UW–Madison School of Education to boost special education teacher workforce in Milwaukee with new initiative

March 14, 2024   |   By Laurel White

A new partnership between the UW–Madison School of Education and Milwaukee Public Schools aims to combat a shortage of special education teachers in one of the state’s most high-needs school districts by training and placing 36 master’s-level special education teachers in Milwaukee schools over the next five years.

IES training on single-case research methods set for July in Madison

March 7, 2024   |   By WCER Communications

The IES-funded Advanced Training Institute on Single-Case Research Methods is currently accepting applications for 2024. The intent of the training is to increase the national capacity of education researchers to design and conduct methodologically rigorous single-case intervention studies.

What is a cognitive lab and how does it work? WIDA Researcher Mark Chapman explains

March 5, 2024   |   By WIDA Communications

One important component of the test development process is a cognitive lab.

MSAN Institute to welcome K–12 leaders from across the country for learning on racial equity

February 19, 2024   |   By Karen Rivedal, WCER Communications

Registration is open now through March 21 for the 2024 MSAN Institute, a 2-day professional learning conference for K–12 teachers, principals, and school district leaders nationwide who want to learn about current research and district practices that further racial equity in schools.

Courtney Bell explains standards-based learning for story on phasing out letter grades

February 8, 2024

The story explains that students in those classes are being graded on a scale that ranges from “emerging” to “advanced” and is aligned to how well they are meeting specific learning standards for each class.

Katie Eklund shares expertise for PBS NewsHour program on addressing student mental health concerns

February 8, 2024   |   By WCER Communications

Eklund described how unmet mental health concerns can harm students in school and throughout their lives, then explained how a new WCER project funded by a $10 million federal grant will help address the issue.

Spencer Foundation offers new grant-writing guide

February 8, 2024   |   By WCER Communications

The guide includes chapters about addressing power dynamics, utilizing a strengths-based perspective, articulating rapport, and deciding which Spencer programs are best suited for proposals involving youth and/or community-based collaborations.

Wisconsin teachers and librarians to help create astrophysics learning game

February 5, 2024   |   By WCER Communications

The game development project is a collaboration of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the Field Day Learning Games Lab in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the UW–Madison, and the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC). This new game will be based on current WIPAC research.

Researcher training opportunity in Chicago on meta-analyses, large-scale syntheses

January 23, 2024   |   By WCER Communications

The deadline to apply for the weeklong summer program is March 31.

New $1.25M Wei LAB project seeks to warm ‘chilly climate’ in STEM for underrepresented

January 10, 2024   |   By Karen Rivedal, WCER Communications

Driven by the goal of improving the country’s ability to solve complex problems, a partnership led by UW–Madison’s Wei LAB will help professional engineering societies apply a newly released international standard on diversity and inclusion. The standard aims to foster STEM disciplinary excellence by supporting fuller engagement of women and racially/ethnically minoritized people in the STEM workforce and academic settings.

Five with School of Education ties named in Madison365’s list of influential Black leaders

January 9, 2024   |   By School of Education Communications

Two WCER honorees are among the five with SoE ties on influential Black leaders' list: Wei LAB's Shawn Anthony Robinson and MSAN Executive Director Latoya Holiday.

WIDA Collaborates to Make English Proficiency Scores Compatible with International Standard

December 12, 2023   |   By WIDA Communications

WIDA MODEL Online, an English language proficiency assessment for students in grades 1–12, can now be understood on a scale used by educators around the world.

Odle Discusses Rise of Direct Admissions on WPR Show

December 5, 2023   |   By WCER Communications

Direct admissions is a practice in which colleges and universities proactively offer admission to students based on existing, readily available data, such as grade point average or standardized test score, rather than requiring formal applications.

MSAN Student Conference Seeks to Create Rich Connections, Seed Equitable School Change

November 8, 2023   |   By Karen Rivedal, WCER Communications

Nearly 200 high school students and their chaperones/advisors from 19 U.S. school districts were in Madison Nov. 1–4 for the 24th annual MSAN Student Conference, presented by the UW–Madison School of Education (SoE) to develop youth leaders focused on ending racial disparities in achievement and opportunity.

Multilingualism is a Superpower: 10 Years of the WIDA Annual Conference

October 27, 2023   |   By WIDA Communications

The WIDA Annual Conference is always a special time because it’s a conference by teachers, for teachers, but this year, it was extra special. It was the 10th WIDA Annual Conference and WIDA’s 20th birthday. More than 1,300 people joined us in Milwaukee to celebrate.