School of Education News

Thu
Apr
12
UW-Madison alumna Mary Jane Curry recently published a book titled "Global Academic Publishing: Policies, Perspectives and Pedagogies." Curry earned a Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2000. Today she is an associate professor in the Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development, at the University of Rochester. Curry edited the book with Theresa Lillis from Open University.
Wed
Apr
11
UW-Madison alumna Min Yu is receiving the American Educational Research Association’s Division B Outstanding Book Recognition Award for her work, “The Politics, Practices, and Possibilities of Migrant Children Schools in Contemporary China.” Min Yu earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2013. Today she is assistant professor in the Teacher Education Division in the College of Education at Wayne State University.
Wed
Apr
11
Kimi McKissic's solo, "John 3:16: Lost in Translation," was selected for adjudication at the 2018 ACDA North-Central Conference, hosted on the UW-Madison campus from March 21-25. McKissic's performance in the first of five adjudicated concerts earned her a spot in the Gala Concert. Her Gala Concert performance was also selected as the second alternate for the National festival.
Wed
Apr
11
UW-Madison’s Office of Child Care and Family Resources is co-sponsoring a “Wisconsin Strong!” event during the national Week of the Young Child. This event, which includes collaborators with the Greater Dane County Early Childhood Director’s Caucus, the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association, Beyond Dane and Madison Public Library, is aimed at exploring family friendly workplace policies and relationship building across the business and early care and education sectors. This event will take place on Tuesday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to noon on the third floor of Madison’s Central Library.
Tue
Apr
10
UW-Madison’s Francois Tochon was recently awarded an honorary professorship from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, a public university located in Guangzhou, China. Such an award is even more highly regarded than an honorary doctorate and is Tochon’s second honorary professorship, joining his two Ph.D.s and four honorary doctorates. Tochon is a professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Tue
Apr
10
UW-Madison master of fine arts students Kaylyn Gerenz and Fikriye Oz won the 2018 ALL Prize from the Arts + Literature Laboratory. The ALL Prize is an exhibition award for third-year graduate students with the School of Education's Art Department. Oz’s MFA thesis exhibition, "Slow Death," is being ​presented through April 21. Gerenz is presenting her MFA thesis exhibition, "It’s This Way Now." Both exhibits are on display at the Arts + Literature Laboratory at 2021 Winnebago St., in Madison.
Mon
Apr
09
UW-Madison’s student chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, the Alpha Theta Upsilon Chapter, is sponsoring a panel celebrating teachers and teaching on April 24. The panel will consist of veteran and initial educators, and be moderated by Carl Grant, the Hoefs-Bascom Professor of Education with UW-Madison’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The event will run from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. in the library at Madison's Wright Middle School. There will be light refreshments provided. Register for the panel here.
Mon
Apr
09
UW-Madison alumnus William C. McCoy was named director of Clemson University’s Rutland Institute for Ethics. McCoy earned a master’s degree from the School of Education in continuing and vocational education. In his new position, McCoy will oversee the institute’s operations and collaborate with partners in academia and the private sector, encouraging ethics discussion on campus, in business and in the community.
Mon
Apr
09
UW-Madison's Gloria Ladson-Billings is receiving an honorary degree from Morgan State University. Ladson-Billings will be recognized during Morgan State University's 142nd spring commencement on Saturday, May 19, at 9:30 a.m. Ladson-Billings earned her bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University in Baltimore in 1968 before going on to receive a master’s in curriculum and instruction from the University of Washington in Seattle and a Ph.D. in curriculum and teacher education from Stanford University.
Fri
Apr
06
School of Education graduate students and faculty members Leema Berland, Rosemary Russ and Noah Weeth Feinstein on April 7 took part in UW-Madison's Science Expeditions event. But unlike many of their counterparts from across campus, this group not only delivered interesting and interactive learning activities — it also spoke with families about their everyday experiences and the science underlying them in an effort to bolster and improve out-of-school science ventures. This is part of their Grand Challenges Engage project, “Curiosity Practice: A powerful new lever for science engagement across Wisconsin.”
Fri
Apr
06
“Radical Jewelry Makeover: Wisconsin" draws attention to talented student designers while raising awareness about ethical metal sourcing.
Fri
Apr
06
UW-Madison alumna Erin Quast is receiving recognition for her dissertation work from the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Literature Special Interest Group (SIG). Quast, who received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, is being honored for her dissertation titled, “Racial Meaning Making in 4K: An Ethnographic Collective Case Study.” She is the second place winner of the Shelby Wolf AERA Literature SIG Award for Outstanding Dissertation. Quast today is an assistant professor of elementary literacy at Illinois State University.
Thu
Apr
05
Over the past four years, the Counseling Psychology Training Clinic (CPTC) has both built and bolstered a unique relationship with UW-Madison’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement (DDEEA) to increase access to psychological services for underrepresented students. This partnership has become so successful that UW-Madison’s Counseling Psychology Training Clinic (CPTC) received the Clinic Innovation Award for 2018 from the Association of Psychology Training Clinics (APTC).
Thu
Apr
05
Backpacks for Madison is a student initiative aiming to collect packs for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Dane County. From April 9 to 13, collection bins will be located across the UW-Madison campus -- in the Red Gym (Morgridge Center for Public Service in room 154), Smith Hall, Natatorium, Shell and Union South. This initiative is being led by students with the Occupational Therapy Program through the student-led organization known as SOTA (Student Occupational Therapy Association). The OT Program is housed within the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology.
Wed
Apr
04
UW-Madison’s School of Education and many of its programs are consistently ranked among the very best in the nation. One of the main reasons is the many dedicated and talented faculty and staff who work across the School. In an effort to recognize some of these important individuals, the School administers Faculty and Staff Distinguished Achievement Awards. And on April 4, Dean Diana Hess led the School’s annual awards ceremony to honor this year’s recipients. Congratulations to all of this year’s award winners and thanks for making the UW-Madison School of Education such an amazing place.
Wed
Apr
04
WisconsinEye recently produced and released a “Morning Minute” video highlighting a keynote presentation delivered by UW-Madison School of Education Dean Diana Hess at the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies’ (WCSS) 2018 Conference. The theme for this year’s WCSS Conference was, “The Relevance of Social Studies: Conflict, Controversy and Change.” Hess, who holds the Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education, is uniquely qualified to speak on these timely topics as she co-authored the award-winning book, "The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education."
Tue
Apr
03
UW-Madison’s David Kaplan was in Ensenada, Mexico, last month delivering a workshop on Bayesian Methods to faculty, staff and students at the Institute for Educational Research and Evaluation. Kaplan is the Patricia Busk Professor of Quantitative Methods with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology and the author of the 2014 book, “Bayesian Statistics for the Social Sciences.” While visiting the institute in Mexico from Feb. 28 to March 4, Kaplan was briefly interviewed by the staff for the Instituto de Investigacion y Desarrollo Educativo YouTube channel about his visit and work.
Mon
Apr
02
The Wisconsin State Journal recently put the spotlight on an upcoming production of “The Laramie Project” by the School of Education’s Department of Theatre and Drama. The show runs April 12 to 29 in Vilas Hall’s Hemsley Theatre. In October 1998, 21-year-old Mathew Shepard was a University of Wyoming student who was kidnapped, brutally beaten and left for dead outside Laramie, Wyoming. His death and the aftermath of the trial uncovered an ugly story of homophobia, hate, alienation, and intolerance. Members of the Tectonic Theatre developed a powerfully theatrical mosaic of a community forced to look at the darkness of humanity and searching to find compassion and understanding.
Fri
Mar
30
UW-Madison's Julie Underwood examines teacher tenure rules in her latest "Under the Law" column for Phi Delta Kappan magazine. Underwood is the Susan Engeleiter Professor of Education Law, Policy and Practice, and the former dean of the School of Education. Underwood writes: “Originally enacted to protect against potential evils in state and local employment systems, such as nepotism, arbitrary dismissal, and political favoritism, tenure has become a common expectation of teacher employment. State teacher tenure laws are not a job guarantee but rather protection against arbitrary or politically motivated maltreatment. But is tenure on the way out?”
Thu
Mar
29
UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings is receiving the American Educational Research Association’s 2018 Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award. This prestigious honor from AERA recognizes meritorious contributions to education research and is intended to publicize, motivate, encourage and suggest models of education research at its best. "This is a tremendous honor and I am deeply appreciative to be selected at this time in my career,” says Ladson-Billings, who was a faculty member with the School of Education from 1991 until her retirement earlier this year.

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