an op-ed that explains how afterschool youth work can be both beneficial and harmful, as it perpetuates deficit-based narratives that frame black and Latinx youth as culturally deprived, academically unmotivated, and in need of saving. Baldridge is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. She is a sociologist of education and youth worker, and the author of the forthcoming book, “Reclaiming Community: Race and the Uncertain Future of Youth Work."
Mon
Sep
10
The work of students who are new to the UW-Madison campus and plan to major in art is on display in the School of Education Gallery through Sept. 30. The show is titled, “Points of Departure: Incoming Art Student Showcase,” and it features work made by incoming freshmen and transfer students. UW-Madison’s Art Department is housed within the School of Education. There will be a closing reception for this show on Friday, Sept. 28, from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Fri
Sep
07
To broaden participation in STEM programs and fields, the National Science Foundation (NSF) on Sept. 6 announced the award of a five-year, $10 million NSF INCLUDES Alliance grant to be co-led by UW–Madison’s Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. CIRTL is a collaborative network of 39 research universities based in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) within UW‒Madison’s School of Education. Funding for this new alliance builds on an earlier NSF INCLUDES pilot project awarded to CIRTL in 2016.
Fri
Sep
07
UW-Madison's Julie Underwood takes a look back at some important Supreme Court rulings for education during the tumultuous 2017-18 Supreme Court term 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.
Thu
Sep
06
UW-Madison’s Diana Hess appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The Morning Show” earlier this week to talk about the importance of civics education. Despite requiring high schoolers to pass a civics test, Wisconsin is one of the few states in the country that doesn’t require schools to offer a civics course. Hess, who is Dean of the School of Education, has spent much of her career researching the impact of school-based civic education programs and how students experience and learn from discussions of highly controversial political issues.
Wed
Sep
05
UW-Madison’s occupational therapy program, which is housed within the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and is regarded as one of the very best in the United States, is hosting a 75th anniversary celebration Sept. 13-15. “We are not simply celebrating a program’s longevity,” says School of Education Dean Diana Hess. “The exceptional research, scholarship and instruction that have kept our university’s OT program at the forefront of its field for decades are both impressive and worthy of this wonderful occasion.”
Wed
Sep
05
UW-Madison’s Susan Miller Smedema was recently awarded a pilot grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for a project that examines ways to help people with the disease bolster their quality of life. Smedema is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, and is the director of the rehabilitation counseling master’s degree program. Her research project will investigate if individuals with MS who have specific strengths of character -- such as creativity, perseverance, gratitude or hope -- may be protected against negative effects of MS.
Tue
Sep
04
The Reuters news agency recently put the spotlight on research conducted by UW-Madison’s David Bell. The Reuters report explains: “Children and teens who specialize in one sport may be more likely to get injured than those who play a variety of sports, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from five previously published studies with a total of about 5,600 athletes age 18 or younger. Compared to athletes who played the widest variety of sports, youth who specialized the most were 81 percent more likely to experience an overuse injury, the study found.
Fri
Aug
31
Four scholars with ties to UW-Madison’s School of Education traveled to China last month to take part in the 2018 International Network of Education Institutes’ (INEI) Summer Program, which was hosted by Beijing Normal University. The institute is an effort to build a cross-cultural platform for meaningful intellectual dialogue. Those from UW-Madison taking part in the program included: Hanna Lichtenstein and Kristen McNeill, who are master’s degree students with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis’ Global Higher Education program; alumna Carolyn Schroeder; and Adam Nelson, a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor with the Department of Educational Policy Studies.
Wed
Aug
29
UW-Madison and faculty members from across campus helped host an international cohort of scholars on Aug. 13 at the Pyle Center for a conference titled, “Valuing Deep Education.” The event resembled a think tank for about 20 researchers and humanitarian specialists from Taiwan, India and the United States, including School of Education faculty members Francois Victor Tochon, Lynet Uttal and Mimi Bloch.
Tue
Aug
28
Sandra Kowalczyk, a reading specialist at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie, was named a 2018 Educator of the Year by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE). Kowalczyk, who earned a Reading Specialist license through UW-Madison’s School of Education in 2005, will receive the award during the association’s annual conference Oct. 25-27 in Orlando, Fla.
Mon
Aug
27
Researchers at UW–Madison have built a robot, named Minnie, to serve as a reading buddy to middle school kids. Minnie’s new friends grew more excited about books and more attached to the robot over two weeks of reading together. Joseph Michaelis, a graduate student studying with the School of Education's Department of Educational Psychology, is the lead author of a paper on this work published Aug. 22 in the journal Science Robotics. The report is co-authored by Bilge Mutlu, a computer sciences professor.
Fri
Aug
24
UW-Madison's Michael W. Apple earlier this month delivered the keynote address at the International Symposium on Cultural Legacy and Educational Institutions, which was held at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Apple is the John Bascom Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies. His keynote was titled, "Questioning Official Knowledge." He also presented the CLASS Public Lecture at Nanyang Technological University, with a talk titled, “Can Education Change Society?”
Fri
Aug
24
The New Books Network recently interviewed UW-Madison’s Matthew Hora and posted a podcast interview with the author about his 2016 book, “Beyond the Skills Gap: Preparing College Students for Life and Work.” A preview of the podcast explains: "How can educators ensure that young people who attain a postsecondary credential are adequately prepared for the future? Matthew T. Hora and his co-authors, Ross Benbow and Amanda Oleson, explain that the answer is not simply that students need more specialized technical training to meet narrowly defined employment opportunities."
Thu
Aug
23
Jessica Stovall, an alumna of UW-Madison’s School of Education who has spent the past 11 years teaching in suburban Chicago, appears in a new documentary series that follows students, teachers and administrators as they grapple with racial and educational inequities. Stovall earned a degree in secondary education from the School of Education in 2007 and is beginning work toward her Ph.D. this fall at Stanford University.
Thu
Aug
23
UW-Madison alumna Kara Finnigan is the co-author of a book due out in October that’s titled, “Striving in Common: A Regional Equity Framework for Urban Schools.” Finnigan received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies in 2003, and today is a professor at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education. The book is also written by Jennifer Jellison Holme, an associate professor of education policy in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin.

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