School of Education News

Wed
May
23
Have you heard of ALTELLA? It’s a new project at WCER that helps states develop federally mandated assessments for English language learners with significant cognitive disabilities, a K-12 population largely overlooked in the U.S.
Wed
May
23
Learn what Madison Education Partnership (MEP) researchers discovered about excused and unexcused absences in Madison’s public schools. MEP is the research-practice partnership between the UW–Madison School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) and MMSD.
Thu
May
17
The National Academy of Education (NAEd) on May 17 announced the recipients of the 2018 NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral and Dissertation Fellowships, and four scholars from UW-Madison are receiving support. Walter Stern, an assistant professor with the Department of Educational Policy Studies, is receiving a Postdoctoral Fellowship, while Ph.D. students Gwen Baxley, Giselle Martinez Negrette and Stacy Priniski ​are being awarded Dissertation Fellowships. These prestigious fellowships provide funding and professional development to early-career researchers whose projects address critical issues in the history, theory or practice of formal or informal education, at the national and international levels.
Thu
May
17
UW-Madison’s Mitchell Nathan and Sadhana Puntambekar each were recently elected as a Fellow of the International Society of Learning Sciences (ISLS). Both are faculty members with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology, and the honor is in recognition of their “substantial contributions to the learning sciences.”
Tue
May
15
UW-Madison's Julie Underwood will speak at the "Keeping the 'Public' in Public Schools," forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Dane County on June 6. Underwood is the Susan Engeleiter Professor of Education Law, Policy, and Practice, and the former dean of the School of Education. Underwood will be discussing the many changes afoot in Wisconsin education policy, including expanding voucher programs and the changes in state funding over the last few budget cycles.
Thu
May
10
UW-Madison's Walter Stern was quoted in a story from Wisconsin Public Television's WisContext addressing parallels between recent gun control student marches and historical examples of student activism. Stern is an assistant professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Policy Studies. Student activism is a topic Stern is researching and exploring in his current course, "The History of Student Activism." In the WPT report, Stern specifically draws parallels between current gun control student marches and Selma marches during the civil rights-era.
Wed
May
09
WISCAPE, hosted its inaugural summit, Educating a Diverse Wisconsin, on April 26 at Dejope Residence Hall at UW-Madison.
Wed
May
09
UW-Madison announced that 18 students have been selected to receive grants through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2018-2019 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. And among those receiving this prestigious honor is the School of Education’s Britta Pigorsch, who earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education and political science. Pigorsch is one of eight UW-Madison finalists to be awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants for English Teaching Assistantships. Pigorsch will be taking her talents to the Netherlands with this Fulbright award.
Tue
May
08
The Grand Challenges initiative developed in UW–Madison’s School of Education, which aims to ignite cross-disciplinary innovation, has awarded grants to four projects that display the potential to transform lives by supporting young people and families in Wisconsin. “I am so excited about how the Grand Challenges initiative has provided support for our faculty and staff to work in collaboration with community organizations and others from across UW–Madison to develop new interdisciplinary teams,” says School of Education Dean Diana Hess.
Tue
May
08
Video from ​​​the recent panel discussion, Supporting Hmong Students at UW-Madison, which was hosted by the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), is now available on the WISCAPE YouTube channel.
Tue
May
08
UW-Madison's Office of Child Care and Family Resources (OCCFR) is hosting its 21st annual Jazzin’ event, which includes a silent auction, raffle, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and live jazz music from the Lynette Margulies Quintet. The event will take place on Thursday, May 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gordon Dining and Event Center. This event is OCCFR’s primary fundraiser, with ticket sales, silent auction proceeds, and the raffle helping to offset increasing operational costs at five campus early care and education centers and to provide honoraria for campus teachers.
Mon
May
07
UW-Madison's Julie Underwood examines the Supreme Court Janus case and its implications for teachers unions in her latest "Under the Law" column for Phi Delta Kappan magazine. "Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees," concerns the issue of whether mandatory fair share fees are constitutional in public employment contracts. "Although the parties are neither educators nor schools, this case is of interest to all unions who represent public workers, including teachers and other public school employees. It boils down to whether the government, as an employer, can require nonunion workers to contribute to the union," Underwood writes in her explanation.
Fri
May
04
Four talented undergraduates from UW-Madison were recently recognized during the American Physiological Society’s Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego. Alexandra Carl, Karly Katchen, Rachel Harradine and Caitlin Jarrard each were 2018 Barbara A. Horwitz and John M. Horowitz Outstanding Undergraduate Abstract Awardees. These awards are presented annually to undergraduate students presenting their research at the April 21-25 Experimental Biology event. Carl, Katchen and Jarrard also were awarded the Excellence in Undergraduate Research Awards based on their oral presentations.
Fri
May
04
Research from UW-Madison's Nick Hillman was cited by the St. Louis NAACP about performance-based public funding for universities in Missouri. The St. Louis NAACP said in a news release that Missouri is underfunding its two historically black institutions, Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis and Lincoln University in Jefferson City. In his research cited by the NAACP, Hillman reported that the Missouri universities that have seen the lowest budgetary gains over the last 40 years are the universities with higher percentages of black students and students receiving financial need-based Pell Grants.
Fri
May
04
UW-Madison alumna Margery Amdur will serve as a visiting resident artist at the University of Latvia and lead a student workshop titled "Making Meaning." Amdur earned her master of fine arts degree from the School of Education’s Art Department in 1982. She is currently a professor of art at Rutgers University–Camden. Over the course of the non-media specific workshop, students will challenge their sense of how and why they make art in the way they do, be encouraged to work beyond the scope of the workshop, and emphasize creative risk-taking.
Thu
May
03
UW-Madison’s Walter Stern has spent most of his academic career focusing on the historical intersection of race and education in the urban United States. And in May his new book, “Race and Education in New Orleans: Creating the Segregated City, 1764-1960,” was officially released. “I hope my historical work shines a light on how deeply rooted these disparities are and how they’ve been reinforced over long periods of time,” says Stern, whose research interests developed out of his experiences teaching public high school in Mississippi, covering education for a daily newspaper in Georgia and working as a consultant for multiple education initiatives in Louisiana. “This look back helps us better understand just how bold new strategies will need to be in order to undo such an entrenched and unequal system.”
Thu
May
03
A film from UW-Madison's Kate Corby, "Hungars Beach," was shown at two dance film festivals during the past two months. Corby is an associate professor with the School of Education's Dance Department. “Hungars Beach” is about a woman suffering the loss of her brother. On March 25, there was a screening of "Hungars Beach" ​during the 2018 Tiny Dance Film Festival in San Francisco, California. On April 19, "Hungars Beach" was shown as part of the 2018 Jacksonville Dance Film Festival in Jacksonville, Florida.
Wed
May
02
The Phi Kappa Phi, Chapter 021 at ​UW-Madison, has inducted 142 students into membership at its 98th Phi Kappa Phi Induction Ceremony. The ceremony was held on April 22 in Tripp Commons, Memorial Union. The keynote speaker was David Danaher, professor of Slavic studies in the Department of German, Nordic and Slavic. Honorary membership was granted to three UW-Madison Professors, including the School of Education's Nicholas Hillman. In addition, graduate students Jessie Nixon and Giselle Martinez Negeette received Zillman Summer Research Fellowships.
Wed
May
02
UW-Madison alumna Melanie Gehrke's craft kit business, The Mad Makery, was featured by Madison Magazine. Gehrke earned her bachelor's degree in Art Education from the UW-Madison School of Education in 2008. The Mad Makery helps give other people a sense of accomplishment through do-it-yourself craft kits that Gehrke makes herself. “I think especially in today’s age, everything is so digital and online,” she says. “I think for a lot of people (working with your hands) takes you kind of outside of yourself for a moment,” Gehrke told Madison Magazine. “You’re not worried about everything else that’s going on in your life.”
Tue
May
01
The student organization Diverse-OT was awarded the 2018 Bucky Award for the "Best New Student Organization." The Occupational Therapy program is housed within the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology. The award is given to a student organization that was founded within the last three years, and awarded due to member participation, its successes, and the contributions it has brought to campus and the surrounding community.

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