Analyzing STEM Thinking and Learning

October 24, 2011

David Williamson Shaffer and colleagues are using a new method of STEM assessment called epistemic network analysis.

Beth Graue in

October 19, 2011

Beth Graue comments on Georgia’s new assessment designed to help kindergarten teachers gauge their student’s first grade readiness (ajcOnline, 19 Oct.).

CIRTL Network Expands

October 17, 2011

Since 2003 the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) has prepared science graduate students at a handful of universities to be as bold and creative in the classroom as they are in their programs of research.

Chris Thorn in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

October 16, 2011

Chris Thorn discusses things school districts should consider when investing in new classroom technology (Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, 16 Oct.).

Benefits and Drawbacks of Social Media in Education

October 15, 2011

WCER researcher Mark Connolly acknowledges that social media shows value in educational settings.

Assessment of Natural Play for Instructional Planning

October 11, 2011

Play is a natural activity that young children use to explore and learn about their world, and how to function in it.

Adam Gamoran in Education Week

October 4, 2011

President Obama has tapped Adam Gamoran to serve another term on the National Board for Education Sciences (Education Week, 4 Oct.).

Globalization, Standardization and e-Portfolios in Teacher Education

October 4, 2011

UW-Madison education professor Francois Victor Tochon is helping improve teacher education in a public university that trains language teachers from Anatolia, a poor region of Turkey.

Madeline Hafner on

October 3, 2011

MSAN Director Madeline Hafner outlines key strategies for closing the achievement gap (, 3 Oct.).

Wisconsin Wins $10.5 M Enhanced Assessment Grant

October 3, 2011

A new online assessments system is being developed for English learners (ELs), funded by a $10.5 million, four-year competitive grant

Allan Odden on

October 1, 2011

Allan Odden comments on a federal proposal that includes linking teacher quality to the institutions or programs where they were trained (, 1 Oct.).

Adam Gamoran Participates in National Science Foundation Event

September 26, 2011

Adam Gamoran participated in a Sept. 19 event in Philadelphia to focus national attention on the National Research Council’s recent study of K-12 STEM education, which Gamoran chaired (NSF, 26 Sept.).

Improving Educational Outcomes in METTE Programs

September 26, 2011

The decline in the number of U.S. college graduates with degrees in manufacturing engineering technologist and technician education (METTE)-related fields is an issue of national importance.

Madeline Hafner The Missourian

September 19, 2011

Madeline Hafner discusses the goals of this year’s national conference of the Minority Student Achievement Network (The Missourian, 19 Sept.).

Computer-Interactive Items for Students with Language Challenges

September 19, 2011

Rebecca Kopriva and colleagues are working to increase the accessibility and validity of science assessments for high school students with limited English proficiency.