Can Video Games Change Your Brain? UW Research Suggests Games Can Build Empathy

September 11, 2018

Can video games change your brain? UW research suggests games can build empathy


The Science and Art of Mentoring

September 10, 2018

We often do not seize the numerous opportunities we are afforded to shape the learning experiences of our mentees, let alone influence the environments in which those experiences transpire. We do not frequently enough embrace the art of mentoring.


UW–Madison to Co-Lead $10 Million NSF Grant to Cultivate a More Diverse, Inclusive STEM Faculty

September 6, 2018

Project Seeks to Enable More Underrepresented Students to Succeed in STEM Fields


WCER’s Hora Adds Chinese University to Internship Study

September 5, 2018

Matt Hora, a research scientist at UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research, has just begun a 2.5-week residency as a guest professor in the School of Education at Tianjin University in China.


Beyond the Skills Gap: Preparing College Students for Life and Work

August 20, 2018

How can educators ensure that young people who attain a postsecondary credential are adequately prepared for the future? Matthew T. Hora and his co-authors, Ross Benbow and Amanda Oleson, explain that the answer is not simply that students need more specialized technical training to meet narrowly defined employment opportunities


Tom Carpenter, Transformer of Child-Centered Math Teaching, Dies at 78

August 14, 2018   |   By Karen Rivedal

UW-Madison professor Tom Carpenter, whose student-centered ideas about teaching math to young children from all backgrounds and skill levels helped transform the field of mathematics education for students and teachers, died August 7 from complications of Parkinson’s disease.


Researchers Look to Enhance Relationships Between Madison Teachers and Kindergartners

August 7, 2018

This summer, about 100 Madison families with kids entering kindergarten will get home visits from teachers in an experimental effort to build relationships.


MEP Receives New Grant to Assess, Improve 4K Instruction in Madison

July 27, 2018

A joint research practice partnership between UW-Madison and the Madison Metropolitan School District has received a $400,000 federal grant for a two-year study to assess and improve instruction in the district’s 4-year-old kindergarten program. Teaching is to be enhanced with the design and piloting of a made-to-order professional development program built around the needs of the district’s 4K educators.


UW-Madison: New study finds far fewer middle-skill jobs in US than estimated

July 23, 2018

Significantly fewer “middle-skill” jobs exist in the U.S. than previously estimated, according to new research from the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at UW-Madison.


Study shows fewer middle-skill jobs in U.S.

July 23, 2018

New research by the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison revealed significantly fewer middle-skill jobs exist in the United States than previously estimated.


New Study Finds Far Fewer Middle-Skill Jobs in U.S. than Estimated

July 16, 2018

Skilled non-college occupations account for 16% of all jobs, significantly below widely cited estimates


UW–Madison’s Mathieu Appointed to National STEM Education Advisory Panel

July 16, 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected Robert D. Mathieu, the Albert E. Whitford Professor of Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, as an inaugural member of the STEM Education Advisory Panel. Mathieu, director of the university’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) and associate dean for research at its School of Education, begins his first term on the national panel immediately and could serve up to three years.


Advancing Equity and Diversity in Student Affairs Media Mention

July 3, 2018

Diverse Issues in Higher Education features a new book co-edited by Wei LAB Director Jerlando F.L. Jackson. The book, “Advancing Equity and Diversity in Student Affairs: A Festschrift in Honor of Melvin C. Terrell,” highlights how student affairs has grown as a field of practice in response to the growth of student diversity on college campuses and honors the remarkable career of Melvin C. Terrell.


Not Playing Around

June 8, 2018   |   By Jason Busch

Michael Beal, director of Gear Learning at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, is one of four leaders of Madison’s burgeoning electronic games industry interviewed for this feature story, which begins with a dynamic graphic from the studio’s award-winning “At Play in the Cosmos.”


Gamification: Where Work Meets Play

June 6, 2018

Madison-area electronic games developers are divided on the effectiveness of gamification, but they all agree business could learn a thing of two from games.