What’s Right With Rural

December 4, 2019   |   By Lynn Armitage

We hear a lot about the challenges of rural education: declining enrollment, limited resources and funding, difficulty recruiting teachers and keeping them. And at UW‒Madison’s Rural Education Research & Implementation Center (RERIC), much good work is being done to improve educational outcomes in the state’s distant, sometimes forgotten classrooms.

But on a recent day in November, the narrative shifted when 19 STEM teachers from 18 rural school districts in Wisconsin traded stories at the third annual Teacher Speakout! sponsored by RERIC, housed at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. This exchange of ideas between teachers, researchers, policymakers and rural advocates turned into a public display of spirit, grit and passion for what is right with rural education.


Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings to Keynote Edgewood College’s Black History Education Conference

December 3, 2019   |   By Madison365 Staff

National educational consultant Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings will be the featured keynote speaker at Edgewood College’s “Dreaming In Ethnic Melodies Black History Education Conference,’ which will be held on February 21-22, 2020 at Edgewood College, the Overture Center, the Madison Concourse Hotel, and the Wisconsin Historical Society.


Visualizing Invisibility

December 3, 2019

In his work, Bohyun Yoon explores the conceptual properties of glass more than the actual, physical glass itself. He searches for ways to visualize its transparency, often experimenting with other materials to do so. He currently is expanding his study of visibility and perception by researching the illusion of human relationships. His work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, West Collection, Tama Art University and Song Eun Art Space.


WIDA Seeks Input on English Language Development Standards Edition 2020

November 20, 2019   |   By WIDA

WIDA, a leading support organization for multilingual learners, educators and families, is seeking public input on the 2020 edition of its English Language Development Standards. The research-based nonprofit includes a consortium of 40 U.S. state education agencies as well as an international consortium of more than 400 international schools. WIDA invites anyone involved in multilingual learner education to share their views by completing an online survey by Dec. 15, 2019.


Mishicot’s Justin Gerlach speaks at Madison Teacher Speakout! event

November 18, 2019

Justin Gerlach, a high school science teacher at Mishicot High School who in 2018 was named Rural Wisconsin Teacher of the Year, was a panelist at the third annual Teachers Speakout! event Friday at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research in Madison.


Rural Wisconsin STEM teachers build connections to researchers at UW event

November 18, 2019   |   By Yvonne Kim

Jennifer Seelig was working on her dissertation in the Northwoods in 2017 when the Wisconsin Center for Education Research reached out to her about involving teachers in education research. A former rural teacher herself, Seelig jumped on board to help plan the first Teacher Speakout! event and is now the assistant director of WCER’s Rural Educators Research and Implementation Center. On Friday and Saturday, RERIC hosted 19 teachers from the state’s rural districts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the event’s third year.


UWO takes part in research on undergraduate military service members, veterans

November 15, 2019

A new research project focuses on the experiences of undergraduate military service members and veterans enrolled in Wisconsin universities, including the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The Wisconsin Center for Education Research recently launched the Veteran Education to Workforce Affinity and Success Study (VETWAYS), a three-year, $556,000 research project funded by the National Science Foundation.The study seeks to better understand the unique social experiences and challenges this special student population encounters as they progress through college and into the workforce.


Rural Teachers & UW–Madison Education Researchers Share Perspectives on STEM Education in Wisconsin

November 13, 2019   |   By Lynn Armitage

The Rural Education Research and Implementation Center (RERIC) will host 19 rural STEM educators from 18 school districts around Wisconsin for the third annual Teacher Speakout!, Friday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 1025 West Johnson Street, 13th Floor; followed by field trips on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. to noon starting at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.

The goal of Teacher Speakout! is to bring the voices of rural teachers into a collaborative, public forum with researchers, legislators and rural school advocates.


WCER Project Explores Academic & Career Pathways of Undergrad Military Service Members & Veterans

November 8, 2019   |   By Lynn Armitage

A new research project focused on the experiences of undergraduate military service members and veterans enrolled in Wisconsin universities has recently been launched at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, part of UW-Madison’s School of Education. The Veteran Education to Workforce Affinity and Success Study (VETWAYS), a three-year $556,000 project funded by the National Science Foundation, will seek to better understand the unique social experiences and challenges this special student population encounters as they progress through college and into the workforce.


UW-Madison research finds easy, low-cost exercise prevents ‘6th-grade slump’

November 7, 2019   |   By Dannika Lewis

WCER researcher Geoffrey Borman is interviewed and his study revealing a cheap, quick but powerful intervention that makes middle school easier is highlighted in a recent Channel 3000 report. Includes video.


Design in Storytelling

November 6, 2019

In this pressentation, Ellen Lupton, one of the most influential educators in contemporary graphic design, will explore how designers create compelling experiences to touch people’s minds and emotions. She will share how we move, act and respond when we look at a poster, website or road sign, while using fun and surprising examples of design to help you master the art of the narrative.


How Undergraduate Student Parents Make Decisions About Course-Taking, Majors, Jobs and Careers

November 5, 2019

In this lecture sponsored by the Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions, Adrian H. Huerta, assistant professor Pullias Center for Higher Education in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, shares his study of student parents attending an urban community college.


Health and Education: More Schooling Equates to Healthier, Longer Lives

November 1, 2019   |   By Karen Rivedal

A critical intersection exists between education and health, according to a consensus of researchers and evaluators from the University of Wisconsin‒Madison who have been working closely with rural schools, the community-school model and Native American communities in Wisconsin.


UW−Madison Mentorship Experts Anchor Federal Push to Diversify Biomedical Workforce

October 31, 2019   |   By Karen Rivedal, WCER Communications

UW−Madison will continue to play a leading role in the second and final phase of a sweeping federal investment in better research mentoring, with responsibility for two major grants in the $43 million follow-up push to boost diversity of students, staff and faculty researchers in the biomedical sciences.


Science of Effective Mentoring in STEMM

October 31, 2019   |   By Colleen Flaherty

An Inside Higher Ed #Quick Take features the new NAS consensus study on mentorship in STEMM produced by an ad-hoc national committee chaired by WCER investigator Angela Byars-Winston, with CIMER Director Christine Pfund among the dozen committee members.