Research News

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.
Tue
Nov
29
UW-Madison’s Matthew Hora will speak about his new book “Beyond the Skills Gap” at a book launch event hosted by the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) on Dec. 9. Hora is a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, which is housed within the School of Education.
Tue
Nov
29
Julie Underwood’s latest “Under the Law” column was published in the November issue of Phi Delta Kappan magazine. The column is about recent expanded support for homeless students in the law. Underwood is a professor of law and educational leadership and policy analysis at UW-Madison, and the former dean of the School of Education.
Wed
Nov
23
UW-Madison’s Gail Lori Prasad is the winner of the 2016 Pat Clifford Award for Early Career Research in Education for her groundbreaking work that highlights how culturally and linguistically inclusive classrooms have the potential to reshape the way teachers support language learners. Prasad, an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, was in Toronto Tuesday to receive this prestigious honor from the Canadian Education Association (CEA).
Wed
Nov
23
UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman will be taking part in a conference Nov. 28-29 in Washington, D.C., that’s being hosted by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. The conference is titled, “Addressing the Risks of Pursuing Post-Secondary Education.” Hillman is an associate professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis who studies higher education finance and policy. His research focuses on how policies affect educational access and success.
Tue
Nov
22
UW-Madison’s Rachelle Winkle-Wagner is the lead author of a new article that examines student and faculty experiences with diversity at both a predominantly white institution (PWI) and at a historically black college or university (HBCU). The study, published Nov. 7 in the journal Race Ethnicity and Education, notes that students of color described feeling like an “alien” on the white campus and like they were part of a “family” on the black campus.
Tue
Nov
15
Laura C. Chávez Moreno was awarded the 2016-17 Arvil S. Barr Graduate Fellowship from UW-Madison’s School of Education for her dissertation research. This award is given to a graduate student who is studying teaching, learning and reform. Chávez Moreno is a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. In her dissertation, Chávez Moreno is working with teachers and multilingual youth on a participatory action research project that centers on youth experiences in bilingual education.
Thu
Nov
10
UW-Madison’s Bruce King recently wrote an article titled “Authentic Intellectual Work and Project Based Learning: Why Gold Standard PBL Is So Critical,” and said the best way to improve and increase equity in education is to ensure curriculum meets the criteria for Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW). King is a faculty associate with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and also been a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), where he contributed to studies focused on Authentic Intellectual Work.
Tue
Nov
08
UW-Madison alumnus Robert Frahm is the author of a new case study released by the Grantmakers for Education titled, “The Promise: A Case Study of Say Yes to Education in Buffalo.” Frahm is a member of the School of Education’s Board of Visitors and is a freelance journalist who has written about education for more than 40 years. He received his undergraduate degree in English education from UW-Madison in 1968.
Wed
Oct
26
The Center for American Progress led a coalition of more than 100 researchers and policy organizations on a letter calling for the Department of Education to release better data on federal student aid. Among those signing this letter are two faculty members with UW-Madison’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, Associate Professor Nicholas Hillman and Assistant Professor Claudia Persico.
Tue
Oct
25
UW-Madison’s David Kaplan has been invited to present a keynote address to the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities conference, “The Initiatives for Applied Education Research,” scheduled for Dec. 19. He will be speaking about the challenges and opportunities of using longitudinal data to inform education policy. Kaplan is the Patricia Busk Professor of Quantitative Methods with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology.
Mon
Oct
24
UW-Madison's Carmen Valdez will speak at the Center for Child and Family Well-being's second brown bag seminar of the school year in October. Valdez is an associate professor with the School of Education's Department of Counseling Psychology. Valdez will give a lecture titled "To Be or Not to Be From Here: Immigrant Youth Identity Formation in an Anti-Immigrant World," and will present her case study research on immigrant youth identity. The seminar will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at noon in Plenary Hall on the fifth floor of Nancy Nicholas Hall. The seminar is free and open to the public.
Mon
Oct
24
UW-Madison’s Michael W. Apple received an honorary degree from the Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul during a ceremony in Brazil on Oct. 20. “Of all of the honorary doctorates I have been awarded, this one is among the most significant,” says Apple. “The Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul and Porto Alegre, Brazil have been at the center of critical educational policy and practice for decades.” Apple, who has called UW-Madison home since 1970, is the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies.
Thu
Oct
20
UW-Madison’s Bruce King presented earlier this month at the Association for Middle Level Education’s (AMLE) annual conference in Austin, Texas, with colleagues Barb Brodhagen and James Beane. King is a faculty associate with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and also has been a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), where he contributed to two studies focused on Authentic Intellectual Work. The AMLE conference ran Oct. 9-12. King's session was titled “A Democratic Core for Middle Level Curriculum and Teaching: Student Voice and Authentic Intellectual Work.”
Tue
Oct
18
As the race for the White House hits the homestretch, educators in the classroom have an excellent opportunity to help students develop a better understanding of American politics, and to become knowledgeable and engaged citizens. Due to the polarized nature of politics in the United States, however, not everyone feels comfortable discussing such topics. The School of Education hosted a conference Sept. 24 that was designed to give educators the tools, resources and confidence they’d need to teach about electoral politics in a way that is engaging but respectful to differing points of view.
Tue
Oct
18
UW-Madison’s Thomas Popkewitz delivered a talk at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Wenner-Gren Foundation in Stockholm on Sept. 9. The academy organized a series of international speakers on educational policy and research for an invited meeting of government, ministry of education and educational researches from Sweden. Popkewitz’s talk was titled: “The Promise of International Assessments and the Lorelei’s Whispers: Notes from Curriculum & Science Studies.”
Fri
Oct
14
UW-Madison's Dan Lisowski will speak at a conference in Las Vegas Oct. 22 about the ALICE Project and ways performers interact with their stage environment. Lisowski is an assistant professor with the Department of Theatre and Drama and the head of the Theatre Technology MFA Specialization.
Wed
Oct
12
The latest edition of "On the Move," an annual news magazine for alumni and friends of UW-Madison's Department of Kinesiology, is now available online. The cover story examines how a team of researchers from across the department received funding in April through the UW2020 initiative to lead a new Human Exercise Research Core Facility on the UW-Madison campus. The Department of Kinesiology is housed within the School of Education.
Wed
Oct
12
UW-Madison’s Laura Hamman recently received a 2016 Doctoral Dissertation Grant from The International Research Foundation (TIRF) for English Language Education. Hamman is a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Education’s No.1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her dissertation is titled: “Language and Identity in Dual Language Immersion: A Comparative Study of Being and Becoming Bilingual.”
Tue
Oct
11
School districts and policymakers across Wisconsin exploring teacher pay alternatives have new information to help guide them – a recently-released study from the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) in the UW–Madison School of Education. The report is titled, “Teacher Compensation: Standard Practices and Changes in Wisconsin.” The study, based on 25 of Wisconsin’s 424 public school districts, is the first to document teacher pay changes implemented or considered locally by districts following the 2011 passage of Act 10.