Media mentions for Fall 2018 edition of Learning Connections

Media Mentions

Faculty and staff from across UW–Madison’s School of Education are routinely quoted or making their voices heard in newspapers, magazines and online news media outlets. Similarly, these experts are often interviewed and showcased on a range of local, regional and national radio and television news reports. Over the past year, there have been more than 100 School of Education-related media mentions. Following are a few examples from the past several months. To check out more In the Media reports, visit: 

Nathan speaks with Wall Street Journal about study-with-me videos

UW–Madison’s Mitchell Nathan is quoted in a June report from the Wall Street Journal that examined the explosion of so-called study-with-me videos.

The WSJ report is headlined, “Quiet! I’m Cramming for Finals — By Watching Someone Else Study,” and it explains that “as the school year ends, many students are watching videos of others hitting the books.”

Mitch NathanThe report notes: “In a tidy corner of the internet, a diligent class of students film themselves studying and post the videos online. They solve problem sets, revise worksheets, color-code notes and make flashcards — inviting viewers to study with them.”

The Wall Street Journal adds: “Some students may feel isolated when they’re up late studying. Having a video on in the background can feel like having a study buddy.”

“I think the people making these videos are tapping into a need where you want to be social without being disrupted from your study goals,” Nathan tells the Wall Street Journal for the report. “Think of it like parallel play. This is parallel studying: You’re ignoring each other, but that’s still much more preferable than doing it all by yourself.”

Nathan is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Learning Sciences with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology.

Diverse Issues special editionDiverse Issues spotlights
UW-Madison’s Jackson

Jerlando Jackson is featured in a special September edition of Diverse Issues in Higher Education, with the magazine showcasing the accomplishments of distinguished professors of color.

Jackson is the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, and chair of the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He also is director and chief research scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB).

Diverse Issues notes that Jackson was the first African American to be selected by UW–Madison as a Vilas Distinguished Professor in 2012.

“I was very pleased that my department, School of Education and university felt that my body of work, including my contributions on campus, warranted the distinction,” Jackson tells Diverse Issues. “I quickly also learned that these distinctions come with responsibilities to take on important university service obligations.”

In other reports…

• School of Education Dean Diana Hess appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The Morning Show” in September to talk about the importance of civics education. Hess has spent much of her career researching the impact of school-based civic education programs and how students experience and learn from discussions of highly controversial political issues. Such discourse is at the heart of a democratic education, Hess tells WPR, and these discussions help students understand diverse points of view and become more politically engaged adults.

Helen Lee glass blowing• Wisconsin Life in September produced an in-depth look at the remarkable work of Helen Lee, who is a master glassblower. Lee is a faculty member with the School of Education’s Art Department, where she heads the university’s highly regarded Glass Lab. “Glass has this really alien behavior,” says Lee. “How do you interact with something that’s changing its behavior as you work with it? It’s just really captivating to me.” The report explains how Lee’s glass artwork has been exhibited across the globe and how growing up bilingual, much of her work explores language. Wisconsin Life is co-produced by Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television.

• The Chronicle of Higher Education in July posted a report examining “education deserts,” with the newspaper making note of the expertise of Nicholas Hillman, who has conducted significant research on this topic. Hillman is an associate professor with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. The article explores the breadth and impact of the pockets of the country in which it’s difficult for place-bound students to get to college, otherwise known as education deserts. “What would it take to make sure that distance doesn’t prevent students from obtaining a college degree? Making geography a bigger part of the conversation about college fit would be a start, according to Nicholas Hillman,” the article explains.

• A July article from Men’s Health about the dangers of football for young players’ brains quotes Julie Stamm and her research. Stamm, who leads UW–Madison’s anatomy courses, is an associate lecturer with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology. Men’s Heath notes that a 2017 study co-authored by Stamm in the journal Translational Psychiatry found that “people who started playing tackle football before age 12 doubled their risk of having behavioral problems and cognitive impairment, and tripled their risk of suffering from depression later in life. The increased risks did not change based on how many years they had played, the number of concussions they had, or whether they played through high school, college, or the pros,” the article explained.

• The work of Gear Learning, a game development studio that is led by Michael Beall and housed within the School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research, was highlighted in the June issue of In Business magazine. Gear Learning has a focus on the collaboration between subject matter experts and game designers, and its location in Madison gives the studio an advantage. Beall told In Business that Madison is the most potent hub of game development in the Midwest, and the Madison area is full of innovation and creativity. “Thanks to the foresight of Diana Hess, dean of the School of Education, and Bob Mathieu, director of WCER, Gear Learning is positioned to have tremendous impact in the field of games for learning,” Beall tells In Business. “As part of the UW–Madison campus, I am in regular meetings with some of the world’s foremost experts in areas like astronomy, pharmaceuticals, women’s health, astro-botany, and others. Through games, we bring together amazing people, all of whom seek to leverage the power of games to engage and educate.”

Bianca Baldridge• UW–Madison’s Bianca Baldridge is the author of an op-ed published in September by the Black Youth Project that explains how afterschool youth work can be both beneficial and harmful, as it perpetuates deficit-based narratives that frame black and Latinx youth as culturally deprived, academically unmotivated, and in need of saving. Baldridge is an assistant professor with the Department of Educational Policy Studies. She is a sociologist of education and youth worker, and the author of the forthcoming book, “Reclaiming Community: Race and the Uncertain Future of Youth Work.” 

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