Curriculum and Instruction News
UW-Madison's Gloria Ladson-Billings was quoted in a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article examining the achievement gap between black and white students in Wisconsin. 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. In the article, she stresses the complexity of the achievement disparities, and says that too many policymakers and politicians want to explain the gap with just a single explanation, such as "poverty, parental shortcomings or cultural deficits."
Inside UW-Madison continues to put the spotlight on some of the newest faculty members on campus this fall with a regular Q&A feature. And the Oct. 25 Inside UW-Madison highlights Maxine McKinney de Royston, an assistant professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
UW-Madison's Diane McAfee Hopkins was inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame on Oct. 27. Hopkins is an alumna of the School of Education, having earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1981. She is a professor emerita of UW-Madison's School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS).
Notable School of Education faculty members Faisal Abdu'Allah and Gloria Ladson-Billings will speak at the October Research Showcase, presented by the Wisconsin Union Directorate. The showcase runs from 7 to 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - DeLuca Forum. The showcase is free. Abdu'Allah and Ladson-Billings will each deliver a 30-minute lecture, followed by a panel discussion.
UW-Madison’s Michael Dando was featured in a report by WISC-TV/Ch. 3 that examined ways educators can incorporate youth culture into curriculum to better connect with students. Dando is a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Education’s No.1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Dando teaches hip-hop art as a core class at Middleton High School, and uses hip-hop culture to teach his students traditional subjects such as English and math.
UW-Madison’s Michael W. Apple received an honorary degree from the Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul during a ceremony in Brazil on Oct. 20. “Of all of the honorary doctorates I have been awarded, this one is among the most significant,” says Apple. “The Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul and Porto Alegre, Brazil have been at the center of critical educational policy and practice for decades.” Apple, who has called UW-Madison home since 1970, is the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies.
UW-Madison School of Education Dean Diana Hess appeared Oct. 19 on WISC-TV's "News 3 This Morning" program. In the live interview, Hess spoke with WISC’s Adam Schrager about how to talk to children about politics and the elections during these politically charged times. In 2015, Hess co-authored with Paula McAvoy “The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education,” which received the 2016 American Educational Research Association Outstanding Book Award.
As the race for the White House hits the homestretch, educators in the classroom have an excellent opportunity to help students develop a better understanding of American politics, and to become knowledgeable and engaged citizens. Due to the polarized nature of politics in the United States, however, not everyone feels comfortable discussing such topics. The School of Education hosted a conference Sept. 24 that was designed to give educators the tools, resources and confidence they’d need to teach about electoral politics in a way that is engaging but respectful to differing points of view.
UW-Madison’s Thomas Popkewitz delivered a talk at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Wenner-Gren Foundation in Stockholm on Sept. 9. The academy organized a series of international speakers on educational policy and research for an invited meeting of government, ministry of education and educational researches from Sweden. Popkewitz’s talk was titled: “The Promise of International Assessments and the Lorelei’s Whispers: Notes from Curriculum & Science Studies.”
UW-Madison’s Thomas Popkewitz was recently selected as a new member of the Laureate Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education. The Laureate Chapter specifically recognizes men and women who have made distinguished contributions to education and is limited to 60 living persons. Of the 60 people in KDP’s Laureate Chapter, four are from UW-Madison’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction: Michael Apple, Carl Grant, Gloria Ladson-Billings and now Popkewitz.