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Thu
Sep
06
UW-Madison’s Diana Hess appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The Morning Show” earlier this week to talk about the importance of civics education. Despite requiring high schoolers to pass a civics test, Wisconsin is one of the few states in the country that doesn’t require schools to offer a civics course. Hess, who is Dean of the School of Education, 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.
Wed
Sep
05
UW-Madison’s occupational therapy program, which is housed within the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and is regarded as one of the very best in the United States, is hosting a 75th anniversary celebration Sept. 13-15. “We are not simply celebrating a program’s longevity,” says School of Education Dean Diana Hess. “The exceptional research, scholarship and instruction that have kept our university’s OT program at the forefront of its field for decades are both impressive and worthy of this wonderful occasion.”
Wed
Sep
05
UW-Madison’s Susan Miller Smedema was recently awarded a pilot grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for a project that examines ways to help people with the disease bolster their quality of life. Smedema is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, and is the director of the rehabilitation counseling master’s degree program. Her research project will investigate if individuals with MS who have specific strengths of character -- such as creativity, perseverance, gratitude or hope -- may be protected against negative effects of MS.
Fri
Aug
31
Four scholars with ties to UW-Madison’s School of Education traveled to China last month to take part in the 2018 International Network of Education Institutes’ (INEI) Summer Program, which was hosted by Beijing Normal University. The institute is an effort to build a cross-cultural platform for meaningful intellectual dialogue. Those from UW-Madison taking part in the program included: Hanna Lichtenstein and Kristen McNeill, who are master’s degree students with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis’ Global Higher Education program; alumna Carolyn Schroeder; and Adam Nelson, a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor with the Department of Educational Policy Studies.
Wed
Aug
29
UW-Madison and faculty members from across campus helped host an international cohort of scholars on Aug. 13 at the Pyle Center for a conference titled, “Valuing Deep Education.” The event resembled a think tank for about 20 researchers and humanitarian specialists from Taiwan, India and the United States, including School of Education faculty members Francois Victor Tochon, Lynet Uttal and Mimi Bloch.
Tue
Aug
28
Sandra Kowalczyk, a reading specialist at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie, was named a 2018 Educator of the Year by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE). Kowalczyk, who earned a Reading Specialist license through UW-Madison’s School of Education in 2005, will receive the award during the association’s annual conference Oct. 25-27 in Orlando, Fla.
Mon
Aug
27
Researchers at UW–Madison have built a robot, named Minnie, to serve as a reading buddy to middle school kids. Minnie’s new friends grew more excited about books and more attached to the robot over two weeks of reading together. Joseph Michaelis, a graduate student studying with the School of Education's Department of Educational Psychology, is the lead author of a paper on this work published Aug. 22 in the journal Science Robotics. The report is co-authored by Bilge Mutlu, a computer sciences professor.
Fri
Aug
24
UW-Madison's Michael W. Apple earlier this month delivered the keynote address at the International Symposium on Cultural Legacy and Educational Institutions, which was held at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Apple is the John Bascom Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies. His keynote was titled, "Questioning Official Knowledge." He also presented the CLASS Public Lecture at Nanyang Technological University, with a talk titled, “Can Education Change Society?”
Thu
Aug
23
Jessica Stovall, an alumna of UW-Madison’s School of Education who has spent the past 11 years teaching in suburban Chicago, appears in a new documentary series that follows students, teachers and administrators as they grapple with racial and educational inequities. Stovall earned a degree in secondary education from the School of Education in 2007 and is beginning work toward her Ph.D. this fall at Stanford University.
Thu
Aug
23
UW-Madison alumna Kara Finnigan is the co-author of a book due out in October that’s titled, “Striving in Common: A Regional Equity Framework for Urban Schools.” Finnigan received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies in 2003, and today is a professor at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education. The book is also written by Jennifer Jellison Holme, an associate professor of education policy in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin.
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