Summer 2018 edition of Learning Connections


This is the online edition of Learning Connections, a news magazine from the UW-Madison School of Education. The ‚ÄčSummer 2018 issue is filled with exciting news about School of Education faculty, staff, students and alumni. A pdf of the Summer 2018 Learning Connections is available here.

Summer 2018 edition highlights include:

• Letter from the Dean: Diana Hess thanks our many alumni and friends for their support while ‚Äčnoting how the School of Education continues to build on the excellence of its academic programs, and bolster its innovative research and outreach initiatives

• News and notes: Check out highlights from across the School over the past six months

Summer 2018 Learning Connections CoverLeadership that Matters: After a remarkable run at UW–Madison, Gloria Ladson-Billings shifts her focus to heading the National Academy of Education

Leadership that Matters: Erica Halverson is working with innovators across disciplines to bring arts experiences to underserved youth

Leadership that Matters: Tim Boals, WIDA providing trusted tools and resources for educators of language learners

Leadership that Matters: Dorothy Farrar-Edwards' research on leading edge of examining effects of aging and functional independence

Annual Fund match made possible by Kathryn Richardson, and Cindy and Roger Schaus

• Students from Department of Theatre and Drama benefiting from generosity of Dennis Dorn

• Tashia and John Morgridge supporting student scholarships and faculty excellence via $20 million gift to UW–Madison

Grand Challenges: Transform grants supporting interdisciplinary projects designed to back youth and families in Wisconsin

• Media mentions: Sampling of media outlets putting the spotlight on, and utilizing the expertise of, faculty members from across the School

• UW–Madison shines at American Educational Research Association's 2018 Annual Meeting in New York

Honors and awards

Students news: Joe Jacobson pursuing master's in rehabilitation counseling while serving as U.S. administrative law judge

Student news roundup

• Class notes: Check out what your fellow School of Education alumni are up to

• Meet the School's 2018 Faculty and Staff Distinguished Achievement Award winners

Keep in Touch!

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