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ELPA News

Fri
Mar
30
UW-Madison's Julie Underwood examines teacher tenure rules in her latest "Under the Law" column for Phi Delta Kappan magazine. Underwood is the Susan Engeleiter Professor of Education Law, Policy and Practice, and the former dean of the School of Education. Underwood writes: “Originally enacted to protect against potential evils in state and local employment systems, such as nepotism, arbitrary dismissal, and political favoritism, tenure has become a common expectation of teacher employment. State teacher tenure laws are not a job guarantee but rather protection against arbitrary or politically motivated maltreatment. But is tenure on the way out?”
Thu
Mar
29
UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings is receiving the American Educational Research Association’s 2018 Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award. This prestigious honor from AERA recognizes meritorious contributions to education research and is intended to publicize, motivate, encourage and suggest models of education research at its best. "This is a tremendous honor and I am deeply appreciative to be selected at this time in my career,” says Ladson-Billings, who was a faculty member with the School of Education from 1991 until her retirement earlier this year.
Wed
Mar
28
Madison’s Capital Times newspaper reported on a bill introduced last week to create a 19-member blue ribbon panel to identify strengths and weaknesses of the UW System and to set a course for the system’s future. The Cap Times reports how the bill, introduced by Rep. Katrina Shankland, D-Stevens Point, came about after “hundreds of demonstrators occupied the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point administration building to protest proposed cuts to liberal arts programs.” In an effort to put this topic in perspective, the Cap Times spoke with UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman.
Mon
Mar
26
UW-Madison's Gloria Ladson-Billings will be accepting a significant honor at the American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting next month when she receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from AERA’s Division B, a diverse and eclectic group of scholars who raise questions, study issues and explore possibilities related to curriculum. Ladson-Billings was a faculty member with the School of Education from 1991 until her retirement earlier this year. Today, the professor emerita is serving a four-year term as president of the National Academy of Education.
Tue
Mar
20
The latest ratings compiled by U.S. News reveal that the School is home to three No. 1-ranked programs in the “education specialties” of Curriculum/Instruction, Educational Psychology and Administration/Supervision. In addition, the School of Education is home to eight different graduate programs that are ranked among the Top 10 in the nation: Counseling/Personnel Services (No. 3); Education Policy (No. 3); Elementary Education (No. 4); Secondary Education (No. 6); and Special Education (No. 10). Moreover, in U.S. News’ 2019 Best Education Graduate Schools ratings released March 19, the UW-Madison School of Education is ranked No. 2 overall.
Mon
Mar
19
UW-Madison's Matt Hora and Bailey Smolarek published a new research paper in the Journal of Higher Education titled, "Examining Faculty Reflective Practice: A Call for Critical Awareness and Institutional Support." The paper hones in on an often-forgotten key process of data-driven decision-making in education: teachers' reflective practice.
Fri
Mar
16
UW-Madison's Peter Miller was named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2018 Silver Anniversary team. Miller is a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, where his work focuses on poverty, homelessness and cross-sector reform. Miller is also UW-Madison’s Faculty Athletics Representative to the Big Ten Conference and NCAA, and is a member of the UW Athletics Board.
Mon
Mar
12
A paper co-authored by UW-Madison's Allen Phelps and Eric Camburn in the Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research examines the role pre-college engineering courses play in a student's choice of a STEM college major. Through their research, the paper found that students who earned three credits through high school engineering and engineering technology courses were 1.6 times more likely to enroll in STEM majors. This finding persisted "even after controlling for students’ social backgrounds, academic preparation and attitudes during high school, college choice considerations, and early postsecondary education experiences."
Fri
Mar
09
It’s not easy to narrow down the number of Badger alumni making a significant mark in the world, but the Wisconsin Alumni Association has selected eight for the 2018 Forward under 40 Award — all of them under the age of 40 and “outstanding examples of living the Wisconsin Idea — the idea that this public university exists to serve the public good." One of those being honored is Raul Leon, an alumnus of the School of Education. Leon, who received his Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis in 2010, studies student success, the role of chief diversity officers, and the impact of international and study-abroad experiences. He infuses this expertise throughout his work as a researcher, teacher, mentor, and world traveler.
Thu
Mar
08
WISCAPE is pleased to announce its inaugural Summit, focused on the opportunity and challenge of educating a diverse Wisconsin.
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