Educational Policy Studies News
UW-Madison's Gloria Ladson-Billings was quoted in a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article examining the achievement gap between black and white students in Wisconsin. Ladson-Billings is the School of Education's Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education and is a professor with the departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Policy Studies, and Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. In the article, she stresses the complexity of the achievement disparities, and says that too many policymakers and politicians want to explain the gap with just a single explanation, such as "poverty, parental shortcomings or cultural deficits."
Notable School of Education faculty members Faisal Abdu'Allah and Gloria Ladson-Billings will speak at the October Research Showcase, presented by the Wisconsin Union Directorate. The showcase runs from 7 to 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - DeLuca Forum. The showcase is free. Abdu'Allah and Ladson-Billings will each deliver a 30-minute lecture, followed by a panel discussion.
UW-Madison’s Michael W. Apple received an honorary degree from the Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul during a ceremony in Brazil on Oct. 20. “Of all of the honorary doctorates I have been awarded, this one is among the most significant,” says Apple. “The Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul and Porto Alegre, Brazil have been at the center of critical educational policy and practice for decades.” Apple, who has called UW-Madison home since 1970, is the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies.
UW-Madison’s Outstanding Women of Color Selection Committee recently announced its six Outstanding Women of Color for 2016, and the School of Education’s Julissa Ventura is among the people being recognized. Ventura is a Ph.D. candidate with the Department of Educational Policy Studies. She also is a Fellow of the Morgridge Center for Public Service Community-University Exchange-South Madison.
The School of Education's Michael Davis will be a speaker in the upcoming "Relations between Community and Police" symposium sponsored by the Wisconsin University Union on Wednesday, Oct. 5. The public symposium will address serious local and national questions about community-police relations, as well as proposed solutions. Davis is a Ph.D student with UW-Madison's Department of Educational Policy Studies and a master's student in the Department of African American Studies.
UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings will be delivering the keynote lecture at the Peter C. Murrell Jr. Memorial Symposium on Urban Education on Oct. 6 at Loyola University Maryland’s School of Education. The symposium will create discussion between educators, youth activists and other community members about how to move away from more traditional school instruction and toward modernized teaching tactics and ways of forming bonds between the instructor and student. Ladson-Billings is the School of Education's Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education.
UW-Madison professor Lesley Bartlett and alumna Fran Vavrus appeared on the weekly podcast “FreshEd with Will Brehm” to talk about a book they have co-authored that is due to be released later this year. In this podcast episode, Bartlett and Vavrus discuss the ideas from their upcoming book titled “Rethinking Case Study Research: A Comparative Approach.” These topics include the re-imagining of traditional case study techniques to accommodate factors such as culture, context, space, place and comparison.
Badger Bridge, a networking site for UW-Madison alumni, is now live. Use it to build connections with classmates and other Badgers.
As part of the American Educational Research Association’s centennial year programming, AERA invited 31 people to deliver six-minute Ed-Talks that conveyed key research findings crisply, quickly and in ways that were meant to be compelling to policy leaders about the value and relevance of education research. UW-Madison School of Education Dean Diana Hess was among those who presented earlier this year in Washington, D.C. Hess’ Ed-Talk, “Political Education in Polarized Times,” is now available for viewing on this YouTube page.
UW-Madison’s Regina Y. Fuller, a doctoral student with the Department of Educational Policy Studies, has been selected to be part of a new Health Policy Research Scholars program being led by Johns Hopkins University, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. As part of the inaugural cohort of scholars with the program, Fuller plans to build research on how African-born adolescents, in the United States and West Africa, interact with community-based spaces around issues of reproductive health and pregnancy prevention.