School of Education News

Thu
Jun
27
UW-Madison’s Nick Frost and Susan Andrae participated in the Collaborative Center for Health Equity’s (CCHE) Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI), which took place June 17-21. Frost is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology. Andrae is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology.
Wed
Jun
26
Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) recently utilized the expertise of UW-Madison’s Rich Halverson for a report headlined, "Study shows mixed test results for technology in classrooms." According to WPR, schools across the country, including schools in Wisconsin, have made huge investments in technology. Now, researchers like Halverson are questioning how effective technology is in teaching kids how to read.
Tue
Jun
25
UW-Madison's Tim Gattenby received a certificate of appreciation from the Badger Battalion. Gattenby works to help cadets meet minimum requirements to join the armed services and also helps cadets and leaders alike understand lifelong health and reducing injuries. Gattenby is a distinguished faculty associate with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and the director of its adapted fitness and personal training program.
Mon
Jun
24
The UW–Madison School of Education has filled two crucial positions for its new Global Engagement Office by naming faculty members Li-Ching Ho and Adam Nelson as co-directors. Ho is an associate professor with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, while Nelson is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor with the Department of Educational Policy Studies.
Mon
Jun
24
This year, three graduate students with ties to the School of Education have received Global Health Institute awards and grants. Niu Yanzhuo and Rui Meng of the Department of Educational Psychology, and Ngonidzashe Mpofu of the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, all earned Gradate Student Research Awards.
Fri
Jun
21
UW-Madison’s Arts on Campus program recently published a recap of interesting events that took place across campus during the 2018-19 academic year — including several with ties to the School of Education’s Art Department, Dance Department, and the Department of Theatre and Drama.
Thu
Jun
20
A team of researchers from the School of Education's Department of Educational Psychology was recently awarded two grants to examine brief mental health interventions that are designed for use in schools. An overarching goal of these projects — which are funded via the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES) — is to test strategies that schools can use to support students who are at risk for social-emotional and behavioral concerns.
Wed
Jun
19
UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Peking University President Hao Ping helped open a major conference on international higher education held in Beijing May 25-26. “The U.S. and China need each other,” Blank said in her opening remarks at the fifth Peking University-University of Wisconsin Workshop on Higher Education. “And our universities need each other." The School of Education’s Adam Nelson has helped organize this annual event each year since its inception in 2015.
Tue
Jun
18
A literacy and arts enrichment program for low-income children aged 2-18 in Madison is a force for good mainly because it creates a "safe place" for participants to take risks and learn to express themselves, according to program evaluation experts at UW-Madison.
Tue
Jun
18
In the world of K-12 English language proficiency assessment, a population of U.S. students is often overlooked, according to Laurene Christensen, a principal investigator at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Although federal law, requires each state to assess the English language proficiency of these underserved students, many states have never done so because they lack the knowledge and resources on how to go about it, she says.
Mon
Jun
17
The School of Education’s Grand Challenges initiative, which aims to ignite cross-disciplinary innovation, spent much of the 2018-19 academic year focusing on a new Seed Grants Competition. In late May, nine interdisciplinary teams were awarded $75,000 each to grow their ambitious ideas
Mon
Jun
17
Getting past the basic “yes” or “no” question on college internships — just asking whether a student did one or not — to get a deeper understanding of the “whys” and “what-ifs” around these on-the-job experiences is at the heart of a new working paper co-authored by UW–Madison's Matthew Hora, a research scientist with the School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER).
Fri
Jun
14
With the legitimacy of science increasingly under attack, UW–Madison’s John Rudolph has authored a new book that explains how and why we teach science in schools matters. Rudolph, who started his career as a middle and high school science teacher in Wisconsin, is a professor and chair of the School of Education’s highly regarded Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He is an expert on the history of science education in American schools.
Fri
Jun
14
UW-Madison’s Robert Enright has been invited to represent Division 3 (Society for Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Science) of the American Psychological Association (APA) at the annual Spielberger EMPathy Symposium on Aug. 9 in Chicago. Enright, a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology and the founder of the International Forgiveness Institute, has been pioneering work on the science of forgiveness and researching how it affects wellbeing for more than three decades.
Thu
Jun
13
UW-Madison alumna Angie Eilers has recently launched a software company, UR Turn, that is targeted at education planning for middle and high school students. Eilers' refers to it as the "Google maps for education planning." The program allows students to set a goal and provides guidance and advising to help them along the way.
Thu
Jun
13
UW-Madison’s John Diamond appeared on CNN’s "United Shades of America" program to talk about implicit bias. This episode is an installment in a series of get-togethers referred to as "Black People Meetings" by writer and comedian W. Kamau Bell, who hosts "United Shades of America." In this particular segment, Bell talks about Milwaukee, one of America’s blackest major cities and one of America’s most segregated cities.
Wed
Jun
12
Faculty members from UW-Madison are part of a new group of higher education leaders being brought together to examine ways to help school districts address the critical problem of recruiting and retaining special education teachers. These efforts are being led by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), which is bringing together experts from 10 colleges and universities.
Wed
Jun
12
UW-Madison alumna Molly Andersen and her colleagues were recently asked to participate in a teacher recruitment video — but the district had something else in mind. Andersen and three other teachers within her Minnesota school district were chosen to be recognized in surprise teacher appreciation video.
Tue
Jun
11
Launched in the 2015-16 school year, the Tomorrow’s Educators for Equity in Madison (TEEM) Scholars Program, was aimed at increasing teacher diversity in Madison schools. Four years later, a handful of the program’s first participants are attending UW-Madison.
Tue
Jun
11
UW-Madison alumnus Nick Scull was featured in a recent report from Monitor on Psychology magazine that puts a spotlight on various professionals working abroad. After earning his degree, Scull secured a job as the first psychologist at Fawzia Sultan Healthcare Network in Kuwait, a nonprofit clinic that serves children, adolescents, and adults.

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