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Educational Policy Studies News

Wed
Feb
28
UW-Madison alumna Jennifer Seelig’s dissertation research examining educational policy in rural Wisconsin is receiving recognition from two different groups associated with the American Educational Research Association -- Division L (educational policy and politics) and the rural education special interest group. Seelig received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies in 2017. Her ethnographic study examines a small town in Northern Wisconsin. "I am very pleased that my colleagues acknowledge the importance of considering the effects of educational policies in rural contexts," says Seelig.
Fri
Feb
23
Kathryn Moeller first started looking into efforts by major corporations and their foundations to support girls and young women in Latin America, Africa and Asia more than a decade ago. At the time, several global brands, such as Nike and ExxonMobil, were getting behind theories promoted by some economists in the early 1990s that considered investing in girls’ and women’s education to be the most efficient way to end poverty and promote development. Moeller’s extensive research examining these efforts was released in a new book in February titled, “The Gender Effect: Capitalism, Feminism, and the Corporate Politics of Development.”
Mon
Feb
19
A 2005 article from UW-Madison's Michael Apple, "Doing Things the 'Right' Way," was selected as a "Hall of Fame" article by the journal Educational Review. Educational Review's Hall of Fame page selects published articles that "have proved very popular, are highly cited, or have generated considerable debate among readers." In "Doing Things the 'Right' Way," Apple discusses how the "political right" has traditionally blamed educators for “high drop-out rates, a decline in ‘functional literacy’, a loss of standards and discipline, the failure to teach ‘real knowledge’ and economically useful skills, poor scores on standardized tests, and more."
Fri
Feb
16
UW-Madison’s Lena Batt was nominated by the university and selected to participate in the 2018 David L. Clark Seminar, a two-day event for emerging educational administration and policy scholars. The seminar is sponsored by the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Divisions A and L, and University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). Batt is a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies, where she also earned her master’s degree.
Tue
Feb
13
The Discussion Project is a new professional development initiative created at the UW–Madison School of Education to help instructors both facilitate high-quality classroom discussions and prepare their students to participate in them. “Discussion-rich classrooms are valuable because students hear multiple perspectives and learn how to engage civilly with those holding opposing views, and that’s an important skill in a democracy,” says School of Education Dean Diana Hess.
Tue
Feb
13
Grand Challenges teams will showcase their Transform proposals submitted for funding on Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Attendees to the poster fair can come speak with Grand Challenges teams about their proposals, see posters created by ​students from the School of Education's Art Department and have a complimentary lunch. The School of Education's Grand Challenges initiative aims to connect the School of Education with community partners to "identity and address critical problems in education, health and the arts."
Tue
Jan
30
UW-Madison began revitalizing the summer experience in 2016 with a significant increase in scholarship funding. The goal was to encourage more students to take advantage of accelerated summer courses so they could graduate on time and avoid the expense of extra semesters. Building on these successes in 2018, UW–Madison will serve a wider range of students during the summer months. Current undergraduates, incoming freshmen, students visiting from other institutions, high school students, and others will benefit from the university’s world-class resources.
Fri
Jan
19
UW-Madison's Diana Hess authored a commentary for Education Week that is headlined, "The Problem With Calling Scholars 'Too Political.' " Hess is dean of the School of Education and the Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education. In the column, Hess writes about the importance of education scholars speaking up and participating in public debates about their issues of expertise. She frames partaking in political debate as a responsibility and a way to give back to the community and the universities that support them.
Wed
Jan
10
UW-Madison’s Kathryn Moeller recently was named to the editorial board of the interdisciplinary journal, Feminist Studies. Moeller is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. In her new role with the journal, she will be leading the review of articles related to education in a call for papers on “Indigenous Feminist Politics in Settler Contexts.”
Mon
Jan
08
Four graduate students from UW-Madison, including the School of Education’s Michael Davis, were recently featured by The Capital Times as part of the newspaper’s annual “Bright Ideas” dispatch. For the fifth year, Cap Times reporters asked several Madisonians to share their "bright ideas" for the new year. UW-Madison graduate students Bakari Wallace, Ife Williams, Ethen Pollard and Davis co-authored a short report headlined, “Research, study and work as radical black scholars.” Davis is a Ph.D. student with the Department of Educational Policy Studies.
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