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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.”
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.
For years, Paris Wicker’s job was to help students succeed at college. Now she’s taking her own advice. Wicker, an incoming doctoral student at UW–Madison, worked the last decade in admissions and student affairs at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. When she left Lawrence in August, she was serving as associate dean of students for student transition, support and persistence. At UW–Madison, Wicker will be a Ph.D. fellow in a new program for doctoral students across three departments: sociology, education policy studies, and educational leadership and policy analysis.
UW-Madison’s Bianca Baldridge is the author of an op-ed that explains how afterschool youth work can be both beneficial and harmful, as it perpetuates deficit-based narratives that frame black and Latinx youth as culturally deprived, academically unmotivated, and in need of saving. Baldridge is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. She is a sociologist of education and youth worker, and the author of the forthcoming book, “Reclaiming Community: Race and the Uncertain Future of Youth Work."
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.
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?”
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.
With the start of the 2018-19 academic year just over the horizon, UW-Madison's School of Education is preparing to welcome a highly regarded cohort of new faculty hires to campus. Fourteen faculty members are set to join the School of Education’s roster during the fall semester, which is one of the largest such groups to sign on with the School since its founding in 1930. “The many talented faculty members we bring to campus to work in fields as varied as the arts, health and education are among the great strengths of our School of Education,” says Dean Diana Hess.
Christina Klawitter was recently named the School of Education’s next associate dean for student academic affairs, a position she is starting on Sept. 24. Klawitter, who is an alumna of the School of Education and previously worked at UW-Madison for more than a decade, returns to campus after serving as the dean of students at Beloit College since 2011.
This summer, about 100 Madison families with kids entering kindergarten will get home visits from teachers in an experimental effort to build relationships, reports The Capital Times. Beth Vaade, a program evaluation specialist with the Madison School District and co-director of the Madison Education Partnership (MEP), said the hope is to forge a bond with families so when kids go from 4-year-old kindergarten to 5-year-old classes “on that first day, they’re feeling like this is a safe place, this is a place that cares about me, and a place that I want to be part of.” The partnership is a research effort between the district, the UW-Madison School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research and community members. MEP aims to improve educational outcomes. Also leading the project is UW-Madison's Eric Grodsky, a professor of sociology and educational policy studies.
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