School of Education News

Wed
Dec
14
UW-Madison’s David Bell will receive the 2017 New Investigator Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Research and Education Foundation. The New Investigator Award, according to the foundation’s website, “recognizes a researcher who is likely to continue to make significant contributions to the body of knowledge in athletic training and health care.” Bell is an assistant professor with the Department of Kinesiology’s Athletic Training Program and the director of the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Laboratory (WISL).
Tue
Dec
13
The UW-Madison Arts Institute and University Housing have announced the appointment of Faisal Abdu’Allah as the new faculty director of The Studio: Creative Arts & Design Community in Sellery Residence Hall. Abdu’Allah replaces John Hitchcock, who was named associate dean for the arts in the School of Education earlier this fall. Both professors are faculty in the Art Department. Abdu’Allah is an internationally acclaimed artist who creates iconographic imagery of power, race, masculinity, violence and faith to challenge the values and ideologies attached to those images.
Tue
Dec
13
UW-Madison’s Michael W. Apple on Dec. 6 received an honorary degree from the University of Ljubljana in a ceremony on the campus of the oldest and largest university in Slovenia. Says Apple: "For me, the honorary doctorate from the University of Ljubljana is quite a special award. A number of my books became ‘movement books’ when Slovenia emerged from the break-up of Yugoslavia and I have been involved for years in the development of a tradition of critically democratic educational research, theory and practice there."
Tue
Dec
13
Rosemary Russ, an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, was named the new Faculty Co-Director of the Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence program at UW-Madison. Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence (MTLE) aims to improve undergraduate education at UW-Madison by supporting early-career faculty to become fast, effective, and efficient starters in teaching.
Mon
Dec
12
UW-Madison's Claudia Persico co-authored a study used by the New York Times in a recent report about the relationship between spending and education quality. Persico is an assistant professor with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. The researchers "examined outcomes for about 15,000 people, born between 1955 and 1985, and found that for poor children, a 10 percent increase in per-pupil spending each year of elementary and secondary school was associated with wages that were nearly 10 percent higher, a drop in the incidence of adult poverty and roughly six additional months of schooling."
Mon
Dec
12
UW-Madison Professor Emerita Betty R. Hasselkus is being honored by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) as one of the 100 Influential People in the 100-year history of OT. Hasselkus is a longtime faculty member with the occupational therapy program within the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology. AOTA will be celebrating its centennial at its Annual Conference in Philadelphia March 30 to April 2, 2017.
Mon
Dec
12
UW-Madison's Jerlando Jackson was invited to the White House to participate in the final My Brother's Keeper National Summit on Dec. 14 in Washington, D.C. The My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Community Challenge is a call to action for cities, Tribal Nations, towns and counties to help ensure that all young people, no matter their circumstances, can achieve their full potential. The MBK Summit will celebrate the progress and future of the MBK initiative and other local and national efforts that have been made to address the opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color.
Sun
Dec
11
UW-Madison’s Arts Institute is seeking pre-proposals for the spring 2018 Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence, with a deadline of Jan. 5, 2017. The program brings innovative artists to campus, allows students to undertake ambitious projects, provides course credit, and strengthens programmatic ties among individual departments, programs, and other campus and community arts entities.
Fri
Dec
09
UW-Madison's Gloria Ladson-Billings was elected the next President of the National Academy of Education. Her term will begin in the fall of 2017. “As president, one of the things that I’d like to do is to increase the recognition of our brand -– I don’t think a lot of people know what the academy is or what we do,” Ladson-Billings tells Madison365.com. “I’d also like to do more work with the other academies. I think that there’s some synergy there. I would like to develop some consensus panels on what I see are pressing issues.”
Fri
Dec
09
UW-Madison School of Education alumna Shelby Cosner received the University of Illinois at Chicago's (UIC) Award for Excellence in Teaching. She earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2005. Cosner is now an associate professor of educational organization and leadership at UIC.
Thu
Dec
08
UW-Madison Professor Emeritus Ken Zeichner recently wrote an opinion piece for the Seattle Times titled, "Betsy DeVos would be a disaster for public education." Zeichner's op-ed explains why he thinks President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of Education would be a mistake. In addition to being a professor emeritus with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Zeichner also is the Boeing Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Thu
Dec
08
UW-Madison's Dane Cook will give the annual Clifford Lewis Lecture at the University of Georgia's Kinesiology Department in February 2017. Cook is a professor with the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology. He will give an overview of his research examining the paradoxical effects of exercise on pain and fatigue, or "the phenomenon that acute exercise can cause pain and fatigue in some, but that chronic exercise is an efficacious treatment for chronic pain and fatigue," writes Cook.
Wed
Dec
07
A new policy brief ​from the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) examines FAFSA filing rates at public and private high schools across Wisconsin and exposes significant differences in filing rates based on school characteristics.
Wed
Dec
07
UW-Madison's John Diamond was recently quoted in a Washington Post article about a powerful short video called "The Lie." Diamond is the Hoefs-Bascom Professor of Education with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. In "The Lie," a group of fourth graders talk about demeaning stereotypes. In the article, Diamond talks about how children ages 6-10 start to understand stereotypes about racial groups, so this is an important age group to start conversations with.
Wed
Dec
07
UW-Madison's Dorothy Farrar-Edwards received the 2016 Investigator of the Year award from the Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Farrar-Edwards is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor with the Department of Kinesiology. The award recognizes Farrar-Edwards' important research and presentation at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference, which took place in Toronto in July. The presentation was titled: “Connecting the Dots: Meeting the Diagnostic and Treatment Needs of Underserved Urban African American Elders with Memory Loss."
Tue
Dec
06
UW-Madison’s Diana Hess and Paula McAvoy were recently interviewed by Rick Howlett for a report on Louisville’s NPR News Station, WFPL/89.3-FM. The report aired after Hess and McAvoy were named co-winners of the 2017 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education. Howlett explained how Hess and McAvoy were being honored for their important study on the discussion of controversial political issues in high school classrooms.
Tue
Dec
06
“We know that better spatial abilities lead to better math skills in early childhood, and they are strong predictors of future interest in careers in science and technology and engineering,” says Hilary Miller, a graduate student studying child development. “So we’re targeting ways to enhance spatial skills at an early age.” Working with UW–Madison educational psychology Professor Haley Vlach and psychology Professor Vanessa Simmering, Miller is studying the way 4-year-olds use words to describe spatial relationships.
Mon
Dec
05
UW-Madison's Gloria Ladson-Billings recently gave a talk presented by the One City Institute for Early Learning about how to prepare children for the transition from home to school. The talk, held at Lincoln Elementary School, was featured in an article from The Capital Times.
Mon
Dec
05
UW-Madison’s Clifton Conrad recently spoke with The Capital Times newspaper about President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of education. In the report, Conrad says that Betsy DeVos’ track record of advocacy for charter schools for elementary and high school students may indicate that she will push to privatize public higher education too.
Mon
Dec
05
The Center for Innovative Research in Cyber Learning (CIRCL) recently profiled UW-Madison’s Erica Halverson in its November 2016 e-newsletter. Halverson is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction who researches makerspaces.

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