School of Education News

Fri
Oct
20
The Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity recently put the spotlight on the UW-Madison student organization, Diverse-OT. "The Diverse-OT group at UW-Madison is an excellent example of the power that OT/A students (or educators, and clinicians!) have to make a difference not only in the lives of OT practitioners, but in their communities as well," writes Lauren Jones,the COTAD article author. The Occupational Therapy program is housed within the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology.
Thu
Oct
19
UW-Madison's Paula McAvoy was quoted in an article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about St. Louis teachers who promote social justice in their classrooms. “Where do you see people talking across their differences? You don’t see that in the American public,” McAvoy told the Post-Dispatch. “Schools are a really great place where we might actually be able to teach young people that there’s a value in hearing other people disagree with you." McAvoy is the director of The Discussion Project, and the program director for the Center for Ethics and Education, which is housed within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the School of Education.
Wed
Oct
18
The School of Education's Career Center and MERIT present a new collaborative podcast for students and alumni called "CareerCast," which explores different aspects of the job search. "CareerCast" is a series of podcast episodes that take listeners through the different phases of the job search -- from finding job leads and preparing an elevator pitch to evaluating offers and accepting a position.
Wed
Oct
18
Do you need a new headshot of yourself for a web page, LinkedIn profile, upcoming presentation or some other use? MERIT will be providing upcoming opportunities for faculty and staff with UW-Madison’s School of Education to get a free headshot photo taken in suite 109 of the Teacher Education building, 225 N. Mills St. MERIT will be providing this service on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 30-31, and Thursday and Friday, Nov. 2-3. The photo shoots will take place from noon to 4 p.m. each day, and no appointment is necessary.
Tue
Oct
17
The Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Network (The Network) is hosting a special Grand Challenges meet-up event on Thursday, Oct. 26, titled “Welcoming Immigrant Families and Learners.” The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Virginia Harrison Parlor in Lathrop Hall on the UW-Madison campus, and is being co-hosted with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction. The event will also serve as the launch of the Transform phase of the Grand Challenges initiative.
Tue
Oct
17
UW-Madison's Paula McAvoy was quoted in an article from The Baltimore Sun about how to talk about controversial topics in the classroom. The article details a Baltimore high school principal's mission to teach her students how to be empathetic citizens and discuss controversial topics effectively in a required class titled "Community Citizenship." McAvoy is program director of the Center for Ethics and Education and co-author with Dean Diana Hess of the book, “The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education.”
Tue
Oct
17
UW-Madison undergraduate Karen Lorraine Singer was selected to exhibit two pieces at the Wally Douma Student Art Gallery and awarded a $250 Honorable Mention scholarship for her piece, "The Contents of My Head." Singer is earning a bachelor of fine arts degree with the School of Education's Art Department. The Wally Douma Student Art Gallery is located in the hallways and public spaces on the ninth floor of 333 East Campus Mall.
Mon
Oct
16
A team of researchers, including UW-Madison’s Amy Bellmore, has found that not only is an ethnically diverse school good for students’ cultural appreciation, but it may also be good for their grades. The report is titled, “Early Adolescents’ Peer Experiences with Ethnic Diversity in Middle School: Implications for Academic Outcomes,” and it appears in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. The report found that all students in the study benefited academically from cross-ethnic peer interactions.
Fri
Oct
13
The UW-Madison Dance Department ​and choreographer Chris Walker present "UNMASKED," a collection of works that delves deep into the contemporary art of Caribbean 'mas' that is steeped in West Indian carnival tradition. The concert will feature Walker’s choreography, and performance on stilts, design works by Laura Anderson Barbata and Briana McCarthy, as well as a special guest performance of Makeda Thomas’ “Light” on Oct. 19-20 ​at the Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space in Lathrop Hall.
Fri
Oct
13
The Wisconsin State Journal recently featured a report from the Madison Education Partnership that examines the Madison Metropolitan School District's 4-year-old-kindergarten program enrollment, and how the 4k program helps the district move toward equity. The Madison Education Partnership is a joint research project between the UW-Madison School of Education's Wisconsin Center for Education Research and the MMSD.
Thu
Oct
12
UW-Madison's Jin-Wen Yu presented “Fine, Without Me/You?” in the Dance-Forms 74th International Choreographers' Showcase in August. The performance was part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world. Yu is a professor with the UW-Madison School of Education's Dance Department. Palmer Mathews (BFA, ’17) and Liu Yun-Chen performed the duet, which was “full of finesse with some great partnering,” according to David Mead, writing for Dancing Times.
Thu
Oct
12
UW-Madison's J. Leigh Garcia was featured in the Isthmus newspaper for her artwork in conversation with immigration. Garcia is currently pursuing her master of fine arts degree through the School of Education's Art Department. Garcia's work is one half of the Overture Center's "¿Quiénes somos? (Who Are We?)" exhibition. As a Houston native and a descendant of grandparents who crossed the border illegally in the 1940s, she creates images that explore and call attention to issues that affect undocumented immigrants.
Wed
Oct
11
UW-Madison's Ellie Bruecker authored a policy memo analyzing the fiscal effects of Wisconsin's expanded statewide Parental Choice Program, describing how the voucher program impacts school districts across the state. Bruecker is a Ph.D. student with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Her analysis finds that while the fiscal effects of the program on public school districts are still relatively small, they are likely to grow over time.
Wed
Oct
11
UW-Madison's Jerlando Jackson will give a talk on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the College of William & Mary as part of the institution's Diversity Lecture Series. The talk is titled, "Diversity Prism Imperative: Advancing Organizational Ownership of Disparities in Higher Education." In the talk, Jackson will discuss his new working concept of Diversity Prism Imperative in relation to the changing landscape of student bodies, faculty and staff at colleges and universities in the United States growing more diverse.
Wed
Oct
11
UW-Madison's Arts Institute is currently seeking applications and nominations for the 2018 Awards in the Creative Arts. Each spring, the Institute provides research support to faculty, staff, and students in the arts, recognizes achievements and professional service, and supports future creative endeavors and research. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Nov. 1.
Tue
Oct
10
Governments and higher education institutions are rushing into the internship game, enthusiastically cheerleading the concept. On the surface, work-based learning appears to be beneficial for everyone. Employers get an inexpensive extra hand who could later become a new hire, students acquire valuable, real-world experience while still in school and educators enhance a student’s classroom knowledge with hands-on learning. But Matt Hora says it's time to take a step back and take a closer look at what we start mandating for students.
Tue
Oct
10
A recent report from Milwaukee's CBS affiliate, WDJT/Ch. 58, highlights the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY) program and how a young student is using the program to supplement his education. WCATY is an outreach program from the UW-Madison's School of Education and aims to support an inclusive community of academically talented youth.
Mon
Oct
09
The Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) is excited to announce the launch of its first regular blog series, titled “This Just Published.” Each month, “This Just Published” will showcase and summarize a selection of recently published, peer-reviewed journal articles threaded by a common theme in higher education. The first post is focused on LGBTQ+ issues.
Mon
Oct
09
Carla Austin was recently featured by Dallas Doing Good for her career serving children as an occupational therapist and her volunteer work at Chase's Place. Austin is a member of the UW-Madison School of Education’s Board of Visitors. She graduated from UW-Madison with a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy. UW-Madison's OT program is housed within the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology.
Mon
Oct
09
UW-Madison's Laura Minero has been awarded the 2017 Alix Olson Award for the Promotion of a Tolerant and Just Community. Minero is a Ph.D. student with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology.

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