Educational Policy Studies News
Several faculty members from UW-Madison were recognized by Education Week blogger Rick Hess as being among the very best when it comes to contributing substantially to the nation’s education discourse. These annual public influence rankings appear each January in Education Week’s “Straight Up” blog, which is authored by Hess. In the 2016 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings released Jan. 6, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Sara Goldrick-Rab and Geoffrey Borman are included in these most recent efforts to spotlight a top 200.
UW-Madison’s Christina Cappy was awarded the 2015 Society for the Anthropology of Religion’s Student Paper Prize at the American Anthropological Association’s Annual meeting in Denver. Cappy is pursuing a joint Ph.D. degree in educational policy studies and anthropology. The paper that was recognized is titled: “Righteous Paths: Enacting Morality in South African Morning Assemblies.” This prize supports theoretically significant, ethnographically rich and publicly-oriented work by early career scholars.
UW-Madison's School of Education celebrated with its newest class of graduates by hosting its annual pre-commencement celebration Sunday morning, Dec. 20, at the Gordon Dining and Event Center. Before heading over to the Kohl Center to walk across the stage at the university’s Winter 2015 Commencement ceremony, students from the School of Education enjoyed breakfast, heard from Dean Diana Hess, and hung out with faculty and staff, family and friends.
The latest edition of Learning Connections, a news magazine from the UW-Madison School of Education, is now available online. This Fall 2015 issue is filled with exciting news about School of Education faculty, staff, students and alumni.
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded grants totaling $223,397 to eight doctoral students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison –- including two studying with the School of Education -- through the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) program. Congratulations to Alexandra Allweiss (Educational Policy Studies, and Curriculum and Instruction) and Teresa Speciale (Educational Policy Studies).
UW-Madison’s Sara Goldrick-Rab is the lead author of a new report titled, “Hungry to Learn: Addressing Food & Housing Insecurity Among Undergraduates.” The paper begins by noting: “According to a new survey of more than 4,000 undergraduates at 10 community colleges across the nation, half of all community college students are struggling with food and/or housing insecurity.” The paper has received significant media attention from outlets across the country since its release by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab.
UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award at the Literacy Research Association’s 65th annual conference this week in Carlsbad, Calif. The theme for this year’s LRA conference was, "Literacy, Equity and Imagination." Ladson-Billings delivered a Distinguished Scholar Lifetime Achievement Presentation on Thursday, Dec. 3, titled, “#LiterateLivesMatter: Black Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening in the 21st Century.”
UW-Madison’s Sara Goldrick-Rab co-authored an op-ed for the Dec. 4 New York Times that’s headlined, “Hungry, Homeless and in College.” This op-ed is based on a new report out of Goldrick-Rab's Wisconsin HOPE Lab titled, “Hungry to Learn: Addressing Food & Housing Insecurity Among Undergraduates.”
On Nov. 24, UW-Madison announced a new $5.2 million U.S. Department of Education grant that will fund the largest research collaboration to date between Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the university. Over the next four years, education researchers at DPI and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), part of UW-Madison's School of Education, will mine longitudinal data from Wisconsin schools, supported by qualitative studies, to identify proven practices teachers can use to narrow gaps in student opportunity and achievement levels across all racial and ethnic backgrounds, and family income levels. The Wisconsin State Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Capital Times, Daily Cardinal and Badger Herald newspapers are among the media outlets reporting on this important project.
UW-Madison’s Paula White will be having an upcoming show, Dec. 8 to Jan. 22, in the School of Education Gallery. The theme of this show is, “Cuba Today: Caminando Por La Calle.” Through her photography, White shows life in Cuba today – what you would see and hear as you walk through the streets of Havana and beyond. White is the project manager for the Study of Iowa High Schools – a research project within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), where she has worked for nearly 30 years. She also is an alumna of the School of Education, having earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Policy Studies.