Research News

Thu
Feb
21
UW-Madison's Annalee Good has published a book concerning the influence of teachers in decision-making and policy. "Teachers at the Table: Voice, Agency, and Advocacy in Educational Policymaking," is based on the simple premise that policy matters in education — and teachers matter to policy. Good is an evaluator and researcher at the School of Education's Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER).
Wed
Feb
20
UW-Madison student Grace George is one of 40 young science leaders from across the country who will be kicking off a year as a fellow of the Yale Ciencia Academy (YCA) for Career Development. As an undergraduate, George ​earned a B.S. in neurobiology and worked as a lab manager under Edward Hubbard, an assistant professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. Hubbard directs the Educational Neuroscience Lab, where George studied children’s mathematical brain development.
Fri
Feb
15
UW-Madison’s Simon Goldberg is a co-author of a new study that reviewed available measures for tracking symptoms of bipolar disorder as a means for improving outcomes in psychotherapy. The paper is titled “Systematic Review of Symptom Assessment Measures for Use in Measurement-Based Care of Bipolar Disorder,” and it appears in the journal Psychiatric Services. Goldberg is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology, and he is an affiliate with the university’s Center for Healthy Minds.
Thu
Feb
14
The Wisconsin Alumni Association presented LaVar Charleston, assistant vice chancellor of student diversity, engagement, and success at UW–Whitewater, with a 2019 Forward under 40 Award. The School of Education alum is making waves of change in the international movement to create college opportunity for all. Colleges and universities at home and abroad look to him for his voice and award-winning scholarship exploring how more students can access higher education.
Wed
Feb
13
UW-Madison alumna Laura Chávez-Moreno is receiving an Honorable Mention for Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Association of Bilingual Education. This award recognizes Chávez-Moreno’s dissertation, “A Critical Race Ethnography Examining Dual-language Education in the New Latinx Diaspora: Reinforcing and Resisting Bilingual Education’s Roots.” Chávez-Moreno earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction this past summer.
Tue
Feb
12
A recent book from UW-Madison’s Andrea Harris, "Making Ballet American: Modernism Before and Beyond Balanchine,” has been named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2018. Her book challenges the belief that George Balanchine's arrival in the U.S. marked the origin of the bold neoclassical style that is celebrated as the first American manifestation of the art form. Harris is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Dance Department.
Tue
Feb
12
Black News recently reported on “The Handbook of Research on Black Males,” a new book exploring facts about black men that includes an introduction from UW-Madison’s Jerlando Jackson.
Mon
Feb
11
UW-Madison’s Robert Enright recently delivered three presentations about his groundbreaking forgiveness work at various conferences overseas. He has constructed a framework for teaching people how to forgive and how to see inherent worth in others. Enright has developed this framework into a 20-step forgiveness program that he regards as essential for achieving a forgiving life.
Mon
Feb
11
Two teams with ties to UW-Madison, including one that’s utilizing the expertise of Elizabeth Graue, are advancing to the final round of the Alliance for the American Dream competition, where they will compete for potential investment. Graue and her colleagues are part of the “We Care for Dane Kids” initiative, which is a multi-faceted approach to transforming the early childhood and after school care sectors.
Wed
Feb
06
In an effort to conduct more meaningful research into how to make higher education more affordable, UW-Madison is launching the Student Success Through Applied Research (SSTAR) Lab within the university’s Office of Student Financial Aid. The lab is being led by the School of Education's Nicholas Hillman, who says he is not aware of any other lab in the nation that is developing such a partnership with a financial aid unit.
Tue
Feb
05
Emily Evans Fanaeian, an alumna of UW-Madison’s School of Education, is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education(AACTE) Outstanding Dissertation Award. An AACTE news release about the award explains that Fanaeian designed an ambitious multiple case study to examine the ways in which university-based teacher education programs take up the task of preparing general education teacher candidates to provide instruction to English learners.
Sun
Feb
03
Matthew Hora received a grant from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) fall research competition to conduct a study on internship programs. The grant, for $52,028, will go towards studying students’ experiences with internship programs, primarily at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina and Benedict College in South Carolina. Hora aims to provide insight s to improve institutional internship programs and access to them for all students.
Fri
Feb
01
UW-Madison’s Julie Mead and her colleague Suzanne Eckes were recently featured by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) in its "Interview of the Month" podcast series. This particular discussion examines how privatization of schools can lead to discrimination. Mead and Eckes had recently co-authored a policy brief for NEPC detailing the ways school vouchers and charter schools have “opened the door to discriminatory practices.”
Tue
Jan
29
Due to the extremely cold temperatures, the School of Education’s Grand Challenges team is moving the Wednesday, Jan. 30 Seed Grants Meet-up online. People wanting to learn more about the Seed Grants are invited to a virtual, Google hangout gathering from 3 to 5 p.m. The Grand Challenges team is looking for interdisciplinary, innovative, and impactful Seed Grant proposals that address critical issues in education, health, and the arts. Pre-proposals for Seed Grants are due on Feb. 15.
Tue
Jan
29
UW-Madison’s Maggie Hawkins is receiving the Leadership Through Research Award from the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Second Language Research Special Interest Group (SIG). Hawkins is a professor with the School of Education's No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The reviewers for this award were particularly impressed with Hawkins’ innovative contributions of her scholarship, including her cutting-edge research on issues such as critical theory, social justice language teacher education, transmodalities, community engagement, and young learners.
Mon
Jan
28
UW-Madison’s Brett Nachman is the lead author on a new research paper that explains how community college websites often omit depictions of autism — or may even portray it in a medicalized, negative or dehumanizing light. The article appears in the Community College Journal of Research and Practice, and is titled, “Omission and Othering: Constructing Autism on Community College Websites.” Nachman explains that this work is especially important to him as someone with Asperger’s and who attended community college. The report is co-authored with Kirsten Brown, a research faculty member with Edgewood College’s educational leadership doctoral program.
Sat
Jan
26
The annual UW-Madison Education Research Poster Fair is seeking proposals that spotlight education research across campus. These proposals may address research findings related to pre-k through adult education. The fair, which is co-sponsored by the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), will take place on Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.
Fri
Jan
25
UW-Madison’s Ross Benbow and Matthew Hora co-authored a new research paper examining the cultural nature of skills necessary to be productively employed after college graduation. Their paper, “Reconsidering College Student Employability: A Cultural Analysis of Educator and Employer Conceptions of Workplace Skills,” appeared in the Harvard Educational Review.
Fri
Jan
18
A new study shows refugees who resettle in Wisconsin face a daunting array of barriers, both systemic and situational, in getting college degrees. But creative remedies could be developed, UW−Madison researchers say, to ease their path to higher education and then to better jobs. The report is by Matthew Wolfgram, a senior researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, and assistant director of the Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions.
Wed
Jan
16
UW-Madison’s Douglas Rosenberg, who edited the 2016 publication, “The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies,” is receiving the prestigious 2018 Oscar G. Brockett Book Prize for Dance Research. The prize, from the Dance Studies Association, is awarded to the best book in dance published during the previous three calendar years. Rosenberg, who chairs the School of Education's Art Department, will receive this award in August at the 2019 Dance Studies Association Conference at Northwestern University.