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UW-Madison alumna Laura Chávez-Moreno was recently awarded the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education's (AAHHE) 2019 Outstanding Dissertation Competition third place award. Her dissertation is titled: “A critical race ethnography examining dual-language education in the new Latinx diaspora: Reinforcing and resisting bilingual education's racial roots.” Chávez-Moreno earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction this past summer.
UW-Madison’s Michael Apple appeared on NPR’s “On Point” program on Tuesday, Oct. 30 to talk about the “unschooling” movement. NPR reports: “Is a child who spends the day watching videos or playing in the backyard actually learning? Yes, say advocates of the 'unschooling' movement.” Apple, the John Bascom Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies, expressed concerns about how this model would be followed by most people. "To me the issue is what do we do collectively? The vast majority of students in the United States will never see a self-directed learning program or an unschooled program," he says.
The Secondary Education and English as a Second Language (ESL) Certification Master’s program is for people looking to move into the teaching profession or for recent undergraduates starting their first career. Previous education courses are not required, but experience working with youth is preferred. In this dual-certification program, students select one subject area in which to specialize: English, social studies, science, or mathematics. In just two summers and one academic year, they are certified to teach in their chosen subject area at the high school or middle school level and to teach in the high-demand field of ESL.
The Discussion Project is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2019 cohort. This initiative is a professional development program for UW-Madison faculty and teaching staff, and is designed to help participants: Learn to create inclusive classroom climates; develop discussion strategies for both small and large groups; improve facilitation skills; contemplate discussion evaluation and assessment; consider ethical issues related to classroom discussion; and learn about ways to assess discussion.
The Center for Research on Early Childhood Education, also known by the acronym CRECE (Spanish for “it grows” and pronounced “cray-say”), is launching at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) within the School of Education. CRECE will support cross-disciplinary research, critical policy analyses, high-impact teacher education, professional development for current and next-generation early childhood education researchers, and outreach to the early childhood community.
The Wisconsin State Journal recently posted a report about Breathe For Change (B4C), a Madison-based company that’s designed to enhance the health and well-being of teachers, students and school communities through yoga, mindfulness and social-emotional learning. Breathe for Change was founded by Ilana Nankin, who earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2016.
The work of UW-Madison’s Elizabeth Graue was recently showcased in a “Research Minutes” podcast hosted on the CPRE Knowledge Hub website. As states increasingly call for standards-based Pre-K programs, teachers and administrators often struggle to balance traditional child development practice with external standards and policies. Graue is the lead author of a new, multi-state, comparative case study titled "What Guides Pre-K Programs?" In the podcast, Graue discusses her findings and their implications for Pre-K administrators, teachers and policymakers.
With rhetoric ratcheting up ahead of the November elections and a new school year just underway, an upcoming conference hosted by the UW-Madison School of Education couldn’t be more timely or relevant. The event is titled, “Teaching About the 2018 Elections: Preparing Students for Political Engagement,” and it will run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, in Grainger Hall. The conference is designed to provide 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 Tom Popkewitz delivered a keynote speech at the European Educational Research Association ‘s annual conference in Bolzano, Italy, earlier this month. Popkewitz is a professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. His research focuses on the systems of reason that govern curriculum reforms, the sciences of education and teacher education. His keynote was titled, “The Paradox of Research: The Good Intentions of Inclusion that Excludes and Abjects.”
UW-Madison’s Rui Li was recently awarded a prestigious Doctoral Dissertation Grant from The International Research Foundation (TIRF) for English Language Education. Li is a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Education’s No.1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She is now one of 130 grantees from 26 different countries who have received this award since 2002. The project that’s being funded is titled, “Multimodal Learning and Communication Through Transnational Digital Storytelling.”
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