News by Year: 2015

Mentoring beyond borders

December 18, 2015

Chris Pfund talks about supplementing traditional mentoring with career coaching for graduate students (AAAS Science, 18 Dec.)

Critics say WI going backward on achievement gap

December 17, 2015

State Sen. Luther Olsen cites WCER project reports about the importance of high quality professional development and the state’s SAGE program (, 17 Dec.)

Some students thrive despite nation’s worst statewide racial achievement gap

December 16, 2015

Bradley Carl says he has yet to find any program “that has moved the needle on (the achievement gap)” in a big way (, 16 Dec.)

Critics: State going backward on achievement gap

December 16, 2015

Eric Grodsky says just putting a student in a school with more-advantaged students won’t solve all the student’s problems (Post Crescent, 16 Dec.)

$2.1 Million Grant Will Help Gifted, Low-Income Middle School Students

December 15, 2015

“Supporting Smart Spaces,” a project of the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY) and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education, has been awarded a $2.1 million grant by the Jacob K. Javits Program through the U.S. Department of Education.

Hungry, homeless and in college

December 4, 2015

Sara Goldrick-Rab and Katharine Broton cowrote the OpEd, “Hungy, Homeless, and in College,” (New York Times, 4 Dec.)

STEMMing the Tide of Bias: Video Game Teaches Professors How Discrimination Feels

December 3, 2015   |   By Lynn Armitage

Brett Woods knows all too well what racial bias feels like.

La Follette Research Professor Recognized for his Work in Data-driven Education Policy

December 1, 2015

Rob Meyer is appointed to the national Moneyball for Government All-Star team, which focuses on data-driven policy (LaFollette School of Public Affairs, 1 Dec).

Technology moves into Madison’s classrooms with a device for every student

November 29, 2015

Richard Halverson says digital devices can help students learn but only if teachers first learn how to use them effectively (Wisconsin State Journal, 29 Nov.)

Local researchers will search for solutions to stubborn achievement gaps

November 25, 2015

Eric Grodsky leads effort to study why some state schools have had more success than others in narrowing achievement gaps across racial lines and income levels. (Wisconsin State Journal, 25 Nov.)

DPI and UW-Madison education researchers team up in $5.2 million grant to reduce gaps in opportunity

November 24, 2015

Strong research collaboration aimed at helping all kids succeed

$5.2 million grant targets student achievement gaps

November 24, 2015

WCER and the WI Department of Public Instruction receive $5.2 million grant to study student achievement gaps (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Nov.)

Topple traditional hierarchies to embrace minority students

November 20, 2015

Clif Conrad says improving race relations at universities must go beyond diversity plans and disrupt the mainstream culture (The Capital Times, 20 Nov.)

Policymakers misdiagnose skills needed to fill jobs gap

November 19, 2015

Matt Hora says Wisconsin policymakers have misdiagnosed the “skills gap” problem and have devised overly narrow policy solutions (Isthmus, 19 Nov.)

“Seven Questions” with Sara Goldrick-Rab

November 16, 2015

Wisconsin HOPE Lab Examines College Living Costs