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Curriculum and Instruction News

Scholars from across the United States and Europe will be meeting on the UW-Madison campus Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 for a conference titled, “Theory and Data in Curriculum, History and Educational Studies.” The annual event, which rotates between Stanford University, the University of Vienna and UW-Madison, is being hosted this summer by the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
The Christian Science Monitor recently published an article that puts the spotlight on a range of success stories that have come out of the Northport Apartments, a Section 8 housing development on Madison’s East Side. Among the people interviewed for the report is UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings, who holds the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education.
UW-Madison’s School of Education is welcoming five new faculty members to campus as the 2017-18 academic year approaches. Those across the School are invited to meet the new faculty members -- and catch up with old friends -- on Thursday, Aug. 31 when the School of Education hosts its annual Welcome Back Bash. Stop by after lunch to enjoy some Babcock ice cream, with the event running from 12:30 to 2 p.m. outside on the Education Building’s North Plaza. If it rains, the welcome event will be moved inside to the Education Building’s Morgridge Commons. A brief program, including remarks from Dean Diana Hess, begins at 1:30 p.m. Concurrently from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., the School of Education’s Grand Challenges initiative will be holding a poster fair.
UW-Madison alumna Erin Ruzicka Trondson earlier this year tied for first place for the 2017 Outstanding Thesis Award given annually by the American Montessori Society (AMS). Trondson completed her master’s degree and research with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her Master's thesis is titled: “Montessori Education & Social Justice: Overlap, Potential, & Areas for Growth.”
UW-Madison's Li-Ching Ho recently authored a commentary for Channel NewsAsia headlined, “How should Singapore teachers manage issues of race in the classroom?” Li-Ching, a faculty member with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, explores whether students should be encouraged to discuss controversial issues related to race in the classroom -- and what’s stopping teachers from doing so.
UW-Madison's Eleni Schirmer authored an article for ESPN.com about athlete Venus Williams' perseverance on and off the tennis court. Schirmer is a doctoral student with the School of Education's departments of Educational Policy Studies and Curriculum and Instruction. Williams has faced not only racism from tennis fans, the media and the tennis establishment, but has also dealt with struggles off the court, such as an autoimmune disease. Writes Schirmer: "But what others see as a wall, Williams sees as a target. This is not only her success -- it's her method. Williams can't control where history has drawn lines, both on and off the court, but she can determine how hard she rushes past them."
UW-Madison's Alex Allweiss has been awarded the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) American Dissertation Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year. Allweiss is a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Education's departments of Educational Policy Studies, and Curriculum and Instruction. Allweiss' dissertation explores the ways current policies and processes such as militarization, privatization and migration influence the lives and educational trajectories of indigenous Chuj Maya youth.
This Summer 2017 edition of Learning Connections, an alumni news magazine from the UW-Madison School of Education, is now available online. This issue is filled with exciting news about School of Education faculty, staff, students and alumni. The cover story takes a look at the remarkable career of Michael Apple, who spent nearly half a century on the UW-Madison campus as a leading eduction scholar and activist.
UW-Madison's Gloria Ladson-Billings will be featured as an expert on equity and education during the "Cap Times Idea Fest." Ladson-Billings holds the 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. The "Cap Times Idea Fest" is a two-day event on Sept. 16-17, composed of around two dozen panel sessions. The theme of the festival is, "Reach a Better State." Each session will feature prominent voices on various topics.
A letter to the editor authored by UW-Madison’s Bailey Smolarek that takes a critical view of the so-called “skills gap” was recently published by The Capital Times. Smolarek is an assistant researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research within the School of Education. She also is an alumna of the School, having earned her Ph.D. from the No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in May 2016.
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