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UW-Madison Associate Professor Rachelle Winkle-Wagner and two graduate students collaborated and published a new, path-breaking book that explores how researchers and scholars can translate their work to reach a more diverse audience in a way that promotes equality. Winkle-Wagner collaborated with Jamila Lee-Johnson and Ashley Gaskew to edit, “Critical Theory and Qualitative Data Analysis in Education.” Their work explains how critical theories can inform research processes, like data collection and interpretation, in qualitative research and analysis.
UW-Madison alumnus Anand R. Marri was named dean of the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Graduate Education and Human Development. Marri earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2003. Marri, who also is a member of the School of Education’s Board of Visitors, is the vice president and head of outreach and education at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and a professor of social studies and education (research) at Teachers College, Columbia University. He will begin his new position on Jan. 1.
UW-Madison alumna Maixia Thao is helping to coordinate a Hmong New Year celebration and program at Madison East High School on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Thao earned her undergraduate degree from the School of Education, majoring in elementary education, in 2011. Thao is the Hmong language-cultural curriculum development teacher leader in the Madison Metropolitan School District’s Office of Multilingual and Global Education. This is the 13th year of this Hmong New Year program, which will run from 10 to 11:06 a.m. in East High School’s Margaret Williams Theater. “This is My Story” is the central theme of this year’s celebration and students will act out short skits to showcase some of their experiences living in the U.S. as Hmong refugees.
Donna Shalala, a former chancellor at UW-Madison, was recently elected to Congress and will be representing Florida’s 27th congressional district. According to interviews in a report from Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Shalala has an impressive history of leadership, even before she ventured into politics. Among former colleagues and friends of Shalala interviewed for the Diverse Issues report is Gloria Ladson-Billings, a recently retired professor with the School of Education who cites Shalala as a mentor.
Officials of Henan Province, China, held an event Oct. 25-28 at the International Convention and Exhibition Center of Zhengzhou, China, to support talent recruitment and project matchmaking in Chinese. UW-Madison’s François Victor Tochon was invited and greeted as “a representative of Wisconsin’s academic talent.” Tochon is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education, and leads the World Language Education Program.
UW-Madison’s Michael Apple recently delivered two presentations in Europe. Apple is the John Bascom Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies. Apple delivered the Sara Fielden Memorial Lecture on “The Challenges of Critical Education” at the University of Manchester in England. He then went on to give the Studia Generalia Lecture on “The Challenges of Critical Education” at The University of the Arts in Helsinki, Finland.
UW-Madison’s Michael Apple is quoted in a recent news report from The Guardian headlined, “ ‘School is very oppressive’: why home-schooling is on the rise.” The deck headline explains: “Exams, rules, timetables: do teachers know what’s best for children? Increasing numbers of British parents don’t think so.” Apple tells The Guardian: “Even with evident shortcomings, schools provide a kind of ‘social glue,’ a common cultural reference point in our polyglot, increasingly multicultural society."
When UW–Madison was selected by Schmidt Futures as part of its Alliance for the American Dream Initiative, the grant came with a significant challenge: Produce innovative ideas for increasing the net income of 10,000 Dane County families by 10 percent by 2020. DreamUp Wisconsin, the local implementation effort launched to meet the challenge, has selected 11 proposals, from a total of 46 submitted by teams of community and university partners, which offer innovative ideas to grow and support Dane County’s middle class. And among those involved with a winning proposal is the School of Education’s Elizabeth Graue, who is collaborating with others on a multi-pronged approach to transform the early childhood and out-of-school time sectors.
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.
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