Media mentions from around the UW-Madison School of Education

Faculty and staff from across UW–Madison’s School of Education are routinely quoted or featured in newspapers, magazines and other online news sources. These experts are also interviewed on the radio and showcased in television news reports. Over the past 12 months, there have been more than 100 School of Education-related media mentions. Following are a few examples from the past several months …

Bloomberg Businessweek puts spotlight
on Diamond’s ‘Despite the Best Intentions’

The research of UW–Madison’s John Diamond is featured in a Sept. 15 report from Bloomberg Businessweek headlined, “Black Students Don’t Even Get an Equal Education in Diverse Schools.”

Diamond and bookDiamond is UW–Madison’s Hoefs-Bascom Associate Professor of Education. He co-authored a 2015 book with Amanda Lewis titled, “Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools.”

“His book,” reports Bloomberg Businessweek, “is based on a five-year examination of an unidentified Midwestern high school that’s diverse and affluent and still treats black and white students differently.”

The reporter follows Diamond around Evanston, Ill. The faculty member with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis is the parent of an Evanston seventh grader. “If you go to the schools in our district, you see all kinds of people, and it looks like utopia,” Diamond tells Bloomberg Businessweek. “And if you’re a white student, it is utopia. You get to be around kids of diverse backgrounds, listen to different music, have different experiences, and also get the finest of schools. If you’re a black student, you don’t feel as respected or welcome, you don’t feel like a full citizen.”


NPR explains how Barry’s work ‘provokes existential squirminess’

Barry Book cover 200 on Aug. 16 posted a book review about Lynda Barry’s latest work, “The Greatest of Marlys.

This book reprints a collection of comics about the irrepressible Marlys Mullen, one of the stars of Barry’s long-running “Ernie Pook’s Comeek.”

Writing for, Etelka Lehoczky explains how Entertainment Weekly called this collection “poignantly funny,” while USA Today reported that “her world ... will make you laugh as much as it’ll make you pause, cry and think.”

Lehoczky goes on to point out: “But lots of artists are poignant, and lots of them ‘make you pause, cry and think.’ Barry’s unique genius lies in her capacity to wiggle under your skin and, once there, to wiggle some more until you’re gasping and twitching, not sure if it’s with laughter or something else. She provokes existential squirminess.”

Barry is an associate professor of interdisciplinary creativity with the School of Education’s Art Department. In October she was named UW–Madison’s first recipient of the Chazen Family Distinguished Chair in Art.

Wollack interviewed by Reuters about SAT security breach

Reuters this summer published a series of special reports examining security concerns related to the SAT college entrance exam.

And among the experts the news agency turned to in an effort to put this topic in perspective is UW–Madison’s James Wollack, a professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. Wollack also is the director of UW–Madison’s Testing and Evaluation Services, and the UW System’s Center for Placement Testing.

Part five of the Reuters special report published Aug. 3 was headlined: “ ‘Massive’ breach exposes hundreds of questions for upcoming SAT exams.” Reuters notes: “Experts say the failure to protect test items may be among the worst security lapses in college-admissions testing history. It’s not clear how widely the material has spread, but the exam’s owner, the College Board, is taking steps to minimize the impact.”

“A test like the SAT … is so important and so consequential and is taken by people all over the world,” Wollack tells Reuters for the report. The “College Board, especially for this program, needs to be leading the industry in terms of security.”

The report continues: If unscrupulous test-preparation centers were to obtain the items, the impact on the SAT would be “devastating,” said Wollack.

In other reports …

Clifton Conrad spoke with the New York Times for a June 22 report headlined, “How Public Universities Are Addressing Declines in State Funding.” Conrad is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and a faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. What’s different about cuts to education in recent years, Conrad tells the Times, “is that this is a very dramatic decline; it’s pretty precipitous and has been going on for a few years.”

● The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on July 31 published an article examining a new UW–Madison cultural competency training program that was rolled out during the fall semester and delivered to up to 1,000 freshmen. Among the experts across campus who helped craft the new program, the Journal Sentinel notes in its in-depth report, is the School of Education’s Steve Quintana, a professor with the Department of Counseling Psychology, and an affiliate with the School’s Department of Educational Psychology.

Peggy Choy’s “The Greatest” was featured in a WHA-TV/ PBS documentary that aired Oct. 27. The Peggy Choy Dance Company presented “THE GREATEST! Hip Dance Homage to Muhammad Ali” at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, New York, where Ali once trained. “Ali’s vision of what is ‘the greatest’ in everyone is something I wanted to bring to the public,” Choy said. The documentary is titled, “The Greatest: A Dance Tribute to Muhammad Ali.” Choy is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Dance Department.

● The Atlantic on June 6 published a short article headlined, “The Professional Burdens of Being a ‘Model Minority.’” The report by Adia Harvey Wingfield examines how “stereotypes about Asian Americans are often held up as proof that racial labels can be flattering, but they subtly produce a number of problems in schools and offices.” Among the resources The Atlantic notes is research conducted by Stacey Lee, a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies.

Matthew Hora appeared Aug. 26 on Wisconsin Public Television’s “Here and Now” program to talk about his extensive work examining the so-called skills gap in Wisconsin. Hora is a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research within the School of Education. Hora also is the co-author of a book, “Beyond The Skills Gap: Preparing College Students For Life And Work,” that came out in November from Harvard Press. In recent years, Hora has criticized everyone from President Barack Obama to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for putting too much of a focus on the skills-gap narrative and efforts to bolster vocational training as its best solution. “It’s the idea that sluggish job and economic growth is solely due to a failed higher education system — that idea itself has huge gaps,” Hora tells “Here and Now.”

● A front-page story in the Sunday, Aug. 21, Wisconsin State Journal put a much-deserved spotlight on Tim Gattenby and an outstanding UW–Madison program that’s geared toward training people with disabilities to find ways to get and stay fit. Gattenby is the coordinator of adaptive fitness and personal training with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology.

As the State Journal reports: “It’s a popular program that goes beyond physical therapy to help clients with all kinds of disabilities maintain active lifestyles while simultaneously training UW–Madison students to become a new breed of professionals in the medical field.” The article adds how Gattenby “believes his clients can achieve just as much as anyone else — even if they do have to do it a little differently sometimes — and that reflects the theme of the program, which is ‘no limits.’ ”

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