Media mentions from across the UW-Madison School of Education

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.

In Education Week commentary,
Hess urges scholars to make voices heard

Dean Diana Hess
A commentary from Diana Hess that appeared in Education Week on Jan. 16 stresses that education scholars should engage in public-policy debate for which they have a deep well of knowledge.

The commentary was headlined, “The Problem with Calling Scholars ‘Too Political.’”

Hess is dean of the School of Education and the Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education.

Hess frames partaking in political debate as a responsibility and a way to give back to the community and the universities that support scholars. Hess is an expert on what schools should or should not do to teach young people how to thoughtfully engage in discussions of controversial political issues.

“Of course, specialized experts are not the only voices that should be taken seriously in public discourse. But to eschew expertise is to rob the public of what we know it takes to develop high-quality answers to nuanced and important problems,” writes Hess.

New York Times notes CCBC research on diversity in children’s books

In two separate March articles, the New York Times noted research conducted by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) that examines diversity in children’s books. One story reported on the diversity of black characters in children’s books and another Times piece was a personal essay about representation in “A Wrinkle in Time.”

Since 1985, the CCBC, which is housed within the School of Education, has documented books it receives that are by or about people of color, or from First/Native Nations. The Times articles cited the CCBC’s statistics from the most recent report, which found that out of 3,500 children’s books published in the U.S. that it reviewed this past year, only 116 were by black authors and 319 were about African-American characters. The articles connected the statistics the CCBC tracks to the lack of representation children of color have while reading books.

The New York Times articles were headlined: “Black Kids Don’t Want to Read About Harriet Tubman All the Time;” and “I Saw Myself in ‘A Wrinkle in Time.’ But I Had to Work Hard.”

In other reports…

Amy Bellmore was interviewed in January by Wisconsin Public Radio about a study she co-authored that explains how having a diverse group of peers can have a positive impact on academic performance. Bellmore is a professor with the Department of Educational Psychology.

• This past winter, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal and Ceramics Monthly, among other media outlets, put the spotlight on the one-of-a-kind ceramics work of Gerit Grimm, who is a faculty member with the School of Education’s Art Department. The reports examined a show from the German-born artist that was running at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend titled, “Gerit Grimm’s Fairytales: In A Time Neither Now Nor Then.”

Time magazine in December examined Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ controversial first year, and UW– Madison’s Michael Apple was among the experts the publication reached out to in an effort to put these topics in perspective. Apple is the John Bascom Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies.

To read more in the media reports, visit this School of Education web page.

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