School of Education News

Fri
Aug
18
The work of UW-Madison's Robert Enright, who has pioneered the study of forgiveness in locations across the globe for three decades, was recently featured in an article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Enright is a a professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology.
Thu
Aug
17
Experience the magic of the WIDA 2017 Annual Conference. A conference by teachers for teachers. This is the largest event dedicated to administrators and educators in any capacity that support pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade language learners. WIDA 2017 Annual Conference logoUnder the theme, “United in Purpose, Unique in Practice,” the conference takes place Oct. 16-19 at the Tampa (Fla.) Convention Center.
Wed
Aug
16
UW-Madison’s Rachelle Winkle-Wagner co-authored a recent paper that was published in the July issue of the Journal of College Student Development. The paper is titled, “Encouraged or Weeded Out: Perspectives of Students of Color in the STEM Disciplines on Faculty Interactions.” In particular, the study examines the different experiences of students of color pursuing STEM degrees at historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) versus predominantly white institutions (PWI). As the paper explains: "The findings suggest that students at PWIs felt as if faculty attempted to 'weed them out' of STEM disciplines, whereas students at HBCUs reported feeling encouraged and well socialized to enter STEM disciplines. There are important lessons from this data on how to better support Students of Color in STEM disciplines."
Tue
Aug
15
Education Dive earlier this month posted an interesting report headlined, “Nearly half of prospective college students don’t expect to graduate.” And among the experts EducationDive.com turns to in an effort to put this topic in perspective is Jerlando Jackson, UW-Madison’s Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education.
Tue
Aug
15
“At Play in the Cosmos,” an educational video game developed at UW-Madison, is the winner of the Third Annual Mashable + Games for Change People’s Choice Award. This new educational resource for introductory college astronomy received the highest number of online votes among the 11 games nominated in the category. Gear Learning, part of the School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research, developed the game in partnership with publisher W.W. Norton & Company.
Mon
Aug
14
Video from ​the ​July 26 ​panel discussion, "The Wisconsin 2017-19 Biennial Budget: Implications for Higher Education," hosted by the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), is now available on the WISCAPE YouTube channel.
Thu
Aug
10
While many UW–Madison students spend their summers taking classes in Madison or staying at home with family, others choose to do something a little more out of the ordinary: study abroad. And among those studying overseas was fifth-year senior Jesús Galvan, who is majoring in kinesiology with the School of Education. Galvan, who is from Belvidere, Ill., spent three weeks in Argentina and three weeks in Uruguay visiting different government based agencies and health care departments.
Tue
Aug
08
UW-Madison’s Tyler Hook recently authored a report that examines the Partnership Schools for Liberia pilot project. Hook is a Ph.D. student with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. The report is titled, “Partnership Schools for Liberia: a critical review,” and it includes revisions by Nancy Kendall, an associate professor with the Department of Educational Policy Studies.
Mon
Aug
07
UW-Madison’s Carmen Valdez was recently awarded two new grants to support the expansion, implementation and further evaluation of the Fortalezas Familiares initiative. Fortalezas Familiares, or Family Strengths, was first piloted by Valdez and her team in 2010 and today is a 14-week, multi-family intervention for Latina immigrant mothers with depression, other family caregivers and their children. This latest round of funding will enable Valdez and her team to conduct a pilot trial of the program with Latino families in Madison and Milwaukee schools.
Fri
Aug
04
UW-Madison’s Kelli Koltyn is leading a team of researchers that recently received funding from the National Institutes of Health to conduct a study titled “Translating a ‘Stand Up and Move More’ Intervention by State Aging Units to Older Adults in Underserved Communities.” “The Stand Up and Move More” intervention consists of four weekly sessions, plus a refresher session at eight weeks. It will be delivered by community partners in Dane, Iowa, Rock and Vilas counties in Wisconsin.
Thu
Aug
03
UW-Madison’s Morgan Sinnard recently received a 2017 American Psychological Association (APA) Student Engagement Award from APA’s Division 44, the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues. Sinnard is a Ph.D. student with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology. She received this honor for her research and activism on topics related to transgender individuals. The award is helping fund her travel to the APA Convention, which runs Aug. 3-6 in Washington, D.C.
Wed
Aug
02
UW-Madison alumna Erin Ruzicka Trondson earlier this year tied for first place for the 2017 Outstanding Thesis Award given annually by the American Montessori Society (AMS). Trondson completed her master’s degree and research with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her Master's thesis is titled: “Montessori Education & Social Justice: Overlap, Potential, & Areas for Growth.”
Tue
Aug
01
UW-Madison's Li-Ching Ho recently authored a commentary for Channel NewsAsia headlined, “How should Singapore teachers manage issues of race in the classroom?” Li-Ching, a faculty member with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, explores whether students should be encouraged to discuss controversial issues related to race in the classroom -- and what’s stopping teachers from doing so.
Mon
Jul
31
A team of researchers from UW-Madison authored a new study that adds to the evidence that specializing in one sport may increase the risk of a range of injuries for high school athletes. The study is titled, “A Prospective Study on the Effect of Sport Specialization on Lower Extremity Injury Rates in High School Athletes,” and it appears in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Timothy McGuine, who earned his master’s degree from the Department of Kinesiology in 1986 and today is a senior scientist and the research coordinator for the UW Health Sports Medicine Center, is the lead author on a paper. Co-authors include: Eric Post and Stephanie Trigsted, Ph.D. students with the Department of Kinesiology; and David Bell, an assistant professor with the department.
Fri
Jul
28
UW-Madison's James Pederson was chosen as a Juror's Selection Winner of the 2016 New American Painting Master of Fine Arts Annual Competition. Pederson is a master of fine arts candidate with the School of Education's Art Department. This year, the New American Painting MFA Annual Competition received more than 800 applicants from 112 different master's of fine arts programs.
Thu
Jul
27
WISCAPE's Noel Radomski was quoted in a Wisconsin State Journal article ​​that highlights increasing interest, including among state lawmakers and a UW System official, in recruiting ​campus leaders from outside of academia.
Thu
Jul
27
During the Art Department's one-week "Summer Studio: Introduction to College Art" course for high school artists, students experimented with woodcut relief and flameworking, with instruction provided by master of fine arts students Teddy Benson and Heather Sutherland. The high school artists took museum field trips, campus tours, made studio visits with art faculty, interviewed a glass scientist in the Chemistry Department, learned basic exhibition skills, installed their work in Gallery 7 and hosted an Open House for parents, friends, and faculty. The Art Department is housed within UW-Madison’s School of Education.
Wed
Jul
26
A new video game developed by UW-Madison's Gear Learning called "At Play in the Cosmos" is up for a national award that honors educational games. Gear Learning is housed within the School of Education's Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Although the alpha version of "At Play in the Cosmos" has yet to launch, the game is already starting to receive a lot of attention, including a nomination for "best learning game" of the year from the group Games for Change. In the game, players use astronomy principles to explore and learn about the universe by piloting ships, collecting data on stars and supernovae, looking for resources and avoiding attacks.
Tue
Jul
25
UW-Madison alumna Carrie Coon received an Emmy nomination for her role in "Fargo." Coon received a master of fine arts in acting from UW-Madison's Department of Theatre and Drama in 2006. The department today is housed within the School of Education. Coon has also starred in, among other productions, the film "Gone Girl," the TV series "The Leftovers" and was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Mon
Jul
24
At the inaugural "Teacher Speakout!," rural education issues were front and center. Find out what happened when nine teachers from seven rural schools in Wisconsin came together with education researchers, graduate students, state legislators and policymakers.

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