School of Education News

Wed
Jun
20
The Discussion Project team is now accepting applications for the fall 2018 cohort, and invites all UW-Madison faculty and teaching staff who are assigned to teach at least one course for the fall semester, and are able to attend all sessions, to apply. The Discussion Project is a campus professional development program that will train participants how to create productive discussions with students on serious topics in a welcoming, engaging and academically rigorous classroom. Paula McAvoy created and is implementing The Discussion Project in collaboration with School of Education Dean Diana Hess.
Wed
Jun
20
UW-Madison alumnus Bruce Nauman's artwork was featured in an article from the New York Times headlined, "Doing Justice to the Art of Bruce Nauman." Nauman earned his undergraduate degree from the School of Education’s Art Department in 1964, and then graduated with a master of fine arts from University of California, Davis, in 1966. “There are artists who make good work throughout their career, but good isn’t great,” curator Kathy Halbreich told the New York Times. “Bruce makes great art from graduate school to yesterday."
Tue
Jun
19
The 2019 Wisconsin Teachers of the Year have been announced and one of this year's award winners is UW-Madison alumnus Benjamin Grignon. Grignon graduated from the School of Education's Art Department in 2005 with a bachelor of fine arts degree. Currently, Grignon teaches traditional Menominee crafts at Menominee Indian High School in Keshena. As part of the Teacher of the Year honor, Grignon will receive $3,000 from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation.
Tue
Jun
19
UW-Madison's Rachel Dyer won second place for the Margaret Bernauer Psychology Research Award. Dyer is a master's degree student with the School of Education's Department of Counseling Psychology, under advisor Stephanie Budge. Dyer's research is titled, "Trans Youth Needs Assessment Survey Results: Nonmetropolitan-Metropolitan Differences in Perceived Safety at School for Wisconsin Trans and Non-binary Youth." Dyer co-authored the piece with Budge, Jay Botsford, Ben Andert, Jennifer Rehm and Brittany Allen.
Mon
Jun
18
The third episode of WISCAPE's "Now in Higher Ed” podcast ​features “spirited academic dialogue” with UW-Madison's Clifton Conrad. Conrad is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and the faculty director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE). Conrad contends that we should prioritize quality learning experiences in post-secondary education as opposed to emphasizing hard metrics. During our conversation, Conrad upends traditional notions of how college classrooms operate and instead calls for more cooperative and individualized learning.
Mon
Jun
18
A one-day Science of Running Workshop that features a series of presentations from leading experts in the field is taking place on the UW-Madison campus Saturday, July 28. The event, which is being presented by the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, culminates with a keynote talk from UW-Madison alumnus and Olympic medalist Jack Daniels, who authored the popular "Daniels' Running Formula." The presentations from a range of scientific experts and athletes will explore topics related to distance running.
Fri
Jun
15
A new training program at UW–Madison is bringing graduate students from three departments together in a cohort to become leaders, teachers and researchers on race, ethnicity and inequality in education. The program, which launches in the fall and is supported by a Collaborative Training Grant from the UW–Madison Graduate School, focuses on intensive mentoring and cohort-based training. The Graduate School grant supports four Ph.D. students in the cohort for three years. Additional support for the program comes from the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), the Morgridge Center for Public Service, and the departments of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, Sociology, and Educational Policy Studies.
Thu
Jun
14
The 2018 online edition of "The disAbility Advocate," an annual newsletter for alumni and friends of the School of Education's Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, is now available. This year's cover story focuses on UW-Madison's Fong Chan, who grew up in a refugee settlement in Hong Kong before overcoming long odds to become one of the field of rehabilitation counseling's leading scholars.
Thu
Jun
14
UW-Madison’s Morgan Sinnard is the winner of the 2018 American Psychological Association’s Division 44 Transgender Research Award. ASA’s Division 44 is the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. Sinnard is a doctoral student with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology. Her work that is being recognized is titled, “Expanding the minority stress model: A meta-analysis of mental health among transgender compared to cisgender adults.”
Wed
Jun
13
Each summer, UW-Madison teams up with Urban Word NYC to offer educators and community leaders a four-day program to learn the best practices in hip hop and spoken word pedagogy. The Institute brings together the leading educators, professors, emcees and activists utilizing the media of spoken word, hip hop and urban arts as relevant, dynamic and necessary educational tools to engage students across multi-disciplinary curricula. The institute, which is co-sponsored in part by the School of Education's office of Education Outreach and Partnerships, will take place July 9-12 in the Education Building on the UW-Madison campus.
Wed
Jun
13
The UW-Madison Dance Department on Thursday, June 14 is presenting a restaging of Anna Halprin’s historic “Paper Dance” at the Memorial Union's Frederik March Play Circle Theater. This work is a section of Halprin's​ 1965 "Parades and Changes." It is an ever-evolving dance that includes a distinct, well-known, process-based score and the dressing and undressing of the cast. The intention of the score, according to Halprin, “is to comment on the corporate world, with business suits as costume, removing them ceremoniously and revealing our naked unarmed nature, the whole body.” Halprin is an alumna of UW-Madison.
Tue
Jun
12
The work of UW-Madison's David Williamson Shaffer was recently featured on a "SciPod" podcast episode about quantitative ethnography. Shaffer is the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Learning Sciences with the School of Education's No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. The episode -- "Transforming Big Data into Meaningful Insights" -- explores the unprecedented way social scientists can study human behavior through data in the information age.
Tue
Jun
12
UW-Madison's Jill Barnes is an invited speaker at the Campus Alberta Neuroscience 2018 International Conference in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Barnes is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology. The 2018 conference is titled, "Promoting Healthy Brain Aging and Preventing Dementia: Research and Translation." Barnes' research interests include the regulation of blood flow and blood pressure in humans, and how this changes with aging and exercise. ​She has published over 50 peer-review articles on these topics and oversees the Barnes Lab.
Mon
Jun
11
UW-Madison alumnus David Harris recently published the second edition of "Reasoning with Democratic Values: Ethical Issues in American History." Harris earned his master’s degree in 1970 and Ph.D. in 1976 from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Harris authored the book with Anne-Lise Halvorsen from the College of Education at Michigan State University and Paul Dain, a retired high school social studies teacher. The first edition was written by Harris and UW-Madison's Professor Alan Lockwood in 1985. The second edition contains more than 75 percent new content, and the authors have pledged their royalties to teacher education and are offering professional development for teachers across the country without fees.
Mon
Jun
11
UW-Madison alumnus Fredrick A. Schrank has been named a J. William Fulbright Specialist by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In his new position as a Fulbright Specialist, Schrank is hosted by the School/Applied Child Psychology program ​at McGill University in Montreal, where he will deliver specialty lectures on curriculum development in cognitive assessment. Schrank earned a master's degree in 1975 in counseling and guidance, and Ph.D. in 1980 in counselor education, both from the School of Education. Later, Schrank earned a post-doctoral diploma in school psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology and was elected president of the American Academy of School Psychology.
Fri
Jun
08
Following the results of the American Sociological Association’s elections, UW-Madison’s Anthony Hernandez learned that he was selected as the Graduate Student Representative for the Sociology of Education Council for the upcoming 2018-19 academic year. Hernandez is a fourth-year doctoral student with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. Hernandez explains that his research interests are Latinx students and Latinx educational leadership at Hispanic serving institutions (HSIs).
Thu
Jun
07
The Capital Times recently posted a report examining a unique and innovative UW-Madison Summer Term course being taught by the School of Education’s David Bell. Technology is becoming increasingly common in high-level athletics, with many teams now using GPS units to inform training. The Department of Kinesiology is in the midst of hosting an upper-level, three-week Summer Term class called, “Sports Science & Athlete Monitoring.” It focuses on the most popular technologies in the field of human performance in an effort to teach UW-Madison students how to collect data, interrupt the information and use it in a meaningful way.
Wed
Jun
06
UW-Madison’s Julie Underwood is part of a Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding, and the panel held its final hearing at the State Capitol on Monday. The current public school funding formula is based on a revenue limit set in the early 1990s. It puts a cap on the amount of money school districts can get from the state and from local levies. “The message is absolutely clear: we’re falling short,” Underwood said during a Monday news conference. “We’re falling short on our children and we’re at a point of doing harm and we need to fix this."
Tue
Jun
05
UW-Madison’s Mitchell Nathan is quoted in a recent report that examines the explosion of so-called study-with-me videos. “I think the people making these videos are tapping into a need where you want to be social without being disrupted from your study goals,” Nathan tells the Wall Street Journal. “Think of it like parallel play. This is parallel studying: You’re ignoring each other, but that’s still much more preferable than doing it all by yourself.” Nathan is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Learning Sciences with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology. He also is the director of the Center on Education and Work.
Mon
Jun
04
UW-Madison alumna Carolyn Stanford Taylor was presented the 2018 Virginia Hart Special Recognition Award during a ceremony Thursday, May 31, at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Stanford Taylor serves as the assistant superintendent of the Division for Learning Support at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. She earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education from the School of Education in 1978 and received a master’s from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1979.

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