News from WCER

A Closer Look: WEC Projects Span Many Fields and Purposes

July 5, 2022   |   By Karen Rivedal, WCER Communications

Evaluation services offered by WEC include logic modeling and evaluation planning, data sourcing and collection, and surveys and focus groups. WEC also uses statistical analysis, data visualization, and culturally responsive evaluation, while involving client organizations in the entire process to build their internal capacity for future evaluation.

A Closer Look: Center for Ethics & Education Offers Podcasts, Free Study Guides, Graduate Fellowships

July 5, 2022   |   By WCER Communications

CEE’s work revolves around curriculum development in the form of study guides and audio interviews for educators; a Graduate Institute in philosophy of education; and a self-produced podcast about issues in ethics and education.

Summer Research Workshop for Early-Career Scholars Gets Underway

July 5, 2022   |   By Karen Rivedal, WCER Communications

​Known as PROWESS, the intensive six-week workshop is designed to help assistant professors and research scientists hired during the pandemic win more grants.

Accomplished Editor-Writer-Researcher Joins WCER’s Grant-Editing Team as Skilled Senior Editor Retires

July 5, 2022   |   By Karen Rivedal, WCER Communications

​As long-time editor Kurt Brown retires, Christine Wenc joins Lead Editor Molly Wesling to continue WCER’s tradition of expert grant editing.

WCER Clinical Program Wins Baldwin Award for Youth Leadership Proposal

July 5, 2022   |   By Karen Rivedal, WCER Communications

The grant will allow WEC to improve upon the training in research and evaluation skills it already provides for youth in schools and community organizations throughout Wisconsin. It seeks to better operate, organize and expand those efforts through creation of an over-arching Youth Research and Evaluation (R&E) Team.

WCER Team Wins Award in Global Ed Tech Competition for Student Assessment Tool

June 28, 2022   |   By WCER Communications

Project Director Laura Wright and Outreach Specialist Linda Malkin will receive $249,622 for their project, “Actionable Assessment: Scaffolding Students’ Experience with Assessment Results,” a digital reporting tool to make students’ assessment results interpretable and actionable, fostering positive assessment use and learning habits.

Great Lakes Shipwreck Game from UW–Madison Wins Gold in International Competition

June 14, 2022   |   By Karen Rivedal, WCER Communications

​An educator advisory group of Wisconsin teachers and their students also helped plan and refine the game.

Faculty Receive Fellowships, Awards for Exceptional Research Contributions

May 19, 2022   |   By WCER Communications

The awards are possible due to the research efforts of UW–Madison faculty and staff. Technology that arises from these efforts is licensed by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and the income from successful licenses is returned to the OVCRGE, where it is used to fund research activities and awards throughout the four divisions on campus: arts and humanities, physical sciences, social sciences and biological sciences.

New Study Examines Technology-Enhanced Items in English Language Proficiency Assessments

May 13, 2022   |   By WIDA Communications

​A new WIDA study found the technology-enhanced items (TEIs) were best suited to use on tests for older students on English language proficiency assessments.

WCER Projects Seeking Summer Interns Should Act Fast

April 25, 2022   |   By WCER Communications

After a pandemic-related pause last year, WCER will once again host interns this summer from Centro Hispano of Dane County’s Escalera program for Latinx high school students from the Madison Metropolitan School District.

WCER will centrally fund the required fee of $1,516 per intern for up to two interns, potentially making it easier for smaller WCER projects to participate in the program.

Projects interested in helping to host an intern need to signal interest at their earliest convenience by contacting Shahanna McKinney-Baldon of the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative, which is coordinating the Escalera program within WCER. You can email McKinney-Baldon here.

WCER Shines in School of Education’s Faculty and Staff Distinguished Achievement Awards

April 13, 2022   |   By WCER Communications

​This year’s awardees include three recipients with ties to WCER: Danielle Maillette, Sadhana Puntambekar and Maria Widmer. Danielle is our Events and Intranet Manager, Maria is instructional designer for Discussion Project Virtual and Sadhana is a reseacher.

WCER’s CIRTL Releases New Casebook Promoting Inclusive Teaching

April 1, 2022   |   By WCER Communications

The casebook takes a contemporary look at dilemmas instructors face in today’s classrooms and offers strategies for facilitating difficult conversations around each case.

“Too often our discussions about inclusion and equity take place in the abstract,” CIRTL Director Robert Mathieu says. “These carefully developed cases place each of us in the moment, providing both a mirror unto ourselves and an opportunity to become better teachers for all of our students.”

New Study of COVID-19’s Impact on Dane County 4K Classes Finds ‘Silver Linings’ Amid Pain

March 15, 2022   |   By Karen Rivedal, WCER Communications

​How to sustain positive outcomes seen during the pandemic—such as increased connection between teachers and parents through new communication technologies and more planning time for teachers—is an important question for districts going forward.

Deputy State Superintendent to Visit for Informal Q&A on DPI’s Current and Future Directions

February 18, 2022   |   By WCER Communications

Join John Johnson, Deputy State Superintendent, for a discussion of the current priorities and future directions of Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction. The program will take place from noon-1:30 p.m. CT in Room 159 of the Education Building.

MSAN Institute Issues Call to School of Education Researchers for Equity-Centered Proposals

February 9, 2022   |   By WCER Communications

Proposals are due March 1 for 60-minute breakout sessions for the two-day, professional development program focused this year on sharing research-based strategies and promising practices around social-emotional learning and radical self-care, as well as those that increase students’ academic achievement and sense of belonging.