News by Year: 2011

Themes Cross-Cut International Boundaries

December 30, 2011

Has standards-based reform improved the quality of teaching and improved rates of retention?

Design Challenges for Middle School Science Students

December 27, 2011

Students and teachers in Grades 6-8 are piloting an approach to science instruction using a technology-rich interactive environment.

Mathieu Named AAAS Fellow

December 19, 2011

WCER researcher Robert Mathieu is among three UW–Madison scientists recently named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Adam Gamoran on

December 18, 2011

Adam Gamoran says that while the goals of the proposed Madison Prep academy would be universally shared, it’s not appropriate for the university as a whole or the school of education to take a stand as an institution (, 18 Dec.).

Chris Thorn on

December 17, 2011

The push for evaluating teachers and schools by using student achievement has become popular with lawmakers, and Chris Thorn says schools that were ahead of the curve must shift to meet new requirements ( 17 Dec.).

Collaborating with the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan

December 15, 2011

Complementing the University of Wisconsin’s status as one of the most internationally connected universities in the world, the School of Education (SOE) plays an important role in preparing students to be global citizens and in helping to shape the University’s broader global agenda.

Online Mentoring as Good as In-Person

December 15, 2011

Students enjoy learning about the environment. The process usually involves trekking out to the nearest prairie, waterway, or forest. But given the time and expense involved, field trips can be unrealistic.

Spanish Academic Language Standards and Assessment

December 13, 2011

Staff from the WIDA Consortium are beginning to develop Spanish language development standards for students in Pre-K through twelfth grade.

Blended Learning Across Virtual and Natural Ecosystems

December 5, 2011

Kurt Squire and colleagues are testing the hypothesis that student engagement, self-sufficiency, and understanding of life science will be enhanced if students participating in field trips employ mobile devices to collect and share data, visit geo-referenced locations, and access on-site information.

Diana Hess on

November 28, 2011

Diana Hess says students who take part in high-quality discussions of controversial issues become more interested in and tolerant of views different from their own (, 28 Nov.).

Sara Goldrick-Rab on

November 28, 2011

Sara Goldrick-Rab argues that students and educators, not administrators, should occupy colleges ( 28 Nov.).

Mentoring Students in Educational Computer Games

November 28, 2011

When students engage in educational computer games, do they fare better talking with a mentor face-to-face or chatting online with a ‘virtual’ mentor?

Douglas Harris on

November 25, 2011

Douglas Harris explains the Degree Project, which will provide college scholarships for up to 2,600 current ninth-graders attending public schools in Milwaukee (, 25 Nov.).

Douglas Harris in the Hechinger Report

November 22, 2011

Douglas Harris comments on whether value-added teacher ratings should be adjusted for poverty (Hechinger Report, 22 Nov.).

Mark Connolly in The Chronicle

November 21, 2011

Mark Connolly says college level instructors sometimes feel the need to hide their enthusiasm for teaching (The Chronicle, 21 Nov).