News from WCER

Center for Ethics and Education at UW-Madison Announces Inaugural Fellows

July 22, 2015

The Center for Ethics and Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the first academic center of its kind in the United States, announced its appointment of five inaugural senior fellows.


PRIME approach improves teacher implementation of student behavior plans

July 21, 2015

Disruptive classroom behavior across grade levels has worsened in recent years, according to teachers polled by Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2012. More than half of the teachers questioned said they wish they could spend less time disciplining students.


Multidisciplinary $10 Million NIH Grant Accelerates Mentoring to Diversify Science

July 21, 2015

Christine Pfund is using a decade’s worth of knowledge improving mentoring outcomes to serve a key role on a multidisciplinary, multi-institution team recently awarded a $10 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to develop a national research mentoring network.


Hess Named Next School of Education Dean

July 16, 2015

Diana Hess, senior vice president of the Spencer Foundation in Chicago, has been named the next dean of UW-Madison’s School of Education. Hess, who is also a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, will begin Aug. 1.


Faculty Beliefs about Teaching Found to Change According to Situation

July 1, 2015

WCER researcher Matthew Hora finds that faculty often hold multiple beliefs about how students learn best and that these beliefs vary according to the situation.


Preparing Future Teachers to Transform Science Class Discussions

June 18, 2015

It wasn’t until three researchers landed in the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction that they decided to team up to see how they could support those best practices among teachers-in-training.


WCER Welcomes Chinese, Azerbaijani, Native Alaskan Delegations

June 12, 2015

In the past few weeks, visitors from China, Azerbaijan and Alaska have visited the Wisconsin Center for Education Research to learn more about its research and offer perspectives on their own experiences in education.


The Future of Internships Is Virtual

June 10, 2015

The internship, a long-held tradition of the business world, is overdue for innovation.


Berland Article Named Most Read by Journal of the Learning Sciences

June 2, 2015

WCER researcher Leema Berland, whose work focuses on supporting and understanding student engagement in science, authored the most read article in the Journal of the Learning Sciences in 2014.


National Education Equity Leaders Meet on UW-Madison Campus April 27-28

April 27, 2015

A national network of educators organized by the University of Wisconsin-Madison will gather April 27 – 28 in Madison to focus on the latest research and most promising practices for eliminating racial disparities in achievement in schools across the United States.


Mathieu named director of Wisconsin Center for Education Research

April 8, 2015

Robert Mathieu has been named director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), UW–Madison School of Education Dean Julie Underwood announced April 6.


Hora Published in Review of Higher Education

April 3, 2015

A paper by WCER researcher Matthew T. Hora investigating faculty beliefs about student learning and their influence on teaching decisions has been published by The Review of Higher Education.


Jackson Named Morris Endowed Chair at Eastern Michigan University

March 26, 2015

Jerlando F. L. Jackson will serve as the 2014-15 Michael G. Morris Endowed Chair at Eastern Michigan University. Jackson will remain in his posts at UW–Madison during the year-long special appointment.


Michigan Civil Rights Commission Passes Resolution Drafted by MSAN District Students

March 23, 2015

Students from Michigan’s Farmington Public Schools, one of 28 school districts that are members of WCER’s Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN), drafted a resolution on social justice and civil rights and successfully secured its state-level adoption by the Michigan Civil Rights Commission on Jan. 26.


Halverson Article Chosen for Journal of School Leadership Special Issue

March 16, 2015

A research paper co-authored by Richard Halverson has been chosen for the Journal on School Leadership’s 25th anniversary special issue.