Curriculum and Instruction News
UW-Madison’s Laura Hamman recently received a 2016 Doctoral Dissertation Grant from The International Research Foundation (TIRF) for English Language Education. Hamman is a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Education’s No.1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her dissertation is titled: “Language and Identity in Dual Language Immersion: A Comparative Study of Being and Becoming Bilingual.”
UW-Madison alumnus Mark Gillen has been named the recipient of the 2016-17 Dr. Keith G. Wurtz Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The Wurtz Award "recognizes outstanding and innovative teachers who have made exceptional contributions to the university and to the community." Recipients have displayed innovative and collaborative techniques in both teaching and learning. Gillen received his bachelor's degree in elementary education from UW-Madison's School of Education in 1980.
UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings will be delivering the keynote lecture at the Peter C. Murrell Jr. Memorial Symposium on Urban Education on Oct. 6 at Loyola University Maryland’s School of Education. The symposium will create discussion between educators, youth activists and other community members about how to move away from more traditional school instruction and toward modernized teaching tactics and ways of forming bonds between the instructor and student. Ladson-Billings is the School of Education's Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education.
UW-Madison professor Lesley Bartlett and alumna Fran Vavrus appeared on the weekly podcast “FreshEd with Will Brehm” to talk about a book they have co-authored that is due to be released later this year. In this podcast episode, Bartlett and Vavrus discuss the ideas from their upcoming book titled “Rethinking Case Study Research: A Comparative Approach.” These topics include the re-imagining of traditional case study techniques to accommodate factors such as culture, context, space, place and comparison.
Badger Bridge, a networking site for UW-Madison alumni, is now live. Use it to build connections with classmates and other Badgers.
UW-Madison’s Thomas Popkewitz was featured on the weekly podcast “FreshEd with Will Brehm” to discuss education research topics. "FreshEd with Will Brehm" is a podcast that takes complicated ideas and topics in current educational research and makes them more easily understood and accessible for listeners. Popkewitz is a professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
UW-Madison’s Richard Halverson and David Gagnon will be discussing the impacts of online games on learning at the Sept. 27 Tech Council Innovation luncheon. Gaming companies and academic experts will present current research on the drawbacks and benefits of educational games and discuss how these games affect learning, with a focus on younger users. The luncheon will be held on from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel.
As part of the American Educational Research Association’s centennial year programming, AERA invited 31 people to deliver six-minute Ed-Talks that conveyed key research findings crisply, quickly and in ways that were meant to be compelling to policy leaders about the value and relevance of education research. UW-Madison School of Education Dean Diana Hess was among those who presented earlier this year in Washington, D.C. Hess’ Ed-Talk, “Political Education in Polarized Times,” is now available for viewing on this YouTube page.
The Daily Union newspaper recently put the spotlight on some outstanding literacy outreach work being conducted by UW-Madison’s Gay Ivey in Jefferson, Wis. The in-depth report by Pam Chickering Wilson is headlined, “East educators train to promote reading engagement.” The story explains how a group of educators from East Elementary School in Jefferson took part in a three-day institute at UW-Madison in August titled Literacy by the Lakes. Ivey and Ph.D. student Erin Quast then visited the school in September to help the educators implement what they learned.
A recent letter in The Straits Times -- an English-language daily broadsheet newspaper based in Singapore –- makes note of research conducted by UW-Madison’s Michael Apple. Apple is the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies. The letter writer says: "A recent study by the National Institute of Education's Leonel Lim and the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Michael W. Apple revealed pedagogical inequalities in Singapore schools.”