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Curriculum and Instruction News

Wed
Sep
27
Amy Noelle Parks, a candidate for the Gulbrandsen Chair in Early Childhood Education, will be delivering a presentation titled "Centering Young Children's Perspectives in Classroom Research." The candidate talk will be on Monday, Oct. 9 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in room 259 of the Educational Sciences building.
Tue
Sep
26
School of Education Dean Diana Hess took part in a national summit on Sept. 21 titled, “Democracy at a Crossroads: Our Nation’s Future Needs Innovative Civic Learning Now!” The event took place in Washington, D.C., and was designed to raise awareness about civic learning issues and showcase promising solutions to make the case that resources are needed to expand proven practices. Hess took part in a panel discussion moderated by Judy Woodruff, anchor of the “PBS NewsHour,” that was titled, “State of Our Democracy: What’s at Stake.”
Tue
Sep
26
UW-Madison's Gloria Ladson-Billings will lead one of the monthly University Roundtable luncheon presentations, titled "Is There Still a Public for Public Education?" A major challenge of today is an evacuation of the public sphere, with public education being "one of the last remaining institutions being supported by the public." In the talk, Ladson-Billings will question whether this support is dwindling and "discuss the signs there may not be a public for public education." Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education.
Mon
Sep
25
Of 14 applications to the inaugural Grand Challenges Engage initiative, eight finalists are receiving a combined total of $200,000 to carry out the Wisconsin Idea on behalf of the UW-Madison School of Education over the next two years. The Grand Challenges initiative inspires and facilitates interactions among School of Education faculty, staff and community partners. The goal is to build interdisciplinary teams to identify and design innovative solutions for critical social and scholarly problems across Wisconsin and around the world.
Fri
Sep
22
An article from the Badger Herald recently featured "The Discussion Project," which was developed by Paula McAvoy in collaboration with Diana Hess. The Discussion Project is a campus program that will train faculty on how to create productive discussion with students on serious topics in a more inclusive classroom. “If students simply sit shoulder-to-shoulder in lecture halls taking notes, students miss the opportunity to learn about the experiences of others,” McAvoy told the Badger Herald.
Thu
Sep
21
UW-Madison's Gloria Ladson-Billings led a session at the Cap Times Idea Fest on Sept. 17 titled "Education and children of color." At the session, Ladson-Billings was asked how Wisconsin could better serve students of color. Ladson-Billings answered to strive for experimentation, patience and a never-failing belief in the students themselves.
Tue
Sep
19
UW-Madison's Maggie Hawkins will be recognized as the Global Citizen of the Year at a United Nations Anniversary Luncheon hosted by the United Nations Association of Dane County. Hawkins is a professor with the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Hawkins has worked as a researcher and educational consultant in multiple countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and Central and South America. The United Nations Anniversary Luncheon will take place on Oct. 29 at Monona Terrace. Proceeds from the luncheon will go to United Nations Association Dane County projects such as Care for the Children of Cambodia.
Thu
Sep
14
Several educators from across UW-Madison’s School of Education will be sharing their knowledge of teaching with technology as part of this fall’s Active Teaching Lab lineup. The Active Teaching Lab provides a safe space for structured exploration of tools and techniques to engage students and teach more effectively.
Wed
Sep
06
The Cap Times Idea Fest is coming to campus Sept. 16-17, and among the featured speakers at this inaugural event is the School of Education’s Gloria Ladson-Billings. Promotional material associated with the Idea Fest refer to the event as “two days of lively discussions and engaging conversations with leaders -– more than 60 in all -– from the realms of politics, the economy, education, journalism and culture.” Ladson-Billings is delivering a presentation at 12:40 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, called “Education and children of color –- a conversation with Gloria Ladson-Billings.” Her talk will be moderated by Capital Times reporter Amber Walker.
Mon
Sep
04
School of Education alumna Dee Willems was recently featured in the fall issue of On Wisconsin magazine, the UW-Madison alumni publication. Willems became the UW Marching Band’s first woman drum major in 1989. “I figured if it was going to happen eventually, it might as well be me,” says Willems. Willems earned her undergraduate degree in Spanish Education in 1990 and a master’s from the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1996. On Wisconsin reports that Willems today teaches middle-school Spanish in Wisconsin Rapids.
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