Curriculum and Instruction News
UW-Madison School of Education alumna Jen Scott Curwood earlier this year received the Australian Teacher Educator of the Year Award. The honor came from Teachers Mutual Bank (TMB), in partnership with the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA). She was recognized at the 2016 ATEA National Conference held in Ballarat this past summer. Curwood earned a Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum & Instruction in 2011.
UW-Madison’s Michael W. Apple received an honorary degree from the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) during a ceremony Nov. 18. The award is Apple’s 12th honorary degree or equivalent. These honors are among the highest in academia, and usually are conferred as a way of recognizing a distinguished visitor’s contributions to a specific area of study -- or to society as a whole. According to a news release from EdUHK it was the first time the institution had conferred honorary doctorates.
UW-Madison’s Gail Lori Prasad is the winner of the 2016 Pat Clifford Award for Early Career Research in Education for her groundbreaking work that highlights how culturally and linguistically inclusive classrooms have the potential to reshape the way teachers support language learners. Prasad, an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, was in Toronto Tuesday to receive this prestigious honor from the Canadian Education Association (CEA).
UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings was one of host Neil Heinen’s guests on the most recent airing of WISC-TV/Ch. 3’s “For the Record” program. This episode was called, “Responding to Racism.” The program centered on UW-Madison’s response to controversy over a fan who wore a mask of President Barack Obama with a noose around his neck at an Oct. 29 football game at Camp Randall Stadium. Outrage over the costume and how the university handled the incident followed.
The Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools hosted a Lip Sync for Schools fundraiser on Nov. 4 to celebrate and support local students and educators. A team from UW-Madison’s School of Education entered this year’s event and performed a snippet from the song “Yorktown” from the musical “Hamilton.” Led by Dean Diana Hess as George Washington, the group also included Erica Halverson, Simone Schweber, Faisal Abdu'Allah, Paula McAvoy and Marcia Standiford.
Laura C. Chávez Moreno was awarded the 2016-17 Arvil S. Barr Graduate Fellowship from UW-Madison’s School of Education for her dissertation research. This award is given to a graduate student who is studying teaching, learning and reform. Chávez Moreno is a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. In her dissertation, Chávez Moreno is working with teachers and multilingual youth on a participatory action research project that centers on youth experiences in bilingual education.
In honor of American Education Week, the UW-Madison School of Education is hosting a working session on Tuesday, Nov. 15, to examine and address issues around teacher labor markets. Panelists include School of Education faculty members Peter Goff and Gloria Ladson-Billings, Sheila Briggs with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and Superintendent George Mavroulis from the Middleton/Cross Plains Area School District.
UW-Madison alumna Illana Nankin was recently featured in a report from Madison's local ABC affiliate, WKOW/Ch. 27, about Breathe for Change. This organization founded by Nankin trains teachers in yoga and mindfulness techniques. Nankin received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in May 2016. Breathe for Change curriculum has been incorporated into 10 schools in the Madison Metropolitan School District. The organization has also grown nationally, with trainings in Madison, San Francisco and New York City. Next, Nankin is looking to expand the program outside of just the education field and into the corporate world.
The La Crosse Tribune recently profiled UW-Madison alumna Bethany Brent to talk about her efforts as the senior multicultural education advisor at UW-La Crosse's School of Education. Brent received her Ph.D. from the UW-Madison School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2013. The La Crosse Tribune report explains how Brent has created a program called Grow Our Own Teacher Diversity, serving the needs of people that desire to become teachers but have lacked the financial and social support to do so.
UW-Madison's Faisal Abdu'Allah and Gloria Ladson-Billings were featured in a Daily Cardinal report about their recent lectures as part of the Wisconsin Union Directorate Distinguished Lecture Series. Abdu’Allah is an associate professor of printmaking with the School of Education's Art Department. Ladson-Billings is the School of Education's Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education and is a professor with the departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Policy Studies, and Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.