School of Education News

Fri
Jun
08
Following the results of the American Sociological Association’s elections, UW-Madison’s Anthony Hernandez learned that he was selected as the Graduate Student Representative for the Sociology of Education Council for the upcoming 2018-19 academic year. Hernandez is a fourth-year doctoral student with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. Hernandez explains that his research interests are Latinx students and Latinx educational leadership at Hispanic serving institutions (HSIs).
Thu
Jun
07
The Capital Times recently posted a report examining a unique and innovative UW-Madison Summer Term course being taught by the School of Education’s David Bell. Technology is becoming increasingly common in high-level athletics, with many teams now using GPS units to inform training. The Department of Kinesiology is in the midst of hosting an upper-level, three-week Summer Term class called, “Sports Science & Athlete Monitoring.” It focuses on the most popular technologies in the field of human performance in an effort to teach UW-Madison students how to collect data, interrupt the information and use it in a meaningful way.
Wed
Jun
06
UW-Madison’s Julie Underwood is part of a Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding, and the panel held its final hearing at the State Capitol on Monday. The current public school funding formula is based on a revenue limit set in the early 1990s. It puts a cap on the amount of money school districts can get from the state and from local levies. “The message is absolutely clear: we’re falling short,” Underwood said during a Monday news conference. “We’re falling short on our children and we’re at a point of doing harm and we need to fix this."
Tue
Jun
05
UW-Madison’s Mitchell Nathan is quoted in a recent report that examines the explosion of so-called study-with-me videos. “I think the people making these videos are tapping into a need where you want to be social without being disrupted from your study goals,” Nathan tells the Wall Street Journal. “Think of it like parallel play. This is parallel studying: You’re ignoring each other, but that’s still much more preferable than doing it all by yourself.” Nathan is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Learning Sciences with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology. He also is the director of the Center on Education and Work.
Mon
Jun
04
UW-Madison alumna Carolyn Stanford Taylor was presented the 2018 Virginia Hart Special Recognition Award during a ceremony Thursday, May 31, at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Stanford Taylor serves as the assistant superintendent of the Division for Learning Support at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. She earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education from the School of Education in 1978 and received a master’s from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1979.
Fri
Jun
01
The Isthmus newspaper recently put the spotlight on Whoopensocker, an innovative arts education initiative that works with students in local elementary schools. The program was launched with the help of UW-Madison’s Erica Halverson, who is a professor with the School of Education's No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Fri
Jun
01
UW-Madison’s Nicole Bowman-Farrell recently delivered a plenary address and took part in a panel discussion at the 2018 Canadian Evaluation Society Conference in Calgary, Alberta. Bowman-Farrell, who earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2015, notes that Canada has taken a strong position on reconciliation and culturally responsive evaluation. Bowman-Farrell is the president and founder of Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) in Shawano, Wisconsin, and also is a researcher/evaluator with the School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research.
Thu
May
31
A team of UW-Madison researchers published a new article in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine examining the attitudes and beliefs of young athletes who specialize in one sport, including thoughts on whether or not such efforts are likely to lead to a college scholarship. The study indicates that most youth athletes surveyed for the report believe that specialization in a sport increases their performance and ability to make not only a college team, but also their high school squad. Highly specialized athletes were also more likely to believe that they will receive a college scholarship.
Wed
May
30
Stephanie Budge was recently named the new faculty director for the Advancing Health Equity and Diversity (AHEAD) program, which is administered via UW-Madison’s Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE). Budge is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology at UW-Madison. Budge was a recipient of a 2017 ICTR AHEAD Pilot Grant for her project, “Psychotherapy minority stress interventions for transgender patients: A pilot randomized controlled trial."
Tue
May
29
UW-Madison’s Aydin Bal is the lead author on a new research paper that presents the first formative intervention study in the United States that addresses racial disparities in discipline at a public high school. The article, which appears in the American Educational Research Journal (AERJ), is titled, “Culturally Responsive School Discipline: Implementing Learning Lab at a High School for Systemic Transformation.” The report is co-authored with Kemal Afacan and Halil Ibrahim Cakir, both of whom are pursuing doctorates at UW-Madison in special education.
Tue
May
29
Over the next two years, two research studies funded by UW-Madison’s Center for Research on College to Workforce Transitions (CCWT) will help reveal how two types of college students –- Latinx parents attending community college and undergraduate anthropology majors -– transition to work and life after college. “The goal of these awards is to support applied research that will create new knowledge about how college students experience their transitions from college to work,” states Matt Hora, CCWT director. Hora, a UW–Madison education research scientist and assistant professor, launched the center a year ago in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, part of the university’s School of Education.
Mon
May
28
A commentary posted earlier this month in the San Diego Union Tribune that examines a revised higher education budget proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown utilizes research from UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman to question the governor’s plan. More than two-thirds of states are either developing or using some sort of performance-based funding for public colleges and universities, with performance being tracked in areas such as graduation rates and degree production numbers. Hillman, who has studied these performance-based formulas extensively, argues that this way of distributing funding is rarely effective.
Mon
May
28
On Wisconsin magazine, a publication for UW-Madison alumni, recently put the spotlight on Jeff Butler, a current student with the School of Education’s Art Department. Butler first arrived at UW-Madison in 1976, but left in the 1980s without his diploma to pursue a successful career as an artist. “Before college, drawing was just an intuitive thing that I did,” Butler tells On Wisconsin. “College was the first time I started paying attention to the formal and academic aspects of creating art.”
Sun
May
27
The Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (WACTE) presented awards to 59 outstanding educators from across Wisconsin in April, including three people who graduated from UW-Madison’s School of Education. Radeen Yang, an alumna of the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, received an Early Career Educator Award. Ellen Boyle and Tonya Rasmussen received a Pre-Service Educator Award, which is presented to an outstanding educator who has demonstrated a sustained pattern of mentoring pre-service educators for at least five years.
Fri
May
25
Three finalists to become the UW-Madison School of Education’s Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion will be delivering public presentations and take part in a question-and-answer session as part of the interview process.
Fri
May
25
New Orleans Public Radio (WWNO) recently interviewed UW-Madison’s Walter Stern about his new book that focuses on the historical intersection of race and education in that city. Earlier this month, his new book, “Race and Education in New Orleans: Creating the Segregated City, 1764-1960,” was released. WWNO explains how Stern's work "is the history of how New Orleans schools were used to funnel the city’s limited resources to white residents for more than 200 years. It’s also the story of how black residents have fought tirelessly for educational equality.”
Fri
May
25
Kyree Brooks, a special education master’s degree student with the School of Education, is featured in a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report that’s headlined, “Wisconsin alums use #BlackandHooded to recognize African-Americans earning advanced degrees.” "Males I grew up with had no intention of getting a master's degree," Brooks, a graduate of Rufus King High School in Milwaukee, who was also featured in the report, tells the Journal Sentinel. "It's important to see people like yourself and others in educational spaces. It's about planting the seed, believing you can be there, too."
Thu
May
24
In the latest edition of UW-Madison’s alumni magazine, On Wisconsin, reporter John Allen conducts a Q&A with Aaron Bird Bear, an assistant dean for Student Diversity Programs in the School of Education. Bird Bear, the report explains, fills numerous roles: recruiting and retaining students from underrepresented communities, overseeing the summer College Access Program, and serving as a consultant for American Indian Curriculum Services. He also co-leads a group that is creating signs honoring the Native American presence in the campus area — ones that will present messages in both English and Ho-Chunk.
Thu
May
24
UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman and Daniel Corral authored a blog post that examines how minority serving institutions fare under performance-based funding policies that many states are turning to. Hillman is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and a faculty affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE). Corral is a Ph.D. student with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Wed
May
23
Have you heard of ALTELLA? It’s a new project at WCER that helps states develop federally mandated assessments for English language learners with significant cognitive disabilities, a K-12 population largely overlooked in the U.S.

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