School of Education News

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Dec
12
UW-Madison Professor Emerita Betty R. Hasselkus is being honored by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) as one of the 100 Influential People in the 100-year history of OT. Hasselkus is a longtime faculty member with the occupational therapy program within the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology. AOTA will be celebrating its centennial at its Annual Conference in Philadelphia March 30 to April 2, 2017.
Mon
Dec
12
UW-Madison's Jerlando Jackson was invited to the White House to participate in the final My Brother's Keeper National Summit on Dec. 14 in Washington, D.C. The My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Community Challenge is a call to action for cities, Tribal Nations, towns and counties to help ensure that all young people, no matter their circumstances, can achieve their full potential. The MBK Summit will celebrate the progress and future of the MBK initiative and other local and national efforts that have been made to address the opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color.
Sun
Dec
11
UW-Madison’s Arts Institute is seeking pre-proposals for the spring 2018 Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence, with a deadline of Jan. 5, 2017. The program brings innovative artists to campus, allows students to undertake ambitious projects, provides course credit, and strengthens programmatic ties among individual departments, programs, and other campus and community arts entities.
Fri
Dec
09
UW-Madison's Gloria Ladson-Billings was elected the next President of the National Academy of Education. Her term will begin in the fall of 2017. “As president, one of the things that I’d like to do is to increase the recognition of our brand -– I don’t think a lot of people know what the academy is or what we do,” Ladson-Billings tells Madison365.com. “I’d also like to do more work with the other academies. I think that there’s some synergy there. I would like to develop some consensus panels on what I see are pressing issues.”
Fri
Dec
09
UW-Madison School of Education alumna Shelby Cosner received the University of Illinois at Chicago's (UIC) Award for Excellence in Teaching. She earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2005. Cosner is now an associate professor of educational organization and leadership at UIC.
Thu
Dec
08
UW-Madison Professor Emeritus Ken Zeichner recently wrote an opinion piece for the Seattle Times titled, "Betsy DeVos would be a disaster for public education." Zeichner's op-ed explains why he thinks President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of Education would be a mistake. In addition to being a professor emeritus with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Zeichner also is the Boeing Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Thu
Dec
08
UW-Madison's Dane Cook will give the annual Clifford Lewis Lecture at the University of Georgia's Kinesiology Department in February 2017. Cook is a professor with the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology. He will give an overview of his research examining the paradoxical effects of exercise on pain and fatigue, or "the phenomenon that acute exercise can cause pain and fatigue in some, but that chronic exercise is an efficacious treatment for chronic pain and fatigue," writes Cook.
Wed
Dec
07
A new policy brief ​from the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) examines FAFSA filing rates at public and private high schools across Wisconsin and exposes significant differences in filing rates based on school characteristics.
Wed
Dec
07
UW-Madison's John Diamond was recently quoted in a Washington Post article about a powerful short video called "The Lie." Diamond is the Hoefs-Bascom Professor of Education with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. In "The Lie," a group of fourth graders talk about demeaning stereotypes. In the article, Diamond talks about how children ages 6-10 start to understand stereotypes about racial groups, so this is an important age group to start conversations with.
Wed
Dec
07
UW-Madison's Dorothy Farrar-Edwards received the 2016 Investigator of the Year award from the Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Farrar-Edwards is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor with the Department of Kinesiology. The award recognizes Farrar-Edwards' important research and presentation at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference, which took place in Toronto in July. The presentation was titled: “Connecting the Dots: Meeting the Diagnostic and Treatment Needs of Underserved Urban African American Elders with Memory Loss."
Tue
Dec
06
UW-Madison’s Diana Hess and Paula McAvoy were recently interviewed by Rick Howlett for a report on Louisville’s NPR News Station, WFPL/89.3-FM. The report aired after Hess and McAvoy were named co-winners of the 2017 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education. Howlett explained how Hess and McAvoy were being honored for their important study on the discussion of controversial political issues in high school classrooms.
Tue
Dec
06
“We know that better spatial abilities lead to better math skills in early childhood, and they are strong predictors of future interest in careers in science and technology and engineering,” says Hilary Miller, a graduate student studying child development. “So we’re targeting ways to enhance spatial skills at an early age.” Working with UW–Madison educational psychology Professor Haley Vlach and psychology Professor Vanessa Simmering, Miller is studying the way 4-year-olds use words to describe spatial relationships.
Mon
Dec
05
UW-Madison's Gloria Ladson-Billings recently gave a talk presented by the One City Institute for Early Learning about how to prepare children for the transition from home to school. The talk, held at Lincoln Elementary School, was featured in an article from The Capital Times.
Mon
Dec
05
UW-Madison’s Clifton Conrad recently spoke with The Capital Times newspaper about President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of education. In the report, Conrad says that Betsy DeVos’ track record of advocacy for charter schools for elementary and high school students may indicate that she will push to privatize public higher education too.
Mon
Dec
05
The Center for Innovative Research in Cyber Learning (CIRCL) recently profiled UW-Madison’s Erica Halverson in its November 2016 e-newsletter. Halverson is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction who researches makerspaces.
Fri
Dec
02
A team of scholars from UW-Madison published an article examining how exercise interventions that are rooted in meaningful activity may be especially beneficial to helping adults with Parkinson’s disease. The report, which appears in the latest OT Practice magazine, is headlined, “Dancing the Tango: Promoting Exercise as Meaningful Activity for Adults with Parkinson Disease.” The article is authored by faculty, staff and students with the occupational therapy program, which is housed within the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology.
Fri
Dec
02
UW-Madison’s Julie Underwood took part in a debate Wednesday night at Marquette University with Scott Jensen, with the two discussing whether or not the state can continue to adequately fund public schools while supporting the expansion of taxpayer-funded vouchers for private schools. The two found little to agree on but one point of common ground was that vouchers are not the panacea reformists had hoped. In general, voucher schools perform no better, or only marginally better, than public schools serving similar students. Another was the need for greater accountability.
Fri
Dec
02
Nicholas Hillman was recently interviewed for an article that appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education headlined, "When College Was A Public Good." Hillman studies higher education finance and policy, and his research focuses on how policies affect educational access and success. The article explores how as more non-whites are pursuing higher education, less and less public and federal support is dedicated to ensuring fair access to universities.
Thu
Dec
01
A documentary from UW-Madison alumnus Marc Kornblatt, "What I Did In Fifth Grade," will have a free public screening on the UW-Madison campus on Saturday, Dec. 3. The film will be shown from noon to 3 p.m. in the Marquee Cinema at Union South. Kornblatt received his undergraduate degree in elementary education from UW-Madison's School of Education in 2001. Kornblatt retired from the classroom following the 2014-15 academic year after a 16-year second career as a teacher. He now devotes more time to filmmaking.
Thu
Dec
01
UW-Madison's Diana Hess and Paula McAvoy are co-winners of the University of Louisville's prestigious Grawemeyer Award in Education for their important work exploring the role of teachers in perpetuating serious, thoughtful political deliberation in schools. Such efforts are at the heart of a democratic education and these discussions help students understand diverse points of view and become more politically engaged adults. Grawemeyer winners will present lectures about their award-winning ideas when they visit Louisville in April to accept their $100,000 prizes.

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