Educational Policy Studies News
A new $5.2 million U.S. Department of Education grant will fund the largest research collaboration to date between Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and UW-Madison. Over the next four years, education researchers at DPI and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), part of UW-Madison's School of Education, will mine longitudinal data from Wisconsin schools, supported by qualitative studies, to identify proven practices teachers can use to narrow gaps in student opportunity and achievement levels across all racial and ethnic backgrounds, and family income levels.
Lois Weis and Kevin Anderson are being recognized by UW-Madison’s School of Education as top alumni award winners for 2015-16. The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award recipient is Dr. Lois Weis, who is serving as a distinguished professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo. The Outstanding Recent Graduate Award is being presented to Dr. Kevin Anderson, who serves as the science education consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
The Oct. 22 of the Isthmus newspaper features a cover story that highlights the successes of UW-Madison’s groundbreaking First Wave program. The article mentions several ties that those within the School of Education have to First Wave.
UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings was recently interviewed by Madison365 in an article headlined, “12 on Tuesday: Gloria Ladson-Billings.” She tells Madison365 that her priorities today are "ensuring that our children receive a quality education. That is my one and only priority.”
UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings will take part in an upcoming panel discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at the Madison Public Library. The workshop is titled, “Why are you brown? Conversations with Young Children about Race and Privilege.” It will review the current research on children’s understanding of race and how parents can best address racism and racial inequities with their children.
In a forum posted to the Education Next website, UW-Madison’s Sara Goldrick-Rab and Andrew Kelly from the American Enterprise Institute debate the merits of President Barack Obama’s proposal to make community college free. Meanwhile, Goldrick-Rab also was quoted in an International Business Times article posted Oct. 14 that’s headlined, “Obama Administration's Financial Aid Experiment For Poor Students Innovative But 'Tricky,' Experts Say.”
The Christian Science Monitor earlier this month posted an article headlined, “Why many students might not be choosing 'right' college.” The article notes that “many students choose colleges based on price tag, unaware of available financial aid options. Colleges are increasingly taking aim at that problem.” And among those that the Christian Science Monitor spoke with about this topic is UW-Madison’s Sara Goldrick-Rab.
UW-Madison’s Kathryn Moeller received fellowships from the U.S. Fulbright Scholars Program and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for her study titled, “The Education Business." Her comparative ethnographic research project seeks to understand how and why corporations are influencing educational contexts marked by deep racial, gender, and class inequities in the U.S. and Brazil. Moeller, an assistant professor with the Department of Educational Policy Studies, is spending the 2015-16 academic year conducting research in Brazil.
Scholars and affiliates of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) have shared a variety of perspectives on the Obama administration's revamped College Scorecard, which was released on September 12 and compares colleges and universities nationwide on measures including graduate earnings, average annual cost, and the percent of students who can pay down their debt.
UW-Madison’s Michael Apple earlier this month delivered the keynote speech at the European Educational Research Association’s annual conference in Budapest, Hungary. Apple’s talk on Sept. 10 was titled, “Can Education Change Society?” Apple is UW-Madison’s John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies. Apple also is a Distinguished Professor of Educational Policy Studies at Northeast Normal University in China.