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Educational Policy Studies News

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.
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
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.
Wed
Aug
22
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.
Tue
Aug
21
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.
Wed
Aug
15
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.
Wed
Aug
15
UW-Madison Professor Emeritus Gloria Ladson-Billings was recently profiled by Madison365.com in its series of “I am Madison” profiles. Ladson-Billings was a faculty member with the School of Education from 1991 until her retirement earlier this year. She is currently serving a four-year term as president of the National Academy of Education. “I am Madison” is a project of Madison365 and Madison Community Foundation, funded by a grant in MCF’s Year of Giving. The project tells the stories of Madison’s history in the voice of people of color.
Thu
Aug
09
The Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Network (The Network) hosted the Wisconsin Education Tour, a two-day excursion and exploration of educational opportunities in Wisconsin. Starting at the Education Building, 45 international and domestic graduate students and visiting scholars gathered each day and boarded a bus to visit multiple educational sites around south-central and southeastern Wisconsin in early May. The dynamic and informative tour included stops and learning opportunities at four distinct educational institutions, including a rural school district, an urban charter school, an early childhood education center, and a community school.
Tue
Aug
07
Brava recently quoted UW-Madison's Walter Stern in an article about how lifelong learning keeps the brain healthy. Stern is an assistant professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Policy Studies. In the magazine article, Stern speaks about how he supports auditors and seniors returning to the classroom, and sees them as assets to classroom culture.
Tue
Jul
31
Rich Halverson was recently named the UW-Madison School of Education’s new associate dean for innovation and partnerships, a position he is starting on Aug. 1. Halverson is a professor with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and the director of the Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Network (The Network) within the School of Education. In his new role, Halverson will lead plans to expand the School’s current office of Education Outreach and Partnerships into a larger, more comprehensive unit.
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