School of Education News

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.
Fri
Aug
18
The work of UW-Madison's Robert Enright, who has pioneered the study of forgiveness in locations across the globe for three decades, was recently featured in an article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Enright is a a professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology.
Thu
Aug
17
Experience the magic of the WIDA 2017 Annual Conference. A conference by teachers for teachers. This is the largest event dedicated to administrators and educators in any capacity that support pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade language learners. WIDA 2017 Annual Conference logoUnder the theme, “United in Purpose, Unique in Practice,” the conference takes place Oct. 16-19 at the Tampa (Fla.) Convention Center.
Wed
Aug
16
UW-Madison’s Rachelle Winkle-Wagner co-authored a recent paper that was published in the July issue of the Journal of College Student Development. The paper is titled, “Encouraged or Weeded Out: Perspectives of Students of Color in the STEM Disciplines on Faculty Interactions.” In particular, the study examines the different experiences of students of color pursuing STEM degrees at historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) versus predominantly white institutions (PWI). As the paper explains: "The findings suggest that students at PWIs felt as if faculty attempted to 'weed them out' of STEM disciplines, whereas students at HBCUs reported feeling encouraged and well socialized to enter STEM disciplines. There are important lessons from this data on how to better support Students of Color in STEM disciplines."
Tue
Aug
15
Education Dive earlier this month posted an interesting report headlined, “Nearly half of prospective college students don’t expect to graduate.” And among the experts EducationDive.com turns to in an effort to put this topic in perspective is Jerlando Jackson, UW-Madison’s Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education.
Tue
Aug
15
“At Play in the Cosmos,” an educational video game developed at UW-Madison, is the winner of the Third Annual Mashable + Games for Change People’s Choice Award. This new educational resource for introductory college astronomy received the highest number of online votes among the 11 games nominated in the category. Gear Learning, part of the School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research, developed the game in partnership with publisher W.W. Norton & Company.
Mon
Aug
14
Video from ​the ​July 26 ​panel discussion, "The Wisconsin 2017-19 Biennial Budget: Implications for Higher Education," hosted by the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), is now available on the WISCAPE YouTube channel.
Thu
Aug
10
While many UW–Madison students spend their summers taking classes in Madison or staying at home with family, others choose to do something a little more out of the ordinary: study abroad. And among those studying overseas was fifth-year senior Jesús Galvan, who is majoring in kinesiology with the School of Education. Galvan, who is from Belvidere, Ill., spent three weeks in Argentina and three weeks in Uruguay visiting different government based agencies and health care departments.
Tue
Aug
08
UW-Madison’s Tyler Hook recently authored a report that examines the Partnership Schools for Liberia pilot project. Hook is a Ph.D. student with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. The report is titled, “Partnership Schools for Liberia: a critical review,” and it includes revisions by Nancy Kendall, an associate professor with the Department of Educational Policy Studies.
Mon
Aug
07
UW-Madison’s Carmen Valdez was recently awarded two new grants to support the expansion, implementation and further evaluation of the Fortalezas Familiares initiative. Fortalezas Familiares, or Family Strengths, was first piloted by Valdez and her team in 2010 and today is a 14-week, multi-family intervention for Latina immigrant mothers with depression, other family caregivers and their children. This latest round of funding will enable Valdez and her team to conduct a pilot trial of the program with Latino families in Madison and Milwaukee schools.
Fri
Aug
04
UW-Madison’s Kelli Koltyn is leading a team of researchers that recently received funding from the National Institutes of Health to conduct a study titled “Translating a ‘Stand Up and Move More’ Intervention by State Aging Units to Older Adults in Underserved Communities.” “The Stand Up and Move More” intervention consists of four weekly sessions, plus a refresher session at eight weeks. It will be delivered by community partners in Dane, Iowa, Rock and Vilas counties in Wisconsin.
Thu
Aug
03
UW-Madison’s Morgan Sinnard recently received a 2017 American Psychological Association (APA) Student Engagement Award from APA’s Division 44, the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues. Sinnard is a Ph.D. student with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology. She received this honor for her research and activism on topics related to transgender individuals. The award is helping fund her travel to the APA Convention, which runs Aug. 3-6 in Washington, D.C.

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