School of Education News

Fri
May
25
New Orleans Public Radio (WWNO) recently interviewed UW-Madison’s Walter Stern about his new book that focuses on the historical intersection of race and education in that city. Earlier this month, his new book, “Race and Education in New Orleans: Creating the Segregated City, 1764-1960,” was released. WWNO explains how Stern's work "is the history of how New Orleans schools were used to funnel the city’s limited resources to white residents for more than 200 years. It’s also the story of how black residents have fought tirelessly for educational equality.”
Fri
May
25
Kyree Brooks, a special education master’s degree student with the School of Education, is featured in a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report that’s headlined, “Wisconsin alums use #BlackandHooded to recognize African-Americans earning advanced degrees.” "Males I grew up with had no intention of getting a master's degree," Brooks, a graduate of Rufus King High School in Milwaukee, who was also featured in the report, tells the Journal Sentinel. "It's important to see people like yourself and others in educational spaces. It's about planting the seed, believing you can be there, too."
Thu
May
24
In the latest edition of UW-Madison’s alumni magazine, On Wisconsin, reporter John Allen conducts a Q&A with Aaron Bird Bear, an assistant dean for Student Diversity Programs in the School of Education. Bird Bear, the report explains, fills numerous roles: recruiting and retaining students from underrepresented communities, overseeing the summer College Access Program, and serving as a consultant for American Indian Curriculum Services. He also co-leads a group that is creating signs honoring the Native American presence in the campus area — ones that will present messages in both English and Ho-Chunk.
Thu
May
24
UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman and Daniel Corral authored a blog post that examines how minority serving institutions fare under performance-based funding policies that many states are turning to. Hillman is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and a faculty affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE). Corral is a Ph.D. student with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Wed
May
23
Have you heard of ALTELLA? It’s a new project at WCER that helps states develop federally mandated assessments for English language learners with significant cognitive disabilities, a K-12 population largely overlooked in the U.S.
Wed
May
23
Learn what Madison Education Partnership (MEP) researchers discovered about excused and unexcused absences in Madison’s public schools. MEP is the research-practice partnership between the UW–Madison School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) and MMSD.
Thu
May
17
The National Academy of Education (NAEd) on May 17 announced the recipients of the 2018 NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral and Dissertation Fellowships, and four scholars from UW-Madison are receiving support. Walter Stern, an assistant professor with the Department of Educational Policy Studies, is receiving a Postdoctoral Fellowship, while Ph.D. students Gwen Baxley, Giselle Martinez Negrette and Stacy Priniski ​are being awarded Dissertation Fellowships. These prestigious fellowships provide funding and professional development to early-career researchers whose projects address critical issues in the history, theory or practice of formal or informal education, at the national and international levels.
Thu
May
17
UW-Madison’s Mitchell Nathan and Sadhana Puntambekar each were recently elected as a Fellow of the International Society of Learning Sciences (ISLS). Both are faculty members with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology, and the honor is in recognition of their “substantial contributions to the learning sciences.”
Tue
May
15
UW-Madison's Julie Underwood will speak at the "Keeping the 'Public' in Public Schools," forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Dane County on June 6. Underwood is the Susan Engeleiter Professor of Education Law, Policy, and Practice, and the former dean of the School of Education. Underwood will be discussing the many changes afoot in Wisconsin education policy, including expanding voucher programs and the changes in state funding over the last few budget cycles.
Thu
May
10
Noel Radomski, managing director of WISCAPE, asked Regina Millner, a member of the UW System Board of Regents, why the regents had not intervened in the controversy at UW-Stevens Point at the recent shared governance forum hosted by PROFS.
Thu
May
10
UW-Madison's Walter Stern was quoted in a story from Wisconsin Public Television's WisContext addressing parallels between recent gun control student marches and historical examples of student activism. Stern is an assistant professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Policy Studies. Student activism is a topic Stern is researching and exploring in his current course, "The History of Student Activism." In the WPT report, Stern specifically draws parallels between current gun control student marches and Selma marches during the civil rights-era.
Wed
May
09
WISCAPE, hosted its inaugural summit, Educating a Diverse Wisconsin, on April 26 at Dejope Residence Hall at UW-Madison.
Wed
May
09
UW-Madison announced that 18 students have been selected to receive grants through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2018-2019 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. And among those receiving this prestigious honor is the School of Education’s Britta Pigorsch, who earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education and political science. Pigorsch is one of eight UW-Madison finalists to be awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants for English Teaching Assistantships. Pigorsch will be taking her talents to the Netherlands with this Fulbright award.
Tue
May
08
The Grand Challenges initiative developed in UW–Madison’s School of Education, which aims to ignite cross-disciplinary innovation, has awarded grants to four projects that display the potential to transform lives by supporting young people and families in Wisconsin. “I am so excited about how the Grand Challenges initiative has provided support for our faculty and staff to work in collaboration with community organizations and others from across UW–Madison to develop new interdisciplinary teams,” says School of Education Dean Diana Hess.
Tue
May
08
Video from ​​​the recent panel discussion, Supporting Hmong Students at UW-Madison, which was hosted by the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), is now available on the WISCAPE YouTube channel.
Tue
May
08
UW-Madison's Office of Child Care and Family Resources (OCCFR) is hosting its 21st annual Jazzin’ event, which includes a silent auction, raffle, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and live jazz music from the Lynette Margulies Quintet. The event will take place on Thursday, May 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gordon Dining and Event Center. This event is OCCFR’s primary fundraiser, with ticket sales, silent auction proceeds, and the raffle helping to offset increasing operational costs at five campus early care and education centers and to provide honoraria for campus teachers.
Mon
May
07
UW-Madison's Julie Underwood examines the Supreme Court Janus case and its implications for teachers unions in her latest "Under the Law" column for Phi Delta Kappan magazine. "Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees," concerns the issue of whether mandatory fair share fees are constitutional in public employment contracts. "Although the parties are neither educators nor schools, this case is of interest to all unions who represent public workers, including teachers and other public school employees. It boils down to whether the government, as an employer, can require nonunion workers to contribute to the union," Underwood writes in her explanation.
Fri
May
04
Four talented undergraduates from UW-Madison were recently recognized during the American Physiological Society’s Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego. Alexandra Carl, Karly Katchen, Rachel Harradine and Caitlin Jarrard each were 2018 Barbara A. Horwitz and John M. Horowitz Outstanding Undergraduate Abstract Awardees. These awards are presented annually to undergraduate students presenting their research at the April 21-25 Experimental Biology event. Carl, Katchen and Jarrard also were awarded the Excellence in Undergraduate Research Awards based on their oral presentations.
Fri
May
04
Research from UW-Madison's Nick Hillman was cited by the St. Louis NAACP about performance-based public funding for universities in Missouri. The St. Louis NAACP said in a news release that Missouri is underfunding its two historically black institutions, Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis and Lincoln University in Jefferson City. In his research cited by the NAACP, Hillman reported that the Missouri universities that have seen the lowest budgetary gains over the last 40 years are the universities with higher percentages of black students and students receiving financial need-based Pell Grants.
Fri
May
04
UW-Madison alumna Margery Amdur will serve as a visiting resident artist at the University of Latvia and lead a student workshop titled "Making Meaning." Amdur earned her master of fine arts degree from the School of Education’s Art Department in 1982. She is currently a professor of art at Rutgers University–Camden. Over the course of the non-media specific workshop, students will challenge their sense of how and why they make art in the way they do, be encouraged to work beyond the scope of the workshop, and emphasize creative risk-taking.

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