Adam Gamoran, Allan Odden, and Steven Kimball on

January 15, 2012

Adam Gamoran, Allan Odden, and Steven Kimball weigh in on proposed changes to Wisconsin’s teacher compensation system (, 15 Jan.).

Exploring the Paradox: Adolescent Reasoning in Mathematical and Non-mathematical Domains

January 15, 2012

A perennial concern in mathematics education is that students often fail to understand the nature of evidence and justification in mathematics, that is, the nature of proof.

Sara Goldrick-Rab in the Shreveport Times

January 12, 2012

Sara Goldrick-Rab: Make college financial aid more effective and less expensive (Shreveport Times, 12 Jan).

Professional Practice Simulations in a First-Year Engineering Course

January 9, 2012

Naomi Chesler and colleagues in the Epistemic Games project developed a first-year engineering design course that meets the criteria and constraints of several traditional stakeholders.

Rob Meyer in the New York Times

January 6, 2012

VARC Director Rob Meyer comments on a study showing that teachers who help raise their students’ standardized-test scores seem to have a wide-ranging, lasting positive effect on those students’ lives beyond academics (New York Times, 6 Jan.).


January 6, 2012

The Value Added Research Center is working with Minnesota educators to identify great teachers and how they got to be that way (, 6 Jan.).

David Williamson Shaffer on

January 5, 2012

David Williamson Shaffer has amassed considerable data to support the notion that the use of game design techniques could have a powerful impact on the workplace (, 5 Jan.).

Several WCER Principal Investigators in the EdWeek RHSU blog

January 4, 2012

Among those listed in the 2012 Edu-Scholar Public Presence rankings are Adam Gamoran, Sara Goldrick-Rab, John F. Witte, Gloria Ladson-Billings, and Douglas Harris. The list recognizes university-based academics who contribute substantially to public debates about schools and schooling (EdWeek RHSU blog, 4 Jan.).

MSAN in the Washington Post

January 4, 2012

The Minority Student Achievement Network receives recognition for its work with the Arlington VA school district (Washington Post 4 Jan.).

Improving Mentor-Mentee Collaboration

January 3, 2012

Christine Pfund and colleagues are testing the effectiveness of a research mentor training program.

Themes Cross-Cut International Boundaries

December 30, 2011

Has standards-based reform improved the quality of teaching and improved rates of retention?

Design Challenges for Middle School Science Students

December 27, 2011

Students and teachers in Grades 6-8 are piloting an approach to science instruction using a technology-rich interactive environment.

Mathieu Named AAAS Fellow

December 19, 2011

WCER researcher Robert Mathieu is among three UW–Madison scientists recently named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Adam Gamoran on

December 18, 2011

Adam Gamoran says that while the goals of the proposed Madison Prep academy would be universally shared, it’s not appropriate for the university as a whole or the school of education to take a stand as an institution (, 18 Dec.).

Chris Thorn on

December 17, 2011

The push for evaluating teachers and schools by using student achievement has become popular with lawmakers, and Chris Thorn says schools that were ahead of the curve must shift to meet new requirements ( 17 Dec.).