School of Education News

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Aug
27
Researchers at UW–Madison have built a robot, named Minnie, to serve as a reading buddy to middle school kids. Minnie’s new friends grew more excited about books and more attached to the robot over two weeks of reading together. Joseph Michaelis, a graduate student studying with the School of Education's Department of Educational Psychology, is the lead author of a paper on this work published Aug. 22 in the journal Science Robotics. The report is co-authored by Bilge Mutlu, a computer sciences professor.
Fri
Aug
24
UW-Madison's Michael W. Apple earlier this month delivered the keynote address at the International Symposium on Cultural Legacy and Educational Institutions, which was held at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Apple is the John Bascom Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies. His keynote was titled, "Questioning Official Knowledge." He also presented the CLASS Public Lecture at Nanyang Technological University, with a talk titled, “Can Education Change Society?”
Fri
Aug
24
The New Books Network recently interviewed UW-Madison’s Matthew Hora and posted a podcast interview with the author about his 2016 book, “Beyond the Skills Gap: Preparing College Students for Life and Work.” A preview of the podcast explains: "How can educators ensure that young people who attain a postsecondary credential are adequately prepared for the future? Matthew T. Hora and his co-authors, Ross Benbow and Amanda Oleson, explain that the answer is not simply that students need more specialized technical training to meet narrowly defined employment opportunities."
Thu
Aug
23
Jessica Stovall, an alumna of UW-Madison’s School of Education who has spent the past 11 years teaching in suburban Chicago, appears in a new documentary series that follows students, teachers and administrators as they grapple with racial and educational inequities. Stovall earned a degree in secondary education from the School of Education in 2007 and is beginning work toward her Ph.D. this fall at Stanford University.
Thu
Aug
23
UW-Madison alumna Kara Finnigan is the co-author of a book due out in October that’s titled, “Striving in Common: A Regional Equity Framework for Urban Schools.” Finnigan received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies in 2003, and today is a professor at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education. The book is also written by Jennifer Jellison Holme, an associate professor of education policy in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin.
Wed
Aug
22
With the start of the 2018-19 academic year just over the horizon, UW-Madison's School of Education is preparing to welcome a highly regarded cohort of new faculty hires to campus. Fourteen faculty members are set to join the School of Education’s roster during the fall semester, which is one of the largest such groups to sign on with the School since its founding in 1930. “The many talented faculty members we bring to campus to work in fields as varied as the arts, health and education are among the great strengths of our School of Education,” says Dean Diana Hess.
Tue
Aug
21
Christina Klawitter was recently named the School of Education’s next associate dean for student academic affairs, a position she is starting on Sept. 24. Klawitter, who is an alumna of the School of Education and previously worked at UW-Madison for more than a decade, returns to campus after serving as the dean of students at Beloit College since 2011.
Tue
Aug
21
The research of UW-Madison’s Li-Ching Ho that examines “Social Harmony and Diversity” was in a recent Vialogues video. Li-Ching is an associate professor with the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Vialogues is a community of learners that center discussion through video. The video showcasing Li-Ching examines a study that she authored and that appeared in the Teachers College Record titled, “Social Harmony and Diversity: The Affordances and Constraints of Harmony as an Educational Goal.”
Mon
Aug
20
UW–Madison faculty and staff recipients of Fall Research Competition awards say they are thankful for the funding to help them acquire the resources they need to engage in their research. But perhaps most important, they say, is the student support they are able to provide thanks to the funding. Helen Lee, ​an assistant professor of glassworking with the School of Education's Art Department and head of the glass lab, says Fall Research Competition funding has allowed her to buy materials for her studio, crate and ship her work to exhibitions, and have a graduate student project assistant with the necessary experience to assist her in the hot shop.
Mon
Aug
20
UW-Madison alumnus Gerardo Mancilla was recently honored with the Emerging Leader Award at the Mortar Board national conference in Columbus, Ohio. Mancilla earned his Ph.D. from UW-Madison's No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2015, and also received a master's degree in multicultural education from UW-Madison. Today, he is an assistant professor at Edgewood College’s School of Education.
Fri
Aug
17
The School of Education Department of Counseling Psychology hosted a class that was part of the LEAP Forward program. This program featured a six-week paid internship hosted by UW–Madison and the Madison Metropolitan School District's Personalized Pathways, a program that exposes high schoolers to careers and curriculum in the health sciences.
Fri
Aug
17
UW-Madison’s Brett Nachman was elected to the national board of directors for the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi earlier this month. Nachman, a Ph.D. student with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, will serve as the graduate student representative on the board for the next two years.
Thu
Aug
16
As parents, students and teachers prepare for the upcoming 2018-19 school year, experts from across UW-Madison are ready to provide expertise on a variety of subjects.
Thu
Aug
16
The Isthmus newspaper recently reported that the Middleton-Cross Plains School District is taking a look at whether or not Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books are appropriate for elementary students after the Wisconsin author’s name was removed from a national children’s award due to racist stereotypes in her books. The Isthmus utilizes the expertise of UW-Madison’s Kathleen Horning in helping to put this hot-button topic in perspective. Horning directs the School of Education's Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC).
Wed
Aug
15
This summer, about 100 Madison families with kids entering kindergarten will get home visits from teachers in an experimental effort to build relationships, reports The Capital Times. Beth Vaade, a program evaluation specialist with the Madison School District and co-director of the Madison Education Partnership (MEP), said the hope is to forge a bond with families so when kids go from 4-year-old kindergarten to 5-year-old classes “on that first day, they’re feeling like this is a safe place, this is a place that cares about me, and a place that I want to be part of.” The partnership is a research effort between the district, the UW-Madison School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research and community members. MEP aims to improve educational outcomes. Also leading the project is UW-Madison's Eric Grodsky, a professor of sociology and educational policy studies.
Wed
Aug
15
UW-Madison Professor Emeritus Gloria Ladson-Billings was recently profiled by Madison365.com in its series of “I am Madison” profiles. Ladson-Billings was a faculty member with the School of Education from 1991 until her retirement earlier this year. She is currently serving a four-year term as president of the National Academy of Education. “I am Madison” is a project of Madison365 and Madison Community Foundation, funded by a grant in MCF’s Year of Giving. The project tells the stories of Madison’s history in the voice of people of color.
Tue
Aug
14
Madison Magazine earlier this month announced the selection of 31 forward-thinking artists and organizations for its 2018 M List -- which this year is dedicated to highlighting innovation in the arts. And several of those being recognized have current close ties to UW-Madison’s School of Education, including Chris Walker, Simone Doing, Max Puchalsky, Tom Jones, Faisal Abdu'Allah and the Tandem Press.
Tue
Aug
14
UW-Madison’s Simon Goldberg was awarded the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy’s 50th Anniversary Research Grant. The award provides $30,000 in funding and will support Goldberg’s research proposal, “Why do some therapists get better outcomes? Correlates of therapist effects in naturalistic psychotherapy.” Goldberg received his Ph.D. from the Department of Counseling Psychology in 2017 and is an incoming faculty member with the department.
Mon
Aug
13
UW-Madison Professor Emeritus Tom Carpenter, whose student-centered ideas about teaching math to young children from all backgrounds and skill levels helped transform the field of mathematics education for students and teachers, died Aug. 7 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Carpenter was best known for developing Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI), an approach to teaching that taps into how children intuitively think about math. It represents a shift away from memorizing procedures to a more conceptual understanding of math.
Mon
Aug
13
The Wisconsin School of Business is featuring the artwork of several alumni from the School of Education's Art Department in its new Learning Commons area. The alumni whose work is being featured includes Chris Maddox (MFA '16), Stacey Lee Webber (MFA '08), JW Buchanan (BFA '04) and Melissa Buchanan (BFA '04) of Little Friends of Printmaking, Sachi Komai (MFA '03), Marko Spalatin (MFA '71), and James Watrous (BS-Art '31, MA '33, Ph.D. '39).

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