Curriculum and Instruction News
Robin Kvalo, who has served as principal at Portage High School since the 2011-12 school year, was selected as the 2016 Wisconsin Secondary School Principal of the Year. In this capacity, she will represent Wisconsin in Washington, D.C., in September when the National Principal of the Year is chosen. Kvalo earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the School of Education in 1981 and earned a master’s from the School in Educational Administration in 1998.
The School of Education’s Linn Posey-Maddox, Elaina Meier, Rosemary Russ, Jennifer Seelig and Catherine Stephens were among those from across campus being recognized by UW-Madison's Teaching Academy during a ceremony on Wednesday evening, April 27. The UW–Madison Teaching Academy is composed of faculty, instructional staff, and graduate students who have been recognized by their peers for sustained, demonstrated teaching excellence.
UW-Madison’s Mitchell Nathan and Martha Alibali presented at a conference in Washington, D.C., earlier this month titled, “Bringing Cognitive Science Research to the Classroom.” The conference hosted a number of prominent scholars, practitioners, and educational policy scholars to address ways to connect cognitive science research and mathematics educational practices and curriculum design. Nathan is the director of the Center on Education and Work and is a professor of the learning sciences with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked departments ofEducational Psychology and Curriculum and Instruction.
UW-Madison’s Eleni Schirmer recently wrote an inspirational essay for ESPN.com headlined, “Boston Marathon: What we’re running for.” Schirmer is a doctoral student with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies and Curriculum and Instruction, where she studies social movements and education.
As a special thank you to the many PK-12 school professionals who open their classrooms to provide field experiences for UW-Madison student teachers and practicum students, the School of Education is hosting its annual Partners in Education Banquet and Recognition Program on Thursday, May 5. The celebration runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pyle Center’s Alumni Lounge. Register for the event by Thursday, April 28.
UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings is receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award in Mathematics from the Benjamin Banneker Association. This association is a national non-profit organization dedicated to mathematics education advocacy, establishing a presence for leadership, and professional development to support teachers in leveling the playing field for mathematics learning of the highest quality for African-American students.
A feature-length documentary from UW-Madison alumnus Marc Kornblatt, "What I Did In Fifth Grade," will have its world premiere at the Julien Dubuque (Iowa) International Film festival April 21. Kornblatt received his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from UW-Madison's School of Education in 2001. "What I Did in Fifth Grade," follows Kornblatt and his students during an entire year, his last as a teacher.
The School of Education recently launched a new Summer Term website -- summer.education.wisc.edu -- to help students more easily discover all that our highly ranked School has to offer. In all, the School's Summer Term website highlights more than 150 unique courses focused around the arts, education and health. Make sure and check out this information today, as enrollment for Summer Term is already underway.
UW-Madison’s Maisha T. Winn has co-authored a chapter in a new book titled, "Youth Voices, Public Spaces, and Civic Engagement." Co-authored with partner Lawrence Torry Winn, their chapter is titled, “We Want This to Be Owned by You: The Promise and Perils of Youth Participatory Action Research.” "Youth Voices, Public Spaces, and Civic Engagement" is a collection of research that explores ways that educators can create spaces that foster civic engagement, critical thinking, and authentic literacy practices for youth in urban contexts.
UW-Madison alumnus George Mavroulis was recently named the next superintendent of Wisconsin’s Middleton-Cross Plains school district. Mavroulis holds three degrees from UW-Madison’s School of Education. He earned his undergraduate degree in elementary education in 1984, a master’s from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1991 and a Ph.D. from that same department in 2012.