School of Education News

Fri
Jan
19
UW-Madison's Diana Hess recently authored a commentary for Education Week that is headlined, "The Problem With Calling Scholars 'Too Political.' " Hess is dean of the School of Education and the Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education. In the column, Hess writes about the importance of education scholars speaking up and participating in public debates about their issues of expertise. She frames partaking in political debate as a responsibility and a way to give back to the community and the universities that support them.
Wed
Jan
17
UW-Madison’s Daniel Bolt was recently elected as the president of the Psychometric Society in a vote by the organization’s membership. He will begin serving on the executive committee as president-elect in August, and will serve as president of the organization in 2019-20. Bolt is a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology. The Psychometric Society is a professional organization founded in 1935 with the goal of advancing quantitative methodology in the behavioral sciences. It includes more than 600 members from 36 countries representing a range of academic disciplines, as well as industry and government agencies.
Tue
Jan
16
Lindsey Honeyager was recently named the School of Education’s new assistant dean for facilities, a position she is starting on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Honeyager is familiar with the UW-Madison campus and comes to the School of Education after serving for the past nine years as the director of facilities and event services with the Wisconsin School of Business. The assistant dean for facilities is responsible for leading the day-to-day operations, space management and planning for the facilities in the School of Education. The School of Education is housed in approximately 14 buildings on and off of the UW-Madison campus.
Tue
Jan
16
UW-Madison’s Center for College-Workforce Transitions (CCWT) was recently awarded $25,000 by the University of Wisconsin System to conduct a study of internship programs at UW-Parkside. CCWT is ​led by Matt Hora and housed within the School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research. While internships and other forms of work-based learning are being increasingly promoted throughout the world as a way to improve the employability of college students and address workplace needs, relatively little robust empirical research exists on the relationship between internship programs and student success.
Fri
Jan
12
“A Different Pond,” written by Bao Phi and illustrated by Thi Bui, is the winner of the 21st annual Charlotte Zolotow Award for outstanding writing in a picture book. The award is given by UW-Madison’s Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC), which is part of the School of Education. “A Different Pond” was edited by Kristen Mohn and published in the United State in 2017 by Capstone Young Readers, a Capstone imprint. A graceful accounting of details shapes Bao Phi’s exquisitely crafted text in which a Vietnamese American boy goes on a predawn fishing outing with his dad.
Thu
Jan
11
The Isthmus newspaper recently put the spotlight on UW-Madison’s Tandem Press, which is about to open its own gallery on Jan. 26. “I sometimes feel that we’re more well-known outside of Madison than we are here,” director Paula Panczenko tells Isthmus. “Unless you have a gallery program, you don’t really build up a profile, because you’re not able to have regularly scheduled events.” The Press talked to its Apex Properties landlords about donating nearby space, and two of Tandem’s board members, Paula and David Kraemer, funded the renovation to create the new gallery, Isthmus explains.
Thu
Jan
11
UW-Madison’s Elizabeth Toomarian and Edward Hubbard co-authored a research article that was published earlier this month by the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Toomarian is a Ph.D. student with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology, where Hubbard is an assistant professor. Their research offers new insights into how adults process fractions. This information could one day help children more easily understand fractions, which is a key to establishing a solid foundation in mathematics.
Wed
Jan
10
UW-Madison’s Kathryn Moeller recently was named to the editorial board of the interdisciplinary journal, Feminist Studies. Moeller is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. In her new role with the journal, she will be leading the review of articles related to education in a call for papers on “Indigenous Feminist Politics in Settler Contexts.”
Wed
Jan
10
The work of UW-Madison’s Simon Goldberg was recently featured by the University of California, Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center in its annual list of the "Top 10 Insights from the Science of a Meaningful Life in 2017." The results from Goldberg’s paper, "Mindfulness-based interventions for psychiatric disorders," stood out among the hundreds of studies that were on this center’s radar. Goldberg's paper was a major research review of 142 non-overlapping studies that found mindfulness-based interventions hold promise as evidence-based treatments for psychiatric disorders, but not for everyone or for every condition. Goldberg recently completed his Ph.D. with UW-Madison’s Department of Counseling Psychology and will be joining that department as an assistant professor in August.
Tue
Jan
09
The Wisconsin State Journal recently put the spotlight on the distinctive and compelling work of UW-Madison’s Gerit Grimm. A show from the German-born artist is currently running at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend through Jan. 14. Grimm is a faculty member with the School of Education’s Art Department, where she heads the ceramics program. Her work is on display in “Gerit Grimm’s Fairytales: In A Time Neither Now Nor Then.”
Mon
Jan
08
Four graduate students from UW-Madison, including the School of Education’s Michael Davis, were recently featured by The Capital Times as part of the newspaper’s annual “Bright Ideas” dispatch. For the fifth year, Cap Times reporters asked several Madisonians to share their "bright ideas" for the new year. UW-Madison graduate students Bakari Wallace, Ife Williams, Ethen Pollard and Davis co-authored a short report headlined, “Research, study and work as radical black scholars.” Davis is a Ph.D. student with the Department of Educational Policy Studies.
Mon
Jan
08
Erica Halverson, a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, will be receiving a 2018 Postdoc Mentoring Award from UW-Madison’s Postdoctoral Association. This award honors outstanding mentors across campus and the work they put into students’ daily research lives and career development.
Fri
Jan
05
UW-Madison alumnus Sergio Gonzalez is the author of a recently released book titled, “Mexicans in Wisconsin.” Gonzalez received his undergraduate degree from the School of Education and teaching certification in secondary history education in 2010. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently put the spotlight on the book, noting how it tells a story of “perseverance and struggle, family and faith, stretched across more than 130 years.”
Fri
Jan
05
The School of Education’s Kristen Pickett is receiving a career development award for a proposed study titled, “Examining the effects of social engagement on exercise outcomes: In-home cycling for individuals with Parkinson disease.” Pickett, who is an assistant professor with the Department of Kinesiology’s Occupational Therapy program, is receiving the award from UW-Madison’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR). The overall aim of ICTR Career Development awards is to develop a diverse and multidisciplinary clinical and translational research workforce.
Thu
Jan
04
UW-Madison’s Faisal Abdu’Allah was recently showcased in The Capital Times as part of the newspaper’s annual “Bright Ideas” feature. Abdu'Allah is an associate professor of printmaking with the School of Education’s Art Department and the faculty director of The Studio: Creative Arts Community. This is the fifth year Cap Times reporters have asked several Madisonians to share their "bright ideas" for the new year. Abdu’Allah writes: “I want somebody to sponsor a building that has a gallery space for young people under the age of 18 who can have exhibitions, like a young person’s museum.”
Thu
Jan
04
Dane Cook, a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, will be receiving a 2018 Postdoc Mentoring Award from UW-Madison’s Postdoctoral Association. This honor is a way of recognizing excellent mentors across the university and the work they put into students’ daily research lives and career development.
Wed
Jan
03
Madison’s local CBS affiliate, WISC-TV/Ch. 3, recently reported on the World Health Organization’s decision to include “excessive video gaming” in its draft of the 2018 International Classification of Diseases. UW-Madison’s Michael Beall explains to WISC that he believes this classification is a step backward for gaming, which he sees as a positive influence in people's lives. Beall is director of GEAR Learning, an educational gaming development center that is part of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research in the School of Education.
Wed
Jan
03
The UW-Madison Arts Institute's Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program has selected two artists to teach in residence and conduct community outreach for the 2018-19 academic year. Playwright, producer, social entrepreneur and policy researcher Stuart Flack will join the university for the Fall 2018 semester, followed by multidisciplinary media artist Rashaad Newsome in Spring 2019. Newsome's residency is hosted by the School of Education's Art Department, with Stephen Hilyard as lead faculty. Co-sponsors include the School's Dance Department.
Tue
Jan
02
UW-Madison alumna Emily Schroeder, a dual language teacher at Madison's Lincoln Elementary, and Bill Quackenbush, the Ho-Chunk Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, played leading roles in pulling together and publishing a new trilingual children's book titled, "The Ho-Chunk Courting Flute." The book is told in English, Spanish and Ho-Chunk, and has three QR codes that one can scan and that allows a person to listen to Native speakers read the story in all three languages. A book release party is being held Jan. 5.
Thu
Dec
28
A new report from a research-practice partnership between the UW–Madison School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research and the Madison Metropolitan School District finds that, overall, students who enrolled in MMSD 4K experienced slightly stronger literacy skills and slightly higher teacher ratings of engaging in consistently high classroom effort in kindergarten. The Madison Education Partnership researchers note that MMSD’s 4K students of color, as well as those from families with lower incomes and those whose parents ended their formal education at high school, show significantly stronger literacy skills at the beginning of five-year-old kindergarten than similar students who did not enroll in 4K.

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