School of Education News

Fri
Dec
02
A team of scholars from UW-Madison published an article examining how exercise interventions that are rooted in meaningful activity may be especially beneficial to helping adults with Parkinson’s disease. The report, which appears in the latest OT Practice magazine, is headlined, “Dancing the Tango: Promoting Exercise as Meaningful Activity for Adults with Parkinson Disease.” The article is authored by faculty, staff and students with the occupational therapy program, which is housed within the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology.
Fri
Dec
02
UW-Madison’s Julie Underwood took part in a debate Wednesday night at Marquette University with Scott Jensen, with the two discussing whether or not the state can continue to adequately fund public schools while supporting the expansion of taxpayer-funded vouchers for private schools. The two found little to agree on but one point of common ground was that vouchers are not the panacea reformists had hoped. In general, voucher schools perform no better, or only marginally better, than public schools serving similar students. Another was the need for greater accountability.
Fri
Dec
02
Nicholas Hillman was recently interviewed for an article that appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education headlined, "When College Was A Public Good." Hillman studies higher education finance and policy, and his research focuses on how policies affect educational access and success. The article explores how as more non-whites are pursuing higher education, less and less public and federal support is dedicated to ensuring fair access to universities.
Thu
Dec
01
A documentary from UW-Madison alumnus Marc Kornblatt, "What I Did In Fifth Grade," will have a free public screening on the UW-Madison campus on Saturday, Dec. 3. The film will be shown from noon to 3 p.m. in the Marquee Cinema at Union South. 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 more time to filmmaking.
Thu
Dec
01
UW-Madison's Diana Hess and Paula McAvoy are co-winners of the University of Louisville's prestigious Grawemeyer Award in Education for their important work exploring the role of teachers in perpetuating serious, thoughtful political deliberation in schools. Such efforts are at the heart of a democratic education and these discussions help students understand diverse points of view and become more politically engaged adults. Grawemeyer winners will present lectures about their award-winning ideas when they visit Louisville in April to accept their $100,000 prizes.
Wed
Nov
30
Join Mad Gaffers (UW-Madison student glassblowing club), Hot Fresh Press (UW-Madison student printmaking club), and Clay Collective (UW-Madison student ceramics club) for their Annual Holiday Craft Sale at the Art Lofts. Hand crafted pieces of art will be for sale, including ornaments. There will also be a unique event with the Mad Gaffers where participants can be a part of blowing their own glass ornament for $45. The sale will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 17 and 18.
Wed
Nov
30
An upcoming exhibition called “Dirty Work” will display a collection of ceramics created by advanced UW-Madison students. The Ceramics Program, housed within the School of Education’s Art Department, is turning 105 this year. In the program, advanced students are taught a multitude of different techniques for their clay, such as coiling, pinching and mold making, and students are encouraged to use these techniques to develop their individual aesthetic. The exhibition will run from Dec. 10 to 16 at the Art Lofts Gallery, 111 N. Frances St., on the UW-Madison campus.
Tue
Nov
29
UW-Madison’s Matthew Hora will speak about his new book “Beyond the Skills Gap” at a book launch event hosted by the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) on Dec. 9. Hora is a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, which is housed within the School of Education.
Tue
Nov
29
Julie Underwood’s latest “Under the Law” column was published in the November issue of Phi Delta Kappan magazine. The column is about recent expanded support for homeless students in the law. Underwood is a professor of law and educational leadership and policy analysis at UW-Madison, and the former dean of the School of Education.
Mon
Nov
28
Team Sickle Cell and the Morgridge Center for Public Service are teaming up to raise awareness around donor diversity at the Fall 2016 Sickle Cell Awareness Blood Drive. The event on Tuesday, Dec. 6, runs from noon to 4:30 p.m. in the Education Building.
Mon
Nov
28
School of Education alumna Tanya Keenan was featured in an article ​from Urban Milwaukee about being selected as the faculty commencement speaker for Mount Mary University's winter graduation. Keenan earned an undergraduate degree in secondary English education from UW-Madison’s School of Education in 1997. Keenan earlier in the semester was also awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award for 2016. She has worked as an instructor at Mount Mary since September 2011, teaching core English composition classes.
Mon
Nov
28
School of Education alumna Laura Hunt was recently featured in the Wisconsin State Journal's weekly "Know Your Madisonian" column. Hunt received her undergraduate degree in elementary education from the School of Education in 1988. The article focuses on Hunt's work as program coordinator at the Madison Senior Center. Although she never expected to work with seniors after graduating with a degree in elementary education, Hunt calls her work a good fit.
Fri
Nov
25
UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings recently spoke with Madison’s ABC affiliate, WKOW/Ch. 27, about ongoing concerns related to the achievement gap between white and black students in Wisconsin. Ladson-Billings is the School of Education's Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education, and is a professor with the departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Policy Studies, and Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Fri
Nov
25
UW-Madison School of Education alumna Jen Scott Curwood earlier this year received the Australian Teacher Educator of the Year Award. The honor came from Teachers Mutual Bank (TMB), in partnership with the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA). She was recognized at the 2016 ATEA National Conference held in Ballarat this past summer. Curwood earned a Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum ​& Instruction in 2011.
Thu
Nov
24
UW-Madison’s Michael W. Apple received an honorary degree from the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) during a ceremony Nov. 18. The award is Apple’s 12th honorary degree or equivalent. These honors are among the highest in academia, and usually are conferred as a way of recognizing a distinguished visitor’s contributions to a specific area of study -- or to society as a whole. According to a news release from EdUHK it was the first time the institution had conferred honorary doctorates.
Wed
Nov
23
UW-Madison’s Gail Lori Prasad is the winner of the 2016 Pat Clifford Award for Early Career Research in Education for her groundbreaking work that highlights how culturally and linguistically inclusive classrooms have the potential to reshape the way teachers support language learners. Prasad, an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, was in Toronto Tuesday to receive this prestigious honor from the Canadian Education Association (CEA).
Wed
Nov
23
UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman will be taking part in a conference Nov. 28-29 in Washington, D.C., that’s being hosted by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. The conference is titled, “Addressing the Risks of Pursuing Post-Secondary Education.” Hillman is an associate professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis who studies higher education finance and policy. His research focuses on how policies affect educational access and success.
Tue
Nov
22
UW-Madison’s Rachelle Winkle-Wagner is the lead author of a new article that examines student and faculty experiences with diversity at both a predominantly white institution (PWI) and at a historically black college or university (HBCU). The study, published Nov. 7 in the journal Race Ethnicity and Education, notes that students of color described feeling like an “alien” on the white campus and like they were part of a “family” on the black campus.
Tue
Nov
22
UW-Madison’s Rena Kornblum, a senior lecturer with the School of Education’s Dance Department, was selected this year by the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) to receive an OMAI/First Wave Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award. Based on a nomination by First Wave Scholar Janetta Hill, Kornblum will be honored for her support of the overall success of her students both inside and outside of the classroom.
Mon
Nov
21
A paper from UW-Madison's Andrea Harris received honorable mention recognition in the Gertrude Lippincott Award competition. Harris is an assistant professor with the School of Education's Dance Department. Harris' article, titled "Sur la Pointe on the Prairie: Giuseppina Morlacchi and the Urban Problem in the Frontier Melodrama," received honorable mention recognition for the best English-language article published in dance studies in the prior calendar year. Her paper appeared in the Journal of American Drama and Theatre.

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