School of Education News

Tue
Oct
30
UW-Madison’s Megan Schliesman recently accepted the Lee Burress Intellectual Freedom Award from the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English (WCTE) at the organization’s annual conference in Madison. Schliesman is a librarian with the School of Education’s Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC). In that role, she oversees the CCBC’s Intellectual Freedom Information Service that responds to any teachers or librarians in the state who are facing a challenge to a book they have in their classroom or that’s in a school or public library. This is a free, confidential service, and Wisconsin is the only state in the U.S. that provides such a service.
Mon
Oct
29
UW-Madison’s Brittany Travers recently secured a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) for a research project titled, “Brainstem Contributions to Sensorimotor and Core Symptoms in Children with ASD.” Travers is an assistant professor with the School of Education and the Department of Kinesiology’s occupational therapy program. Earlier this year, she was appointed as the Carla and Michael Austin Occupational Therapy Faculty Fellow. Travers heads the Motor and Brain Development Lab within the university’s Waisman Center.
Mon
Oct
29
The Secondary Education and English as a Second Language (ESL) Certification Master’s program is for people looking to move into the teaching profession or for recent undergraduates starting their first career. Previous education courses are not required, but experience working with youth is preferred. In this dual-certification program, students select one subject area in which to specialize: English, social studies, science, or mathematics. In just two summers and one academic year, they are certified to teach in their chosen subject area at the high school or middle school level and to teach in the high-demand field of ESL.
Fri
Oct
26
In her latest "Under the Law" column for Phi Delta Kappan magazine, UW-Madison's Julie Underwood takes a look at how circuit courts have varied in their interpretations of the legal standard for identifying the best classroom placement for a child with disabilities. Underwood is the Susan Engeleiter Professor of Education Law, Policy and Practice, and the former dean of the School of Education.
Fri
Oct
26
A Noldus.com blog recently put the spotlight on a publication co-authored by UW-Madison’s Karla Ausderau and her team of students. Ausderau is an assistant professor with the School of Education and the Department of Kinesiology’s occupational therapy program. The blog post notes how children with autism are often very selective eaters, which can make mealtime complex. The post goes on to note various ways to support participation during mealtimes, and highlights research conducted by Ausderau and students Jessie Muesbeck, Brittany St. John and Shannon Kant.
Thu
Oct
25
Jazz tap artist Katherine Kramer will be in residence during the week of Monday, Oct. 29, with UW-Madison’s Dance Department. Kramer's residency will focus on exploring democracy in tap dance/jazz music, and will feature events that are free and open to the public.
Thu
Oct
25
The Discussion Project is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2019 cohort. This initiative is a professional development program for UW-Madison faculty and teaching staff, and is designed to help participants: Learn to create inclusive classroom climates; develop discussion strategies for both small and large groups; improve facilitation skills; contemplate discussion evaluation and assessment; consider ethical issues related to classroom discussion; and learn about ways to assess discussion.
Thu
Oct
25
The UW-Madison Art Department is hosting its annual MFA (master of fine arts) Open Studio Day on Saturday, Nov. 10. Artists will be on hand to meet and discuss their work from noon to 6 p.m. This event is being held at both the Art Lofts Studios, 111 N. Frances St., and on the sixth and seventh floors of the Humanities Building, 544 N. Park St. Open Studio Day features artist talks, workshops and art sales to find unique gifts. The event is free and open to the public.
Wed
Oct
24
CNN recently posted an in-depth report examining the efforts of a young activist in New Jersey to bring attention to the lack of diversity in children’s books. And among the experts CNN turns to in an effort to put this topic in perspective is UW-Madison’s Kathleen Horning, who heads the School of Education's Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC). The CCBC has tracked diversity, or the lack thereof, in children's books for more than three decades.
Wed
Oct
24
Three people with ties to UW-Madison’s physical education teacher education program are co-presenting a session on Friday, Oct. 26 at the Wisconsin Health and Physical Education Convention. The presentation is titled, “Building Relationships to Teach All Students,” and it is being delivered by Dan Timm, Chandra Anderson and Jessica Landergott.
Tue
Oct
23
The Center for Research on Early Childhood Education, also known by the acronym CRECE (Spanish for “it grows” and pronounced “cray-say”), is launching at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) within the School of Education. CRECE will support cross-disciplinary research, critical policy analyses, high-impact teacher education, professional development for current and next-generation early childhood education researchers, and outreach to the early childhood community.
Tue
Oct
23
UW-Madison’s Clifton Conrad recently spoke with Wallethub.com for a report examining university rankings, school quality and costs. Conrad is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor, a faculty member with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and the faculty director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE).
Mon
Oct
22
After collaborating with educators and students from across the state, Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) Education has released a new online video game, “Jo Wilder and the Capitol Case,” that encourages students to experience history as they discover it for themselves. The game is set in and around the Wisconsin State Capitol, and assists educators in teaching history while engaging students as “history detectives” to immerse them in the action. The game, which is free, was produced by WPT Education and Field Day Lab, an educational game developer within UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), along with a cohort of teachers and students from around the state.
Fri
Oct
19
Seven students from across UW-Madison — including two from the School of Education — have been selected as recipients of the highly competitive Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Awards. Diana Famakinwa, who is being advised by Lesley Bartlett, will examine, "Africa’s secret weapon — A case study of diaspora engagement in Nigerian higher education.” And Choua Xiong, who is being advised by Stacey Lee, is studying, “Activating Hmongness in Thai Schools – Hmong Negotiation of Citizenship and Belonging in Northern Thailand.”
Thu
Oct
18
The Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) recently announced its annual award winners leading up to the organization’s 2018 conference, and two faculty members with UW-Madison’s School of Education are receiving significant recognition. Jerlando Jackson is receiving the CEP Mildred García Award for Exemplary Scholarship (Senior), while Nicholas Hillman will be recognized with the CPPHE Excellence in Public Policy in Higher Education (Individual) Award. The 43rd annual ASHE Conference runs Nov. 15 to 17 at the Tampa, Florida, Marriott Waterside Hotel, with the awards ceremony taking place on Friday evening, Nov. 16.
Wed
Oct
17
Inside UW-Madison recently put the spotlight on the School of Education’s Simon Goldberg in the latest installment of its “New Faculty Focus” segment, a Q&A feature that highlights new faculty members across campus. Goldberg is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology, and he is an affiliate with the university’s Center for Healthy Minds. Goldberg explains that he “fell in love” with meditation in college, struck by its simple yet powerful techniques. His focus has expanded to include mental health in military veterans.
Wed
Oct
17
Three people with ties to UW-Madison’s Dance Department each presented work at the recently completed DUMBO Dance Festival in New York. Lyndsay Lewis, who earned her undergraduate degree from the department in 2017, plus Assistant Professor Marlene Skog and Professor Jin-Wen Yu, took part in the event, which ran Oct. 11-14 at the Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Tue
Oct
16
Wisconsin Life recently produced an in-depth look at the remarkable work of UW-Madison’s Helen Lee, who is a master glassblower. Lee is a faculty member with the School of Education’s Art Department, where she heads the university’s highly regarded Glass Lab. “Glass has this really alien behavior,” muses Lee. “How do you interact with something that’s changing its behavior as you work with it? It’s just really captivating to me.” The report explains how Lee’s glass artwork has been exhibited across the globe and how growing up bilingual, much of her work explores language.
Mon
Oct
15
The School of Education’s Andy Garbacz is one of 10 people from across the UW-Madison campus to be named to a new Morgridge Fellows program. The Morgridge Center for Public Service is launching this new professional development program to further institutionalize and support community engaged scholarship at the university. Garbacz is an assistant professor with the Department of Educational Psychology whose research focuses on developing and testing family centered and family-school partnership interventions to promote children’s social behavioral competencies and reduce the risk of later problem behavior.
Mon
Oct
15
UW-Madison’s Department of Kinesiology is welcoming John Raglin to campus on Oct. 25 to deliver the annual William P. Morgan Lecture. Raglin is the director of graduate studies in the Department of Kinesiology at Indiana University-Bloomington. His research has examined psychological factors associated with performance in athletes. In addition, Raglin’s writings focus on methodological issues in sport and exercise psychology research, with a specific emphasis on the placebo effect.

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