An official with UW-Madison’s athletic department presented a check worth more than $27,500 to the School of Education on Thursday night, May 8.
“We are very grateful to the athletic department for its ongoing support of its campus colleagues,” says Julie Underwood, Dean of the School of Education. “The funds raised will allow the School of Education to bolster its ongoing efforts to improve student literacy with its many community partners.”
This marks the fourth consecutive year that proceeds from the Badger football team’s annual spring game were directed to a campus partner. And in 2014, funds raised through ticket sales to the April 12 scrimmage were distributed to the School of Education.
The check was presented by UW Senior Associate Athletic Director Bruce Van De Velde to Underwood during the Partners in Education Banquet and Recognition Program at Union South. The event is the School of Education's annual celebration to thank the many dedicated teachers who open their classrooms to provide field experiences for UW-Madison student teachers and practicum students. (Check out a photo album of the event on the School of Education's Facebook Page.)
The dollars raised will help back the following literacy projects:
• Catherine Compton-Lilly, a former elementary school teacher for 18 years who today is an associate professor with the top-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, runs a course over the summer that trains graduate students within the School of Education to become professional development specialists in the area of literacy.
While the first two weeks of coursework focus on helping graduate students to design professional development sessions for teachers, the third week of the summer class involves Compton-Lilly and the graduate students providing professional development to teachers in local school districts. In 2013, four graduate students who took the class went on to serve about 50 area teachers.
• The Partner School Network within the School of Education previously secured funding to support a summer reading program for those at Madison’s Thoreau Elementary School. This project will explore the effects of providing low-income first graders with books to read over the summer. Compton-Lilly now is receiving further funding, via the spring game dollars, to work with a team of doctoral students to conduct a qualitative evaluation of this project.
• The Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) within the School of Education helps to administer the Read on Wisconsin literacy program, which helps connect kids and teens with terrific, age-group specific books. The CCBC will be using the spring game funds to continue its popular Book Trailer project, which teaches kids how to produce cool video advertisements -– or book trailers -– from Read On Wisconsin titles.
• The Greater Madison Writing Project (GMWP), which is housed within UW-Madison’s Education Outreach and Partnerships office, last summer held a young writers camp that was attended by 46 kids entering third through eighth grade. The GMWP will use the spring game funds to expand and will offer a second camp for young writers. This year’s camp is scheduled for Aug. 5-8 and Aug. 11-14 at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison.
• Funds also will go to support the Badger Volunteers. The Morgridge Center for Public Service, which is administratively housed within the School of Education, coordinates the Badger Volunteers, which is the largest service activity on campus. The Badger Volunteers program has increased from 150 students in 2010 to 1,300 students in 2014, and works directly with more than 100 different community organizations in the Madison area. These volunteers tutor youth in literacy, as well as other academic areas.