Teachers at the Table: Voice, Agency, and Advocacy in Educational Policymaking

June 3, 2019   |   By Julie Kallio, New Books Network

Evaluator and researcher Annalee Good, co-director of WCER’s Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative, is interviewed about her book, “Teachers at the Table,” in a New Books network podcast episode, starting with her own journey from teaching middle school social studies to studying teacher engagement in policy advocacy. Annalee’s book is a systematic inquiry into the institutional forces that make it hard for teachers to engage in policymaking, and how that hurts policy quality and legitimacy.


Online Credit Recovery Fuels Higher Grad Rates, But Learning Suffers, Report Finds

May 28, 2019   |   By Alyson Klein

Research on the pros and cons of learning in K12 online credit recovery classrooms by WCER’s Annalee Good and Emily Chang, with colleagues at Vanderbilt University, in a recent article for the American Educational Research Journal was highlighted in Education Week’s Digital Education blog.


Itinerant English-Learners Pose Challenges for School Systems

May 23, 2019   |   By Corey Mitchell

Education Week reports that a new 15-state analysis found that 1 in 5 English-learners move so frequently or so far that schools and state education agencies are unable to track them over the course of their academic careers, placing the students at greater risk of struggling in school. The revelation is one of the key findings of new research from the WIDA Consortium, a group of nearly 40 state education agencies that share English-language-proficiency standards and assessment for ELLs.


First Extensive Study of Long-Term English Learners Finds Significant Differences Across U.S.

May 23, 2019   |   By Lynn Armitage

The broadest study ever undertaken of long-term English learners (LTELs) in U.S. public schools underscores the need to better understand how students receive this classification, and why the size of the LTEL population varies widely across and within states.


UW-Madison Team Received ACTS Distinguished Educator Award for Research Mentor Training Programs

May 20, 2019

The Association of Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) awarded its annual Distinguished Educator Award to Chris Pfund, director of WCER’s Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER), and her colleague, Christine Sorkness, UW–Madison Distinguished Professor of Pharmacy and Medicine, for their decades long partnership to improve research mentor training.


LEAD Evaluation Affirms Lasting Benefits of the Odyssey Project

May 20, 2019   |   By Karen Rivedal

A Madison community program that works to jump-start the college careers of low-income adults through a free six-credit humanities course is yielding more than just academic benefits for many students, according to the first external evaluation in the program’s 16-year history.


A Look Inside Online Learning Settings in High Schools

May 14, 2019   |   By Annalee Good, Emily Cheng, Jennifer Darling-Aduana, Carolyn J. Heinrich

In a Brookings Institution blog post, WCER’s Annalee Good and Emily Cheng join with two Vanderbilt University colleagues to summarize their deep dive into the pros and cons of online coursework in high schools:
“Stepping back, our findings suggest both a need for caution in the rapid expansion of online courses in high schools and a need for stronger scaffolding of support and appropriate targeting of students to realize the benefits of online instruction. While online credit recovery programs potentially provide a cheap technical solution to the problem of low graduation rates, especially for upperclassmen who appear to replace failed courses with credits earned online more quickly, our results suggest this may come at the cost of learning, with longer-term implications that we are currently investigating.”


Puzzling Over “Game of Thrones” Character Motivations?

May 8, 2019   |   By Janet L. Kelly

A new interactive visualization tool created by University of Wisconsin–Madison data scientists helps fans make sense of the motivations of more than 50 main characters in HBO’s hit fantasy series, “Game of Thrones,” based on the books by George R.R. Martin. It is available free for public use at: https://got.epistemicnetwork.org/

But the team’s purpose in creating and expanding the tool goes beyond interest in the Seven Kingdoms. “As much as we are fans of the show and enjoyed working on this project, our primary goal is to help people see the power of ENA and the other tools we’ve developed that allow researchers to work with large sets of both qualitative and quantitative data,” says Andrew Ruis, the lab’s associate director.


Girls Inc. Asks O’Keeffe Girls About Social Media

May 7, 2019   |   By Cora Kruzicki

Eastside News reports on a leadership class of sixth grade girls at O’Keeffe Middle School learning to research a social justice topic relevant to them; Annalee Good, co-director of the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative at the University of Wisconsin–Madison helped the girls learn how to hold a focus group, as well as write and administer a survey.


Toward an Understanding of Working Memory and Math Performance In and Out of the Classroom

May 2, 2019

Dana Miller-Cotto studies factors and opportunities that shape children’s readiness in math and science by applying a psychological, ecological systems theory. In this lecture, she will discuss her longitudinal research testing current theories about why working memory has long been associated with math performance. Her ongoing works tests such theories within various contexts, and focuses how these associations may differ according to important demographic variables.


RERIC Partners With Rural Wisconsin

May 1, 2019   |   By Lynn Armitage

Last fall, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research launched the Rural Education Research & Implementation Center, or RERIC (rare-ik)—a first-of-its-kind center in Wisconsin dedicated to improving educational outcomes for rural students, families and schools through rigorous, partnership-based research.


Metacognitive Awareness of Estimation Across the Lifespan

May 1, 2019

Clarissa Thompson explores awareness of whole number and fraction estimation in children and adults and how this awareness impacts their later decisions.She investigates whether confidence judgments are more strongly related to actual performance or perceived familiarity with numbers. She also will discuss the educational implications of metacognitive awareness in mathematics.


CCWT Spring Seminar Series:  Participatory Action Research as a Grassroots Challenge

April 29, 2019

Gary L. Anderson dicusses Participatory Action Research (PAR), which is growing in popularity due to its commitment to doing research with rather than on or for participants, its potential for challenging policy and practice from the bottom-up, and its multiple goals of knowledge generation, concrete action and critical pedagogy.


WCER Evaluators Find Literacy Program for Low-Income Kids Creates ‘Safe Place’ for Learning

April 25, 2019   |   By Karen Rivedal

Odyssey Junior is wrapping up its third full year offering a literacy and arts enrichment program for low-income children in Madison, with WEC evaluators monitoring its progress every step of the way. The program, a campus-community hybrid, aims for continuous improvement fostered by ongoing evaluation.


Gloria Ladson-Billings, Educator and Theorist, Named Towson University Commencement Speaker

April 23, 2019   |   By Libby Solomon

The Baltimore Sun reports that Gloria Ladson-Billings, an educator and theorist whose work focuses on educating African-American students, will be Towson University’s spring commencement speaker.The professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who is also president of the National Academy of Education, will speak at the College of Education’s commencement ceremony on May 22.