School of Education News

Fri
Oct
27
The School of Education is hosting a series of global education listening sessions for faculty and staff. The Dean's Office in the School is conducting a situation analysis to better understand what is happening around global education in the School and to gather ideas from faculty, staff, and graduate students as to what they would like to see happen in the future.
Thu
Oct
26
UW-Madison's Erica Turner recently published an article with the ​online Journal of Education Policy about the marketing practices of school districts that emphasize the "racial diversity" of their students and schools while attracting new families. "Public schools serve students across ethnic, racial, linguistic, gender, and class lines, but this study asks scholars and practitioners to consider more deeply what it means to value diversity and what relationship diversity has with equity in education, particularly in increasingly marketized educational environments," says Turner, an assistant professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Policy Studies.
Wed
Oct
25
UW-Madison’s Jerlando Jackson will be presented the Alumni Achievement Award from the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University on Friday, Oct. 27. As the highest alumni distinction given by Iowa State’s College of Human Sciences, the Alumni Achievement Award recognizes alumni for meritorious service and/or distinguished achievements in areas such as business and industry, education, family and consumer sciences and health. Jackson is the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and a faculty member with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Mon
Oct
23
Ted and Mary Kellner are adding to their legacy at UW-Madison, and they are doing so in a big way. The Milwaukee-area couple, whose generosity to their alma mater spans the campus, will make a $25 million commitment to the UW as part of the university's current $3.2 billion All Ways Forward comprehensive campaign. Mary Kellner is an alumna of the School of Education, having earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from UW-Madison in 1968.
Mon
Oct
23
If you're interested in studying comparative education in China next summer, apply for a four-week study abroad program led by School of Education Professor Maggie Hawkins. UW Comparative Education in Xian, China gives students many opportunities to learn about Chinese education, meet and get to know Chinese students, and explore the cities of Xian and Beijing. In addition, students will be able to collaborate with Chinese peers and visit schools in order to observe and learn about schooling and teaching.
Fri
Oct
20
The Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity recently put the spotlight on the UW-Madison student organization, Diverse-OT. "The Diverse-OT group at UW-Madison is an excellent example of the power that OT/A students (or educators, and clinicians!) have to make a difference not only in the lives of OT practitioners, but in their communities as well," writes Lauren Jones,the COTAD article author. The Occupational Therapy program is housed within the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology.
Thu
Oct
19
UW-Madison's Paula McAvoy was quoted in an article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about St. Louis teachers who promote social justice in their classrooms. “Where do you see people talking across their differences? You don’t see that in the American public,” McAvoy told the Post-Dispatch. “Schools are a really great place where we might actually be able to teach young people that there’s a value in hearing other people disagree with you." McAvoy is the director of The Discussion Project, and the program director for the Center for Ethics and Education, which is housed within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the School of Education.
Wed
Oct
18
The School of Education's Career Center and MERIT present a new collaborative podcast for students and alumni called "CareerCast," which explores different aspects of the job search. "CareerCast" is a series of podcast episodes that take listeners through the different phases of the job search -- from finding job leads and preparing an elevator pitch to evaluating offers and accepting a position.
Wed
Oct
18
Do you need a new headshot of yourself for a web page, LinkedIn profile, upcoming presentation or some other use? MERIT will be providing upcoming opportunities for faculty and staff with UW-Madison’s School of Education to get a free headshot photo taken in suite 109 of the Teacher Education building, 225 N. Mills St. MERIT will be providing this service on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 30-31, and Thursday and Friday, Nov. 2-3. The photo shoots will take place from noon to 4 p.m. each day, and no appointment is necessary.
Tue
Oct
17
The Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Network (The Network) is hosting a special Grand Challenges meet-up event on Thursday, Oct. 26, titled “Welcoming Immigrant Families and Learners.” The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Virginia Harrison Parlor in Lathrop Hall on the UW-Madison campus, and is being co-hosted with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction. The event will also serve as the launch of the Transform phase of the Grand Challenges initiative.
Tue
Oct
17
UW-Madison's Paula McAvoy was quoted in an article from The Baltimore Sun about how to talk about controversial topics in the classroom. The article details a Baltimore high school principal's mission to teach her students how to be empathetic citizens and discuss controversial topics effectively in a required class titled "Community Citizenship." McAvoy is program director of the Center for Ethics and Education and co-author with Dean Diana Hess of the book, “The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education.”
Tue
Oct
17
UW-Madison undergraduate Karen Lorraine Singer was selected to exhibit two pieces at the Wally Douma Student Art Gallery and awarded a $250 Honorable Mention scholarship for her piece, "The Contents of My Head." Singer is earning a bachelor of fine arts degree with the School of Education's Art Department. The Wally Douma Student Art Gallery is located in the hallways and public spaces on the ninth floor of 333 East Campus Mall.
Mon
Oct
16
A team of researchers, including UW-Madison’s Amy Bellmore, has found that not only is an ethnically diverse school good for students’ cultural appreciation, but it may also be good for their grades. The report is titled, “Early Adolescents’ Peer Experiences with Ethnic Diversity in Middle School: Implications for Academic Outcomes,” and it appears in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. The report found that all students in the study benefited academically from cross-ethnic peer interactions.
Fri
Oct
13
The UW-Madison Dance Department ​and choreographer Chris Walker present "UNMASKED," a collection of works that delves deep into the contemporary art of Caribbean 'mas' that is steeped in West Indian carnival tradition. The concert will feature Walker’s choreography, and performance on stilts, design works by Laura Anderson Barbata and Briana McCarthy, as well as a special guest performance of Makeda Thomas’ “Light” on Oct. 19-20 ​at the Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space in Lathrop Hall.
Fri
Oct
13
The Wisconsin State Journal recently featured a report from the Madison Education Partnership that examines the Madison Metropolitan School District's 4-year-old-kindergarten program enrollment, and how the 4k program helps the district move toward equity. The Madison Education Partnership is a joint research project between the UW-Madison School of Education's Wisconsin Center for Education Research and the MMSD.
Thu
Oct
12
UW-Madison's Jin-Wen Yu presented “Fine, Without Me/You?” in the Dance-Forms 74th International Choreographers' Showcase in August. The performance was part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world. Yu is a professor with the UW-Madison School of Education's Dance Department. Palmer Mathews (BFA, ’17) and Liu Yun-Chen performed the duet, which was “full of finesse with some great partnering,” according to David Mead, writing for Dancing Times.
Thu
Oct
12
UW-Madison's J. Leigh Garcia was featured in the Isthmus newspaper for her artwork in conversation with immigration. Garcia is currently pursuing her master of fine arts degree through the School of Education's Art Department. Garcia's work is one half of the Overture Center's "¿Quiénes somos? (Who Are We?)" exhibition. As a Houston native and a descendant of grandparents who crossed the border illegally in the 1940s, she creates images that explore and call attention to issues that affect undocumented immigrants.
Wed
Oct
11
UW-Madison's Ellie Bruecker authored a policy memo analyzing the fiscal effects of Wisconsin's expanded statewide Parental Choice Program, describing how the voucher program impacts school districts across the state. Bruecker is a Ph.D. student with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Her analysis finds that while the fiscal effects of the program on public school districts are still relatively small, they are likely to grow over time.
Wed
Oct
11
UW-Madison's Jerlando Jackson will give a talk on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the College of William & Mary as part of the institution's Diversity Lecture Series. The talk is titled, "Diversity Prism Imperative: Advancing Organizational Ownership of Disparities in Higher Education." In the talk, Jackson will discuss his new working concept of Diversity Prism Imperative in relation to the changing landscape of student bodies, faculty and staff at colleges and universities in the United States growing more diverse.
Wed
Oct
11
UW-Madison's Arts Institute is currently seeking applications and nominations for the 2018 Awards in the Creative Arts. Each spring, the Institute provides research support to faculty, staff, and students in the arts, recognizes achievements and professional service, and supports future creative endeavors and research. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Nov. 1.

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