School of Education News

Thu
Jan
26
UW-Madison’s Lynda Barry was recently featured in a Washington Post article that garnered advice from great creative thinkers ​for the rising generation of female artists. Leading up to the Jan. 21 Women’s March on Washington, The Post’s Comic Riffs “asked eight great creative minds what advice they might have for the rising generation of young female artists, storytellers and other creatives in a world that can still present them with unique obstacles. What guidance might they offer gleaned from their own experience?” Barry shared some words of wisdom.
Thu
Jan
26
Michael Meissen, who earned his Ph.D. from UW-Madison's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1990, was recently hired as a new consultant for K-12 initiatives at Madison Area Technical College. In his new position, Meissen will lead the process of creating a strategic plan that identifies the key K-12 priority areas for consideration by the college, maximizing student success and advancing Madison College's partnership with K-12 schools.
Wed
Jan
25
The work of several faculty members with UW-Madison's Art Department will be featured in upcoming art exhibits at Edgewood College from Jan. 26 through Feb 26. There is an opening reception scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Edgewood College Gallery, located in The Stream, 1000 Edgewood College Dr. , Madison, 53711.
Wed
Jan
25
UW-Madison’s Julie Mead was in Texas on Jan. 23 to take part in a symposium hosted by the Austin-based Coalition for Public Schools. A report from the Austin American-Statesman newspaper noted how researchers at the symposium explained how other states’ voucher systems failed to hold private schools accountable and improve the performance of students, particularly those who are lower income. Mead is a professor with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Wed
Jan
25
The Spring 2017 Artist in Residence is Peter Krsko, whose residency is presented by the UW-Madison Arts Institute. Krsko is a bio-inspired artist whose approach combines science and art; participatory, interactive and community arts; and play with hands-on education. He creates collaborative and community public art, such as sculptures and murals, inspired by biological concepts of diversity, differentiation, participation and co-ownership.
Tue
Jan
24
UW-Madison School of Education Dean Diana Hess recently spoke with the Badger Herald about the university's Engaging the Humanities program and how it can make a significant difference for students seeking jobs outside academia. Hess, who also holds the Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education, tells the Badger Herald that the program is particularly exciting because it provides new opportunities for academic staff and is designed to have a real effect on the community, in line with the Wisconsin Idea.
Tue
Jan
24
UW-Madison's Nicholas Hillman was quoted in a recent Wisconsin State Journal column about Assembly Speaker Robin Vos' critiques of Gov. Scott Walker's proposed tuition cuts for the UW System. Hillman, an associate professor with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, researches federal student aid, state funding models and educational opportunity.
Tue
Jan
24
Internationally acclaimed guest artist Rosalind Newman is in residence with the School of Education’s Dance Department Jan. 17 through Feb. 4. She is working with 12 student dancers on a project that will be presented in the annual faculty concert "Neither East Nor West" in February.
Mon
Jan
23
A WISCAPE blog post discusses ​how to improve the racial climate at UW-Madison and introduces a set of recommendations from a collective of black alumni and their allies. The post, titled "Creating a place to remember fondly," was authored by Harvey Long and Valyncia C. Raphael, an alumna of the University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 2013) and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (Ph.D., 2016).
Mon
Jan
23
UW-Madison’s Robert Enright has recently been invited to become a regular blogger for Psychology Today. His blog for Psychology Today is called, “The Forgiving Life.” Enright has pioneered the study of forgiveness in locations across the world for three decades. He is a professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology, and also is a co-founder of the International Forgiveness Institute.
Mon
Jan
23
UW-Madison alumnus Edward Holmes was recently featured in the Wisconsin State Journal’s “Know Your Madisonian” report. Holmes was recently named the Overture Center's first executive director of diversity and inclusion. In his new position, Holmes says he will be working on making the Overture Center more inclusive, both in terms of the staff and the patrons it serves. Holmes received a Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and he also is a member of the School of Education’s Board of Visitors.
Fri
Jan
20
UW-Madison’s Noah Weeth Feinstein, with collaborators from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Chicago-based artist Jenny Kendler, will develop and evaluate “Garden for a Changing Climate,” a mobile public art project and interactive event series. Comprised of a series of moveable planters of native Midwestern species, “Garden for a Changing Climate” directly embodies the otherwise largely invisible, slow and dispersed threat of climate change. “This project is right smack at the intersection of the two things I am most interested in right now: out-of-school science and climate change adaptation,” says Weeth Feinstein, an associate professor with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Fri
Jan
20
UW-Madison recently announced 16 proposals from across campus that will be receiving funding through the university’s EI Small Grant Program. And among those receiving support are the School of Education's Adam Nelson and Natalie Zervou. Nelson, who chairs the Department of Educational Policy Studies, and Zervou, a lecturer with the Dance Department, both plan to use the EI Small Grant funding to create new online classes.
Thu
Jan
19
The UW-Madison Dance Department kicks off the second half of its 90th anniversary year with its annual faculty concert, “Neither East Nor West.” The concert runs Feb. 2-4 and 9-11 at the Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space in Lathrop Hall. “Neither East Nor West” features the original choreography of New York guest artist and UW-Madison alumna Rosalind Newman, and six contemporary dance works by UW-Madison artists Kate Corby, Li Chiao-Ping, Liz Sexe, Marlene Skog, Chris Walker, and Jin-Wen Yu.
Thu
Jan
19
David Tandberg and Nick Hillman’s 2013 WISCAPE policy brief was referenced in a recent Wisconsin State Journal article discussing the implications of Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal that UW System funding should be correlated with how many System students find jobs in Wisconsin.
Thu
Jan
19
This month Project 1808, led by School of Education alumna Linda Vakunta, launched the Ebola Survivors Livelihood Skills development program. Vakunta earned her master’s degree in rehabilitation psychology from the School of Education in 2011 and is both the program lead and Project 1808 executive director. The program is funded by a one-year grant from the Sierra Leone U.S. Embassy office and is expected to train over 70 Ebola survivors at Rokel in computer training, catering, driving and tailoring.
Wed
Jan
18
Noel Radomski, associate researcher and managing director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), offered commentary in a Wisconsin State Journal article discussing the implications of Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to cut tuition for University of Wisconsin System students.
Wed
Jan
18
The Wisconsin State Journal recently put the spotlight on a unique and innovative class at Clark Street Community School in Middleton that uses hip hop as its foundation. And UW-Madison’s Michael Dando, the newspaper explains, is playing a leading role in making this course a reality. Dando is a Ph.D. candidate with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The newspaper report also quotes Professor Carl Grant, a scholar of multicultural education who is Dando's graduate adviser.
Wed
Jan
18
UW-Madison alumna Karen Searles was recently named the Dance Educator of the Year by the Texas Dance Educator’s Association (TDEA). Searles received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a BS in Dance Education from the School of Education’s Dance Department in 2004. Today, Searles leads the dance program at Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock, Texas.
Wed
Jan
18
The call for proposals is now open for the 2017 MSAN Institute on Equity Leadership and Cultural Competence being held April 27-28 at The Concourse Hotel in Madison. The Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) is a national coalition of multiracial, mid-sized, suburban-urban school districts working to understand and eliminate the effects of institutionalized racism on student achievement. The Institute, MSAN’s annual conference, is an intensive two-day professional learning opportunity dedicated to sharing cutting-edge strategies for furthering equity-focused leadership and building cultural competence in K-12 schools.

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