School of Education News

Thu
Aug
29
With the release of the 2019 College Scorecard in May and the fall semester just days away, some again are asking, "Does higher education cost more than it’s worth?" And this time, graduate school debt is under scrutiny, as it offers a mixed bag of pros and cons tied to students’ race and family incomes. In a recent working paper and a forthcoming article in the journal Sociology of Education, sociologists Jaymes Pyne and Eric Grodsky argue that for the last 20 years a perfect storm has been brewing over those seeking graduate and professional degrees, especially African-American and low-income graduate students. Grodsky is a professor of sociology and education policy, and a researcher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), at UW–Madison. Pyne is an affiliated WCER researcher and postdoctoral research associate at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education.
Wed
Aug
28
UW–Madison’s School of Education is beginning its process for finding the next director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER). “This position is one of the most important in the School of Education and, more broadly, on our campus,” says School of Education Dean Diana Hess. A 13-member search-and-screen committee is strongly encouraging members of the UW–Madison community to nominate candidates or to apply directly.
Wed
Aug
28
UW-Madison’s School of Education is celebrating the start of the 2019-20 academic year with its annual Welcome Back Bash event on Thursday, Aug. 29. The School is once again welcoming a large cohort of new faculty members, with 13 talented scholars joining the School of Education’s roster since the start of 2019 — with many of those arriving just in time for the start of the new academic year.
Tue
Aug
27
UW-Madison's Yeohyun Ahn recently presented her new project, which focuses on isolation and marginalization in higher education, at the 2019 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Games, Entertainment, and Media (GEM) Conference hosted by Yale University’s Center for Collaborative Arts and Media June 19-22. Ahn is an assistant professor of graphic design and interactive media with the School of Education's Art Department. Ahn's project, which is titled “Social Homelessness on U.S. Campuses,” brings together multidisciplinary art and design research to explore the isolation of Asian female faculty members in higher education.
Mon
Aug
26
UW-Madison alumni Virginia "Ginny" Conway and Michael Conway recently created two funds in support of the School of Education, one with the Department of Kinesiology's Adapted Fitness Program and the other in the Dance Department. Virginia Conway received a degree in physical education from the School of Education in 1978, while Michael Conway received his degree from UW-Madison’s Department of Engineering in 1978.
Fri
Aug
23
UW-Madison alum David Perrodin is the author of a newly released book, “School of Errors: Rethinking school safety in America.” Perrodin earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) in 2016. A former school administrator, Perrodin challenges common school safety narratives in his new book. Perrodin tells the Portage Daily Register, “We’re not building systems that are accessible for kids. We’re just putting fortifications in.”
Thu
Aug
22
UW–Madison’s Mindi Thompson was recently accepted as a fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Society of Counseling Psychology. Thompson is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology and is a licensed and registered health service psychologist. She also directs the Work and Wellness Lab. Thompson has published more than 30 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters using qualitative and quantitative methods and has co-authored a research design textbook titled, "Research Design in Counseling.”
Thu
Aug
22
The UW-Madison Division of the Arts will welcome Ben Barson and Gizelxanath Rodriguez as the Spring 2020 Interdisciplinary Artists in Residence. The Spring 2020 Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program is presented by the UW-Madison Division of the Arts and hosted by the Asian American Studies Program, with Associate Professor Peggy Choy of the School of Education’s Dance Department as lead faculty. Co-sponsors include the Dance Department and the Mead Witter School of Music.
Wed
Aug
21
As parents, students and teachers prepare for the upcoming 2019-20 school year, experts from UW–Madison’s School of Education are ready to share their thoughts with media members on a variety of topics.
Tue
Aug
20
The WIDA International School Consortium has helped pioneer the improvement of teaching and learning for multilingualism around the world, from New Jersey to New Delhi. Using its signature "can-do" approach to learning, it has grown into a worldwide ELL network of more than 400 accredited pre K-12 international schools in more than 100 countries.
Tue
Aug
20
This summer, the School of Education’s’ Department of Theatre and Drama is putting on a production of “Evil Dead: The Musical,” which runs through Aug. 25. The musical binds elements from the cult classic films "The Evil Dead," "Evil Dead 2," and "Army of Darkness" into a chaotic, comedic, and musical adventure. Following the summer production, "Evil Dead" returns to the stage for a second run, Sept. 12-29.
Mon
Aug
19
UW-Madison’s Richard Halverson recently authored an article published by GettingSmart.com that explains personalized learning and how it is different from more traditional schooling. Halverson, the School of Education’s associate dean for innovation, outreach, and partnerships, has spent the last few years watching personalized learning in action at American public schools.
Sat
Aug
17
The 100 Black Men of Madison held its 25th annual Back to School Celebration on Saturday, Aug. 10, and several with ties to UW–Madison’s School of Education were on hand to help out at the event.
Fri
Aug
16
UW–Madison alumna Laura Chávez-Moreno was recently hired to become an assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Chávez-Moreno, who earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2018, will be joining UCLA’s César E. Chávez Chicana and Chicano Department in the fall of 2021. Chávez-Moreno will spend the next two years as a postdoctoral scholar at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.
Thu
Aug
15
The Wisconsin State Journal recently posted an article about Travis Wiltjer, who will be playing football this year for the Badgers as a graduate student transfer. Wiltjer, the article notes, will be pursuing master’s degree work with UW–Madison’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Wed
Aug
14
Time magazine recently interviewed UW-Madison’s Geoffrey Borman about his new study that indicates a brief and low-cost intervention done early in the school year can lead to higher grades, better attendance, and fewer behavioral problems for sixth graders embarking on their stressful first year of middle school. Borman is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Tue
Aug
13
While observing heavy use of selfie apps such as Snapchat, UW-Madison graduate student Amy Niu found herself wondering about the effects that virtual makeovers have on college-age females. “I started to wonder how looking at a different self will change how people will view themselves,” said Niu, who is in the School of Education’s highly regarded Department of Educational Psychology.
Mon
Aug
12
The Atlanta Black Star recently utilized research conducted by UW–Madison’s Cooperative Children’s Book Center for a report headlined, “More Children’s Books Feature Animals Than Black People; Black Publishers Are Working to Change That.” The CCBC is housed within the UW-Madison School of Education. Since 1985 the CCBC has published an annual report tracking the number of children’s books by and about people of color and from First/Native Nations.
Fri
Aug
09
UW–Madison’s Nicholas Hillman recently appeared on WORT-FM’s “A Public Affair” program for a segment titled, “The Real Cost of College.” Hillman, an associate professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, helps listeners “get a full picture of the cost of attendance, the generational divide when it comes to college, proposed solutions at the university and federal levels, and the importance of higher education for aspiring students.”
Thu
Aug
08
UW-Madison alumna Abbe Herzig has been named the inaugural director of education in the Division of Government Relations of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). Herzig earned both her master’s (1999) and Ph.D. (2002) from the School of Education’s highly ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. According to this AMS news release, Herzig will oversee the AMS education portfolio, with a focus on undergraduate and graduate education in the mathematical sciences.

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