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Curriculum and Instruction News

UW-Madison alumnus Sergio Gonzalez is the author of a recently released book titled, “Mexicans in Wisconsin.” Gonzalez received his undergraduate degree from the School of Education and teaching certification in secondary history education in 2010. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently put the spotlight on the book, noting how it tells a story of “perseverance and struggle, family and faith, stretched across more than 130 years.”
UW-Madison alumna Emily Schroeder, a dual language teacher at Madison's Lincoln Elementary, and Bill Quackenbush, the Ho-Chunk Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, played leading roles in pulling together and publishing a new trilingual children's book titled, "The Ho-Chunk Courting Flute." The book is told in English, Spanish and Ho-Chunk, and has three QR codes that one can scan and that allows a person to listen to Native speakers read the story in all three languages. A book release party is being held Jan. 5.
A new report from a research-practice partnership between the UW–Madison School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research and the Madison Metropolitan School District finds that, overall, students who enrolled in MMSD 4K experienced slightly stronger literacy skills and slightly higher teacher ratings of engaging in consistently high classroom effort in kindergarten. The Madison Education Partnership researchers note that MMSD’s 4K students of color, as well as those from families with lower incomes and those whose parents ended their formal education at high school, show significantly stronger literacy skills at the beginning of five-year-old kindergarten than similar students who did not enroll in 4K.
UW-Madison’s Michael Dando played a key role in leading a Hip-Hop Architecture Camp earlier this year at the Madison Central Library, an initiative that was recently recognized by the Urban Libraries Council as a “top innovator” for 2017. Michael Ford, an architect designing the Universal Hip-Hop Museum in the Bronx, hip-hop artist Rob “Dz” Franklin and Dando led workshops in urban planning and architecture at the library for kids ages 10 to 15 in February 2017. The students listened to and discussed popular hip-hop tracks that address urban life and social justice before planning neighborhoods, parks and buildings based on their ideas for what Madison needs.
Time magazine recently posted an article putting the spotlight on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ controversial first year, and UW-Madison’s Michael Apple was among the experts the publication reached out to in an effort to put these topics in perspective. Apple is the John Bascom Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies.
The call for proposals is now open for the 2018 MSAN Institute, which is scheduled for April 26-27 at The Madison Concourse Hotel. Housed within the School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), the Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) is a national coalition of multiracial, mid-sized, suburban-urban school districts working to understand and eliminate the effects of institutionalized racism on student achievement.
Two of UW–Madison’s top fundraising priorities received a significant boost on Monday, Dec. 18 as donors John and Tashia Morgridge announced a new $20 million gift to the university’s All Ways Forward campaign to support faculty excellence and student scholarships. "We believe these two priorities align well with our beliefs in what helps make UW-Madison a special place," said Tashia Morgridge, a 1955 graduate of the School of Education who currently serves on the School’s Board of Visitors. "John and I feel strongly that now, more than ever, our faculty and our students need private support to help them reach their goals."
UW-Madison's School of Education put a spotlight on its newest class of graduates by hosting its annual pre-commencement celebration on Sunday morning, Dec. 17, at the Gordon Dining and Event Center. Prior to heading over to the Kohl Center to walk across the stage at the university’s Winter 2017 commencement ceremony, students from the School of Education enjoyed breakfast, heard from Dean Diana Hess, and hung out with faculty and staff, family and friends. Make sure and check out photo galleries of the big day that are posted to the School of Education’s Facebook Page.
The latest edition of Learning Connections, the School of Education’s alumni magazine, is now posted online. In the Fall 2017 issue we hope to pique your curiosity and deepen your appreciation of the School by spotlighting a sampling of the many ways in which faculty, staff and students are developing creative programs, conducting leading-edge research and advancing innovative tools — all of which can help us better address the many challenges of the modern world.
The 2018 UW-Madison Education Research Poster Fair will be held on Friday, Feb. 23, in the Town Center at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. For the last three years, this event hosted by the Wisconsin Center for Education Research has seen ever increasing participation in both the number of posters and the number of attendees. Those interested can submit a new or existing poster about research findings related to pre-K through adult education To present a poster, register by Friday, Feb. 9.
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