Curriculum and Instruction News
UW-Madison’s Deidre Green spent this past summer helping lead a writing workshop with the Simpson Street Free Press, The Capital Times reports. Green is pursuing her master’s degree from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The curriculum used by Green and the Free Press will be recognized this fall when Wisconsin’s school superintendent, Tony Evers, presents a "Friend of Education" award to the Simpson Street Free Press.
Several alumni of UW-Madison's School of Education recently presented research as part of a group panel at the XVI World Congress of Comparative Education Societies, held Aug. 22-26 in Beijing, China. Each of those presenting from UW-Madison as part of the group panel, “Global Struggles for Critical Democratic Education,” earned doctorates from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
With the start of the fall semester quickly approaching, UW-Madison’s School of Education is in the process of welcoming a talented cohort of new faculty members to campus for the upcoming academic year. In 2016-17, eight faculty members are set to join the highly ranked School of Education for the start of the fall semester. Faculty and staff from across the School are invited to meet the new faculty members -- and catch up with old friends -- during the annual Welcome Back Bash on Thursday, Sept. 1. The event, which is held in the Education Building’s North Plaza and includes UW’s own Babcock ice cream, runs from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
The School of Education on Aug. 4 graduated its first cohort of students from UW-Madison’s new Master of Science for Teaching program, which includes secondary teaching and ESL certification. The day began with the finals conference at which students shared their master’s projects with their peers, program faculty and visitors. Each of the content-area cohorts (science, math, English and social studies) displayed and/or discussed the findings from their master’s papers in group poster sessions. The conference was followed by a dinner and graduation ceremony in the Alumni Lounge at the Pyle Center on Lake Mendota.
A Madison maker of educational games has just published Diffission, a visual game to teach fractions to middle schoolers without the pain of the traditional "skill and drill." The software will generate up to one billion shapes, and users will have to build fractions from them, says Filament Games CEO Dan White, an alumnus of UW-Madison's School of Education. Diffission joins 13 other games in Filament's "library." The company sells individual games on the web, but its marketing strategy focuses on licensing the library of games to schools or school districts.
Nine educational video games developed in an unusual collaboration between middle school science teachers and expert game developers have been released nationally by Field Day lab, a project of UW-Madison's Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. The games cover earthquakes, the carbon cycle and the water cycle, among other topics chosen by the teachers during a January workshop on campus. "The main thing we learned was that this collaboration with teachers was even possible," says David Gagnon, director of Field Day and an alumnus of UW-Madison’s School of Education.
The School of Education's Noah Weeth Feinstein is part of a 12-person committee that produced a report for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine assessing the state of science literacy in the U.S. The study notes that Americans may know more than you think about science. However, when it comes to altering the public’s mindset about complex topics such as climate change, the report says that attitudes may be difficult to change because they are shaped by factors such as values and beliefs -- rather than knowledge of the science alone.
Madison365.com recently posted a news article about the Xicanx Institute for Education and Self-Determination, which is the brainchild of UW-Madison’s Jorge F. Rodriguez, a doctoral candidate with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Rodriguez, who also holds a master’s degree from the School of Education's Department of Counseling Psychology, is the instructor and author of the curriculum used within the institute at Madison East High School. UW-Madison School of Education Dean Diana Hess was among the people invited by Rodriguez to visit the Xicanx Institute for Education and Self-Determination (XIES).
UW-Madison alumna and Michigan State University Professor Patricia Edwards is the author of a new book titled, “New Ways to Engage Parents: Strategies and Tools for Teachers and Leaders, K-12.” Edwards received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1979. UW-Madison’s Catherine Compton-Lilly, a faculty member with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, penned the foreword for Edwards’ book.
UW-Madison alumnus Tim Berto was recently chosen by the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) as a member of its 2016 cohort of Teaching Fellows. Berto, who is committed to teaching chemistry to high school students, is receiving his master’s degree in secondary science education from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. This fall, Berto will begin his first year of teaching at Middleton (Wis.) High School.