This is the latest online edition of Learning Connections, a magazine for alumni and friends of the UW–Madison School of Education. The Winter 2022-23 issue puts the spotlight on Associate Professor Helen Lee, who leads the Art Department’s renowned Glass Lab. We also center the spotlight on some of our talented alumni of the Glass Lab. But as always, this issue also highlights important and innovative work being done across the arts, health, and education. A pdf of the print edition is available here. Check it out!
Message from the Dean
Dean Diana Hess reflects on the School of Education's rich history — and a path to an even brighter future.
Alumni of UW–Madison’s Glass Lab — including Lauren Aria (above) — are on the leading edge, forging new directions in the field. Check out what a few alumni who have graduated in the last five years are up to.
Neon – it’s not just for making signs
In addition to the Glass Lab, UW–Madison is one of only a handful of schools in the U.S. that has a full-service facility for creating neon art.
UW–Madison held its 2022 winter commencement ceremony at the Kohl Center on Dec. 18. Before the big celebration, we reached out to some of our graduating students to learn more about their areas of study, most meaningful experiences, and plans for the future.
Aly Renee Amidei is one of 13 new faculty members who started with the School of Education this past fall. Hear from her in this Q&A she completed as we introduced her to our campus and School communities.
During a six-week stretch in the fall semester, the School of Education hosted 22 teachers from 12 different countries as part of the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (Fulbright TEA) program. Read what they said about their visits.
The Wisconsin Idea in action
Check out how UW–Madison’s Field Day Lab partnered with teachers to build out its latest educational video game, Wake: Tales from the Aqualab.
Now in its third year — and with the support of $44 million in gift funds — Impact 2030 is helping the School expand innovation, research, and creativity.
Tanya Schlam authored a study on how mobile games, combined with medication and counseling, could help people cope with cigarette cravings. She says there’s untapped potential for mobile games to help people change behavior.
The past decade has been replete with scientific findings about the harms of sitting for too long. “Stand Up and Move More" workshops have been held in 33 Wisconsin counties and are based on years of research by Kelli Koltyn.
Faculty, staff, students, and alumni from across the School of Education are routinely quoted or make their voices heard in newspapers, magazines, and online news media outlets.
News and notes
This past fall, 13 new faculty hires joined the School of Education for the start of the 2022-23 academic year — with seven different departments welcoming at least one new faculty member. They were introduced during the School’s annual Welcome Back Bash.
News and notes roundup
The University Resident Theatre Association (URTA) awarded Baron Kelly with an URTA Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Training.
Check out what School of Education alumni from across the globe have been up to.
A growing number of students from around campus are pursuing certificate programs offered by the School of Education in fields across the arts, health, and education, amplifying its impact.
Jerome Koch celebrates and honors his late wife and mother-in-law with a gift to create the Jean and Edna Lewis Teacher Education Scholarship.
Tony Award-winning actor and André De Shields paid a visit to his alma mater on Oct. 17 to see a new exhibit that honors him at Alumni Park. He stopped by the Education Building to meet with Dean Diana Hess and faculty in the arts.
Professor Robert Enright of the Department of Educational Psychology was awarded one of the highest honors in the field of psychology and is being lauded as a “game changer.”
David J. O’Connor is a recipient of a 2022 Forward Award from the Wisconsin Alumni Association. O’Connor trains educators about how to infuse their lessons with knowledge about First Nations’ histories, treaties, sovereignty, languages, and cultures.
Erika Dickerson-Despenza received a 2022 Forward Award from the Wisconsin Alumni Association. Dickerson-Despenza is an award-winning poet and playwright who calls attention to how communities can organize to liberate Black women and girls around the globe.
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