School of Education News

Fri
Oct
12
UW-Madison’s Rachelle Winkle-Wagner is the lead author on a paper that was recently published in the American Educational Research Journal that examines expectations placed on black women in higher education. The report is co-authored with Bridget Turner Kelly of the University of Maryland's College of Education, Courtney Luedke of UW-Whitewater and Tangela Blakely Reavis of Tulane University. Luedke and Reavis both earned their doctorates from UW-Madison’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Fri
Oct
12
Education Week recently put out a special report that takes an in-depth look at what skills students need for the workplace and among the range of experts Education Week uses to put this topic in perspective is UW-Madison’s Matthew Hora. He is a research scientist with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) and the director of UW-Madison’s Center for College-Workforce Transitions (CCWT), which is housed within WCER.
Thu
Oct
11
Warrington Colescott, an innovative printmaker and emeritus faculty member with UW-Madison’s Art Department, passed away in September, the New York Times reports. The Times explains how Colescott “deftly navigated the intersection between tragedy and high comedy with biting etchings about civil rights, history, politics and the Internal Revenue Service (which audited him).” He died on Sept. 10 at his farmhouse in Hollandale, Wis., the Times reports, at age 97. Colescott joined UW-Madison in 1949, where he taught painting and printmaking for 37 years, the Times reports.
Wed
Oct
10
The Capital Times newspaper used the cover of its Oct. 3 edition to put the spotlight on four talented artists with ties to the School of Education’s Art Department. The artists being featured are: Anwar Floyd-Pruitt, who recently started his second year with the Art Department’s master of fine arts program; Tomiko Jones, a photographer and new faculty member with the Art Department; Evan Gruzis, an alumnus who earned his BFA from the Art Department in 2002; and Alaura Borealis, who earned an undergraduate degree from the Art Department in 2012.
Wed
Oct
10
UW-Madison’s Ellie Bruecker studies FAFSA completion rates and is a doctoral student with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. When it comes to FAFSA completion rates, Bruecker says, "Wisconsin's got some work to do." Bruecker adds in the USA Today-Network Wisconsin report: "We’ve tracked completion last year and this year, but the patterns we noted in the (2016 study) are pretty consistent. We really haven't done anything to close the gaps in socioeconomic and race."
Tue
Oct
09
UW–Madison senior Gabbie Taschwer and two fellow members of the 2018 USA Water Ski Show Team just became the first female trio ever to perform a triple helicopter spin in competition. The record-setting feat occurred Sept. 8 at the Show Ski World Championships in Ontario, Canada. The three sailed off a ski jump, spun 360 degrees in the air, and stuck the landing. Taschwer is earning her undergraduate degree from the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology.
Mon
Oct
08
UW-Madison’s Robert Enright is a professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. He is not — he is sure to emphasize — a physician. So how did Enright become involved with a study to prolong remissions for patients with the blood cancer, multiple myeloma? Enright will be discussing his groundbreaking work on forgiveness at the UW Carbone Cancer Center's annual fall conference. This year's focus will be the unique challenges faced by young adults with cancer.
Fri
Oct
05
Kate Corby's duet "Passing," performed last week as part of the 2018 Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, was reviewed by Lauren Warnecke for See Chicago Dance. Warnecke describes the duet as a "sort of purgatory" which plagues the dancers as they battle through a "beautiful boxing match." She writes that the pairing of dancers Erin Kilmurray and Mikey Rioux is "organic and natural" and refers to the piece as "a divine comedy." Corby is an associate professor and chair of the School of Education’s Dance Department.
Fri
Oct
05
Inside Higher Ed recently reported on the new “myStudentAid” mobile app that’s designed to help more applicants finish the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). And among the experts the digital media outlet used in putting this topic in perspective is UW-Madison’s Ellie Bruecker, a doctoral student with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Bruecker notes that she doesn’t expect the mobile app to move the needle for FAFSA completion among low-income students and students of color -- those who are most in need of federal assistance.
Thu
Oct
04
WISCAPE has released a new policy brief highlighting the effects of performance funding on various types of credential completions at community colleges.
Thu
Oct
04
The Wisconsin State Journal recently posted a report about Breathe For Change (B4C), a Madison-based company that’s designed to enhance the health and well-being of teachers, students and school communities through yoga, mindfulness and social-emotional learning. Breathe for Change was founded by Ilana Nankin, who earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2016.
Wed
Oct
03
UW-Madison's David Williamson Shaffer has developed a new research method, known as quantitative ethnography, to tease out rich, real-time insights buried in the digital records we all generate on a daily basis. The tool weaves the study of culture with statistics to help understand human behavior. Shaffer is the university's Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Learning Sciences and is a faculty member with the School of Education's No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. He will deliver a presentation, "The Importance of Meaning: Going Beyond Mixed Methods to Turn Big Data into Real Understanding," at Union South on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from noon to 1 p.m.
Tue
Oct
02
The work of UW-Madison’s Elizabeth Graue was recently showcased in a “Research Minutes” podcast hosted on the CPRE Knowledge Hub website. As states increasingly call for standards-based Pre-K programs, teachers and administrators often struggle to balance traditional child development practice with external standards and policies. Graue is the lead author of a new, multi-state, comparative case study titled "What Guides Pre-K Programs?" In the podcast, Graue discusses her findings and their implications for Pre-K administrators, teachers and policymakers.
Mon
Oct
01
Seven critically acclaimed and award-winning performers ages 50-and-above are joining together to present “Dancing on the Ceiling.” This series of original solos highlights the mastery of these mature, renowned artists who bring nuance, subtlety and a rich sense of humanity to each work, often with witty and wry points of view. Performances take place on Friday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 13 at 2:30 p.m., both in Lathrop Hall’s Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space. This concert is being co-presented by UW-Madison’s Dance Department and Li Chiao-Ping Dance.
Sun
Sep
30
UW-Madison’s Cidgem Unal was honored earlier this month at the 14th annual Rhumba 4 Rainbow benefit to support The Rainbow Project. Unal was recognized on Friday, Sept. 21, at Union South as one of the organization’s “Extra Mile Award Winners.” She is director of UW-Madison’s Office of Child Care and Family Resources, which is administratively housed within the School of Education.
Sat
Sep
29
The Isthmus newspaper recently highlighted the First Nations Cultural Landscape Tours on the UW-Madison campus, which are led by the School of Education's Aaron Bird Bear. Bird Bear and Omar Poler, UW-Madison’s American Indian Curriculum Services coordinator, lead groups on about 80 tours per year. “Once you go on the tour, you can’t unsee the landscape,” Bird Bear tells Isthmus. “It permanently alters your perception of this place.”
Fri
Sep
28
UW-Madison’s Andrea Ruppar and Bonnie Doren were recently awarded a grant from the Spencer Foundation to examine ways to help rural school districts better support special education teachers. Ruppar and Doren are faculty members with the School of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education. Their funding is being provided via the Spencer Foundation’s small research grants program​.
Thu
Sep
27
UW-Madison’s alumni magazine, On Wisconsin, recently put the spotlight on the Trans Research Lab, which is led by the School of Education’s Stephanie Budge. This lab is noteworthy, On Wisconsin reports, for its specialized focus on health outcomes for transgender people. Budge, an associate professor with the Department of Counseling Psychology, is both the founder and the director of the lab.
Wed
Sep
26
UW-Madison’s Percival Matthews is the principal investigator on a new National Science Foundation (NSF) grant that’s designed to examine ways to promote equal sign knowledge among school children. The researchers will test the effectiveness of brief episodes of instruction over the course of a semester to build children’s understanding of the equal sign and associated gains in algebraic thinking. Participants in the research will be elementary- and middle- school students.
Wed
Sep
26
Are you looking for career opportunities that allow you to leverage your study abroad experiences, foreign language skills, international work/internship experience or intercultural competence? The School of Education’s Global Higher Education master’s degree program is helping host a free event on Tuesday, Oct. 2, titled “Pathways to Careers in International Higher Education.” The event runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Education Building’s Wisconsin Idea Room (room 159). Participants will learn more about the growing field of international higher education by meeting with UW-Madison alumni and faculty who will demystify what it takes to get a job in the field.

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