School of Education News

Tue
Oct
29
UW-Madison alumnus Curt Mueller, who grew his Mueller Sports Medicine company into a global powerhouse, passed away in his sleep on Saturday, Oct., 19, according to this obituary. Mueller, a longtime supporter of the Wisconsin Badgers and the athletic training program within the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, was 85 years old. He played basketball for the Badgers from 1954-56, and started Mueller Sports Medicine in the basement of his father's drugstore in Prairie du Sac in 1959.
Tue
Oct
29
UW-Madison’s Jerlando Jackson, the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, was featured in a Diverse Issues in Higher Education article on the Fair Pay to Play Act, which was recently signed into law in California. The Act creates the legal right for college athletes to be paid for the use of their identities. This includes the ability to enter into endorsement deals with companies, being paid for their autographs, and receiving money from the sale of paraphernalia bearing their image.
Tue
Oct
29
UW-Madison, the Division of Extension, and the School of Education came together, along with community members, to discuss educational disparities across Wisconsin. This program took a fresh look at what research is needed, what outreach is mission, and what action all of us can take as members of academic and social communities.
Mon
Oct
28
The new UW-Madison accelerated master of science in Design and Innovation gives new meaning to collaboration. Combining expertise from five schools and colleges with team-based interaction, the program promises to offer students a breadth of highly desired skills. The 12-month, face-to-face program resulted from a partnership between the College of Engineering, the Wisconsin School of Business, the School of Human Ecology, the School of Education’s Art Department, and the Information School in the College of Letters and Science. The first cohort will start the program in May 2020.
Fri
Oct
25
The Mujerista, a media platform dedicated to women with Hispanic and Latin American heritage, shared a story on Latinx representation in children’s literature utilizing research from UW-Madison’s Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC). The story from the Mujerista discusses the lack of Latinx characters and authors in children’s books, profiling female publishers and authors who working to change that. According to the CCBC, in the over 3,000 children’s books published in 2018, Latinx characters accounted for only 5 percent of protagonists, while white characters accounted for 50 percent.
Fri
Oct
25
At the beginning of his senior year, the last place Samad Qawi would have expected to be on an October night is basketball practice with the Badgers. Qawi, a kinesiology major in the School of Education and pre-med student from Racine, Wisconsin, joins the team this year as a walk-on after standing out at an open tryout. He credits “blood, sweat, and tears” with making his basketball dream a reality, capping a UW–Madison career where he’s already achieved much academically and as a student leader.
Thu
Oct
24
The Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Network (the Network) is hosting an event with Justin Driver, a professor with Yale Law School and author of “The Schoolhouse Gate: Public education, the Supreme Court, and the battle for the American Mind.”
Thu
Oct
24
UW-Madison’s Matt Hora was recently quoted in an article from Chemistry World about post-doc mentoring. While it is widely believed that lab-based Ph.D. students develop their research skills thanks to mentorship from their group leader, a new study from Utah State University's David Feldon suggests that it's much more important for students to engage with postdocs and senior graduate students.
Wed
Oct
23
University researchers and evaluators working with rural schools, the community-school model, and Native American communities in Wisconsin shared their expertise and latest evidence-based findings recently in a public hearing at the state Capitol focused on the critical intersection between education and health.
Tue
Oct
22
A team of researchers from UW-Madison secured a $1.2 million grant to partner with the State of Wisconsin to examine a significant decline in the number of regulated early care and education (ECE) providers operating over the past 15 years. Leading this project is Amy Claessens, an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies and the associate director of the Center for Research on Early Childhood Education (CRECE).
Tue
Oct
22
UW-Madison’s Nick Hillman will be the moderator for a public forum on the rising cost of attending college. Hillman is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and director of the university’s Student Success Through Applied Research (SSTAR) Lab. The forum will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. in the De Luca Forum at the Discovery Building. Panelists are: David Feldman, a professor of economics at William & Mary; Laurent Heller, UW-Madison’s Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration; and Tracy Klein, a University of Wisconsin System Regent.
Tue
Oct
22
UW-Madison’s Susan Miller Smedema is the project director for a new grant that’s designed to bolster the number of qualified vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselors across Wisconsin and the nation. The award is for a Long Term Training Grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). The project will grant scholarship support for students in the highly ranked master’s degree program in clinical rehabilitation counseling at UW-Madison, which is directed by Smedema. With a grant of $1 million over five years, a total of 50 students will benefit from this award.
Tue
Oct
22
UW-Madison’s Andrea Ruppar has been selected to receive the TASH 2019 Early Career Researcher Network Award. Ruppar is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education (RPSE). Her scholarship focuses on building the capacity of schools and teachers to provide meaningful, evidence-based, inclusive education for students with the most significant disabilities —including multiple disabilities, intellectual disability, and autism. The TASH Early Career Researcher Network Award is focused on promoting the development and dissemination of evidence-based practices, and the support and mentorship of new researchers.
Mon
Oct
21
The Capital Times published a Q&A with UW-Madison’s Duane Lee Holland Jr., a new assistant professor with the School of Education’s Dance Department. Holland, a native of Devon, Pennsylvania, tells the newspaper that he is excited to be the first hip-hop faculty member at the first university in the United States to grant degrees in dance. In 1926, under the leadership of Margaret H'Doubler, UW-Madison became the first university to offer a degree program in dance. “It goes along with the legacy of why the dance department was created here,” said Holland, who joined UW-Madison this semester.
Mon
Oct
21
UW-Madison’s LaVar Charleston is a co-author on a new research study published by the Journal of Research Initiatives titled, “Black Male Persistence: A Phenomenological Collective of Familial and Social Motivators.” In the paper, the authors capture the voices of students who have persisted in higher education, highlighting student persistence and examining the critical components in social and environmental arrangements.
Fri
Oct
18
A new collaboration of Wisconsin and Minnesota education researchers formed to support education priorities in each state has won a five-year, $6.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The project's goal is to improve the academic achievement of elementary and secondary school students in the two-state region by advancing the use of evidence-based practices. Researchers from each state’s flagship university, the University of Wisconsin−Madison and University of Minnesota, joined with Education Analytics, a Madison, Wisconsin-based education nonprofit, to develop the winning proposal.
Thu
Oct
17
Aaron Bird Bear, a skilled administrator with extensive professional experience in Native Nations issues, has been named to the new position of tribal relations director at UW–Madison. A UW alumnus, Bird Bear currently is the School of Education’s assistant dean for student diversity programs. He will transition to his new role Nov. 1.
Thu
Oct
17
With backing from Kate DiCamillo, staff from the Teacher Education Center within UW-Madison’s School of Education are delivering nearly 300 books by the award-winning author to several districts around Wisconsin. DiCamillo is presenting the 2019 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture, sponsored by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC), on Thursday in the Overture Center’s Capitol Theater. At DiCamillo’s request, her honorarium for this appearance is being used to buy copies of her newest book — “Beverly, Right Here.”
Wed
Oct
16
A story ​out of the University of Georgia explains new research on sport-related concussions (SRC) that's co-authored by UW-Madison’s Andrew Winterstein and Dee Warmath, a former faculty member at UW-Madison. Warmath and Winterstein's study — which was published in the journal Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach — reveals that knowing how to report a concussion may be a greater factor in prompting athletes to take action than concussion and symptom knowledge.
Wed
Oct
16
A recent Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) report on the relationship between education and health features the expertise of UW-Madison’s Craig Albers, an associate professor with the Department of Educational Psychology. The WPR story focuses on the success of Algoma, a small city in Kewaunee County which has climbed in health rankings since 2008. Albers has traveled to different parts of Wisconsin to ask school officials and parents what obstacles they face in education. He shares with WPR that “the most frequently mentioned issue is mental and behavioral health.”

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