News by Year: 2020

Report: Wisconsin has student-to-teacher racial, ethnic gap

July 2, 2020   |   By Associated Press

“It is important for white children to see people of color as being knowledgeable and authoritative,” says Gloria Ladson-Billings in a recent Associated Press story carried by Fox 11 News. “The stuff we are seeing happening in our streets today is, I think, a direct result of young white people saying, ‘I was never really taught to value these people’s lives.”’


Life at home with kids during quarantine

June 30, 2020   |   By Joel Patenaude, Madison Magazine

WIDA experts Lorena Mancilla and Tricia Blanco contribute insights to a recent Madison Magazine story about families working and learning together at home due to COVID-19 quarantine.


A new brief from the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities and the University of Wisconsin

June 17, 2020   |   By Bianca Quilantan, Politico

A new brief from the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities and the University of Wisconsin-Madison-led Aspire Alliance, “Leveraging Promising Practices: Improving the Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention of Diverse and Inclusive Faculty,” lays out a guide for institutions to create an institutional culture that promotes diversity and inclusion in STEM faculty.


U of I Joins Elite Network to Train Tomorrow’s STEM Educators

June 16, 2020   |   By University of Idaho Communications

The University of Idaho joins some of the country’s biggest names in impactful research as it is welcomed into The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Network, a dynamic academic network of top research universities dedicated to developing and expanding proven STEM teaching practices to educate diverse populations of students.


Can Quantitative Ethnography Help Tell the COVID-19 Story?

June 16, 2020   |   By Lynn Armitage, WCER Communications

The quest for answers to how COVID-19 is affecting different cultures is why the newly formed International Society for Quantitative Ethnography (QE) launched the “QE COVID Data Challenge,” a seven-day data sprint involving nearly 100 data and research experts collaborating remotely from 16 countries, including Denmark, Hungary, Australia, South Africa and Sri Lanka.


New Resources for Families Help Multilingual Learners with Disabilities Thrive in Virtual Classrooms

June 15, 2020   |   By Karen Rivedal, WCER Communications

Designed to cushion the shift to distance learning, new resources from WIDA include tools and tips around social stories, adaptive devices and understanding Individualized Education Programs to ensure multilingual students with disabilities still receive all the language and other services they’re due under federal law.


UArizona Joins Network Dedicated to Improving STEM Graduate Education

June 9, 2020   |   By University Communications

The University of Arizona this fall will join a network of institutions in the United States and Canada dedicated to improving how graduate student and postdoctoral scholars are prepared for future faculty positions in STEM fields.The university’s membership in the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning was announced last week. The center is based at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s School of Education.


Corporate America is taking the internship online this summer. Some experiences can’t be replaced.

June 8, 2020   |   By Jena McGregor, The Washington Post

College students have already been uprooted from their dorm rooms to their parents’ basements, forced to finish their semester online and faced with the dire prospect of graduating into the worst labor market since the Great Depression. Now, many can add something else to the list of experiences they’ll miss out on this year: A traditional internship.


WCER Researchers Studying Surge of Online Internships during COVID-19

May 29, 2020   |   By Karen Rivedal, WCER Communications

CCWT Director Matthew Hora will work with Zi Chen on a six-month analysis focused on ‘micro-internships,’ with a second angle examining whether companies in STEM fields are shifting their internships online, to help measure student academic and career impacts of web-based internships amid a COVID19-driven surge in their use.


Six Universities Join Renowned Network to Improve Research & Teaching Skills of Future STEM Faculty

May 28, 2020   |   By Lynn Armitage, WCER Communications

A new cohort of universities in the U.S. and Canada will be welcomed this fall into the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), an international network of 35 research universities dedicated to delivering more effective undergraduate STEM learning by ensuring that today’s STEM graduate students the science, technology, engineering and math faculty of the future―are skilled in both teaching and research.


Another Casualty of the Coronavirus: Summer Internships

May 22, 2020   |   By David Yaffe-Bellany, The New York Times

WCER resarcher and CCWT Director Matthew Hora tells the New York Times how the loss of traditional internships impacts students: “You pick up a lot of subtle clues about how to behave in that profession, how to communicate like an engineer, how to work in teams like a nurse. Students are going to be missing that.”


UW–Madison’s Jackson co-authors paper published in Journal of Diversity in Higher Education

May 22, 2020

UW-Madison’s Jerlando Jackson co-authored a recent article published in the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education that’s titled, “Mixed-reality simulations to build capacity for advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the geosciences.” Jackson is the School of Education’s Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He also is director and chief research scientist with Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory.


Researchers Release Free, At-Home Early Math Resources for Families

May 18, 2020

A team of early math education experts from across the country has pooled its expertise to develop a set of free, research-based learn-at-home materials geared toward children from birth to age 8.

The “At-Home Early Math Learning Kit for Families,” created by the DREME Network’s Family Math team, is especially valuable as many people are staying home due to ongoing public health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to give families ideas that are fun, easy to implement, require no special materials, and can be folded into daily life — rather than feel like an extra task.


UW–Madison’s Hidden Village Computer Game Selected for Sixth Annual Virtual STEM Video Showcase

May 10, 2020   |   By Janet L. Kelly

A video about a UW–Madison online learning game – titled “The Hidden Village: Mathematical Reasoning Through Movement” – is among 170 videos featuring science, technology, engineering and math education initiatives selected to compete in the 2020 STEM for All Video Showcase. The public can view the videos at any time and through May 12 they can communicate online with presenters and vote for their favorites at https://stemforall2020.videohall.com .


Summer internship canceled? Not at these companies embracing virtual versions

May 3, 2020   |   By Michael Braga

Matt Hora, WCER researcher and director of the Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions, is quoted in this article about companies offering virtual internships due to COVID-19. “It’s going to be tough for some companies. . . . Converting to working remotely requires quite a bit of forethought as to how to design meaningful tasks and how to supervise them in a productive way.” Because interns are not onsite, it will be hard for them to develop soft skills, the 21st-century skills that you get from teamwork and oral communication, said Hora. . . .  “To really learn those, it requires immersion in the social environment,” he said. “Nurses and mechanical engineers need to immersed in the hospital and on the oil rig to really understand the job, to really learn to problem solve on the fly.”