‘Beats Empire’ Simulation Game Moves Hip-Hop from Fiction to Online Learning Tool for Middle School

April 23, 2020   |   By Janet L. Kelly, WCER Communications

“Beats Empire,” released to the public this week, is designed for use in middle school classrooms and at home. Built upon education research, the game is recommended for players from middle school through adults. It was developed with National Science Foundation funding as a project among research universities, private sector partners and the New York City Department of Education. With its name inspired by the hip-hop drama series “Empire,” the Jay-Z song and New York City vibe, university researchers from Columbia, UW–Madison and Georgia Tech worked together to create the game, which places players in the roles of music producers who leverage data and analyze trends to dominate the music industry.


Editorial: Pandemic has silver lining for learning

April 22, 2020   |   By Wisconsin State Journal Editorial Board

In the wake of COVID-19, UW-Madison converted thousands of courses to online-only in just a week. “In my world,” said Richard Halverson, a UW-Madison education professor, “there’s a lot of sadness and apprehension. But I’m looking at an emergence of an entirely new form of literacy for teachers and learners — technology-enabled learning literacy, which is kind of remarkable. It might be the next revolution in how we think about education.”


Filling the Void for Students with Academic Projects

April 21, 2020   |   By NACE staff

CCWT Director Matthew Hora is interviewed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers about how faculty and academic departments can help students whose internships are cancelled because of the COVID-19 crisis by working together to create projects or learning experiences that are as robust and authentic as traditional internships.


CareerLocker: Helping Adults & Children With Career-Planning and Learning During COVID-19

April 10, 2020   |   By Lynn Armitage, WCER Communications

As the world is sheltering safely at home from COVID-19, everyone has more time to look ahead and think about their future―including children, who can explore the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Parents now can help their kids answer that and other questions right from home, and get career help themselves, with a self-paced, online career-information system called CareerLocker.


What’s lost, gained with online internships

April 9, 2020   |   By Delece Smith-Barrow

WCER researcher Matthew T. Hora is interviewed in a story about the place of online internships given the restrictions on face-to-face interaction during the COVID-19 outbreak:

“A lot depends on who is structuring or designing the experience,” said Matthew Hora, director of the Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions at the University of Wisconsin. “You can have an in-person internship that’s poorly structured and not very useful or effective or positive for the student. So it’s not as if one modality by default is better than the other.”


COVID-19 and Social Distancing Do Not Need to End College Internships

April 7, 2020   |   By Karen Rivedal, WCER Communications

Careful redesign of traditional face-to-face internships can ensure web-based alternatives that are meaningful for students and recent graduates seeking real-world work experience or a bridge to a permanent job during the health crisis.


New At-Home Language Activity Booklet for Young Children Available Online

April 1, 2020   |   By Janet L. Kelly

WIDA Early Years is making a new booklet, “Learning Language Every Day: Activities for Families,” available free online in English and Español to help children keep learning at home during the COVID-19 outbreak. The booklet can be downloaded for printing and sharing.


WCER’s Gloria Ladson-Billings discusses different schools’ responses to COVID-19

March 30, 2020   |   By Jeffrey S. Solochek

University of Wisconsin education professor Gloria Ladson-Billings, president of the National Academy of Education, speaks up for accessibility and equity in education during the COVID-19 crisis.


Working At Home With A Toddler Will Be Chaotic. Here Are Some Tips To Help.

March 27, 2020   |   By Elizabeth Dohms-Harter

Wisconsin Public Radio interviewed WIDA Early Day Director Lorena Mancilla on ways to help young children continue to learn at home while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 virus.


New Fulbright Scholar Bob Mathieu Heads to Chile in 2021

March 27, 2020   |   By Karen Rivedal, WCER Communications

Bob Mathieu, director of CIRTL at WCER and the Albert A. Whitford Professor of Astronomy at UW-Madison, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award that focuses on his two academic passions—advancing STEM education and studying binary stars—and a goal to grow personally by living abroad for the first time. He hopes to gain more of an international perspective by living life in Chile for three month next year between February and May.


EdNeuroLab Zeroes in on Math Learning

March 26, 2020   |   By Lynn Armitage, WCER Communications

In 2012, Edward Hubbard, an assistant professor in UW‒Madison’s Department of Educational Psychology, created the Educational Neuroscience Lab to understand—through functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)—how the physical changes that occur in children’s brains as they learn may help improve education practices.


Tips for families working and learning from home

March 23, 2020   |   By NBC15 News

For families with young children, University of Wisconsin-Madison educator and family engagement researcher Lorena Mancilla offers advice on how to create spaces and establish routines for learning and working effectively from home.


Education on the Home Front: How to Keep Young Children Learning in the Early Days of COVID-19

March 20, 2020   |   By Janet L. Kelly, WCER Communications

For families with young children, UW–Madison educator, doctoral alum and family engagement researcher Lorena Mancilla has some advice on how to create spaces and establish routines for learning and working effectively from home.


First Analysis of UW System Hmong Undergrads Finds Low & Declining Enrollments, Grad Rates

March 10, 2020   |   By Janet L. Kelly, WCER Communications

A team of HMoob (Hmong)* American undergraduates mentored by UW–Madison education researchers in WCER’s Center for Research on College to Workforce Transitions has completed the first analysis of University of Wisconsin System student data disaggregated by race and ethnicity for the state’s largest Asian ethnic population.They find that except for UW–Oshkosh and UW–Green Bay, UW System enrollment of HMoob Americans is proportionally low and declining, particularly at the state’s flagship UW–Madison campus.


“Meet Your Immigrant Neighbor” Series Pitched by UW-Madison Researcher Airs this Week

March 9, 2020   |   By WCER Communications

Starting today, a television news series pitched by Ruslana Westerlund, a researcher in UW-Madison’s School of Education, begins on Madison’s NBC affiliate during its “News at 4” time slot. “Meet Your Immigrant Neighbor” will air at 4:15 p.m. today through March 13, featuring immigrants and the contributions they make to Dane County. Westerlund, who has lived in the United States for 25 years, pitched the interviews to highlight the positive contributions of immigrants and counteract negative rhetoric in the media.