WIES Series

Wisconsin Ideas in Education Series (WIES)

WIES Lecture: Excellent Content Teaching for Multilingual Students

October 25, 2018

Kara Mitchell Viesca’s work centers on content teaching for multilingual students. In this talk, she will discuss theoretical advancements and empirical work with important implications for research, policy and practice in content teaching, as well as teacher learning-practices that address issues of inequity and social justice for multilingual students.


Computational Models of Mental Models of Computational Models of the World

April 6, 2018

When students use computer simulations to learn about system principles, like ideal gas laws, they often misinterpret the underlying rules of the systems. Robert Goldstone will discuss and demonstrate a new model for understanding systems by interacting with them, based on the way human learners discover patterns in natural phenomena.


Orchestrating Social Innovation Networks with Digital Studios

March 29, 2018

In this talk, Matthew Easterday discussed the challenges and benefits of problem-based learning, an approach that helps students use teamwork to tackle real problems. He also discussed how digital studios may improve problem-based learning and demonstrate instructional principles for studio learning.


Mexican Caretakers’ Beliefs about Children’s Literacy and Language Development

March 13, 2018

“Mexican Caretakers’ Beliefs about Children’s Literacy and Language Development” presented by Jorge E. Gonzalez Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Health and Learning Sciences, University of Houston.


From Inclusion to Inclusive Schooling: ELLs in the Mainstream Classroom

January 29, 2018

Most English language learners find themselves in mainstream rather than ESL or bilingual classrooms. This reality has important implications for how mainstream teachers structure their instruction. This talk will explore ELLs’ experiences in mainstream classrooms and the importance of educators of using multilingual instruction with these students.


Disciplining Bilingual Education in the Post-Civil Rights Era

December 7, 2017

Dr. Flores’ research seeks to denaturalize the raciolinguistic ideologies that inform current conceptualizations of language education. This entails both historical analysis of the origins of current raciolinguistic ideologies and how current education policies and practices reproduce them. His current work in this area theorizes academic language as a raciolinguistic ideology. Dr. Flores’s primary objective in this work is to illustrate the ways in which the concept of academic language marginalizes language-minoritized students and to develop alternative conceptualizations of language that resist this marginalization.


A Panel Discussion about Careers in Academia

November 15, 2017

Faculty in the School of Education discussed careers in academia. A brief presentation and panel discussion described searching for jobs, participating in on-campus interviews, and negotiating job offers.


Attention and Learning in Young Children

November 15, 2017

Anna Fisher’s talk focused on the development of attention regulation during the preschool period, and its importance for learning when children begin formal schooling.


New Faculty in the School of Education Present Their Work

October 5, 2017

Featuring:

  • Jordan Conwell, Sociology, Educational Policy Studies, on race and class inequality in education
  • Peter Wardrip, Curriculum & Instruction, on learning in makerspaces
  • Natalie Zervou, Dance, on the intersections between dance and national identity
  • Nicole Louie, Curriculum & Instruction, on efforts to shift the culture of mathematics teaching


Learners’ Construction of Fraction Values

October 1, 2017

Richard Prather studies the relationship between children’s behavior and neural activity during early mathematics learning. He will discuss his current work using experimental psychology and computational modeling to investigate how learners understand fractions.


(Re)Imagining First Grade

April 29, 2015

(Re)Imagining First Grade: Perspectives from a Texas School Serving Children of Latina/o Immigrants with Jennifer Keys Adair