Curriculum and Instruction News
UW-Madison alumna Kristen Leigh Kludt is publishing her debut book this month titled, "A Good Way Through: My Journey with God from Disappointment into Hope." Kludt received a bachelor's degree in English Education from the School of Education in 2006, and taught for seven years before focusing on writing. In the book, Kludt chronicles her spiritual journey after struggling with depression as a young adult, dealing with other hardships, and how she found healing in faith.
A Madison365.com article features the work of UW-Madison's Michael Dando, along with the City of Madison and several other partners, in offering a hip-hop architecture and education camp for youth during Black History Month. Dando is a doctoral candidate with the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
UW-Madison’s Catherine Compton-Lilly and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center will both be recognized by the Wisconsin State Reading Association at the 2017 WSRA Convention in Milwaukee on Feb. 9. Compton-Lilly, a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, is receiving the Outstanding Service Award. The Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) is being awarded the Wisconsin State Reading Association’s President’s Award.
A project led by UW-Madison alumna and Madison East High School teacher Kate Brien to show support for undocumented students is garnering local media coverage. Madison's local NBC affiliate reports how Brien and her students designed and sold 2,000 T-shirts to raise money for scholarships for undocumented students and to show unity, celebrate diversity and push back against intolerance.
UW-Madison School of Education Dean Diana Hess recently spoke with the Badger Herald about the university's Engaging the Humanities program and how it can make a significant difference for students seeking jobs outside academia. Hess, who also holds the Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education, tells the Badger Herald that the program is particularly exciting because it provides new opportunities for academic staff and is designed to have a real effect on the community, in line with the Wisconsin Idea.
UW-Madison’s Noah Weeth Feinstein, with collaborators from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Chicago-based artist Jenny Kendler, will develop and evaluate “Garden for a Changing Climate,” a mobile public art project and interactive event series. Comprised of a series of moveable planters of native Midwestern species, “Garden for a Changing Climate” directly embodies the otherwise largely invisible, slow and dispersed threat of climate change. “This project is right smack at the intersection of the two things I am most interested in right now: out-of-school science and climate change adaptation,” says Weeth Feinstein, an associate professor with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
The Wisconsin State Journal recently put the spotlight on a unique and innovative class at Clark Street Community School in Middleton that uses hip hop as its foundation. And UW-Madison’s Michael Dando, the newspaper explains, is playing a leading role in making this course a reality. Dando is a Ph.D. candidate with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The newspaper report also quotes Professor Carl Grant, a scholar of multicultural education who is Dando's graduate adviser.
UW-Madison’s Lesley Bartlett and alumna Frances Vavrus are co-authors of a recently released book that examines a new and innovative way to conduct research of policy and practice across multiple social fields. Bartlett is a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. Vavrus earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction and is now a professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.
Education Week blogger Rick Hess published his annual rankings of the most influential education scholars in the United States on Jan. 11, and UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings is ranked No. 3 on this year’s list. UW-Madison's Geoffrey Borman, Adam Gamoran and John Witte also made the list of the top 200.
Brava magazine released its 2017 “Women to Watch” list and two people with ties to UW-Madison’s School of Education are highlighted in the recently released January issue. Christin Calloway, a current Ph.D. student with the School of Education, and Ilana Nankin, an alumna of the School, are among the women being recognized. Brava magazine's 2017 Women to WatchIn previewing its annual “Women to Watch” feature, Brava writes, “Meet 26 influential women who will make Madison -– and good things -– happen in 2017.”