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School of Education Alumni News

We like to both share what our alumni are up to and share information that may be of interest to our alumni. Please use our online form to send in your news for posting here, in our other alumni publications, and on our "For Alumni" website.

Thu
Dec
04
UW-Madison Professor Diana Hess and alumna Paula McAvoy have published a new book titled, “The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education,” that is based on the findings from a large, mixed-method study about discussions of political issues within high school classrooms. "We hope this book will be a useful resource for teachers, teacher educators, and researchers who are interested in how schools can prepare young people to participate in democracy during these highly polarized times,” says Hess.
Thu
Nov
20
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has received a landmark gift of $100 million from John and Tashia Morgridge, representing the largest single contribution from individual donors in the history of the institution. A 1955 graduate of the School of Education, Tashia Frankfurth Morgridge has maintained close ties with the school, serving on its board of visitors and, with her husband, sponsoring scholarships to support students preparing to become teachers. A retired special education teacher, she has been a volunteer teacher for students with learning disabilities.
Thu
Nov
20
Alumnus Richard Telfer announced earlier this week that he will retire as chancellor of UW-Whitewater at the end of June 2015. Telfer earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from UW-Madison's School of Education in 1984. Telfer has spent three decades on the UW-Whitewater campus. He started as an assistant professor in 1985 and was promoted to department chair, associate vice chancellor and provost. In 2007 he was named interim chancellor, and he then was named the university's 15th chancellor in 2008.
Tue
Nov
18
Kenneth Teitelbaum, Katy Heyning and Raul Leon are each being recognized by UW-Madison’s School of Education as top alumni award winners for 2014-15. The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, the School of Education's highest honor, recognizes a career of extraordinary accomplishment, while the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award pays tribute to alumni who have demonstrated achievement and leadership within their chosen field, and have also received a degree from the School within the past 10 years.
Mon
Nov
17
In honor of the Nov. 16 to 22 observance of American Education Week, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers issued an editorial reminding us all of the importance of public education. Evers is an alumnus of UW-Madison, having earned a Ph.D. in educational administration from the School of Education in 1986. His opinion piece, headlined, “Working together for education,” notes that American Education Week offers the perfect opportunity to emphasize how a “strong and thriving public education system is the backbone of our state and nation.”
Sun
Nov
16
UW-Madison alumna Paula Dáil recently completed her second book for McFarland Publishers titled, “Hard Living in America’s Heartland: Rural Poverty in the 21st Century Midwest.” She earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Continuing and Vocational Education program in 1983. Dáil's earlier book, “Women and Poverty in 21st Century America,” won the Council of Wisconsin Writers 2012 Non-fiction Book of The Year award. That same year the Association of Independent Publishers recognized the work as the Book of the Year for women’s issues.
Thu
Nov
13
UW-Madison alumna Sharon Kilfoy received an Isthmus “Indie Award” for her work in running the Williamson Street Art Center over the past 10 years. The center helps children and artists enhance local neighborhoods with large-scale works -- especially in areas that get overlooked in discussions about public art. "My goal is to get kids engaged in something," she tells Isthmus. Kilfoy earned her master’s in art from UW-Madison in 1980.
Thu
Nov
06
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel posted an interesting article highlighting the post-football life of Mark Tauscher, a School of Education alumnus and former Badger and Packer standout. Tauscher grew up in tiny Auburndale, Wis., spent five years on the UW-Madison campus and then played 11 years in the National Football League with the Green Bay Packers. He earned a master’s degree in educational administration from the School of Education, and today serves on the School’s Board of Visitors, which serves as an external advisory body to Dean Julie Underwood.
Wed
Oct
29
UW-Madison alumna Josie Guiney Igielski -- a fourth-grade teacher at Madison’s Lincoln Elementary School and a motivating force behind the school’s outdoor learning space –- is the Wisconsin recipient of a 2014 Milken Educator Award. This honor includes $25,000 cash and is one of up to 40 that will be given by the Milken Family Foundation nationwide this year. Guiney Igielski, who grew up in Racine, Wis., earned an undergraduate degree in elementary education in 2006 a master’s degree from the School of Education’s top-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2010.
Sun
Oct
12
UW-Madison alumnus Carlton Jenkins was recently named chief academic officer for the Atlanta Public School District in Georgia, mlive.com reported this past week. Jenkins had been working as the Saginaw (Mich.) Public School District Superintendent since 2010. Jenkins received his master’s degree from the School of Education in 1993 and a Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2009.
Wed
Sep
24
National Public Radio earlier this month posted an article headlined: “The End of Neighborhood Schools: New Orleans is home to the nation’s first all-charter district. Is this the future of education?” Among those NPR turns to in an effort to put this interesting topic in perspective is UW-Madison alumna Beth Sondel, who today is a professor at North Carolina State University. She spent five months observing and interviewing teachers at charter schools in New Orleans for her doctoral dissertation at UW-Madison.
Sat
Sep
13
Sue Medaris, an alumna of UW-Madison’s Art Department, recently received word that the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wis., has purchased her "Taliesin Goose." Each year since 1976, the museum has organized “Birds in Art,” seeking to present the very best contemporary artistic interpretations of birds and related subject matter. Medaris, who earned her MFA from UW-Madison in 2011, reports: “Part of what makes this purchase (and just the fact that this piece got into this year’s show) so meaningful, is that I submitted the same piece last year to Birds in Art 2013, and I didn’t get in."
Thu
Sep
11
UW-Madison Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab and alumnus Robert Kelchen will be testifying before the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance on Friday, Sept. 12, in Washington, D.C. Goldrick-Rab and Kelchen will take part in separate panel discussions examining the Postsecondary Institution Ratings System. Each panelist is to be given approximately seven minutes for testimony, and after all panelists have spoken committee members will use the remaining time to ask the panel questions.
Thu
Sep
11
An organization headed by UW-Madison alumnus Matthew Slaats helped Charlottesville, Va., land a $50,000 National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town Grant. Slaats is the executive director of The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, which is a socially engaged arts nonprofit that pushes the traditional boundaries of art to create meaningful impact in the Charlottesville community. Slaats earned his Master of Fine Arts from UW-Madison’s Art Department in 2005.
Thu
Sep
04
After enjoying a summer of fun, some students no doubt are dealing with the back-to-school blues these days. But for anyone looking for a pick-me-up, we highly suggest checking out this parody video produced by two teachers at Union Grove (Wis.) High School that is based on Kenny Loggins’ iconic song, “Footloose.” The creators of the video are science teacher Mitchell Brachmann and physical education teacher Jordan Hein, who earned an undergraduate degree in 2010 from UW-Madison.
Sun
Aug
31
UW-Madison alumnus Mike Cerniglia was recently featured in a Q&A published by The Capital Times newspaper. Cerniglia, who earned a master’s degree from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, is the executive director of the National W Club, an organization that serves former Badger athletes.
Thu
Aug
21
UW-Madison alumnus Robert Jecklin received a Fulbright Grant to work in the Republic of Azerbaijan, where he served as a public health teaching scholar for the five months ending in June 2014. Jecklin, who earned a Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, reports that he helped one group of future teachers learn about public health. He also helped a second group of future psychologists learn about some of the theories used by Americans to explain health behavior.
Sun
Aug
03
Two books from UW-Madison alumna Mary Jane Curry have been published since 2013. Most recently, Curry co-edited “Language, Literacy and Learning in STEM Education: Research Methods and Perspectives from Applied Linguistics.” A preview of this book notes that it “brings together a range of applied linguistic researchers and projects that address the interface among language studies, science, engineering, and education.
Sat
Aug
02
UW-Madison alumnus Arnold Martin recently installed "A Monument to Curiosity," a public sculpture in Pasadena, Calif. Arnold earned his MFA from the School of Education's Art Department in 2011. The piece, which was dedicated on Aug. 1, is a toy-like, slot construction of the Curiosity Rover on Mars, located near the California Institute of Technology and Pasadena City College. The piece will be on display for two years.
Fri
Aug
01
WISCAPE Affiliate F. King Alexander reflects on his first year as president and chancellor of Louisiana State University (LSU) in a recent video in The Advocate.
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