Educational Policy Studies News
UW-Madison's Gloria Ladson-Billings was elected the next President of the National Academy of Education. Her term will begin in the fall of 2017. “As president, one of the things that I’d like to do is to increase the recognition of our brand -– I don’t think a lot of people know what the academy is or what we do,” Ladson-Billings tells Madison365.com. “I’d also like to do more work with the other academies. I think that there’s some synergy there. I would like to develop some consensus panels on what I see are pressing issues.”
UW-Madison's Gloria Ladson-Billings recently gave a talk presented by the One City Institute for Early Learning about how to prepare children for the transition from home to school. The talk, held at Lincoln Elementary School, was featured in an article from The Capital Times.
UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings recently spoke with Madison’s ABC affiliate, WKOW/Ch. 27, about ongoing concerns related to the achievement gap between white and black 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.
UW-Madison’s Michael W. Apple received an honorary degree from the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) during a ceremony Nov. 18. The award is Apple’s 12th honorary degree or equivalent. These honors are among the highest in academia, and usually are conferred as a way of recognizing a distinguished visitor’s contributions to a specific area of study -- or to society as a whole. According to a news release from EdUHK it was the first time the institution had conferred honorary doctorates.
UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings was one of host Neil Heinen’s guests on the most recent airing of WISC-TV/Ch. 3’s “For the Record” program. This episode was called, “Responding to Racism.” The program centered on UW-Madison’s response to controversy over a fan who wore a mask of President Barack Obama with a noose around his neck at an Oct. 29 football game at Camp Randall Stadium. Outrage over the costume and how the university handled the incident followed.
In honor of American Education Week, the UW-Madison School of Education is hosting a working session on Tuesday, Nov. 15, to examine and address issues around teacher labor markets. Panelists include School of Education faculty members Peter Goff and Gloria Ladson-Billings, Sheila Briggs with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and Superintendent George Mavroulis from the Middleton/Cross Plains Area School District.
UW-Madison's Faisal Abdu'Allah and Gloria Ladson-Billings were featured in a Daily Cardinal report about their recent lectures as part of the Wisconsin Union Directorate Distinguished Lecture Series. Abdu’Allah is an associate professor of printmaking with the School of Education's Art Department. 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.
UW-Madison School of Education alumna Molly Stewart co-authored a new publication titled "Follow the Money: A Comprehensive Review of the Funding Mechanisms of Voucher Programs in Six Case," which analyzes how school vouchers are funded. Stewart received a master's degree in 2010 from the School of Education's Department of Educational Policy Studies, and a Ph.D. from that same department in 2013. The publication explores the impact of policies on voucher funding, contrasts eligibility criteria and considers the impact of these criteria on state spending and district revenues.
UW-Madison’s School of Education is hosting the International Network of Education Institutes' (INEI) Annual International Symposium Nov. 7-9, with keynote speeches from Angela Valenzuela and Roger Ervin. The theme for the 2016 INEI conference is "Mobility, Displacement and Migration." This topic will explore how education institutes can better serve the needs of students who have migrated, been displaced or are refugees from their homelands.
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."