Madison School District’s 4K Program Boosting Opportunity for Minority, Low-Income Youngsters

October 9, 2017

New research shows the Madison School District’s 4-year-old-kindergarten program is enrolling a greater share of minority and low-income children, potentially boosting opportunity for historically disadvantaged youths as more 4K participants overall go on to district kindergarten.


New Faculty in the School of Education Present Their Work

October 5, 2017

Featuring:

  • Jordan Conwell, Sociology, Educational Policy Studies, on race and class inequality in education
  • Peter Wardrip, Curriculum & Instruction, on learning in makerspaces
  • Natalie Zervou, Dance, on the intersections between dance and national identity
  • Nicole Louie, Curriculum & Instruction, on efforts to shift the culture of mathematics teaching


Summit on Barriers Faced by Black Male Students Comes to Toronto

October 4, 2017

The 6th Annual International Colloquium on Black Males in Education (ICBME), organized by Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) and the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male at The Ohio State University, begins today in Toronto.


UW Study: Wisconsin Children Unequally Ready for Kindergarten

October 4, 2017

Eric Grodsky, WCER researcher and UW–Madison professor of sociology and educational policy studies, was recently interviewed by Wisconsin Public Radio about 4k readiness.


New WEDC Position to Coordinate Statewide Talent Attraction Efforts

October 4, 2017

Matt Hora, director of the Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions (CCWT), was quoted in the Wisconsin State Journal on a new position being created at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.


Big Data Transforms Education Research

October 3, 2017

Martin Nystrand, Professor of Education Emeritus, and collaborators were recently featured in Education Next.


‘No Surprises’ Policies Between School Districts and Universities: The Surprising Reality

October 2, 2017

The Madison Education Partnership (MEP)—a research-practice partnership between the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison—was recently featured in Education Week.


Learners’ Construction of Fraction Values

October 1, 2017

Richard Prather studies the relationship between children’s behavior and neural activity during early mathematics learning. He will discuss his current work using experimental psychology and computational modeling to investigate how learners understand fractions.


The Subaltern School

October 1, 2017

Karida Brown is a cultural sociologist whose interest lies in explorations of the racial self. In this talk, Brown will introduce her new research project, “The Subaltern School,” in which she examines the extended effects of segregated schooling in today’s integrated era. Specifically, Brown will share her preliminary findings from the U.S. and South Africa.


Matthew T. Hora: Opposing UW Cultural Diversity Courses Hurts State’s Workforce Development

September 26, 2017

Matt Hora, director of the Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions (CCWT), recently published an op-ed in the Captial Times.


CCWT Offers Rare, Critical Overview of Student Internships

September 26, 2017

Many policymakers, employers, educators and career services professionals seem to agree that internships are beneficial to college students. President Trump recently lauded the value of apprenticeships, and Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker has considered making internships a mandatory graduation requirement for students in the UW system.


Study Finds MMSD’s 4-Year-Old Kindergarten Expands Educational Equity

September 20, 2017

Since the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) began 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) in 2011, more than two-thirds of its kindergarten students have started in its 4K programs. Now, with six full years of operational data on 4K, a new research-practice partnership between MMSD and UW–Madison’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) is taking a close look at the district’s 4K enrollments.


Study Finds Wisconsin Children Unequally Ready for Kindergarten

September 18, 2017

The class of 2030 has just started kindergarten. As four million youngsters across the country begin the first step of education, a new study provides a first-time look at inequalities in school readiness among Wisconsin’s kindergarten students.  Researchers from the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), part of UW–Madison’s School of Education, compared the literacy skills of Wisconsin’s kindergarten students and found them “far from equally prepared to learn.”


Ecology at Play

September 8, 2017   |   By Lynn Armitage

Mike Lawton loves his job as a science teacher at Rufus King High School in Milwaukee. “My greatest reward is when students come up to me and say, ‘Wow, this is the first science class I have ever liked,’” he says.


MSAN Featured in Education Week

September 6, 2017

We often hear about the need to “build capacity” of practitioners to use research. This usually gets translated as improving practitioners’ skills in using research to make decisions or imparting knowledge on how to engage in continuous improvement efforts.