New Online Tools to Instruct and Assess English Learners with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
March 13, 2019 | By Lynn Armitage
In the world of K-12 English language proficiency assessment, a population of U.S. students is often overlooked, learners with significant cognitive disabilities. Although federal law requires each state to assess the English language proficiency of these underserved students, many states have never done so because they lack the knowledge and resources on how to do so. Now, groundbreaking instructional materials and guides are available to help educators understand alternate English language development and assessment for students who have diverse needs related to language and disability. The comprehensive series of nearly 30 reports, briefs, tools, presentations and other resources is available online and by mail at no charge.
School Districts Getting Free Evaluation Tools Developed by UW-Madison Education Researchers
March 12, 2019 | By Karen Rivedal
WEC is helping to close a gap in state requirements by providing needed guidance on the crucial step of regularly evaluating the effectiveness of schools’ academic and career planning for students in grades 6-12.
Astronomy Society Pushes for Diversity in US PHD Programmes
February 21, 2019
This article in the journal Nature describes the final report of the American Astronomical Society’s task force on diversity and inclusion in astronomy graduate education. WCER researcher Christine Pfund, director of the Center for Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER), is one of the 12 authors of the report, which recommends that graduate programs in astronomy partner with universities graduating high levels of underserved undergraduate students, hold department-wide discussions focusing on the barriers that face underrepresented students who advance to graduate study, and make their departments more welcoming to diverse students.
New Study Finds Hmong American Undergraduates Feel ‘Invisible’ on UW-Madison Campus
February 19, 2019 | By Karen Rivedal
In their own words, Hmong American students at UW-Madison share hopes and concerns surrounding their undergraduate experience on campus.
DPI to Launch Evaluation Toolkit Created by Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative (WEC)
February 18, 2019 | By Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction announces on its news site, DPI-ConnectEd, that a tool created by WCER’s Wisconsin Evaluation Cooperative soon will help educators across the state systematically evaluate their Academic and Career Planning (ACP) programming.
Wolfgram Discusses Higher Education Access for Refugees in Wisconsin on Wisconsin Public Television
February 6, 2019
In a live interview with Wisconsin Public Television, WCER Senior Researcher Matthew Wolfgram talks about barriers in policy and practices that block the path to higher education and better jobs for refugees resettled in Wisconsin.
Gov. Tony Evers Wants More Money for K-12 Education
February 1, 2019 | By Jen Zettel-Vandenhouten
WCER’s Madeline Hafner describes the multiple-directions approach needed to tackle the academic achievement gap.
Introducing CRECE (Cray-Say) at WCER
January 28, 2019 | By Lynn Armitage
Last year with support from the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Beth Graue launched the Center for Research on Early Childhood Education (CRECE). Its missions is focused on equity, supporting cross-disciplinary research, conducting policy analyses and connecting teacher education directly to research. CRECE (pronounced “cray-say”) is quite an appropriate name for the new center. In Spanish, it means, “It grows.”
Report: Lots of Access to Pre-K, But Quality Sometimes Lacking
January 24, 2019 | By Shamane Mills
A group that supports more and better pre-K programs finds access is good in Milwaukee but class sizes could be pared down.
Ideally, 20 or fewer students are in a class, said Shelley Hearne, president of CityHealth, the organization which issued the report on Wednesday along with the National Institute for Early Education Research, on pre-K programs in the nation’s 40 largest cities.
Local education experts, such as Beth Graue, say sometimes that’s not possible.
“Particularly in large urban areas, they can’t afford to have a class that low,” said Graue, director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Research on Early Childhood Education.
Why It’s Wrong to Label Students ‘At-Risk’
January 23, 2019 | By Ivory A. Toldson
A powerful quote from a 2007 speech by WCER education researcher Gloria Ladson-Billings helps anchor a new critique of using the term “at-risk” to describe students who don’t perform well in traditional educational settings.
Jewish Women of Color—Including Shahanna McKinney-Baldon—Lead DC Women’s March
January 21, 2019 | By David Dahmer
A large delegation of women from around the country, led by WCER’s Shahanna McKinney-Baldon carrying the Torah, was the first group in line for the National Women’s March that took place in Washington, D.C. on January 19, 2019.
CIMER to Provide Mentoring Expertise in National STEM Diversity Campaign
January 18, 2019 | By Karen Rivedal
WCER’s CIMER will contribute to 40 percent of a $57 million National Science Foundation program designed to ramp up successful regional efforts to help diversify the STEM workforce nationally.
Changes Needed to Help Refugees in Wisconsin Access Higher Education
January 17, 2019 | By Karen Rivedal
A new study shows refugees who resettle in Wisconsin face a daunting array of barriers, both systemic and situational, in getting college degrees. But creative remedies could be developed, UW−Madison researchers say, to ease their path to higher education and then to better jobs.
Middleton High School Minority Mentors Work to Help Elementary Students Achieve
January 14, 2019 | By Pam Cotant
Every other week, Middleton High School students mentor younger students at three Middleton elementary schools.
The members of the Black Student Union club “thought the elementary students needed something because there weren’t many teachers of color… so they know someone looks like them and is looking out for them in the district,” said Jaeda Coleman, a Middleton High School sophomore.
The mentors are part of Leaders Emerging to Achieve Greatness by Uplifting Each Other, or LEAGUE, which incorporates other groups at Middleton, including the Latinos Unidos and the Student Voice Union.
“I love it. ... The kids are just so adorable. It is really good to see them every week,” Coleman said. “It gives you sort of a break from high school where everything (academically) is really tough and stressful.”
The Black Student Union, Latinos Unidos and the Student Voice Union all send leaders to the national conference of the Minority Student Achievement Network. It is a national consortium of 27 multiracial, suburban-urban school districts working together to understand and eliminate racial opportunity/achievement gaps that persist within their schools. The organization is based at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at UW-Madison and includes the Madison school district, which is a founding member, and the Sun Prairie, Verona and Middleton-Cross Plains districts.
Baraboo Teacher Works with UW-Madison Researchers Examining Rural Education
January 10, 2019 | By Susan Endres
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are looking to school districts such as Baraboo for insight into what it’s like to teach in rural areas and how to better connect university graduates to those schools.