UW-Madison School of Education - Alumni News

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.

Fri
Aug
26
Several alumni of UW-Madison's School of Education recently presented research as part of a group panel at the XVI World Congress of Comparative Education Societies, held Aug. 22-26 in Beijing, China. Each of those presenting from UW-Madison as part of the group panel, “Global Struggles for Critical Democratic Education,” earned doctorates from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Fri
Aug
19
UW-Madison alumnus Terrance Green recently authored a commentary for Time magazine’s website that’s headlined, “5 Questions Every Parent Should Ask at Back-to-School Night.” Green earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2013. Today, he is an assistant professor of educational administration at the University of Texas at Austin.
Thu
Aug
18
A Madison maker of educational games has just published Diffission, a visual game to teach fractions to middle schoolers without the pain of the traditional "skill and drill." The software will generate up to one billion shapes, and users will have to build fractions from them, says Filament Games CEO Dan White, an alumnus of UW-Madison's School of Education. Diffission joins 13 other games in Filament's "library." The company sells individual games on the web, but its marketing strategy focuses on licensing the library of games to schools or school districts.
Wed
Aug
17
Nine educational video games developed in an unusual collaboration between middle school science teachers and expert game developers have been released nationally by Field Day lab, a project of UW-Madison's Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. The games cover earthquakes, the carbon cycle and the water cycle, among other topics chosen by the teachers during a January workshop on campus. "The main thing we learned was that this collaboration with teachers was even possible," says David Gagnon, director of Field Day and an alumnus of UW-Madison’s School of Education.
Wed
Aug
17
Congratulations to ​UW-Madison alumna Alev Kelter for a solid showing at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Kelter received her BFA from the School of Education's Art Department in 2015. Kelter and her teammates on the United States Women's Rugby Sevens team defeated France 19-5 to finish fifth at the Summer Games. A member of the Badgers' NCAA champion women's hockey team in 2011, Kelter ended the six-game Olympic tournament at Deodoro Stadium with a team-high five tries.
Tue
Aug
16
UW-Madison alumna Sabrina Hilton was selected to be a 2017 Emerging Leader for the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). According to the AOTA website, the "Emerging Leaders Development Program recognizes and invests in students and practitioners who have demonstrated dedication and commitment, through service to the profession, at the start of their career." Hilton received her master of science degree from UW-Madison’s Occupational Therapy Program earlier this year. This program is housed within the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology.
Mon
Aug
08
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) awarded UW-Madison alumnus Rod Dishman a prestigious 2016 Citation Award at its annual meeting in Boston. This award is one of ACSM's most prestigious, and it recognizes individuals who have made “outstanding contributions to the fields of sports medicine and/or exercise science.” Dishman received a master’s degree from the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology in 1975 and earned a Ph.D. from that same department in 1978,
Thu
Aug
04
Madison365.com recently posted a news article about the Xicanx Institute for Education and Self-Determination, which is the brainchild of UW-Madison’s Jorge F. Rodriguez, a doctoral candidate with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Rodriguez, who also holds a master’s degree from the School of Education's Department of Counseling Psychology, is the instructor and author of the curriculum used within the institute at Madison East High School. UW-Madison School of Education Dean Diana Hess was among the people invited by Rodriguez to visit the Xicanx Institute for Education and Self-Determination (XIES).
Mon
Aug
01
UW-Madison alumnus Fernando Sanchez was recently hired as an assistant professor of English in professional writing at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. Sanchez received his master’s degree from the School of Education's Department of Counseling Psychology in 2006. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in English from Purdue University in 2016.
Fri
Jul
29
UW-Madison’s Nicole Bowman-Farrell will be taking part in two sessions at the National Indian Education Association's Conference. Bowman-Farrell will be presenting ​at a pre-convention workshop called, “Utilizing a Tri-Lateral Model Approach to Revitalize Tribal Education Systems.” She also will be taking part in an in-convention session titled, “Asserting Sovereignty & Building Tribal Nations Using the Tri-Lateral Indian Education Policy Model.”
Thu
Jul
28
UW-Madison alumna and Michigan State University Professor Patricia Edwards is the author of a new book titled, “New Ways to Engage Parents: Strategies and Tools for Teachers and Leaders, K-12.” Edwards received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1979. UW-Madison’s Catherine Compton-Lilly, a faculty member with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, penned the foreword for Edwards’ book.
Tue
Jul
26
UW-Madison alumnus Tim Berto was recently chosen by the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) as a member of its 2016 cohort of Teaching Fellows. Berto, who is committed to teaching chemistry to high school students, is receiving his master’s degree in secondary science education from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. This fall, Berto will begin his first year of teaching at Middleton (Wis.) High School.
Mon
Jul
25
UW-Madison alumnus Gerardo Mancilla is joining Edgewood College's School of Education as the new director of Education Administration. Mancilla will also be joining Edgewood’s School of Education as a faculty member, announced Timothy D. Slekar, dean of Edgewood's School of Education. Mancilla earned his Ph.D. from UW-Madison's No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2015, and also received a master's degree in multicultural education from UW-Madison.
Thu
Jul
21
UW-Madison alumnus Thompson Brandt is the author of a book titled, “The Influence of Don R. Marcouiller,” published by Bookstand. Marcouiller was director of the UW marching band in the early 1950s, and from 1956 to 1987 was director of bands at Drake University. Brandt earned a master’s degree (1985) in educational administration and Ph.D. (1985) from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in music education.
Fri
Jul
15
UW-Madison alumnus Mark Paige is the author of a new book titled, “Building a Better Teacher: Understanding Value-Added Models in the Law of Teacher Evaluation.” Paige earned a master’s (2006) and Ph.D. (2011) from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and also graduated from the university’s Law School in 2007. Paige is a professor of public policy at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. He has represented school districts in a variety of education law matters in various state and federal jurisdictions, including the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
Thu
Jul
14
UW-Madison alumna Dana Morris-Jones is the author of a recently released book titled, “The Power of Difference: From Conflict to Collaboration in Five Steps.” Morris-Jones earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the School of Education in 1978. She says she is convinced that human beings have the capability to resolve their differences constructively, and that our well being depends on it. Her background in counseling psychology, extensive training in group dynamics and organizational behavior, certification as a mediator, and decades of consulting to organizations, has contributed to that belief.
Fri
Jul
08
Madison's Isthmus newspaper recently posted a report about seated ballet classes being offered by J Matzner, a UW-Madison alumna who teaches at the Kehl School of Dance. Matzner is teaching people with mobility challenges to explore the beauty of ballet. The classes started in January 2014 and are believed to be the first of their kind in the area. Matzner earned an undergraduate degree from the School of Education’s Dance Department in May 2013.
Fri
Jul
01
The latest edition of Learning Connections, a news magazine from the UW-Madison School of Education, is now available online. The Summer 2016 issue is filled with exciting news about School of Education faculty, staff, students and alumni, and features a cover story about the Morgridge Center for Public Service, which is celebrating 20 years of bridging campus and community.
Thu
Jun
30
UW-Madison alumna Susan Gallagher-Lepak was named to the position of founding Dean of UW‑Green Bay’s College of Health, Education and Social Welfare, the university announced on June 27. Gallagher-Lepak is the second dean to be appointed in UW-Green Bay’s new four-college model, the first major restructuring of academic administration at the university in two decades. She earned her Ph.D. in rehabilitation psychology from UW-Madison’s School of Education in 1996.
Mon
Jun
27
UW-Madison's Jacob Meyer is the lead author of a new paper examining the influence of exercise on depression. The report was published online in the journal Behavior Therapy. Results from this study could encourage those suffering from depression to consider light exercise as a useful symptom self-management tool. Meyer is an alumnus of the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, where he earned a Ph.D. in 2015. He currently works as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and as an Instructor in the Department of Kinesiology.
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