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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.

Sat
Jun
04
An urban light sculpture designed by UW-Madison alumna Lyn Godley was recently installed in Philadelphia. The sculpture, through a partnership with the City of Philadelphia’s Public Art Program, was installed on the façade of the SugarHouse Casino garage facing Delaware Avenue. The beautiful, colorful display spans 290 feet wide and 60 feet high. The artwork is composed of a series of light boxes and façade lighting that change colors during the day and throughout the night to reflect similar patterns in the flow of the Delaware River. Godley earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Education’s Art Department in 1980.
Fri
Jun
03
UW-Madison alumna Marcia Mentkowski co-edited a recently released book titled, “Assessing Competence in Professional Performance across Disciplines and Professions.” Mentkowski received both a master’s (1965) and Ph.D. (1971) from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. She co-edited the book with Paul F. Wimmers. A preview of the new book explains how it “examines the challenges of cross-professional comparisons and proposes new forms of performance assessment to be used in professions education."
Thu
Jun
02
The Isthmus newspaper’s May 26 cover story is a profile of UW-Madison alumna Karin Wolf, who earned her master’s degree from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2006. The article is headlined, “Creative force: Karin Wolf is a tireless advocate for art.” This Isthmus report also notes Faisal Abdu’Allah’s work with at-risk teens. He is a professor with the School of Education’s Art Department.
Wed
Jun
01
Madison’s local ABC affiliate, WKOW/Ch. 27, recently featured the new non-profit Breathe for Change that was launched by UW-Madison alumna Ilana Nankin. Breathe for Change is an organization that trains teachers in yoga and mindfulness techniques. It was started by Nankin while she was pursuing her Ph.D. with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Nankin received her doctorate and graduated in May.
Mon
May
16
A video highlighting Kevin Anderson, the School of Education’s Outstanding Recent Graduate Award winner for 2015-16, is now available for viewing on the School’s YouTube channel. He received his Ph.D. from UW-Madison's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2012, with a focus on K-16 educational leadership and policy. Anderson currently serves as the science education consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Mon
May
02
UW-Madison alumna Valerie Donovan, suicide prevention coordinator at University Health Services (UHS), received the 2016 Community Service Program of the Year Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness Wisconsin for her work on the campus suicide prevention initiative Mental Health Matters. Donovan — who joined UHS in 2013 — earned her undergraduate degree from the School of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education in 2011 and a master’s in rehabilitation counseling from that same department in 2012.
Fri
Apr
29
Robin Kvalo, who has served as principal at Portage High School since the 2011-12 school year, was selected as the 2016 Wisconsin Secondary School Principal of the Year. In this capacity, she will represent Wisconsin in Washington, D.C., in September when the National Principal of the Year is chosen. Kvalo earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the School of Education in 1981 and earned a master’s from the School in Educational Administration in 1998.
Fri
Apr
22
UW-Madison alumnus Jeff Stern was recently featured in a Wisconsin State Journal article that highlighted his current solo exhibition at Ancora Coffee, 112 King St. Stern earned his bachelor’s degree in art education from the School of Education’s Art Department. Stern has had a solo exhibition at Ancora Coffee almost annually for the past seven years. This year’s display, which runs through April 30, features some of Stern’s oil paintings.
Wed
Apr
20
An interview with Lois Weis, the School of Education’s Distinguished Alumni Award winner for 2015-16, is now available for viewing on the School’s YouTube channel. Weis is currently serving as a distinguished professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she was previously the associate dean of the Graduate School of Education. She was interviewed by Dawn Crim, the Associate Dean for External Relations with UW-Madison’s School of Education.
Mon
Apr
18
UW-Madison alumna Kristina Navarro is part of team from UW-Whitewater that's being recognized with the 2016 Model Practice Award for Student-Athlete Development by the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A). Navarro is Director of Student-Athlete Engagement at UW-Whitewater and received her Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2012. Navarro was also recently selected as chair of AERA's Research Focus on Education and Sport SIG.
Wed
Apr
13
A feature-length documentary from UW-Madison alumnus Marc Kornblatt, "What I Did In Fifth Grade," will have its world premiere at the Julien Dubuque (Iowa) International Film festival April 21. Kornblatt received his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from UW-Madison's School of Education in 2001. "What I Did in Fifth Grade," follows Kornblatt and his students during an entire year, his last as a teacher.
Tue
Apr
12
UW-Madison alumnus Raul Leon recently received the Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Award. This honor is the highest award given to a faculty member at Eastern Michigan University. It recognizes recipients for a distinguished contribution in one of three categories: teaching, research or service. Leon is receiving the 2015 Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Award for Research. Leon received his Ph.D. from UW-Madison's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2010, with a focus on higher education administration.
Thu
Apr
07
UW-Madison alumnus George Mavroulis was recently named the next superintendent of Wisconsin’s Middleton-Cross Plains school district. Mavroulis holds three degrees from UW-Madison’s School of Education. He earned his undergraduate degree in elementary education in 1984, a master’s from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1991 and a Ph.D. from that same department in 2012.
Sat
Apr
02
UW-Madison alumnus Gerardo Mancilla, a dual language immersion teacher at Cherokee Middle School, was profiled on the Madison Schools’ website. Mancilla recently completed his Ph.D. with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum & Instruction. "I went into teaching to support youth in being successful by preparing them academically, socially and emotionally," Mancilla says in the story.
Fri
Apr
01
Members of UW-Madison’s Office of Child Care and Family Resources (OCCFR) met with James T. Minor, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Higher Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education, during visit to campus earlier this semester. Minor, who holds a Ph.D. from the UW-Madison School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, spent March 1 touring various areas, including OCCFR. This office is administratively housed within the School of Education.
Thu
Mar
31
The Chicago Tribune recently put the spotlight on UW-Madison alumna Jessica Stovall as one of 30 finalists for the 2016 Golden Apple Award. Stovall, who earned a degree in secondary education from the School of Education in 2007, is an Oak Park (Ill.) and River Forest High School English teacher. She was nominated for the award by a former student.
Fri
Mar
25
UW-Madison alumnus Terrance Green is the recipient of the William J. Davis Award given annually to the authors of the most outstanding article published in Educational Administration Quarterly (EAQ). Green earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He is currently an assistant professor at The University of Texas–Austin.
Tue
Mar
15
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) announced in a news release Tuesday the winners of several of its top 2016 awards for excellence in education research. And among those being recognized are UW-Madison’s Diana Hess and Paula McAvoy, the recipients of the 2016 AERA Outstanding Book Award for their publication, “The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education.” Meanwhile, UW-Madison alumnus Kevin Kumashiro will receive AERA’s Social Justice in Education Award.
Tue
Mar
15
UW-Madison’s LaVar J. Charleston will be receiving the Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Emerging Scholarship from the Multicultural/Multiethnic Education special interest group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Charleston is the assistant director and senior research associate for Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB), which is housed in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. He has also taught in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and is an alumnus of that department, earning his master’s in 2007 and a Ph.D. in 2010.
Mon
Mar
14
UW-Madison alumnae Becky Stokes and Lumei Huang were recently recognized by the Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education at WACTE’s Spring Conference Sunday at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Madison. Stokes received a Pre-service Educator Award in recognition of her outstanding work demonstrating a sustained pattern of mentoring UW-Madison pre-service educators. Huang received the Early Career Educator Award, which is given to outstanding educators within the first three years of their professional careers.
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