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Educational Policy Studies News

Mon
Dec
10
The latest edition of Learning Connections, a news magazine published twice a year for alumni and friends of the UW-Madison School of Education, is now available online. The ​Fall 2018 issue is filled with exciting news about School of Education faculty, staff, students and alumni. The theme for this latest issue is impact. By tapping into its talents and expertise, the School is involved in a range of initiatives across the arts, health and education that are designed to positively impact our community — and our world.
Fri
Dec
07
The call for proposals is now open for the 2019 Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) Institute on Equity Leadership and Cultural Competence being held April 15-16 at The Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin.The Institute, MSAN’s annual conference, is an intensive two-day professional learning opportunity dedicated to sharing cutting-edge strategies for racial equity work in K-12 schools.The call for proposals is open until Feb. 1.
Thu
Nov
15
Donna Shalala, a former chancellor at UW-Madison, was recently elected to Congress and will be representing Florida’s 27th congressional district. According to interviews in a report from Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Shalala has an impressive history of leadership, even before she ventured into politics. Among former colleagues and friends of Shalala interviewed for the Diverse Issues report is Gloria Ladson-Billings, a recently retired professor with the School of Education who cites Shalala as a mentor.
Fri
Nov
09
UW-Madison’s Michael Apple recently delivered two presentations in Europe. Apple is the John Bascom Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies. Apple delivered the Sara Fielden Memorial Lecture on “The Challenges of Critical Education” at the University of Manchester in England. He then went on to give the Studia Generalia Lecture on “The Challenges of Critical Education” at The University of the Arts in Helsinki, Finland.
Wed
Nov
07
UW-Madison’s Michael Apple is quoted in a recent news report from The Guardian headlined, “ ‘School is very oppressive’: why home-schooling is on the rise.” The deck headline explains: “Exams, rules, timetables: do teachers know what’s best for children? Increasing numbers of British parents don’t think so.” Apple tells The Guardian: “Even with evident shortcomings, schools provide a kind of ‘social glue,’ a common cultural reference point in our polyglot, increasingly multicultural society."
Wed
Oct
31
UW-Madison’s Michael Apple appeared on NPR’s “On Point” program on Tuesday, Oct. 30 to talk about the “unschooling” movement. NPR reports: “Is a child who spends the day watching videos or playing in the backyard actually learning? Yes, say advocates of the 'unschooling' movement.” Apple, the John Bascom Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies, expressed concerns about how this model would be followed by most people. "To me the issue is what do we do collectively? The vast majority of students in the United States will never see a self-directed learning program or an unschooled program," he says.
Thu
Oct
25
The Discussion Project is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2019 cohort. This initiative is a professional development program for UW-Madison faculty and teaching staff, and is designed to help participants: Learn to create inclusive classroom climates; develop discussion strategies for both small and large groups; improve facilitation skills; contemplate discussion evaluation and assessment; consider ethical issues related to classroom discussion; and learn about ways to assess discussion.
Tue
Oct
23
The Center for Research on Early Childhood Education, also known by the acronym CRECE (Spanish for “it grows” and pronounced “cray-say”), is launching at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) within the School of Education. CRECE will support cross-disciplinary research, critical policy analyses, high-impact teacher education, professional development for current and next-generation early childhood education researchers, and outreach to the early childhood community.
Fri
Oct
19
Seven students from across UW-Madison — including two from the School of Education — have been selected as recipients of the highly competitive Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Awards. Diana Famakinwa, who is being advised by Lesley Bartlett, will examine, "Africa’s secret weapon — A case study of diaspora engagement in Nigerian higher education.” And Choua Xiong, who is being advised by Stacey Lee, is studying, “Activating Hmongness in Thai Schools – Hmong Negotiation of Citizenship and Belonging in Northern Thailand.”
Fri
Sep
14
With rhetoric ratcheting up ahead of the November elections and a new school year just underway, an upcoming conference hosted by the UW-Madison School of Education couldn’t be more timely or relevant. The event is titled, “Teaching About the 2018 Elections: Preparing Students for Political Engagement,” and it will run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, in Grainger Hall. The conference is designed to provide educators the tools, resources and confidence they’d need to teach about electoral politics in a way that is engaging but respectful to differing points of view.
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