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Curriculum and Instruction News

Tue
Nov
13
Officials of Henan Province, China, held an event Oct. 25-28 at the International Convention and Exhibition Center of Zhengzhou, China, to support talent recruitment and project matchmaking in Chinese. UW-Madison’s François Victor Tochon was invited and greeted as “a representative of Wisconsin’s academic talent.” Tochon is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education, and leads the World Language Education Program.
Fri
Nov
09
UW-Madison’s Michael Apple recently delivered two presentations in Europe. Apple is the John Bascom Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies. Apple delivered the Sara Fielden Memorial Lecture on “The Challenges of Critical Education” at the University of Manchester in England. He then went on to give the Studia Generalia Lecture on “The Challenges of Critical Education” at The University of the Arts in Helsinki, Finland.
Wed
Nov
07
UW-Madison’s Michael Apple is quoted in a recent news report from The Guardian headlined, “ ‘School is very oppressive’: why home-schooling is on the rise.” The deck headline explains: “Exams, rules, timetables: do teachers know what’s best for children? Increasing numbers of British parents don’t think so.” Apple tells The Guardian: “Even with evident shortcomings, schools provide a kind of ‘social glue,’ a common cultural reference point in our polyglot, increasingly multicultural society."
Mon
Nov
05
When UW–Madison was selected by Schmidt Futures as part of its Alliance for the American Dream Initiative, the grant came with a significant challenge: Produce innovative ideas for increasing the net income of 10,000 Dane County families by 10 percent by 2020. DreamUp Wisconsin, the local implementation effort launched to meet the challenge, has selected 11 proposals, from a total of 46 submitted by teams of community and university partners, which offer innovative ideas to grow and support Dane County’s middle class. And among those involved with a winning proposal is the School of Education’s Elizabeth Graue, who is collaborating with others on a multi-pronged approach to transform the early childhood and out-of-school time sectors.
Thu
Nov
01
UW-Madison alumna Laura Chávez-Moreno was recently awarded the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education's (AAHHE) 2019 Outstanding Dissertation Competition third place award. Her dissertation is titled: “A critical race ethnography examining dual-language education in the new Latinx diaspora: Reinforcing and resisting bilingual education's racial roots.” Chávez-Moreno earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction this past summer.
Wed
Oct
31
UW-Madison’s Michael Apple appeared on NPR’s “On Point” program on Tuesday, Oct. 30 to talk about the “unschooling” movement. NRP reports: “Is a child who spends the day watching videos or playing in the backyard actually learning? Yes, say advocates of the 'unschooling' movement.” Apple, the John Bascom Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies, expressed concerns about how this model would be followed by most people. "To me the issue is what do we do collectively? The vast majority of students in the United States will never see a self-directed learning program or an unschooled program," he says.
Mon
Oct
29
The Secondary Education and English as a Second Language (ESL) Certification Master’s program is for people looking to move into the teaching profession or for recent undergraduates starting their first career. Previous education courses are not required, but experience working with youth is preferred. In this dual-certification program, students select one subject area in which to specialize: English, social studies, science, or mathematics. In just two summers and one academic year, they are certified to teach in their chosen subject area at the high school or middle school level and to teach in the high-demand field of ESL.
Thu
Oct
25
The Discussion Project is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2019 cohort. This initiative is a professional development program for UW-Madison faculty and teaching staff, and is designed to help participants: Learn to create inclusive classroom climates; develop discussion strategies for both small and large groups; improve facilitation skills; contemplate discussion evaluation and assessment; consider ethical issues related to classroom discussion; and learn about ways to assess discussion.
Tue
Oct
23
The Center for Research on Early Childhood Education, also known by the acronym CRECE (Spanish for “it grows” and pronounced “cray-say”), is launching at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) within the School of Education. CRECE will support cross-disciplinary research, critical policy analyses, high-impact teacher education, professional development for current and next-generation early childhood education researchers, and outreach to the early childhood community.
Thu
Oct
04
The Wisconsin State Journal recently posted a report about Breathe For Change (B4C), a Madison-based company that’s designed to enhance the health and well-being of teachers, students and school communities through yoga, mindfulness and social-emotional learning. Breathe for Change was founded by Ilana Nankin, who earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2016.
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