Educational Policy Studies News
UW-Madison’s Michael W. Apple is a co-editor of a newly released book titled, “Corporate Elites and the Reform of Public Education.” Says Apple: “I've devoted a good deal of time to critically analyzing the growing power of the corporate sector in education. This is now an increasingly international situation, one whose effects are quite worrisome." The book is co-edited by Helen M. Gunter and David Hall, both of whom are professors of educational policy at the University of Manchester.
A recent article from the Capital Times explores a program providing support for African American girls at Hawthorne Elementary School that is called Circles of Support. Ashley Lauren Smith, a Ph.D student with the School of Education's Department of Educational Policy Studies, co-facilitates the fourth grade girls' group in the program. Smith's research focuses on African American girls and school discipline.
UW-Madison's Paula McAvoy was quoted in a report from the Associated Press on the topic of teachers sharing their own personal political viewpoints. McAvoy is currently the program director of the Center for Ethics and Education. She also is an alumna of the School of Education, having earned her doctorate in philosophy of education from UW-Madison's Department of Educational Policy Studies. McAvoy says teachers should not shy away from political discussion in the classroom, because schools should act as a space for students to challenge ideas and consider different viewpoints while developing their personal beliefs.
UW-Madison’s Summer Term is a great opportunity to get ahead in one’s studies or stay on track for graduation -– while still leaving time to savor the best of summer. The School of Education is a campus leader in offering Summer Term classes, and in 2017 is making available more than 125 unique courses, including many that are online. Visit the School of Education’s Summer Term website -- summer.education.wisc.edu -- and check out the range of courses available that speak directly to students’ interests and satisfy their academic needs.
U.S. News and World Report released its annual rankings of the top graduate schools on Tuesday, March 14, and UW-Madison’s School of Education and many of its programs once again were recognized as being among the very best in the nation. The UW-Madison School of Education is tied for No. 3 in U.S. News’ 2018 Best Education Graduate Schools ratings. This makes UW-Madison’s School of Education the top-ranked public school of education in the nation for a fourth straight time, a distinction it is sharing this year with the University of California-Los Angeles.
Leonel Lim and UW-Madison’s Michael W. Apple are the editors of a recently released book titled, “The Strong State and Curriculum Reform: Assessing the politics and possibilities of educational change in Asia.” Says Apple: “Too often we talk about borrowing supposedly successful curriculum reform from places such as Singapore, China, Japan or South Korea in a vacuum. This book demands that we look much more closely at the realities of government power and control."
Alumna Bethany Wilinski is publishing a book based in her dissertation research while at UW-Madison. Wilinski received a Ph.D. in 2014 from the School of Education's departments of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies. Today, she is an assistant professor with Michigan State University's Department of Teacher Education. The book is titled: "When Pre-K Comes to School: Policy, Partnerships, and the Early Childhood Education Workforce," and will be released March 10.
A National Academies of Sciences (NAS) committee whose members include Janet Branchaw and Eric Grodsky, both on faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Education and principal investigators at its Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), recently released a study examining evidence on undergraduate research experiences. Branchaw and Grodsky are among 16 experts from across the country who were invited to join the committee in 2015.
The School of Education's Julissa Ventura was one of six winners of the 2016 University of Wisconsin–Madison Outstanding Women of Color awards. Ventura is a Ph.D. candidate with the Department of Educational Policy Studies, and a Fellow of the Morgridge Center for Public Service Community-University Exchange-South Madison. The winners will be honored at the annual celebratory reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, at the Edgewater Hotel. The event is free to the campus and community, but registration is requested.
UW-Madison’s Lesley Bartlett will be delivering a presentation about her new book Feb. 23 at Columbia University. The book is titled “Rethinking Case Study Research: A Comparative Approach" and is co-authored by UW-Madison alumna Frances Vavrus. A flyer promoting the talk at Columbia University explains how Bartlett “contends that new approaches are necessitated by conceptual shifts in the social sciences, specifically in relation to culture, context, space, place, and comparison itself.”