News from WCER

UW-Madison Wins Two First-Ever NSF INCLUDES Awards

September 12, 2016

Funding Supports Bold Methods to Diversify U.S. Science and Engineering Workforce

Rethinking the Skills Gap: Teaching 21st-Century Skills to Meet Workforce Demand

July 5, 2016   |   By Lynn Armitage

Teaching 21st-century skills to meet workforce demand

Motion Meets Emotion: Unique Dance Program Empowers Underserved Girls

June 13, 2016   |   By Lynn Armitage

In 2011, with a $1,500 grant from what is now Dane Arts, the two women started a pilot dance program for middle schoolers at Kennedy Heights Community Center, pioneering the combination of dance education and dance/movement therapy—with G-rated versions of popular music and a little hip hop thrown in, too, which is a real “hook” for students.

Teaching Prep for STEM Ph.Ds. Improves Teaching Methods, May Increase Prospects for Faculty Hire

May 23, 2016

New Study Finds Teaching Preparation for STEM Doctoral Students Boosts Use of Effective Teaching Methods and May Increase Prospects for Faculty Hire

Bowman Appointed to new American Evaluation Association Network

May 10, 2016

LEAD Center evaluator Nicole (Nicky) Bowman has been appointed the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) representative to a new network called EvalIndigenous,

WCER’s Matt Hora to Study Higher Education-Workforce Relations in China

May 6, 2016

WCER’s Matt Hora to Study Higher Education-Workforce Relations in China

MSAN Gives Voice to Minority Students

April 25, 2016   |   By Lynn Armitage

Guery Ulunque has come a long way since he first landed in the United States from Bolivia with his father and sister in 2008. The now-18-year-old senior at Yorktown High School in Arlington, Va., recalls his struggles.

Experience Is the Best Teacher: How the Delta Program Is Creating a Better STEM Faculty

April 4, 2016   |   By Lynn Armitage

Delta Program in Research, Teaching, and Learning promotes proven teaching and mentoring techniques for UW–Madison STEM graduate students

Announcing ‘ForwardED,’ the New Digital Newsletter From WCER

March 29, 2016

WCER Communications is pleased to announce the launch of a digital newsletter this week called “ForwardED.”

National initiative to increase STEM graduates doubles in members

March 1, 2016

25 top research universities join effort to develop stellar teaching skills in future faculty

WIDA Celebrates 10 years at WCER

February 15, 2016

A history of WIDA as it celebrates its 10th anniversary at WCER

WCER launches evaluation collaborative to help educational organizations in Wisconsin

February 12, 2016   |   By Lynn Armitage

Need a good program evaluator? WCER has launched the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative (WEC), a network of experienced evaluators from UW-Madison’s School of Education ready to jump in and help preK-12 education partners.

WCER’s Connolly Invited to Join National Academies Committee on STEM Education

February 11, 2016

Mark Connolly, an associate research scientist at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) in UW-Madison’s School of Education, has been invited to serve on a National Academies of Sciences committee charged with developing indicators of quality in undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Erica Halverson Appointed Associate Editor for Journal of the Learning Sciences

January 28, 2016

WCER researcher and UW–Madison educator Erica Halverson appointed associate editor for Journal of the Learning Sciences

Re-‘Making’ the World of Education: A Learning Revolution

January 21, 2016   |   By Lynn Armitage

Pancake-making robots. A mechanical horse. A life-sized mousetrap. No, these aren’t highlights from the latest episode of “Shark Tank.” They are real-life inventions of a burgeoning community of artists, do-it-yourselfers and entrepreneurs known as “makers” — pioneering tinkerers and problem-solvers who are inspiring some educators to bring more hands-on learning into the classroom.