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Wisconsin teachers visiting campus June 16 to share findings from their action research projects

June 12, 2017

Educators from around the state will be on the UW-Madison campus Friday, June 16 to take part in an annual teacher research symposium at the Discovery Building's DeLuca Forum.

Teachers connected with the Greater Madison Writing Project, the Milwaukee Action Research Scholars, the Young Children’s Mathematics Book Study, and the Personalized Learning teacher research cohort have been conducting a range of action research projects in classrooms and schools throughout the 2016-17 academic year.  These projects have taken place under the guidance of the Education Outreach and Partnerships office within UW-Madison’s School of Education.

TeachersThis end-of-the-year symposium runs from 9 a.m. to noon, and is broken into four, 35-minute rounds of presentations. The event is free and open to the public, and provides the approximately 70 teacher-researchers involved with projects this year an opportunity to share their findings and connect with other passionate educators involved in research from across Wisconsin.

“This event is a great example of the power of teachers teaching teachers,” says UW-Madison’s Mark Dziedzic, the director of the Greater Madison Writing Project and an outreach specialist with the Office of Education Outreach and Partnerships. “The teachers in these groups have dedicated a tremendous amount of time and energy so they can better understand the experiences students are having in their classrooms. This event lets them share the information with other teachers who also want to enhance their students’ classroom experiences.”

A sampling of topics and research projects that will be presented during this year’s event include:

• Increasing Students’ Self-Perception as Writers through the Writer’s Workshop Model: Writing Attitudes of Middle Level Learners in Narrative Writing

• What are Effective Methods for Helping 10th and 11th Grade Chemistry Students in Developing their Abilities to Write High Quality Explanations in Science?

• What are the Effects of Computerized Intervention and Teacher Led Small Group Instruction on the Academic Achievement of a Specialized Group of Second Grade Students?

• How Does Daily Five-minute Reading Interventions Paired with Full Inclusion Model and Differentiated Grade Level Instruction Impact my Below Grade Level Flexible Reading Groups’ Fluency and Comprehension as Measured by Pre-instruction, Interval Progress Monitoring and Post Instruction Assessments?

• What are the Effects of Daily Journal Writing, Choice in Topic, and Opportunities to Share for Students in a Sixth Grade Spanish Course?

To learn much more about the range of research projects, check out the event in person.