Meet Your Immigrant Neighbor: Ruslana Westerland

March 9, 2020   |   By Leigh Mills, Ch. 15 NBC News at 4

All week on Madison’s NBC15 News at 4, Leigh Mills is sharing stories of those who have made the United States their home. This video news segment introduces Ruslana Westerlund, a Ukrainian American Educational Researcher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, who also suggested the idea to Ch. 15.


Nicholas Hillman: How students and teachers approach college in ‘education deserts’

February 27, 2020   |   By Laura Edghill

Sunshine Bible Academy Superintendent and Principal Jason Watson wishes his students had better access to college representatives. The private Christian school in Hand County, S.D., serves 75 students, nearly two-thirds of whom live on campus. The universities within a four- to five-hour driving distance are scattered in different directions, making tours impractical for many families. Sunshine Bible Academy is in what scholar Nicholas Hillman of the University of Wisconsin calls an “education desert.”


Gloria Ladson-Billings announces new inductees to the National Academy of Education

February 27, 2020   |   By Annemarie Mountz

Fifteen people nationwide will be elected to the National Academy of Education (NAEd) in 2020. Election to membership in the academy is one of the highest honors accorded to educational researchers by their peers. “This diverse group of scholars are at the forefront of those who are improving the lives of students in the United States and abroad through their outstanding contributions to education scholarship and research,” said Gloria Ladson-Billings, president of NAEd, in making the announcement.


Connections, Conversations & Communities: Engaging with the World’s Largest Collection of Type

February 27, 2020

Stephanie Carpenter, a graphic designer and letterpress printer, discusses how she helps facilitate learning through storytelling and hands-on experiences at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. She will share how she fell in love
with type and the importance of history, art and design at a working museum.

This lecture is part of the Wisconsin Ideas in Education Series, presented by the Early Career Faculty of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin—Madison with support from the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.


Jerlando F.L. Jackson to deliver keynote address at statewide diversity conference

February 19, 2020

At least 70 Diversifying Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellowship recipients and other graduate students of color interested in the professoriate as a career path are expected at the fifth-annual statewide conference at Northern Illinois University. UW-Madison’s Jerlando F.L. Jackson will deliver the keynote address. The program will take place Friday-Saturday, Feb. 28-29 in the Holmes Student Center.


Op-Ed: Sacramento’s army of interns deserves to be paid

February 19, 2020   |   By Victoria Pfau

Research from Matthew T. Hora, director of WCER’s Center for Research on College-Work Transitions, is mentioned in this opinion piece advocating for student intern pay in the California State Capitol.


Wisconsin ACT scores reveal glaring disparities, DPI, UW work to address

February 18, 2020   |   By Erin Gretzinger

As a new analysis captures persisting disparities in Wisconsin’s ACT scores for college readiness, state officials and researchers work to understand and combat issues within the educational achievement gap.

In a recent analysis conducted by the Wisconsin Policy Forum on Wisconsin ACT data from the past few years, researchers found “areas of concern” with declining and stagnant college readiness scores of high school juniors.


Teacher-Guided Play Seen as Key to Deeper Student Learning

February 14, 2020   |   By Karen Rivedal, WCER Communications

An errant paper airplane, and a teacher’s insightful response to it, led to one of the best examples of successful play-based learning in a classroom that Angela Pyle, a faculty member in early childhood education at the University of Toronto, has witnessed in her extensive research.

Termed “inquiry play,” it’s a type of teacher-guided play in which an instructor seizes on young students’ expressed passions for a topic or activity, even if it means shifting gears to pursue an unexpected interruption as a multi-faceted learning opportunity.


Beyond the “English Learner” Label: Recognizing Latina/o/x Students’ Multilingual Repertoires

February 12, 2020

In this talk, Ramón Martínez delves beneath the label of “English Learner” to reveal the complexity of Latina/o/x students’ everyday language. He highlights how their everyday linguistic dexterity overlaps with the kinds of language and literacy privileged in academic settings. He shares examples and findings from his ethnographic research in a Los Angeles school that can inform the design of robust learning environments for Latina/o/x children and youth.


Internships can ease the path from college to career — but they often don’t.

February 12, 2020

It’s becoming increasingly clear how critical internships are in landing a job after college and accelerating one’s career. So I was very interested when I learned that Matthew Hora, a researcher at the University of Wisconsin at Madison who studies the path from college to career, had turned his attention to internships because I knew he would challenge some common assumptions.


Teaching and Attending to Culture, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Program Evaluation

February 3, 2020

The American Evaluation Association’s 2019 Promising New Evaluator, Ayesha Boyce, who also co-directs UNC Greensboro’s assessment, evaluation and research services, will present strategies on embodying program evaluation with the values of a more just society. She will address how it can become a social, cultural, and political force to address issues of inequity while still maintaining methodological rigor and trustworthiness.


Entry-level workers can lose 6% of their wages if they don’t have this

February 1, 2020   |   By Matthew T. Hora

Fast Company ran Matthew Hora’s article originally published in The Conversation about the importance of internships to college students’ career prospects.


The Heterogeneity Problem: New Approaches to Parsing the Variance in Mental Health Research

January 29, 2020

Damien Fair tackles the heterogeneity problem encountered in psychiatric research and clinical investigations due to the assumption that categories in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual represent homogenous syndromes. The speaker will provide considerations, concepts, and approaches for investigators examining human cognition, education, and mental health.


African Americans Take on More Education Debt—And the Payoff Is Complicated

January 28, 2020   |   By Jaymes Pyne and Eric Grodsky

When seeking graduate and professional degrees, African Americans take on over 50% more debt than white students. On the upside, African Americans also see a bigger payoff to earning such degrees. Whether or not that payoff is enough to make up for the additional debt burden is unclear.


Dramatic fallout: Telling the story of a play labeled ‘Indecent’

January 26, 2020   |   By Gena Kittner

Erica Halverson is mentioned and quoted about her role in the play “Indecent” being performed in Madison, WI, Feb. 6 - 15, 2020.