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UW-Madison alumnus Tim Berto was recently chosen by the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) as a member of its 2016 cohort of Teaching Fellows. Berto, who is committed to teaching chemistry to high school students, is receiving his master’s degree in secondary science education from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. This fall, Berto will begin his first year of teaching at Middleton (Wis.) High School.
UW-Madison alumnus Gerardo Mancilla is joining Edgewood College's School of Education as the new director of Education Administration. Mancilla will also be joining Edgewood’s School of Education as a faculty member, announced Timothy D. Slekar, dean of Edgewood's School of Education. Mancilla earned his Ph.D. from UW-Madison's No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2015, and also received a master's degree in multicultural education from UW-Madison.
UW-Madison alumnus Thompson Brandt is the author of a book titled, “The Influence of Don R. Marcouiller,” published by Bookstand. Marcouiller was director of the UW marching band in the early 1950s, and from 1956 to 1987 was director of bands at Drake University. Brandt earned a master’s degree (1985) in educational administration and Ph.D. (1985) from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in music education.
UW-Madison’s Constance Steinkuehler and Kurt Squire recently spoke with Madison’s local ABC affiliate, WKOW/Ch. 27, about the “Pokémon Go” phenomenon that’s garnering attention across the globe. Steinkuehler and Squire co-direct the Games+Learning+Society Center within the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. Both also are faculty members studying digital media with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Meanwhile, Squire also appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio's "The Joy Cardin Show" on July 18 to further talk about the “Pokémon Go” craze.
Students who make relevant arm movements while learning can improve their knowledge and retention of math, research has shown. Now researchers at UW-Madison and Southern Methodist University, Dallas, have developed a model using geometry proofs that shows potential for wide adoption -- a video game in which students make movements with their arms to learn abstract math concepts. This project is being led by UW-Madison’s Mitchell Nathan and Peter Steiner, and SMU’s Candace Walkington. This research team is also collaborating with SMU Guildhall, SMU's graduate-level academic program focused on digital game development.
UW-Madison’s Constance Steinkuehler was the keynote speaker at the 2016 New Media Consortium Summer Conference in Rochester, New York. Steinkuehler talked about her research that suggests key advances are needed to help usher in a new golden age of games. She also discussed the intellectual life of commercial entertainment video games, the ways in which the culture of play functions as a critique of schooling, and how games might serve as a vehicle for American domestic policy.
The latest edition of Learning Connections, a news magazine from the UW-Madison School of Education, is now available online. The Summer 2016 issue is filled with exciting news about School of Education faculty, staff, students and alumni, and features a cover story about the Morgridge Center for Public Service, which is celebrating 20 years of bridging campus and community.
Emily Schroeder, an alumna of UW-Madison who teaches third grade at Madison’s Lincoln Elementary, spent much of the 2015-16 school year incorporating American Indian studies into her everyday curriculum. School of Education video producer Eric Rajala caught up with Schroeder and her students at the end of the academic year, when they visited McCarthy Conservation Park in nearby Cottage Grove. There, the students learned Ho-Chunk traditions from Tribal Heritage Preservation Officer Bill Quackenbush.
In recognition of their career-long commitment to educational interests, the WARF Board announced June 28 that it is endowing the Mary and Carl Gulbrandsen Distinguished Chair in Early Childhood Education. The chair will be part of a new center focused on early childhood education and practice. The new center will be situated within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research in UW-Madison’s School of Education. School of Education Dean Diana Hess said a national search for the chair will ensue in the fall 2016.
Wisconsin isn’t the only Badger state — Minnesota has experienced the benefit of being home to more than 23,000 UW-Madison alumni. On June 23, more than 200 of them gathered in the Minneapolis Convention Center to celebrate the impact that their alma mater makes in Minnesota and around the globe, and to join in the university’s All Ways Forward campaign. The event brought several top UW-Madison faculty members to Minnesota for the evening, including Erica Halverson, an associate professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
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