School of Education News

Fri
Sep
08
During his undergraduate years at UW–Whitewater, Kyree Brooks increasingly sought to use his platform as a student leader to improve race relations. Now the Milwaukee native is a first-year graduate student with UW–Madison’s School of Education. He’s pursuing a master’s degree in special education. In his research, which he began as an undergraduate at UW–Whitewater as part of the McNair Scholars program, Brooks studies the impact of television viewing on children with autism.
Fri
Sep
08
An exhibition by UW-Madison's Fred Stonehouse is running through Sept. 15 at the Union Art Gallery in Milwaukee. Stonehouse is a professor with the School of Education's Art Department. Stonehouse's solo exhibit, titled "The Language of Memory," depicts characters who are trying to communicate and want to connect, through a group of paintings and works on paper. The exhibit's closing ceremony will be on Friday, Sept. 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. Stonehouse will give an artist talk at 7 p.m.
Thu
Sep
07
UW-Madison's Michael Velliquette has an upcoming solo exhibition that will run from Sept. 15 through Oct. 14 at the Tony Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee. Velliquette is a faculty associate with the School of Education's Art Department. The exhibit is titled "Beginner's Mind" and refers to living without preconception, embodied by the "skillfully simple posture" Velliquette uses in this work. In this project, Velliquette forms complex three-dimensional shapes by hand-cutting and assembling small, simple paper shapes.
Thu
Sep
07
UW-Madison's Laura Minero was featured in a story from the Wisconsin State Journal about the Trump administration's plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and what that means for her work, research and sense of security. Minero is a Ph.D. student with the School of Education's Department of Counseling Psychology.
Thu
Sep
07
UW-Madison's Julie Underwood has published her latest "Under the Law" column for the September issue of Kappan magazine examining several recent Supreme Court cases that will affect K-12 education. Underwood is the Susan Engeleiter Professor of Education Law, Policy, and Practice at UW-Madison, and the former dean of the School of Education. The court cases Underwood covers touch on many important issues facing K-12 education, such as special education, free speech and gender equity.
Wed
Sep
06
The Cap Times Idea Fest is coming to campus Sept. 16-17, and among the featured speakers at this inaugural event is the School of Education’s Gloria Ladson-Billings. Promotional material associated with the Idea Fest refer to the event as “two days of lively discussions and engaging conversations with leaders -– more than 60 in all -– from the realms of politics, the economy, education, journalism and culture.” Ladson-Billings is delivering a presentation at 12:40 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, called “Education and children of color –- a conversation with Gloria Ladson-Billings.” Her talk will be moderated by Capital Times reporter Amber Walker.
Tue
Sep
05
UW-Madison’s Xueli Wang and Amy Prevost are co-authors of a chapter examining contextualized math courses that appears in the summer 2017 issue of the “New Directions for Community Colleges,” a series that covers current trends in the field of community college education. The chapter from Wang and Prevost is titled, “A Researcher–Practitioner Partnership on Remedial Math Contextualization in Career and Technical Education Programs.”
Mon
Sep
04
School of Education alumna Dee Willems was recently featured in the fall issue of On Wisconsin magazine, the UW-Madison alumni publication. Willems became the UW Marching Band’s first woman drum major in 1989. “I figured if it was going to happen eventually, it might as well be me,” says Willems. Willems earned her undergraduate degree in Spanish Education in 1990 and a master’s from the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1996. On Wisconsin reports that Willems today teaches middle-school Spanish in Wisconsin Rapids.
Fri
Sep
01
UW-Madison alumna Ebony Flowers has received a 2017 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award. Flowers earned both her master's degree (2012) and Ph.D. (2016) from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and is a prose writer and cartoonist. Her work focuses on the intersection of family, place and belonging. The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award is given annually to six women writers. The awards are $30,000 each, and are meant to aid women who "demonstrate excellence and promise" by offering financial support and encouragement.
Thu
Aug
31
The cover story for the Sept. 4, 2017, print edition of Time magazine is headlined, "How Kids’ Sports Became a $15 Billion Industry.” The article explains: “Across the nation, kids of all skill levels, in virtually every team sport, are getting swept up by a youth-sports economy that increasingly resembles the pros at increasingly early ages." Not only is the financial cost to parents high, but there are also potential health concerns. Time explains: "In a study published in the May issue of American Journal of Sports Medicine, University of Wisconsin researchers found that young athletes who participated in their primary sport for more than eight months in a year were more likely to report overuse injuries.” That study was led by several researchers with ties to the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology.
Thu
Aug
31
UW-Madison’s Laura Minero recently received a grant from the Latino Center for Leadership Development (LCLD) to conduct a study titled, “Impact of Detention Proceedings and Solitary Confinement of Latinx UndocuTrans Populations.” Minero is a Ph.D. student with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology. Minero was also selected to be the APAGS Advocacy Coordinator for the North Central region from 2017-19.
Wed
Aug
30
UW-Madison alumna Susan Solie Patterson and her husband James Patterson, the award-winning and best-selling mystery and children's book author, appeared on NBC’s the “Today Show” Tuesday morning to talk about their new book for children, "Big Words for Little Geniuses." Susan Solie Patterson, an alumna of the School of Education's Art Department, said "Ever since I got my master of fine arts degree from Wisconsin, I’ve wanted to write a children’s book.”
Wed
Aug
30
Scholars from across the United States and Europe will be meeting on the UW-Madison campus Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 for a conference titled, “Theory and Data in Curriculum, History and Educational Studies.” The annual event, which rotates between Stanford University, the University of Vienna and UW-Madison, is being hosted this summer by the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Wed
Aug
30
What if kindness, attention and gratitude were taught in schools just like math, history and reading? Today they can be, as UW–Madison's Center for Healthy Minds is releasing its free mindfulness-based “Kindness Curriculum,” a 12-week program designed for teachers to implement with their preschoolers. Focusing on a range of themes — from encouraging kids to distinguish how emotions make them feel on the inside and outside, to acts of kindness and forgiveness ­— the curriculum includes scripts, activities, parent letters and instructions for implementing each lesson.
Tue
Aug
29
UW-Madison’s Kathleen Horning recently spoke with Indian Country Today for a report that examines the lack of Native representation in children’s books. Horning is director of the School of Education's Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC), which conducts an annual study on the amount of diversity, and lack thereof, in children's books.
Mon
Aug
28
The Christian Science Monitor recently published an article that puts the spotlight on a range of success stories that have come out of the Northport Apartments, a Section 8 housing development on Madison’s East Side. Among the people interviewed for the report is UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings, who holds the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education.
Fri
Aug
25
In an effort to better connect her education research with people outside the realm of academia, UW-Madison’s Martina Rau recently launched a video blog, or vlog, called, “Learning with Visuals.” Rau directs the Learning Representations and Technology Lab on campus, which studies how educational technologies can best support student learning with visuals. She also is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology, and holds an affiliate appointment in the Department of Computer Sciences.
Wed
Aug
23
UW-Madison’s School of Education is welcoming five new faculty members to campus as the 2017-18 academic year approaches. Those across the School are invited to meet the new faculty members -- and catch up with old friends -- on Thursday, Aug. 31 when the School of Education hosts its annual Welcome Back Bash. Stop by after lunch to enjoy some Babcock ice cream, with the event running from 12:30 to 2 p.m. outside on the Education Building’s North Plaza. If it rains, the welcome event will be moved inside to the Education Building’s Morgridge Commons. A brief program, including remarks from Dean Diana Hess, begins at 1:30 p.m. Concurrently from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., the School of Education’s Grand Challenges initiative will be holding a poster fair.
Tue
Aug
22
A recent report from Andy Baggot of UWBadgers.com puts a spotlight on the service learning aspects of a class offered through the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology. The course, "Kinesiology 508: Lifestyle Redesign and Health Promotion for College Students," is led by Elizabeth Larson, an associate professor with the Department of Kinesiology’s Occupational Therapy Program.
Mon
Aug
21
The Atlantic earlier this month posted a report headlined, “Why Men Are the New College Minority." And among the experts the publication reached out to in an effort to put this nuanced topic in perspective is Jerlando Jackson, UW-Madison's Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education. Jackson is a faculty member with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and is the director and chief research scientist at Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory.

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