School of Education News

Wed
Apr
24
UW-Madison’s Aaron Bird Bear can be seen on an episode of the Milwaukee PBS program "Around the Corner with John McGivern." The second episode which covers Madison, this segment gives insight into some of Madison’s lesser known features. Bird Bear developed the First Nations Heritage Tour to promote understanding of the history of Madison’s landscapes and address major racial equity issues.
Wed
Apr
24
UW-Madison’s Stephanie Budge is receiving the 2019 Honorary Rainbow Degree from the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center (GSCC). Budge is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology and head of the Trans Research Lab (TRL). Her research and activism efforts focus on transgender and gender diverse people. Budge will receive her Honorary Rainbow Degree on May 9 at a ceremony and reception held at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.
Tue
Apr
23
Shiloah Coley, a junior at UW–Madison, has been named a Truman Scholar, one of the most prestigious undergraduate honors in the country. Coley intends to pursue a doctorate in sociology, researching the impact art programming, access to arts education, and public art practices have on low-income communities of color. She has enjoyed making art her whole life — drawing, painting, writing — and seeks a career that merges those skills with her love for community-based work.
Tue
Apr
23
Ramon Ortiz, an alumnus of UW-Madison, recently received UW-Whitewater’s Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement. Ortiz earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and now serves as the associate dean of arts and sciences at Madison College, as well as the vice president of the dual-language charter school Nuestro Mundo. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., Ortiz attended UW-Whitewater as an undergraduate.
Mon
Apr
22
Two Ph.D. students from the School of Education — Mary Dueñas and Allison Murrow — won 2019 Peer Mentor Awards, which are sponsored by the UW–Madison Graduate School's Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Funding. This year, the awards recognized three students for their stellar mentorship qualities on- and off-campus.
Mon
Apr
22
The School of Education’s Art Department recently turned an underused space into a new gallery called Backspace. Tone, a local cultural news outlet, reported on this new space. Doug Rosenberg, a professor of video, performance, and installation art and chair of the Art Department, tells Tone he had noticed an old loading dock in the Arts Lofts building that was filled with forgotten furniture and junk. Rosenberg tells Tone, though, that it “was an artist’s dream space.”
Fri
Apr
19
The UW-Madison School of Education's highly regarded national reputation is due, in large part, to the dedication and talent of its faculty, staff, and students. Each spring, the School recognizes some of its most outstanding individuals with Faculty and Staff Distinguished Achievement Awards. On Thursday evening, this year’s award-winners were honored during a reception and short ceremony in the Education Building’s Wisconsin Idea room.
Fri
Apr
19
The latest Under the Law column for Kappen magazine from UW-Madison’s Julie Underwood, titled “Favoring a religion or encouraging respect? A legal challenge to an anti-bullying program,” focuses on the line between protection and favoritism in schools.
Thu
Apr
18
The UW-Madison Dance Department's annual student showcase event, "The H'Doubler Concert," ​is being held April 26-27 at the Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space, Lathrop Hall, 1050 University Ave. In addition to choreography work of the senior class, this concert will feature contemporary dance works of student choreographers. Performances will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 26, and at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. Tickets can be purchased at the Campus Arts Box Office or online at $10 for students and seniors and $18 for general admission.
Thu
Apr
18
Research from UW-Madison’s Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) was shared in an article from The Guardian examining the growth of diversity in children's books — as were thoughts on the topic from CCBC Director Kathleen Horning. According to The Guardian, the U.S. has seen seismic shifts in children’s publishing. However, Horning warns that there was also beginnings of what seemed to be genuine change in the late 1960s and 1980s that stopped.
Wed
Apr
17
The Graduate School has selected five scholars — including two from the School of Education — for the 2019 cohort of the UW-Madison Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. Pa Her is a Ph.D. candidate with the Department of Counseling Psychology, and Jamila Lee-Johnson is a Ph.D. candidate with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.The Bouchet Society provides scholars with a network of peers who exemplify character, leadership, scholarship, service, and advocacy for those who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy.
Wed
Apr
17
The expertise of UW-Madison’s Richard Halverson was highlighted in an Education Week blog post on personalized learning. Halverson, the School of Education’s associate dean for innovation, outreach, and partnerships, has spent the last few years watching personal learning in action at American public schools. Based on Halverson’s interview and presentation, Education Week came up with five questions educators, administrators, and policymakers need to be asking when it comes to personalized learning.
Tue
Apr
16
Tony Evers appointed UW-Madison’s Julie Underwood as the governor’s designee to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC). Underwood is the Susan Engeleiter Professor of Education Law, Policy and Practice, and the former dean of the School of Education. The MHEC was created legislatively to provide greater higher education opportunities and services to the Midwestern region.
Tue
Apr
16
UW–Madison’s McKenzie Miller received the Society of Health and Physical Educators’ (SHAPE America) Major of the Year Award, an honor which celebrates outstanding undergraduate students in the fields of health, physical education, recreation, and dance. Miller accepted the award last week during the SHAPE American National Convention and Expo in Tampa, Florida. The senior from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, was recognized for demonstrating excellence in and outside of the classroom through her time at UW–Madison.
Mon
Apr
15
LaVar Charleston was recently named the School of Education’s first associate dean for diversity and inclusion, a position he is starting on June 16. In this role, Charleston will serve on the dean’s leadership team and will lead the creation of a new School of Education Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Charleston, an alumnus of UW–Madison’s School of Education, has served since the summer of 2017 as UW–Whitewater’s assistant vice chancellor of student diversity, engagement, and success.
Mon
Apr
15
UW-Madison’s Walter Stern published an op-ed with the New Orleans Advocate newspaper earlier this month, making the case for New Orleans to compensate African-Americans for past discrimination. Stern is a historian of education and an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. He is the author of a 2018 book titled, “Race and Education in New Orleans: Creating the Segregated City, 1764-1960.” Stern remarks that “a key consequence of segregation, like slavery before it, was the redistribution of capital from black to white hands.” He calls for action from the city after 300 years of a persisting wealth gap between black and white New Orleanians.
Fri
Apr
12
UW–Madison's Chloe Darke, a master of fine arts student with the School of Education’s Art Department, was recently featured on the PBS TV series, “Craft in America.” Darke practices silversmithing, a craft that is generations old. She is fascinated by traditional ways of making things, and finds that there is a reemergence of a love for the craft.
Fri
Apr
12
The podcast Fresh Ed recently started an education and law mini-series, the first episode of which includes an interview with UW-Madison’s Julie Mead. Mead is the School of Education’s associate dean for education, and a professor with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. On this episode, they discuss Mead’s recent report, co-written with Suzanne Eckes, titled “How School Privatization Opens the Door for Discrimination.” They touch on issues related to voucher programs and charter schools.
Thu
Apr
11
A book authored by UW–Madison's Walter Stern received the 2018 Kemper and Leila Williams Prize in Louisiana History. Stern is a historian of education who is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. His award-winning book is titled, “Race and Education in New Orleans: Creating the Segregated City, 1764-1960.”
Thu
Apr
11
The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism recently published a story on civics education featuring the expertise of UW-Madison’s Diana Hess. Hess serves as the dean of the School of Education and holds the Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education. Hess, who used to teach social studies at the high school level, remarks that it was difficult to include civics education into her history curriculum. Unlike many other states, Wisconsin does not require a dedicated civics course.

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