Study Finds MMSD’s 4-Year-Old Kindergarten Expands Educational Equity
September 20, 2017
Since the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) began 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) in 2011, more than two-thirds of its kindergarten students have started in its 4K programs. Now, with six full years of operational data on 4K, a new research-practice partnership between MMSD and UW–Madison’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) is taking a close look at the district’s 4K enrollments.
Study Finds Wisconsin Children Unequally Ready for Kindergarten
September 18, 2017
The class of 2030 has just started kindergarten. As four million youngsters across the country begin the first step of education, a new study provides a first-time look at inequalities in school readiness among Wisconsin’s kindergarten students. Researchers from the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), part of UW–Madison’s School of Education, compared the literacy skills of Wisconsin’s kindergarten students and found them “far from equally prepared to learn.”
Ecology at Play
September 8, 2017 | By Lynn Armitage
Mike Lawton loves his job as a science teacher at Rufus King High School in Milwaukee. “My greatest reward is when students come up to me and say, ‘Wow, this is the first science class I have ever liked,’” he says.
MSAN Featured in Education Week
September 6, 2017
We often hear about the need to “build capacity” of practitioners to use research. This usually gets translated as improving practitioners’ skills in using research to make decisions or imparting knowledge on how to engage in continuous improvement efforts.
Jackson Discusses Whether Men are the New College Minority
August 18, 2017
A recent report from Carlow University showed that women outnumbered men by more than six to one during the Fall 2016 enrollment.
Jackson Quoted in Education Dive on Why Prospective College Students Don’t Expect to Graduate
August 8, 2017
Jerlando Jackson, the director of the University of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory in the Center for Education Research, quoted in Education Dive.
Jackson Quoted in the Atlantic on Why Men Are the New College Minority
August 8, 2017
Jerlando Jackson, the director and chief research scientist at Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory, quoted in The Atlantic.
Astronomy Video Game Developed at UW–Madison Wins National People’s Choice Award
August 7, 2017
“At Play in the Cosmos,” an educational video game developed at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is the winner of the Third Annual Mashable + Games for Change People’s Choice Award. This new educational resource for introductory college astronomy received the highest number of online votes among the 11 games nominated in the category.
Video Game by UW-Madison Group is up for National Award
July 14, 2017
A video game about exploring the cosmos that a University of Wisconsin-Madison institution developed is up for a national award for educational games.
The Value of Mentorship in the Scientific Field
July 13, 2017
The value of effective mentorship in the sciences is increasingly being recognized. Mentoring is tied to many benefits for a mentee (e.g., increased research productivity and career satisfaction), which also benefits the lab overall. Anyone can learn to be an effective mentor with the right training and practice.
Education Technologies Improve Collaborative Learning in Undergrad Chemistry
July 10, 2017
WCER researcher Martina Rau and colleagues found that undergraduate chemistry students who used educational technology to discuss problem-solving mistakes had higher learning outcomes than students who participated in the traditional version of the lab course. This study was published in Computers and Education.
Teacher Fellowship to Game Designer
July 5, 2017 | By Paul Baker
Teachers from across Wisconsin eagerly join a fellowship wait list to learn how to create digital educational games that engage students and boost learning.
June 28, 2017
David Williamson Shaffer, a WCER game scientist, explores how to make sense of the deluge of information in the digital age through quantitative ethnography. This new science gives researchers tools to understand not just what data says, but what it tells us about the people who created it.
Jerlando Jackson, Wisconsin’s Equity & Inclusion Laboratory
June 28, 2017
Jackson is the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and the Director and Chief Research Scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB). Here he discusses Wei LAB, Beyond the Game, and post-graduate outcomes.
Effective Mentoring in STEMM: Practice, Research, and Future Directions: Proceedings of a Workshop
June 26, 2017
To explore the conversation surrounding nebtirubg, the Board on Higher Education and Workforce and the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, in collaboration with the Board on Science Education and the Teacher Advisory Council, convened a workshop in Washington D.C. on February 9-10, 2017.