School of Education News

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UW–Madison alumnus and Professor Emeritus Truman Lowe (Wakajah), an internationally acclaimed artist whose works are deeply rooted in his Ho-Chunk heritage, died at his home on March 30. He was 75. A memorial service celebrating Lowe’s life is scheduled for Sunday, May 5, at 1:30 p.m. at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St.
Fri
Apr
05
School of Education alumni and sisters Judith Mayer and Gillin Nevers have co-founded a press, Fuller’s Windy Acres Farm Press. Named after their grandfather’s farm, who also attended UW-Madison, the press is dedicated to publishing illustrated limited edition books.
Thu
Apr
04
School districts across Wisconsin can get expert help making sure their academic and career planning for students is working well using a new set of tools developed by evaluation professionals at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) in UW-Madison’s School of Education. The free guidance, now live online at a state Department of Public Instruction website, is aimed at helping district and building leaders systematically assess the effectiveness of their ACP plans, which are required to be in place for every student in grades 6-12 under a state law that took effect in fall 2017.
Wed
Apr
03
Abby Harrison, a UW–Madison junior, took one education policy class and knew, “This is what I want to do.” At UW–Madison, she discovered her dream major — a bachelor of science in education studies. “I was really passionate about education but knew I didn’t want to teach," says Harrison. "The education studies degree through the School of Education had everything I wanted.” And the Badger Promise program, which promises free tuition to qualifying first-generation Wisconsin transfer students, helped make it all possible.
Tue
Apr
02
UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman will be delivering testimony to the House Education & Labor Committee’s subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment on Wednesday, April 8, in Washington, D.C. This meeting, which begins at 8 a.m. CDT, is the second of five hearings related to the reauthorizing of the Higher Education Act. Hillman is an associate professor with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and director of the university’s Student Success Through Applied Research (SSTAR) Lab.
Tue
Apr
02
A recent ScienceNews report — headlined “Robots are becoming classroom tutors, But will they make the grade?”— features the work of UW-Madison’s Joseph Michaelis, a doctoral student with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology.
Mon
Apr
01
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) announced the winners of its 2019 awards for excellence in education research on March 29 and UW–Madison’s Aydin Bal is receiving the Scholars of Color Early Career Contribution Award. Bal’s current research projects aim at developing culturally responsive research methodologies and intervention models. In particular, he has developed the Culturally Responsive Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (CRPBIS) framework and Learning Lab methodology, an equity-oriented systemic transformation model that he is helping implement in schools internationally.
Mon
Apr
01
The Department of Kinesiology’s adapted fitness and personal training program is hosting an open house on Thursday, April 11. The open house will highlight the outstanding work being done in the realm of adapted fitness on the UW-Madison campus, and will feature three keynote speakers.
Fri
Mar
29
UW-Madison is launching a new undergraduate certificate program for students looking to gain the specialized knowledge and skills necessary to promote and develop physical activities for individuals with disabilities. The promoting activity for diverse abilities certificate program was approved by the university’s Academic Planning Council and requires 16 to 18 credits for completion. The program is being run through the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and students can declare for this certificate in the coming fall semester.
Fri
Mar
29
The UW-Madison Global Health Institute recently informed School of Education Ph.D. student Ngonidzashe Mpofu that she is receiving a Graduate Student Research Award to fund her proposal, “Closing the Rehabilitation Service Utilization Gaps of New Zealand’s (Aotearoa) Māori People.” Mpofu will use the funding for a pilot study this summer in Auckland, New Zealand, where she will be completing pre-dissertation research focusing on the problem of Māori adults having the highest rates of depression and suicide — but also having the lowest rates of mental health treatment by mental health providers.
Thu
Mar
28
UW–Madison alumna Laura Chávez-Moreno is receiving the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division G Outstanding Dissertation Award.. Her dissertation is titled, “A Critical Race Ethnography Examining Dual-Language Education in the New-Latinx Diaspora: Reinforcing and resisting Bilingual Education’s Racial Roots.” She will be formally recognized at a ceremony April 7 during the AERA Annual Meeting in Toronto.
Thu
Mar
28
USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly recently shared articles about demands for diversity in children’s books, with both reports featuring research from UW-Madison’s Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC). The CCBC is housed within the UW-Madison School of Education. It publishes an annual report tracking the number of children’s books by and about people of color and from First/Native Nations.
Wed
Mar
27
Day of the Badger is UW–Madison’s first-ever day of giving — a full day (1848 minutes, in fact) to inspire and encourage giving, wearing red, and staying connected with the School of Education. Mark your calendar for April 9 and be ready for lots of excitement. We know that any amount counts, and our goal is 100 gifts! Best of all, if we reach our goal, School of Education alumna Kathy Chazen will contribute an additional $10,000. Help us reach the Chazen Challenge and support current and future students in the School of Education.
Wed
Mar
27
UW-Madison’s Jerlando F.L. Jackson recently wrote an op-ed on the pros and cons of being a department chair for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Jackson walks through his decision-making process, revealing that at first, he wasn’t entirely sure about taking on the position. Starting with the question, “Can I do the job well,” Jackson sought out the opinions of his family, his colleagues, and former chairs to discover more about the position and how it would affect his other work.
Wed
Mar
27
For some time now, UW-Madison’s Haley Vlach has had a reputation as a supportive, encouraging educator among the many students she teaches and works with in her lab. And now, the university has taken note, recently awarding the associate professor with the Department of Educational Psychology with the Undergraduate Mentoring Award. The campus-wide honor recognizes faculty members for extraordinary outreach and interactions with undergraduates in research, scholarly and creative endeavors. Vlach leads the Learning, Cognition and Development Lab.
Tue
Mar
26
UW-Madison’s School of Education and many of its programs are widely regarded as being among the very best in the nation. The many committed and accomplished faculty and staff working across the School are a key to this success. In an effort to recognize some of these talented individuals, the School administers Faculty and Staff Distinguished Achievement Awards. On Thursday evening, April 18, Dean Diana Hess will lead the annual awards ceremony to honor this year’s recipients. On Thursday evening, April 18, Dean Diana Hess will lead the annual awards ceremony to honor this year’s recipients. Please join us for the awards ceremony and reception, which begins at 4 p.m. in the Education Building’s Wisconsin Idea Room. The program begins at 4:45 p.m.
Tue
Mar
26
The Hechinger Report recently reviewed a 2018 book from UW-Madison's Walter Stern, titled, "Race and Education in New Orleans: Creating the Segregated City, 1764-1960." Stern is a historian of education who is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. His book details the path of segregation in New Orleans, starting with the first public high schools for black students which opened just over 100 years ago in the city.
Mon
Mar
25
The seventh biennial Conney Conference on Jewish Arts is being held March 31 to April 3 at the 92Y cultural and community center in New York. “Our mission is to create a vibrant and respectful space for artists and scholars to present new research in the interdisciplinary field of Jewish arts and by extension, to participate in shaping the ever-evolving field into a robust contemporary discourse,” says UW-Madison’s Douglas Rosenberg, the director of the Conney Project on Jewish Arts and the chair of the School of Education’s Art Department.
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Mar
25
A recent ​report from Nature Medicine features the expertise of UW-Madison’s Simon Goldberg, an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology. Nature Medicine’s article, “Mental health apps lean on bots and unlicensed therapists,” explores the new trend for app-based mental health care. Nature Medicine points to a study from Goldberg, who notes that his research, published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology, doesn’t really support the idea that non-licensed individuals can be effective providers of therapy.
Fri
Mar
22
UW-Madison’s Tom Loeser will receive the 2019 Award of Distinction from the Furniture Society. Loeser, a professor with the School of Education's Art Department, designs and constructs unique functional and dysfunctional objects, always drawing on the history of design and object making. He has worked on numerous public commissions and site-specific installations.

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