Our goal is to provide the very best, high-impact educational experiences for our students. In addition to strengthening these efforts across the arts, health, and education, we’re also innovating beyond our classroom walls by putting new resources into developing the highest quality online and hybrid learning experiences possible. The School is committed to helping undergraduates become involved with cutting-edge research projects, and is creating and expanding valuable in-person and virtual paid internship options. We’re refocusing our vital global engagement strategies and, once it’s safe again to travel internationally, growing the number of study abroad opportunities tied to one’s major. The School is also dedicated to educating and empowering our students to be equity-oriented agents of change and productive citizens who embody the Wisconsin Idea.
Faculty-led Study Abroad Development grants: “These novel, faculty-led study abroad programs across the arts, health, and education will offer many unique opportunities for undergraduate students, who will take School of Education courses in their field of study and experience different styles of teaching and global perspectives. Students will also build lasting friendships and networks with individuals from around the world, and develop key academic and professional competencies and capabilities.” — Li-Ching Ho, faculty director of the Global Engagement Office and an associate professor with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction
The School of Education is committed to dramatically increasing the number of students who participate in high-quality, paid internships. The highest quality internships engage students in professional, meaningful work that has clear, strong connections to their academic program.
Whoopensocker is an education residency focused on creativity, expression, writing, and collaboration. Whoopensocker’s ensemble of teaching artists bring in new ideas to the classroom. They use performing and creative arts to design innovative classroom experiences. The focus of the Whoopensocker six-week residency is self-empowerment of students and is ideal for children in elementary school.
Real Talk for Real Change focuses on issues of racial justice. The series of symposia aims to provide transformational learning experiences and to create a platform that lifts up the work of scholarship and voices, especially of faculty of color. In all, more than 2,600 people signed up for the seven Real Talk for Real Change events during the 2020-21 academic year.
Adapted Fitness changing the perception of what’s possible
As part of the School’s Impact 2030 initiative, UW–Madison alumni Ginny (1978 physical education) and Mike (1978 engineering) Conway made a generous major gift to make sure the Adapted Fitness program will have dedicated space in the new UW Natatorium, which is scheduled to open in 2023. The Conways are passionate about this program. Their support, plus generous backing from the university, will assure there is a new, state-of-the-art Adapted Fitness space that will not only better serve clients from the community — but continue to provide incredible training and leadership experiences for students.