School of Education News

Tue
Mar
27
UW-Madison’s Department of Kinesiology is hosting its annual Safrit Lecture on Thursday, April 12, and this year’s presentation will be delivered by the University of Tennessee’s David Bassett, Jr. Bassett, a professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Studies, will be examining “The Science of Step Counting” in his talk, which begins at 4 p.m. in room 1140 of the UW Natatorium. Bassett is an alumnus of the Department of Kinesiology, having completed his Ph.D. in exercise physiology in 1988.
Mon
Mar
26
UW-Madison's Gloria Ladson-Billings will be accepting a significant honor at the American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting next month when she receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from AERA’s Division B, a diverse and eclectic group of scholars who raise questions, study issues and explore possibilities related to curriculum. Ladson-Billings was a faculty member with the School of Education from 1991 until her retirement earlier this year. Today, the professor emerita is serving a four-year term as president of the National Academy of Education.
Fri
Mar
23
Visiting international scholars are an important part of the intellectual and artistic community within UW-Madison’s School of Education. In an effort to help the School of Education community get to know the visiting scholars on our campus, we are launching a new question-and-answer feature that will be highlighting scholars who are spending time at UW-Madison. The following is a Q&A with Zengyuan Ren, an associate professor of higher education at Jilin University, a leading national research university in China.
Thu
Mar
22
UW-Madison's Mitch Nathan gave a talk at the Chaos and Complex Systems Seminar on Tuesday, March 20, ​titled "What makes math hard? Hint: It's not the math." Nathan is the director of the Center on Education and Work and is a professor of the learning sciences with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked departments of Educational Psychology and Curriculum and Instruction. Nathan's talk challenged the well-entrenched idea that mathematics is hard to learn.
Thu
Mar
22
The artwork of UW-Madison's Adriana Barrios was recently featured by the Badger Herald. Barrios is currently earning her MFA with the School of Education's Art Department, with an emphasis in printmaking. Barrios earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas-San Antonio and participated in a residency program in Florence, Italy. Barrios works to bring awareness to the dangerous impacts people are having on the environment through her art, specifically in printmaking, photography and video.
Wed
Mar
21
Thirty-three faculty members from across the UW-Madison campus are receiving 2018 faculty fellowships, including the School of Education's Robert Mathieu and Tom Jones. Mathieu is receiving a WARF Named Professorship, an award that comes with $100,000 to honor faculty members who have made major contributions to the advancement of knowledge. Jones is receiving a Romnes Faculty Fellowship, which comes with $60,000 that may be spent over five years.
Tue
Mar
20
The latest ratings compiled by U.S. News reveal that the School is home to three No. 1-ranked programs in the “education specialties” of Curriculum/Instruction, Educational Psychology and Administration/Supervision. In addition, the School of Education is home to eight different graduate programs that are ranked among the Top 10 in the nation: Counseling/Personnel Services (No. 3); Education Policy (No. 3); Elementary Education (No. 4); Secondary Education (No. 6); and Special Education (No. 10). Moreover, in U.S. News’ 2019 Best Education Graduate Schools ratings released March 19, the UW-Madison School of Education is ranked No. 2 overall.
Mon
Mar
19
UW-Madison's Gloria Ladson-Billings will give a lecture on “Hip Hop/Hip Hope: The (R)Evolution of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy," on April 4 at Washington University in St. Louis. Ladson-Billings, one of the nation’s preeminent researchers on educating diverse students, is a professor emerita with the School of Education. She is currently serving a four-year term as president of the National Academy of Education. The lecture will explore how technology and youth culture has the power to revolutionize teaching practices.
Mon
Mar
19
UW-Madison's Matt Hora and Bailey Smolarek published a new research paper in the Journal of Higher Education titled, "Examining Faculty Reflective Practice: A Call for Critical Awareness and Institutional Support." The paper hones in on an often-forgotten key process of data-driven decision-making in education: teachers' reflective practice.
Fri
Mar
16
The School of Education's ​annual Partners in Education Banquet and Recognition Program will take place on April 19 at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. The event is a special thank you to the many PK-12 school professionals who open their classrooms to provide field experiences for UW-Madison student teachers and practicum students. Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year Chris Gleason will give a keynote presentation and the event will also include a presentation of the Rockwell Awards for Cooperating Personnel and Teacher Education Alumni Awards.
Fri
Mar
16
UW-Madison's Peter Miller was named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2018 Silver Anniversary team. Miller is a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, where his work focuses on poverty, homelessness and cross-sector reform. Miller is also UW-Madison’s Faculty Athletics Representative to the Big Ten Conference and NCAA, and is a member of the UW Athletics Board.
Thu
Mar
15
The New York Times recently featured the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) in two articles -- one being a personal essay about representation in "A Wrinkle in Time," and another about the diversity of black characters in children's books. The CCBC, which is housed within UW-Madison's School of Education, has a long-running tradition of documenting books it receives that are by or about people of color, or from First/Native Nations. The New York Times articles cite the CCBC's statistics from the most recent report, which found that out of 3,500 children's books published in the U.S. that it reviewed this past year, 116 were by black authors and 319 were about African-American characters.
Thu
Mar
15
UW-Madison alumnus Christopher Kirchgasler published a new article in the American Educational Research Journal titled, "True Grit? Making a Scientific Object and Pedagogical Tool." Kirchgasler received ​his Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2017. The article explores how grit has become a way of thinking about differences among students, with Kirchgasler discussing grit as a cultural thesis that links individualism to narratives of American exceptionalism and historical progress.
Wed
Mar
14
The UW-Madison Dance Department will host the 2018 North-Central Regional American College Dance Association (ACDA) Conference from March 21-25. The ACDA Conference will bring 500 students and faculty from across the nation and is a celebration of dance in higher education, with a wide variety of master classes, scholarly research presentations and concerts. The conference provides the opportunity for students and faculty to receive open and constructive feedback about their work from a panel of dance professionals.
Wed
Mar
14
UW-Madison's Eric Post is receiving the 2018 Sports Health T. David Sisk Award for Best Original Research Paper. Post is a Ph.D. student with the Department of Kinesiology and a research assistant with the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Lab, which is led by Assistant Professor David Bell. This award is given to the most outstanding original research paper published in the journal Sports Health in 2017. Post's paper is titled "Association of Competition Volume, Club Sports, and Sports Specialization With Sex and Lower Extremity Injury History in High School Athletes.”
Tue
Mar
13
UW-Madison's Matthew Hora was quoted by The Chronicle of Higher Education in an article about the value of a liberal arts degree. The article explores different narratives liberal arts degrees have taken on over the years, as well as the workplace skills employers are looking for. "Problem solving in a thermodynamics course is different than learning how to problem-solve in a sociology course about interracial dialogue," Hora told The Chronicle
Tue
Mar
13
UW-Madison's Faisal Abdu’Allah will take part in "The UW Now: Ideas That Are Changing Our World," an alumni event in Atlanta on March 19. Abdu'Allah is a professor of printmaking with the School of Education's Art Department. Professors Page Moreau and Jeanette Roberts will also be presenting, with Chancellor Rebecca Blank making opening remarks, and a discussion moderated by Vice Provost Patrick Sims.
Mon
Mar
12
A paper co-authored by UW-Madison's Allen Phelps and Eric Camburn in the Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research examines the role pre-college engineering courses play in a student's choice of a STEM college major. Through their research, the paper found that students who earned three credits through high school engineering and engineering technology courses were 1.6 times more likely to enroll in STEM majors. This finding persisted "even after controlling for students’ social backgrounds, academic preparation and attitudes during high school, college choice considerations, and early postsecondary education experiences."
Mon
Mar
12
UW-Madison's Richard Smith is publishing his latest book, "Musings of an Old Man: Some Prose and Poetry to Ponder." Smith is a professor emeritus with the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction. “My musings range from the idiosyncrasies of the English language, to thoughts on growing old, to sentimental poetry, to observations of nature,” said Smith. “Some are serious, some are humorous and some are sad. Those emotions are all part of life, at least as I have lived it.”
Fri
Mar
09
It’s not easy to narrow down the number of Badger alumni making a significant mark in the world, but the Wisconsin Alumni Association has selected eight for the 2018 Forward under 40 Award — all of them under the age of 40 and “outstanding examples of living the Wisconsin Idea — the idea that this public university exists to serve the public good." One of those being honored is Raul Leon, an alumnus of the School of Education. Leon, who received his Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis in 2010, studies student success, the role of chief diversity officers, and the impact of international and study-abroad experiences. He infuses this expertise throughout his work as a researcher, teacher, mentor, and world traveler.

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