The educational landscape is dotted with a range of challenges that can appear daunting to educators, administrators and parents alike.
With that in mind, American Education Week (Nov. 18 to 22) is an opportune time for UW-Madison’s School of Education to lend a hand in guiding its range of partners through this sometimes difficult terrain and into a future in which every child has access to a free, high-quality public education.
In this regard, the School is offering resources and a variety of opportunities for friends and colleagues to learn about emerging issues, explore new perspectives and highlight success stories.
The School’s featured American Education Week event is titled, “Exploring a Route Toward Adoption of the Common Core,” which runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20. During this presentation at the Education Building, UW-Madison alumnus Christopher Lehman, co-author of "Pathways to the Common Core," will debunk myths, extract meaning and provide needed guidance on the nation’s challenge of adopting the Common Core State Standards. (To sign up for this event, or to learn how to take part in a live web stream of it, view this web page.)
A sampling of other programs and resources provided by the UW-Madison School of Education in conjunction with American Education Week include:
• Dean Julie Underwood will explore the privatization of education in the United States and what it means for the future of public education and this cornerstone of democracy. Her presentation is called, “Readying our Public Education for Politics and Privatization.” The event runs from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Education Building.
Meanwhile, check out Underwood’s Op-Ed that appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Tuesday, Nov. 19. She shared her thoughts on how American Education Week presents a golden opportunity to celebrate public schools, to honor those who are making a difference in children’s lives and to call upon all Americans to do their part in making public schools great for every child.
• Join us for a screening of “Black Lights: They Choose to Succeed.” This is a documentary film produced and directed by Karla Manning, a doctoral student in School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The documentary features several students, educators and community members who offer insight into the academic achievements, as well as perceptions, of black students in Chicago. The program begins at 4 p.m. in the MERIT Library within the Teacher Education Building, and after the viewing Manning will open the floor for questions and discussion. This film can be checked out at the MERIT library.
• Gay Ivey, UW-Madison’s Tashia F. Morgridge Chair in Reading, shares a series of tips for teachers and families that are designed to encourage engaged readers. Ivey is the co-author of a recent paper titled, “Engaged With Young Adult Literature: Outcomes and Process,” that is published in the most recent issue of Reading Research Quarterly.
• Catherine Compton-Lilly, an associate professor with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, highlights ideas on how to keep an eye on diversity and invite students' different perspectives into conversations with text. In this short paper, she suggests that the Common Core State Standards, like most educational initiatives, are incomplete and teachers will need to use their professional judgment to address gaps presented by these standards.
• And if you are interested in lending your talents to helping others, learn more about Badger Volunteers, a semester-long program that gives students the training and logistical support they need to provide meaningful and consistent service to the Madison community. More information about how you can apply to be a Badger Volunteers partner and welcome students into your classroom is available on this web page.
For complete details about the School of Education’s entire American Education Week lineup, visit this web page.