School of Education News

Sat
Sep
22
The fourth floor of 821 East Washington Ave. will be softly illuminated by white light throughout September and October as part of a temporary public art project created by UW-Madison students Ben Orozco and Emily Leach. The new exhibit, “Something,” was installed Sept. 14 at StartingBlock Madison. The exhibit is a Madison Arts Commission BLINK temporary public art project. Orozco and Leach are pursuing their bachelor of fine arts degrees from the School of Education’s Art Department.
Fri
Sep
21
Multiple researchers and a non-profit organization are telling ThinkProgress.org that the research cited in an Education Department proposal for eliminating an Obama-era rule to protect students from predatory for-profit colleges is misrepresented to incorrectly justify those plans. UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman is among those saying that the Education Department is misrepresenting his research findings.
Thu
Sep
20
The Mixed Methods blog recently put the spotlight on research that examines the success of students at community colleges conducted by UW-Madison’s Xueli Wang, who is an associate professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. She also is a faculty affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education. Wang studies college students’ learning, pathways and success, with a particular focus on community colleges and STEM education.
Wed
Sep
19
UW-Madison’s Haley Vlach and Percival Matthews each recently received an Understanding Human Cognition Scholar Award from the James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF). The two are faculty members with the School of Education's No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. These awards, of which only 10 were given out this year, each provide $600,000 of funding to be used over the next six years.
Wed
Sep
19
The work of UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman on “education deserts” is the focus of a recent podcast hosted on the CPRE Knowledge Hub website. The “Research Minutes” podcast explains: ”Despite a growing demand for college-level education in communities across the U.S., millions of residents currently live in what researchers call ‘higher education deserts,’ areas where students have limited or no access to a public, broad-access four-year university.” Hillman, who has conducted significant research on this topic, is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis,
Tue
Sep
18
School of Education faculty members William Hoyt and Elizabeth Larson served as guest coaches Saturday afternoon during the Badger football team’s game against Brigham Young University at Camp Randall Stadium. Hoyt is a professor with the Department of Counseling Psychology and is the School’s associate dean for health areas, while Larson is an associate professor with the Department of Kinesiology’s occupational therapy program. Both were given this opportunity due to their efforts to support student-athletes on campus.
Tue
Sep
18
UW-Madison’s Marlene Skog presented her second evening-length contemporary ballet concert, “Consider It Not So Deeply,” Aug. 31 to Sept. 1 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago. The concert explores the conflicting layers of the female psyche in Shakespeare’s women through Skog's powerful, demanding choreography, Shakespeare's theatrical prose, and original sound, designed by Matan Rubinstein and Timothy Russell. Skog is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Dance Department, and her concert received rave reviews from Picture the Post.
Mon
Sep
17
UW-Madison’s Craig Albers was recently named by the Society for the Study of School Psychology as the 11th editor of the Journal of School Psychology (JSP). Albers is an associate professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology, where he is director of the school psychology program. Albers will begin his term as editor-elect in January of 2019 and he will serve as editor from January 2020 through the end of 2024.
Fri
Sep
14
With rhetoric ratcheting up ahead of the November elections and a new school year just underway, an upcoming conference hosted by the UW-Madison School of Education couldn’t be more timely or relevant. The event is titled, “Teaching About the 2018 Elections: Preparing Students for Political Engagement,” and it will run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, in Grainger Hall. The conference is designed to provide 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.
Fri
Sep
14
UW-Madison’s Colleen Howes recently authored an article for The EvoLLLution that explains her thoughts on building a high-performing marketing team. Howes is the School of Education’s associate dean for communications and advancement.
Thu
Sep
13
The groundbreaking video game work of UW-Madison’s Gear Learning was featured in a recent report from Madison’s local CBS affiliate, WISC-TV/Ch. 3. Gear Learning is a game development studio housed within the School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research and led by Michael Beall. The WISC report explains how new research out of UW-Madison shows that a video game may have the power to help children develop empathy and socially beneficial behaviors such as generosity.
Thu
Sep
13
UW-Madison’s Tom Popkewitz delivered a keynote speech at the European Educational Research Association ‘s annual conference in Bolzano, Italy, earlier this month. Popkewitz is a professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. His research focuses on the systems of reason that govern curriculum reforms, the sciences of education and teacher education. His keynote was titled, “The Paradox of Research: The Good Intentions of Inclusion that Excludes and Abjects.”
Wed
Sep
12
For years, Paris Wicker’s job was to help students succeed at college. Now she’s taking her own advice. Wicker, an incoming doctoral student at UW–Madison, worked the last decade in admissions and student affairs at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. When she left Lawrence in August, she was serving as associate dean of students for student transition, support and persistence. At UW–Madison, Wicker will be a Ph.D. fellow in a new program for doctoral students across three departments: sociology, education policy studies, and educational leadership and policy analysis.
Wed
Sep
12
UW-Madison’s Matt Hora has started a residency as a guest professor in the School of Education at Tianjin University in China, where he will teach and study for 2½ weeks. Supported by a $10,528 grant from Tianjin University, Hora will deliver guest lectures and oversee a team of faculty members and graduate students working to implement the WCER-based College Internship Study at Tianjin and at a the nearby School of Applied Sciences. The overall study, directed by Hora starting in April, uses a mixed-methods approach based on student focus groups, an online student survey and interviews with faculty members, career services professionals and local employers.
Tue
Sep
11
UW-Madison’s Rui Li was recently awarded a prestigious Doctoral Dissertation Grant from The International Research Foundation (TIRF) for English Language Education. Li is a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Education’s No.1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She is now one of 130 grantees from 26 different countries who have received this award since 2002. The project that’s being funded is titled, “Multimodal Learning and Communication Through Transnational Digital Storytelling.”
Mon
Sep
10
UW-Madison’s Bianca Baldridge is the author of an op-ed that explains how afterschool youth work can be both beneficial and harmful, as it perpetuates deficit-based narratives that frame black and Latinx youth as culturally deprived, academically unmotivated, and in need of saving. Baldridge is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. She is a sociologist of education and youth worker, and the author of the forthcoming book, “Reclaiming Community: Race and the Uncertain Future of Youth Work."
Mon
Sep
10
The work of students who are new to the UW-Madison campus and plan to major in art is on display in the School of Education Gallery through Sept. 30. The show is titled, “Points of Departure: Incoming Art Student Showcase,” and it features work made by incoming freshmen and transfer students. UW-Madison’s Art Department is housed within the School of Education. There will be a closing reception for this show on Friday, Sept. 28, from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Fri
Sep
07
To broaden participation in STEM programs and fields, the National Science Foundation (NSF) on Sept. 6 announced the award of a five-year, $10 million NSF INCLUDES Alliance grant to be co-led by UW–Madison’s Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. CIRTL is a collaborative network of 39 research universities based in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) within UW‒Madison’s School of Education. Funding for this new alliance builds on an earlier NSF INCLUDES pilot project awarded to CIRTL in 2016.
Fri
Sep
07
UW-Madison's Julie Underwood takes a look back at some important Supreme Court rulings for education during the tumultuous 2017-18 Supreme Court term in her latest “Under the Law” column for Phi Delta Kappan magazine. Underwood is the Susan Engeleiter Professor of Education Law, Policy and Practice, and the former dean of the School of Education.
Thu
Sep
06
UW-Madison’s Diana Hess appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The Morning Show” earlier this week to talk about the importance of civics education. Despite requiring high schoolers to pass a civics test, Wisconsin is one of the few states in the country that doesn’t require schools to offer a civics course. Hess, who is Dean of the School of Education, has spent much of her career researching the impact of school-based civic education programs and how students experience and learn from discussions of highly controversial political issues.

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