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Tue
Feb
13
The Discussion Project is a new professional development initiative created at the UW–Madison School of Education to help instructors both facilitate high-quality classroom discussions and prepare their students to participate in them. “Discussion-rich classrooms are valuable because students hear multiple perspectives and learn how to engage civilly with those holding opposing views, and that’s an important skill in a democracy,” says School of Education Dean Diana Hess.
Tue
Feb
13
Grand Challenges teams will showcase their Transform proposals submitted for funding on Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Attendees to the poster fair can come speak with Grand Challenges teams about their proposals, see posters created by ​students from the School of Education's Art Department and have a complimentary lunch. The School of Education's Grand Challenges initiative aims to connect the School of Education with community partners to "identity and address critical problems in education, health and the arts."
Fri
Feb
09
UW-Madison's Matthew Hora's research was included in a recent report from The Chronicle of Higher Education headlined, "Over Time, Humanities Grads Close the Pay Gap with Professional Peers." The Chronicle article discusses research saying humanities majors track closely to other fields in the areas of job security, job location and opportunities for advancement. This report should "contradict the popular narrative about under-employed baristas and the need to redirect students away from these disciplines," Hora ​tells The Chronicle.
Fri
Feb
02
UW-Madison alumnus LaVar Charleston will be recognized by the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals with the organization’s Benjamin L. Perry Professional Award. This award honors outstanding service and contributions to the field of student affairs. Charleston in July was named assistant vice chancellor of student diversity, engagement and success at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is an alumnus of the School of Education, having earned his Ph.D. (2010) and master’s (2007) degrees in educational leadership and policy analysis.
Tue
Jan
30
UW-Madison began revitalizing the summer experience in 2016 with a significant increase in scholarship funding. The goal was to encourage more students to take advantage of accelerated summer courses so they could graduate on time and avoid the expense of extra semesters. Building on these successes in 2018, UW–Madison will serve a wider range of students during the summer months. Current undergraduates, incoming freshmen, students visiting from other institutions, high school students, and others will benefit from the university’s world-class resources.
Fri
Jan
26
UW-Madison's Julie Underwood authored another "Under the Law" column for Phi Delta Kappan magazine, with her latest report examining education as an American right. Underwood unpacks how although the right to education is listed as international law in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, neither the U.S. Constitution nor the U.S. Supreme Court have recognized such a law. The article explores how a federal right might impact future educational opportunities and legal protections. Underwood is the Susan Engeleiter Professor of Education Law, Policy, and Practice, and the former dean of the School of Education.
Thu
Jan
25
A recent publication from UW-Madison’s Matthew Hora is being honored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) with its 2018 Frederic W. Ness Book Award, which is given to the work that best contributes to the understanding and improvement of liberal education. Hora is being recognized for “Beyond the Skills Gap: Preparing College Students for Life and Work.” Hora wrote the book with Ross J. Benbow, an associate researcher with WCER, and Amanda K. Oleson, an education scholar focused on workforce pathways.
Fri
Jan
19
UW-Madison's Diana Hess authored a commentary for Education Week that is headlined, "The Problem With Calling Scholars 'Too Political.' " Hess is dean of the School of Education and the Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education. In the column, Hess writes about the importance of education scholars speaking up and participating in public debates about their issues of expertise. She frames partaking in political debate as a responsibility and a way to give back to the community and the universities that support them.
Thu
Dec
28
The online news magazine OZY.com earlier this month asked its readers, “Should private education be banned?” OZY.com then reached out to UW-Madison’s Julie Underwood to get her thoughts on the topic. “There’s something to be said for diversity in all sorts of ways, including diversity of how we deliver education,” Underwood tells OZY.com. “My concern about private schools mainly is their constant need for public money and their unwillingness, for the most part, to comply with accountability measures.”
Tue
Dec
19
The call for proposals is now open for the 2018 MSAN Institute, which is scheduled for April 26-27 at The Madison Concourse Hotel. Housed within the School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), the Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) is a national coalition of multiracial, mid-sized, suburban-urban school districts working to understand and eliminate the effects of institutionalized racism on student achievement.
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