Educational Policy Studies News
For the third consecutive year, UW-Madison’s School of Education is rated No. 1 among public institutions in U.S. News & World Report’s annual graduate school rankings released March 16. According to the "2017 Best Education Schools" index, the U.S. News graduate school rankings slot UW-Madison’s School of Education fourth overall, behind only Stanford University, Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University. Last year, UW-Madison ranked fifth overall.
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) announced in a news release Tuesday the winners of several of its top 2016 awards for excellence in education research. And among those being recognized are UW-Madison’s Diana Hess and Paula McAvoy, the recipients of the 2016 AERA Outstanding Book Award for their publication, “The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education.” Meanwhile, UW-Madison alumnus Kevin Kumashiro will receive AERA’s Social Justice in Education Award.
Former colleagues and students of UW-Madison Professor Emeritus Herbert Kliebard will be holding an American Educational Research Association (AERA) memorial session for the former longtime faculty member with the School of Education’s departments of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies. Kliebard passed away on June 8, 2015, at the age of 84. The event is titled, “Herbert M. Kliebard and the Struggle for Curriculum Study: Celebrating a Scholar's Life.” It will run from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, during the 2016 AERA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
UW-Madison’s Kathryn Moeller is the author of a recent blog post for the Huffington Post headlined, “Whiteness in an era of Trump: Where do we go from here?” Moeller is an assistant professor with the Department of Educational Policy Studies. In her post, Moeller spells out a series of measures that will “begin to move us closer towards the possibility of dismantling our country's racially and economically inequitable system."
For nearly 30 years, remarkable faculty at UW-Madison have been singled out by their peers for their distinguished contributions to teaching, research and service. Since 1987, these scholars — one from each of the four faculty divisions (Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Studies) — have been honored with the prestigious Hilldale Award. And the School of Education’s Michael Apple is among those receiving this top honor in 2016. Apple is the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies.
In a tradition dating back more than 60 years, UW-Madison is again honoring its finest educators with the Distinguished Teaching Award. Twelve faculty members, revered by students and colleagues for their achievements in and out of the classroom, are being recognized March 16 -- including Linn Posey-Maddox from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. Posey-Maddox, an assistant professor, is receiving the Class of 1955 Teaching Excellence Award.
With one year of community collaboration complete, the UW South Madison Partnership has extended its reach to more people on all sides of the equation: community members of all ages, individual and group collaborations between UW–Madison professionals and citizens, and expanded versions of existing successes. Julissa Ventura, a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Education's Department of Educational Policy Studies, has been instrumental in the helping foster mutually beneficial relationships between South Madison and the university.
UW-Madison’s Michael Apple delivered the Robert J. Stevenson Memorial Lecture on Feb. 14 at the Association of Teacher Educators’ 2016 Annual Conference in Chicago. Apple’s address was titled, "Educational Realities and the Tasks of the Critical Educator.” Apple is the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies with the School of Education.
The Christian Science Monitor recently published an in-depth report headlined, “Free-range education: Why the unschooling movement is growing.” The article explains how a “once-utopian idea -– allowing kids to ‘discover’ their own education path while learning at home -– goes mainstream.” And among those helping The Christian Science Monitor put this topic in perspective is UW-Madison’s Michael Apple, the university’s John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies.
WisconsinWatch.org recently published an interesting and in-depth report headlined, “Apartment learning centers seek to shrink achievement gap for children and adults.” Among the experts WisconsinWatch.org spoke with for this report is UW-Madison’s Eric Grodsky, who stressed the importance of rigorously studying various programs to be able to better understand the true extent of any given center’s effectiveness. “Without that evaluation," he says, "it’s a lot harder to get other entities to commit the sorts of resources necessary to do what they have done.”