School of Education News

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UW-Madison alumnus Marc Kornblatt recently produced a music video for the song “I See You,” which was written in support of the National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI). Kornblatt received his undergraduate degree in elementary education from UW-Madison’s School of Education in 2001. Kornblatt retired from the classroom following the 2014-15 academic year after a 16-year second career as a teacher. He now devotes his time to filmmaking.
Tue
Jul
30
Helping sixth graders see their concerns about measuring up in middle school as normal and temporary can boost grades and attendance, while reducing behavioral problems, a new study by UW–Madison researcher Geoffrey D. Borman shows. The brief, low-cost intervention, done early in the school year, also scales up easily for use by an entire school district.
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Jul
29
Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) shared a report that notes the work of UW-Madison's Julie Stamm and the Department of Kinesiology's efforts to better engage with students in large lectures. Started in 2016, the Redesigning for Active Learning in High-Enrollment Courses (REACH) initiative at UW–Madison is aimed at increasing engagement and attendance in large lecture classes. While some teachers are choosing not to implement REACH in their classrooms, Stamm, who is an associate lecturer with the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology, has embraced it in her human anatomy course that has several hundred students in it.
Fri
Jul
26
The Discussion Project is accepting applications for its various cohorts during the upcoming academic year. The idea behind the professional development series is that an engaging classroom discussion can be both a vital part of the learning process and a microcosm of the way we hope democracy functions. Yet a high-quality discussion doesn’t just happen — it takes structure, planning, practice, and skill to make it effective. The Discussion Project offers instructors tools to design and facilitate high-quality classroom discussions to prepare their students to participate in them.
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Jul
26
UW-Madison’s Kelli Koltyn and Kevin Crombie recently participated in a symposium titled “Exercise and the Endocannabinoid System: Implications for Mental Health” at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Orlando, Florida. Koltyn is a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, while Crombie is a graduate student with the department.
Thu
Jul
25
UW–Madison’s Robert Enright is receiving a 2019 Expanded Reason Award in recognition of his pioneering work on the power of forgiveness. This international award from the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria in Madrid, Spain, and the Vatican Foundation Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, recognizes extraordinary teachers and researchers. Enright, a professor with the School of Education’s highly regarded Department of Educational Psychology, is being recognized in the Expanded Reason Award’s research category for his book, “Forgiveness Therapy: An Empirical Guide for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope.”
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Jul
25
UW-Madison’s Kevin Reilly co-authored an article in Change: The Magazine of Higher learning, about how faculty and quality instruction can increase the value of a college degree. The article, headlined "Creating Value," is co-authored with Penny MacCormack, the chief academic officer at the Association of College and University Educators, and David Brailow, the vice president for development at The Council of Independent Colleges.. Although graduation rates have steadily increased and students are consistently finding positive returns on higher education, there continues to be widespread doubt about the value of a college degree.
Wed
Jul
24
Faisal Abdu'Allah, a faculty member with the School of Education's Art Department, has partnered with other artists and physicists from the IceCube Neutrino Observatory to explore the intersection between art and science, the role of serendipity in our lives and the diverse ways we perceive and understand our universe. The exhibits integrate with the upcoming International Cosmic Ray Conference hosted by the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center in Madison July 24 to Aug. 1.
Tue
Jul
23
New Orleans CBS affiliate, WWL-TV, showcased “Education in New Orleans: Creating the Segregated City, 1764-1960,” a 2018 book authored by UW-Madison’s Walter Stern. He is a historian of education and an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies.Stern explains that it was evident to him at a young age that the city was segregated. According to Stern, schools had a strong hand in shaping the racial order and urban landscape of New Orleans.
Tue
Jul
23
Kelli Koltyn and Susan Andreae recently received a UW-Madison Contemporary Social Problems Initiative Award for their project titled “Enhancing Maintenance of Standing Up and Moving more in Older Adults.” Koltyn is a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, while Andreae is an assistant professor with the department. Older adults spend most of the day in sedentary behavior increasing their risk for chronic health conditions, functional limitations, and premature mortality. Thus, there is a need for community-based interventions that reduce sedentary behavior and get older adults moving more throughout the day.
Mon
Jul
22
Cigdem Unal, director of UW–Madison’s Office of Child Care and Family Resources, has been chosen by Exchange magazine to be a part of its newest cohort of Exchange Leaders. Exchange magazine, which promotes itself as “The Early Childhood Leaders’ Magazine,” since 2014 has been identifying and inviting early childhood leaders to join the Exchange Leadership Initiative. Those who accept the invitation apply and share with Exchange their vision, how they lead, and their determination. Unal was nominated by colleagues who recognized her outstanding efforts to support children, families and early childhood teachers on campus and in the greater Madison community.
Mon
Jul
22
An ESPN report from Baxter Holmes showcases important research from UW-Madison's David Bell on the potential dangers associated with youth sports specialization. Bell is a faculty member with the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology and its athletic training program. Bell also is director of the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Laboratory (WISL).
Fri
Jul
19
UW-Madison’s Nick Hillman was featured in an Insider Higher Education story on new state laws requiring the completion of the FAFSA. The article focuses on Texas, which became the second state to require FAFSA completion. With few states seriously scaling up their student aid programs, boosting FAFSA completion may be the most effective way to get more financial support to college students who need it, he tells Inside Higher Ed.
Fri
Jul
19
UW-Madison’s David Kaplan was named a research affiliate at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) located in Bamberg, Germany.
Thu
Jul
18
The College Access Program (CAP) is hosting a poster presentation event on Thursday, July 25 titled, “A Gathering of Mathematical Problem Solving.” The event runs from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. in the Wisconsin Idea Room (room 159) of the Education Building. This event aims to create an opportunity for CAP students to talk with community members about math, math education, and social justice issues. The format is loosely modeled after a poster presentation at professional conferences.
Thu
Jul
18
Kristen Hendrickson was recently named the UW–Madison School of Education’s chief financial officer (CFO), a position she is starting on Aug. 12. Hendrickson has nearly 20 years of progressively responsible experience in higher education administration in the areas of budget, finance, strategic planning, and the operational functions of a university. Since 2017, Hendrickson has served as the vice chancellor for business affairs and chief financial officer at UW–Stevens Point.
Thu
Jul
18
UW-Madison’s Ellie Bruecker is the co-author of an important new paper that is designed to help states reconsider, reconceptualize, and ultimately improve their higher education authorization processes. The paper, published by SHEEO, is titled “Improving State Authorization: The State Role in Ensuring Quality and Consumer Protection in High Education.”
Wed
Jul
17
UW-Madison alumnus David Perrodin presented at the July 3 Wednesday Night at the Lab (WN@TL) event, delivering a talk on the UW-Madison campus titled, "School safety in America: Rhetoric vs reality." Perrodin earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) in 2016. He is the author of the book "School of errors — rethinking school safety in America."
Tue
Jul
16
Education Week recently noted the research of the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) in an article headlined, "Teachers push for books with more diversity, fewer stereotypes." The CCBC is housed within the UW-Madison School of Education. it publishes an annual report tracking the number of children's books by and about people of color and from First/Native Nations. the center started tracking these numbers in 1985, documenting them in their annual best books listing, "CCBC Choices" publication. Today, the CCBC also maintains a web page devoted to multicultural literature, including lists of recommended titles by age group.
Mon
Jul
15
Kevin Reilly is the author of a commentary recently published by Inside Higher Ed that's headlined, "Common Sense on Colleges and Work-Force Development." Reilly is the former president of the University of Wisconsin System and he holds an appointment as a Regent Professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He is also a senior fellow at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.

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