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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.

Wed
Feb
13
UW-Madison alumna Laura Chávez-Moreno is receiving an Honorable Mention for Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Association of Bilingual Education. This award recognizes Chávez-Moreno’s dissertation, “A Critical Race Ethnography Examining Dual-language Education in the New Latinx Diaspora: Reinforcing and Resisting Bilingual Education’s Roots.” Chávez-Moreno earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction this past summer.
Sat
Feb
09
The Isthmus recently put the spotlight on an oral history collection of Madison’s black pioneers edited by UW-Madison alum Muriel Simms. Simms worked as an educator in Madison and holds two degrees from the School of Education — a master's from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and a doctorate from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Her book is titled, “Settlin’: Stories of Madison’s Early African American Families.”
Tue
Feb
05
Emily Evans Fanaeian, an alumna of UW-Madison’s School of Education, is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education(AACTE) Outstanding Dissertation Award. An AACTE news release about the award explains that Fanaeian designed an ambitious multiple case study to examine the ways in which university-based teacher education programs take up the task of preparing general education teacher candidates to provide instruction to English learners.
Thu
Jan
31
School of Education alumnus LaVar Charleston will be recognized with a 2019 Forward Under 40 Award at a Wisconsin Alumni Association Founders’ Day event in Madison on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Charleston, who received both his master’s degree (2007) and Ph.D. (2010) from UW-Madison’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, is currently the assistant vice chancellor of student diversity engagement and success at UW–Whitewater. Charleston will join the School of Education's Richard Halverson for a program titled, “Healing Communities through Conscientious Inclusion.”
Wed
Jan
30
In 1990, James Knapp earned a master of fine arts from UW-Madison — and for the next 28 years, he dedicated himself to the students of theatre and drama. After receiving his MFA in technical direction from the Department of Theatre and Drama at UW-Madison, Knapp began working at the Ohio State University (OSU) Theatre Department in a temporary position. Ohio State’s student newspaper, The Lantern, recently reported how Knapp retired from his long-time position as technology manager in the department in December.
Fri
Jan
25
The Capital Times recently ​published an article headlined, “Artist Jerry Butler is making his mark,” that gives a fascinating look at his career as an artist and educator. Butler received his master of fine arts degree from the School of Education’s Art Department in 1972 and a Ph.D. from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1995. He has gone on to enjoy ​an ​impressive and multifaceted career.
Thu
Jan
24
Sandra Kowalczyk, a reading specialist at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie, received the 2018-19 Wisconsin Global Educator of the Year award in a brief ceremony Jan. 16 at the school. Kowalczyk is an alumna of UW-Madison, having earned a reading specialist license through the School of Education in 2005. Kowalczyk was recognized for her work to bring an international perspective to her classrooms and community.
Mon
Jan
07
Carolyn Stanford Taylor ​was appointed the new state superintendent of public instruction after Tony Evers was sworn in as the new governor of Wisconsin on Monday, Jan. 7. Stanford Taylor, like Evers, is an alum of UW-Madison’s School of Education. Stanford Taylor earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education in 1978, and returned to receive her master’s from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1979.
Thu
Jan
03
Alumna Kim (Hlavacek) Suhr's collection of short stories, “Nothing to Lose,” was released in December. Suhr earned her undergraduate degree in secondary education and English from UW-Madison in 1987. The book was released by Cornerstone Press, a student-staffed publishing company at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. “Nothing to Lose” features characters carved out of the Wisconsin landscape and it showcases a region full of real people who are less than perfect, plagued with doubts and always reaching.
Fri
Dec
28
In 1972, Kenneth Falana received his master of fine arts degree from the School of Education’s Art Department. He went on to become a printmaking professor at Florida A&M University, retiring in 2011. After working as an artist and art educator for almost 60 years, Falana tells the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper that he is as engaged in his artwork as ever.
Wed
Dec
05
UW-Madison alumna Kristina Navarro was recently interviewed by NJ Advance Media to talk about her plans for athletic leadership programs at the University of Rutgers. Navarro, now the senior associate athletic director for leadership development and strategic priorities at Rutgers, was once in the daunting role of student-athlete herself. Before earning her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2012, Navarro was a rower and a track and field athlete who shared a common struggle among student athletes.
Fri
Nov
23
The Long Beach Press-Telegram recently profiled the work of UW-Madison alum F. King Alexander, who for the past five years has served as both president and chancellor at Louisiana State University. Alexander previously served as the president of Long Beach State University in California amidst budget cuts to higher education programs. He earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1996.
Fri
Nov
23
The American Evaluation Association (AEA) recognized eight individuals and one team for their outstanding dedication to, and practice in, the evaluation field. Among the eight individuals recognized Nov. 2 was UW-Madison alumna Nicole Bowman-Farrell, who earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) in 2015. Bowman-Farrell, who was the first indigenous woman to receive a Ph.D. from ELPA, now serves as a culturally responsive evaluation specialist with the School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER).
Wed
Nov
21
UW-Madison alumnus Anand R. Marri was named dean of the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Graduate Education and Human Development. Marri earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2003. Marri, who also is a member of the School of Education’s Board of Visitors, is the vice president and head of outreach and education at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and a professor of social studies and education (research) at Teachers College, Columbia University. He will begin his new position on Jan. 1.
Tue
Nov
20
Student athletes who attended high schools with a low availability of athletic trainers (AT) — mostly in rural and inner-city areas — are 50 percent more likely to have a sports-related concussion (SRC) that goes un-identified, un-assessed or mismanaged, according to a new study published in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Journal of Athletic Training. The lead author on the paper is UW-Madison’s Timothy McGuine, who earned his master’s degree from the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology in 1986 and a Ph.D. in 2005 in continuing and vocational education.
Mon
Nov
19
UW-Madison alumna Maixia Thao is helping to coordinate a Hmong New Year celebration and program at Madison East High School on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Thao earned her undergraduate degree from the School of Education, majoring in elementary education, in 2011. Thao is the Hmong language-cultural curriculum development teacher leader in the Madison Metropolitan School District’s Office of Multilingual and Global Education. This is the 13th year of this Hmong New Year program, which will run from 10 to 11:06 a.m. in East High School’s Margaret Williams Theater. “This is My Story” is the central theme of this year’s celebration and students will act out short skits to showcase some of their experiences living in the U.S. as Hmong refugees.
Fri
Nov
16
Yvette Pino, who served as a sergeant with the U.S. Army in Iraq and who is an alumna of the School of Education's Art Department, recently organized a citywide dialogue between veterans, artists and the public called, “In Good Company: An Exposition of Emerging Veteran Artists.” More than 20 artists will be showcasing works at 11 venues throughout the city during November. Nov. 11 marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I.
Thu
Nov
08
When Barack Obama appeared before cheering crowds in Chicago on the night he won the 2008 election, UW-Madison alum Brian Stockmaster had a unique connection to the president-elect. The majestic stage in Grant Park had been mapped out, designed, and assembled in less than two weeks under Stockmaster’s supervision at Chicago Scenic Studios (CSS). Stockmaster earned his master of fine arts degree in 1998 from the Department of Theatre and Drama, which today is housed within the School of Education.
Thu
Nov
08
Pedro Reyes, an alumnus of UW-Madison, will be honored by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) with the Campbell Lifetime Achievement award. Reyes earned his doctorate from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1985 before spending time with the department as an assistant professor. Today, he is a professor of education leadership and policy at the University of Texas at Austin.
Tue
Nov
06
UW-Madison alumna Shelby Cosner was recently promoted from associate professor to professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Cosner also recently accepted the position as director of UIC’s Center for Urban Education Leadership. Cosner received her Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2005.
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