Curriculum and Instruction News
UW-Madison alumna Sister Michaela Melko was named a professor emeritus during Silver Lake College’s winter commencement ceremony Dec. 17 in Manitowoc, Wis. Melko received a Ph.D. from UW-Madison’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1974.
Four Wisconsin educators are finalists for the 2016 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, including two alumnae of UW-Madison’s School of Education. These awards are considered to be among the nation’s highest honors for mathematics and science teachers. Finalists from Wisconsin for the Presidential Teaching Awards who earned degrees from UW-Madison’s School of Education include Rebecca Saeman of Sauk Trails Elementary School and Leigh Kohlmann from Rock River Intermediate School.
Eight teachers from Wisconsin public schools recently became National Board Certified, including UW-Madison alumna Lindsay Norrish. She received her undergraduate degree in elementary education from the School of Education in 2009 and today works for the Madison Metropolitan School District. National board certification is considered the gold standard in teacher certification.
The online news magazine Madison365 recently released its list of 2016’s “Most Influential African Americans in Wisconsin.” And among those being recognized this year is the School of Education’s Gloria Ladson-Billings, the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education who was recently elected president of the National Academy of Education. Madison365 also named Percy Brown, a senior outreach specialist with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, to this year’s list.
UW-Madison Professor Thomas Popkewitz and a cohort of 11 graduate students from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction traveled to Europe recently to take part in a joint research seminar with graduate students at Malmö University in Sweden. The seminar, which ran Nov. 30 through Dec. 3, was called “Disrupting Good Intentions of Social Inclusion.” Says Popkewitz: “Such exchanges help one to think beyond provincial borders and the theoretical nationalism that often accompanies research.”
UW-Madison's School of Education celebrated with its newest class of graduates by hosting its annual Pre-Commencement Breakfast Celebration on Sunday morning, Dec. 18, at the Gordon Dining and Event Center. Before heading over to the Kohl Center to walk across the stage at the university’s Winter 2016 Commencement ceremony, students from the School of Education enjoyed breakfast, hung out with family and friends, and mingled with faculty and staff. Photo galleries of the big day are posted to the School of Education’s Facebook Page.
Alumna Lou Ella Burmeister, a highly regarded professor emeritus of education at the University of Texas at El Paso, recently made a major commitment to UW-Madison’s School of Education in the form of a significant planned gift. This remarkable donation will create four new endowment funds backing initiatives that are both important to the School of Education and that support projects near and dear to Burmeister.
UW-Madison alumnus and Professor Emeritus Richard J. Smith is the author of a new book, "Once Upon A Christmas.” Smith spent nearly three decades working with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, retiring in 1990. He also is an alumnus of the School of Education, having earned a master's in education speech in 1962 and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in 1967. Smith’s book tells 11 stories drawn from his life; from his childhood in a small town in Wisconsin, to his career working as an educator, to his retirement.
The latest edition of Learning Connections, a news magazine from the UW-Madison School of Education, is now available online. The Fall 2016 issue is filled with exciting news about School of Education faculty, staff, students and alumni. This issue's cover story focuses on Literacy by the Lakes, a project that connects literacy faculty and graduate students from the School of Education with school districts across Wisconsin.
UW-Madison’s Michael W. Apple on Dec. 6 received an honorary degree from the University of Ljubljana in a ceremony on the campus of the oldest and largest university in Slovenia. Says Apple: "For me, the honorary doctorate from the University of Ljubljana is quite a special award. A number of my books became ‘movement books’ when Slovenia emerged from the break-up of Yugoslavia and I have been involved for years in the development of a tradition of critically democratic educational research, theory and practice there."