Coronavirus has upended school plans. It will also worsen racial & economic inequalities,

August 12, 2020   |   By Michelle Fox, CNBC

WCER’s Madeline Hafner, executive director of the Minority Student Achievement Network Consortium, is quoted in this CNBC news story that reports on how inequity in the education of minority and disadvantaged children will grow due to the move to virtual learning prompted by COVID-19.


COVID-19 BACK TO SCHOOL

August 10, 2020   |   By Logan Wroge, Wisconsin State Journal

In this article in the Wisconsin State Journal, WCER researchers and UW-Madison School of Education professors Gloria Ladson-Billings and Mitchell Nathan, with colleague Beverly Trezek, and Seth Pollock, offer insights into how students’ academic and social-emotional needs will be intertwined in the coming school year due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19.


UW-Madison expert on going back to school

August 10, 2020   |   By Gena Kittner

CRECE Director Beth Graue provides advice on how teacher, staff, parents and students can untangle the many unusual issues surrounding the return of school this fall in this extensive Q&A with the Wisconsin State Journal.


As school restarts, UW experts say supporting academics, social-emotional health is key

August 10, 2020   |   By Logan Wroge

WCER researchers Mitch Nathan and Gloria Ladson-Billings provide expertise on the importance of supporting students’ academic and social-emotional needs in this back-to-school story by the Wisconsin State Journal.


‘Three Things’ video series highlights UW–Madison faculty and staff research

August 4, 2020   |   By Sarah Archibald, UW-Madison School of Education

Two groups in the School of Education are teaming up to share information from their on-campus colleagues with the broader, off-campus community. The Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative and Everyday Academics are producing short videos that highlight UW–Madison researchers, faculty, staff, and students who share a few of the guiding principles about their work. So far, there are 12 videos in the “Three Things” series. The videos include information about the arts, bilingualism, teaching math, hip-hop pedagogy, digital learning, and more.


New program brings learning, interaction for 3rd and 4th graders at Penn Park

August 3, 2020   |   By Scott Girard, The Capital Times

The program received grants from Dane County in June and another from the Evjue Foundation announced in July. The Evjue Foundation is the charitable arm of the Capital Times Company, but has no control over the editorial side of the paper. Shortly after finding out about the money from the county, Mt. Zion lead pastor Rev. Marcus Allen called University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Gloria Ladson-Billings about getting something started.


Supporting Black Interns through Racial Trauma: a Step-by-Step Guide for Colleges, Employers

July 30, 2020   |   By Karen Rivedal, WCER Communications

As all aspects of American society face a national reckoning on racism and police brutality, new UW−Madison research is providing a playbook that employers and higher education professionals can use to help Black student interns cope with vicarious racial trauma amid the continuing public protests against anti-Black violence.


Three from Vanderbilt Peabody College honored for education research

July 28, 2020   |   By Vanderbilt University

A leading Vanderbilt scholar, her doctoral student and a recent doctoral alumnus have been honored with awards by the American Educational Research Association.

Carolyn J. Heinrich, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Public Policy and Education, and Jennifer Darling-Aduana, a Ph.D. candidate, received the Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award for their article “A Look Inside Online Educational Settings in High School: Promise and Pitfalls for Improving Educational Opportunities and Outcomes.” Co-authored with Annalee Good and Huiping (Emily) Cheng of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the article appeared in the December 2019 issue of the American Educational Research Journal.


Expert cautions learning pods could worsen Madison’s achievement gap

July 28, 2020   |   By By Emily Shetler, The Capital Times

Almost immediately after the Madison School District joined other districts across the country in announcing a return to online instruction instead of bringing students back to the classroom for the fall semester, posts started popping up on Facebook groups, Craigslist, Reddit and the University of Wisconsin-Madison student job board seeking in-home academic help.


How college leaders can bridge the growing ‘trust gap’ with their faculty and staff members

July 24, 2020   |   By Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Harmony on campus is hard to come by even when the stakes are lower. The brutally tough decisions colleges have been or soon will be making — how to teach in the fall, where to cut as budgets tighten — are among the most challenging that institutions have faced, at least since 2008. And for the foreseeable future, it’s not going to get any easier.


Inside the decision-making turmoil: For parents and school administrators, there’s no easy answers

July 23, 2020   |   By Naomi Kowles, WSAW TV

The juggling of jobs, family safety, and virtual learning presents the perfect storm of complications as families decide whether to opt into virtual learning or send children back to school—if that option is available. And where families depend on single incomes or inflexible jobs that can’t be done remotely, virtual options can become less realistic even when safety remains a concern, or if in-person learning isn’t implemented.


WCER’s Good and Cheng Win AERA’s 2020 Palmer Award for Excellence in Education Research

July 22, 2020   |   By Tony Pals and Tong Wu, American Association of Education Researchers

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has announced WCER’s Annalee Good and Huiping (Emily) Cheng of the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative among the winners of its 2020 awards for excellence in education research. They are honored with the Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award with colleagues from Drexel University for writing “A Look Inside Online Educational Settings in High School: Promise and Pitfalls for Improving Educational Opportunities and Outcomes,” published in the American Educational Research Journal, Volume 56, Issue 6, December 2019.


Public Health Madison & Dane County explains why there’s no mandatory mask policy

July 8, 2020   |   By Jamie Perez, FOX 47 Madison News

Madeline Hafner is an expert on racial disparities at the University of Wisconsin — Madison. Hafner said racial discrimination would be an adverse consequence of a mandatory mask requirement and is a legitimate concern among communities of color, especially for black men.

“We live in a racialized society that doesn’t afford people of color the same protection in their masks,” Hafner said. “They could be wanting to do all the right things to protect other and protect themselves but they will bear the unfair burden of the repercussions of wearing a mask.”


Report: Wisconsin has student-to-teacher racial, ethnic gap

July 2, 2020   |   By Associated Press

“It is important for white children to see people of color as being knowledgeable and authoritative,” says Gloria Ladson-Billings in a recent Associated Press story carried by Fox 11 News. “The stuff we are seeing happening in our streets today is, I think, a direct result of young white people saying, ‘I was never really taught to value these people’s lives.”’


Life at home with kids during quarantine

June 30, 2020   |   By Joel Patenaude, Madison Magazine

WIDA experts Lorena Mancilla and Tricia Blanco contribute insights to a recent Madison Magazine story about families working and learning together at home due to COVID-19 quarantine.