School of Education News

Wed
Aug
02
UW-Madison alumna Erin Ruzicka Trondson earlier this year tied for first place for the 2017 Outstanding Thesis Award given annually by the American Montessori Society (AMS). Trondson completed her master’s degree and research with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her Master's thesis is titled: “Montessori Education & Social Justice: Overlap, Potential, & Areas for Growth.”
Tue
Aug
01
UW-Madison's Li-Ching Ho recently authored a commentary for Channel NewsAsia headlined, “How should Singapore teachers manage issues of race in the classroom?” Li-Ching, a faculty member with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, explores whether students should be encouraged to discuss controversial issues related to race in the classroom -- and what’s stopping teachers from doing so.
Mon
Jul
31
A team of researchers from UW-Madison authored a new study that adds to the evidence that specializing in one sport may increase the risk of a range of injuries for high school athletes. The study is titled, “A Prospective Study on the Effect of Sport Specialization on Lower Extremity Injury Rates in High School Athletes,” and it appears in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Timothy McGuine, who earned his master’s degree from the Department of Kinesiology in 1986 and today is a senior scientist and the research coordinator for the UW Health Sports Medicine Center, is the lead author on a paper. Co-authors include: Eric Post and Stephanie Trigsted, Ph.D. students with the Department of Kinesiology; and David Bell, an assistant professor with the department.
Fri
Jul
28
UW-Madison's James Pederson was chosen as a Juror's Selection Winner of the 2016 New American Painting Master of Fine Arts Annual Competition. Pederson is a master of fine arts candidate with the School of Education's Art Department. This year, the New American Painting MFA Annual Competition received more than 800 applicants from 112 different master's of fine arts programs.
Thu
Jul
27
WISCAPE's Noel Radomski was quoted in a Wisconsin State Journal article ​​that highlights increasing interest, including among state lawmakers and a UW System official, in recruiting ​campus leaders from outside of academia.
Thu
Jul
27
During the Art Department's one-week "Summer Studio: Introduction to College Art" course for high school artists, students experimented with woodcut relief and flameworking, with instruction provided by master of fine arts students Teddy Benson and Heather Sutherland. The high school artists took museum field trips, campus tours, made studio visits with art faculty, interviewed a glass scientist in the Chemistry Department, learned basic exhibition skills, installed their work in Gallery 7 and hosted an Open House for parents, friends, and faculty. The Art Department is housed within UW-Madison’s School of Education.
Wed
Jul
26
A new video game developed by UW-Madison's Gear Learning called "At Play in the Cosmos" is up for a national award that honors educational games. Gear Learning is housed within the School of Education's Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Although the alpha version of "At Play in the Cosmos" has yet to launch, the game is already starting to receive a lot of attention, including a nomination for "best learning game" of the year from the group Games for Change. In the game, players use astronomy principles to explore and learn about the universe by piloting ships, collecting data on stars and supernovae, looking for resources and avoiding attacks.
Tue
Jul
25
UW-Madison alumna Carrie Coon received an Emmy nomination for her role in "Fargo." Coon received a master of fine arts in acting from UW-Madison's Department of Theatre and Drama in 2006. The department today is housed within the School of Education. Coon has also starred in, among other productions, the film "Gone Girl," the TV series "The Leftovers" and was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Mon
Jul
24
At the inaugural "Teacher Speakout!," rural education issues were front and center. Find out what happened when nine teachers from seven rural schools in Wisconsin came together with education researchers, graduate students, state legislators and policymakers.
Fri
Jul
21
UW-Madison's Eleni Schirmer authored an article for ESPN.com about athlete Venus Williams' perseverance on and off the tennis court. Schirmer is a doctoral student with the School of Education's departments of Educational Policy Studies and Curriculum and Instruction. Williams has faced not only racism from tennis fans, the media and the tennis establishment, but has also dealt with struggles off the court, such as an autoimmune disease. Writes Schirmer: "But what others see as a wall, Williams sees as a target. This is not only her success -- it's her method. Williams can't control where history has drawn lines, both on and off the court, but she can determine how hard she rushes past them."
Fri
Jul
21
UW-Madison alumna Angelina E. Castagno recently founded a business titled Just Perspective, LLC. Castagno earned a Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Policy Studies in 2006. Another Educational Policy Studies alumna, Sarah Robert, is also affiliated with the company. Just Perspective, LLC offers customized diversity education, equity consulting, and program evaluations to K-12 schools, postsecondary programs and education-related nonprofits.
Thu
Jul
20
UW-Madison's Alex Allweiss has been awarded the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) American Dissertation Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year. Allweiss is a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Education's departments of Educational Policy Studies, and Curriculum and Instruction. Allweiss' dissertation explores the ways current policies and processes such as militarization, privatization and migration influence the lives and educational trajectories of indigenous Chuj Maya youth.
Wed
Jul
19
UW-Madison’s Julie Underwood is quoted in recent reports from Education Week and National Public Radio highlighting U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ upcoming speech July 20 to the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. Underwood is the Susan Engeleiter Professor of Education Law, Policy and Practice, and the former dean of the School of Education.
Wed
Jul
19
Field Day, a digital-media learning and research lab, provides fellowships for K-12 teachers to learn computer game design. Fellows create games to complement their curriculum and engage students in learning. The Field Day Lab is a digital media learning laboratory at UW–Madison’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research. WCER is housed within the School of Education.
Wed
Jul
19
UW-Madison's Michael Dando and Gloria Ladson-Billings were featured in a story from Madison Commons about the benefits of bringing hip-hop to classrooms. Dando received his Ph.D. this past spring from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Ladson-Billings holds the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education.
Tue
Jul
18
An exhibit from Nancy Rich, an alumna of UW-Madison’s School of Education, is currently on display at the Memorial Union’s Class of 1925 Gallery. Rich’s exhibit is titled, "Afloat,” and it runs through July 28. Rich received her teaching certification in French through the School of Education in 1975. She also earned her master’s degree in counseling from the School of Education in 1977.
Tue
Jul
18
UW-Madison's Earlise Ward was featured in the Wisconsin State Journal's "Know Your Madisonian" column about her work as a psychologist in Dane County helping black women cope with depression. Ward received her Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Counseling Psychology in 2002. Ward today is a licensed psychologist and a professor in the UW-Madison School of Nursing. Ward's research particularly focuses on how depression affects older black women.
Mon
Jul
17
This Summer 2017 edition of Learning Connections, an alumni news magazine from the UW-Madison School of Education, is now available online. This issue is filled with exciting news about School of Education faculty, staff, students and alumni. The cover story takes a look at the remarkable career of Michael Apple, who spent nearly half a century on the UW-Madison campus as a leading eduction scholar and activist.
Fri
Jul
14
UW-Madison's Nicholas Hillman was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article​ ​reporting a 6 percent increase in applications for federal student aid in the latest cycle, reversing a four-year decline.
Fri
Jul
14
UW-Madison's Gloria Ladson-Billings will be featured as an expert on equity and education during the "Cap Times Idea Fest." Ladson-Billings holds the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education and is a professor with the departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Policy Studies, and Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. The "Cap Times Idea Fest" is a two-day event on Sept. 16-17, composed of around two dozen panel sessions. The theme of the festival is, "Reach a Better State." Each session will feature prominent voices on various topics.

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