Rural Teachers Speak Out

June 23, 2017   |   By Lynn Armitage

Shirley Wright had an idea. “What if we created a forum where teachers could talk directly to education researchers about the challenges they face in the classroom?” In her capacity as the assistant to the director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), Wright’s job does not take her into the field, so she rarely sees the direct link between research and classroom practice.


Institutional Data Systems Limit Impacts on Teaching Improvement

June 22, 2017

In a study published in Project MUSE, WCER researcher Matthew Hora and colleagues found that institutional data systems were ineffective in supporting teaching and learning. Specifically, accountability mechanisms, such as student course evaluations, were too vague and tardily reported. Many faculty created their own course-level feedback systems.


The Benefits of Research-Practice Partnership Work

June 22, 2017

This week we are hearing from the Madison Education Partnership (MEP). Today’s post is the practitioner perspective on the partnership work introduced in Monday’s post: Can Kindergarten for 4-Year-Olds Help Close Equity Gaps?


Bailey Smolarek: Skills Gap Doesn’t Account for Poor Jobs Numbers Here

June 20, 2017

Bailey Smolarek from the Center for Research on College to Workforce Transitions published an op-ed in The Capital Times.


Implicit Bias In the Classroom: Can Video Games Help Combat It?

June 20, 2017

Researchers at University of Wisconsin-Madison are developing a video game that will guide K-12 teachers through the hazards of unconscious attitudes and assumptions that affect the way they see their students, a phenomenon called “implicit bias.”


Pribbenow, Carnes Receive Baldwin Grant

June 9, 2017

Projects both large and small will help the university contribute knowledge and resources across the state, thanks to grants from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment.


Rural Teachers Share Perspectives with UW–Madison Education Researchers

June 7, 2017

WEAC members were front-and-center on a panel of public school teachers representing Wisconsin rural districts at the first-ever Teacher Speakout! at UW-Madison.


Hess, McAvoy Discussion Project Aims to Get People Talking Across Racial Lines

May 31, 2017

One of many benefits of a diverse academic space is students can learn from one another and create a better learning experience overall, but this only happens when class discussions are structured to facilitate constructive conversations, according to Paula McAvoy, program director for the Center of Ethics and Education at UW- Madison.


Strength in Numbers

May 26, 2017   |   By Lynn Armitage

Created by Christine Pfund, the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER), one of the newest projects at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) in the School of Education.


Teacher Speakout! Panel Discussion

May 26, 2017

The Teacher Speakout! seeks to engage the voices and knowledge of Wisconsin teachers so that education research at UW–Madison is practitioner-informed and responsive to classroom realities, both the successes and the challenges.


Teacher Speakout! Panel Discussion and Event Summary

May 26, 2017

On May 15, nine teachers from rural districts around Wisconsin came to UW-Madison to discuss what it is like to be a teacher in a rural Wisconsin district.


Echoes of Rural Teachers Heard by Researchers at UW-Madison

May 25, 2017

“What if?” Robert Mathieu, director of WCER told a large group of stakeholders at the first Teacher Speakout!, held on the UW campus last Monday. “What if we had rural teachers come and speak to us about what they do?”


Inaugural Event for the Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions

May 22, 2017

What types of skills do college students need to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving labor market and society?  Research shows that a strong work ethic and the ability to self-regulate one’s own learning is a competency highly valued by employers yet often challenging to teach to students.


Research Center Launched to Improve Career Readiness of College Students

May 12, 2017

The Wisconsin Center for Education Research is launching a new initiative, the Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions (CCWT), to study and help inform how college students can be better prepared to enter the competitive 21st-century job market.


Continuing the Untold Legacy of African Americans in the History of American Evaluation

May 2, 2017

Stafford Hood, Sheila M. Miller Professor of Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Psychology and Founding Director of the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation & Assessment (CREA) in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, presented “Continuing the Untold Legacy of African Americans in the History of American Evaluation: Another Installment in the Nobody Knows My Name Project” on April 6, 2017.