Wisconsin Receives $2 Million Grant to Improve Career Pathways
January 12, 2017
WCER is pleased to be among the many partners contributing to this important multi-phase project. WCER researchers conducted a needs assessment of a career pathways system that helped inform the action plan that won this second phase grant award.
The Skills Gap: Redefining the Problem, Reframing the Narrative, and Reinventing Partnerships
January 10, 2017
Without greater collaboration between employers and education providers, the pathway to closing the skills gap will remain slightly out of reach and American workers will remain wanting.
2017’s Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals
January 10, 2017
Matt Hora discusses STEM job prospects with Wallet Hub.
New UW Video Games Institution Will Get in GEAR Tuesday
January 4, 2017
A new group dedicated to video games for learning launches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Tuesday.
Percy Brown Named One of the 44 Most Influential African Americans in WI
December 19, 2016
Percy Brown Named one of the 44 Most Influential African Americans in WI
Ed Psych Professor Earns Distinguished Professorship Award
December 9, 2016
Recognizing his extraordinary achievements as a UW faculty member, David Shaffer, a professor and chair of the Dept. of Educational Psychology’s Learning Sciences program, was recently named to a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorship.
The professorship provides flexible funding over five years and is named after professor, Senator and UW System Regent William F. Vilas (1840-1908).
School Privatization and Black Teacher Decline
December 7, 2016
Terrenda C. White, Assistant Professor Educational Foundations, Policy and Practice at the University of Colorado, presented “School Privatization and Black Teacher Decline” as part of the Carl A. Grant Lecture Series on December 6, 2016
Hess, McAvoy Win Grawemeyer Award in Education
December 2, 2016
According to UW-Madison’s Diana Hess and Paula McAvoy, co-winners of the 2017 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education, teachers should encourage conversations about difficult political issues because that’s the very nature of a democratic education and those discussions help students understand diverse points of view and become more politically engaged adults.
Hess, McAvoy Book Featured in the Badger Herald
November 11, 2016
Discussing controversial topics early on helps address political polarization
Sadhana Puntambekar Discusses Improving Middle School Students’ Science Learning
November 7, 2016
Sadhana Puntambekar, a professor in the UW–Madison’s Educational Psychology department, directs the Interactive Learning & Design Lab. Here she talks about improving middle school students’ learning in science classes.
New Study: Effect of Act 10 on Teacher Pay in Wisconsin
November 2, 2016
The passage of Act 10 in 2011 essentially outlawed public employee unions, and has had a huge impact on teacher salaries in school districts everywhere in Wisconsin.
But until now, there has been no formal study of how the districts dealt with the issue of teacher compensation after the teachers unions were abolished.
Teaching About Political Parties and Ideology Beyond State Standards
November 1, 2016
Educators want young people to become “informed voters” by studying issues and candidates before casting ballots. However, while studying issues is one important aspect of becoming informed, researchers Paula McAvoy and Rebecca Fine, UW–Madison, and Ann Herrera Ward, Carroll University, argue that without connecting the issues to ideology and political parties, educators overlook what political scientists say motivates people who show up to the polls.
Education and Youth Agency: Qualitative Global Case Studies
November 1, 2016
As co-editor and chapter author of a new book, WCER researcher Kate McCleary offers a comprehensive overview of youth engaged in social change in Africa, the Americas and South Asia. It explores diverse perspectives of youth agency in relation to education, citizenship and future livelihoods, modernity and tradition, gender equality, and social norms and transformations.
Practical Reflections upon and Responses to Homelessness
October 31, 2016
On October 31, 2016 Peter Miller, Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis at UW–Madison, engaged in a conversation with participants about how simple everyday routines and interactions can affect children and families as they experience homelessness and poverty.
The Force of the GEDI
October 31, 2016 | By Paul Baker
Like any Jedi, Tenah Hunt is a scientist and a teacher who values knowledge, wisdom and serving others. She does not, however, carry a light saber.