News by Year: 2016

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.


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.


Hora on ‘Beyond the Skills Gap” in Insider Higher Ed

October 27, 2016

Authors discuss book that seeks to counter the narrative about how higher ed prepares students for careers. They say college must be more than job training, and that term “liberal arts” is misunderstood.


The Digital Lives of African American Students and Families

October 21, 2016

Wei LAB director Jerlando F.L. Jackson served as an advisor to the study


Dean Hess Speaks with WISC-TV About Talking to Students About the Elections

October 19, 2016

UW-Madison School of Education Dean Diana Hess appeared Wednesday on WISC-TV’s “News 3 This Morning” program to discuss how to talk with students about politics and the elections during these politically charged times.


Reducing Wisconsin’s Achievement Gap Will Require Many Changes

October 18, 2016

Wisconsin’s racial achievement gap can be reduced by giving more students access to successful teachers and encouraging rigorous classes for all students, said Madeline Hafner, executive director of the Minority Student Achievement Network.


Is the Educational System Failing Black Males?

October 6, 2016

Speaking from the Fifth Annual International Colloquium on Black Males in Education, Jerlando F.L. Jackson says that instead of asking what’s wrong with black males, we should ask what’s wrong with the systems they must survive and thrive in.