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UW-Madison School of Education Dean Diana Hess will be delivering the keynote talk at the Healthy Classrooms Foundation’s 10th annual Public Health Symposium on Monday, May 8. Hess, who holds the Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education, will be delivering a presentation titled, “Approaching Political and Social Controversy in the Classroom: The Impact on Childhood Mental Health.” The symposium runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Health Sciences Learning Center, 750 Highland Ave. It is free and open to the public, and includes a free dinner.
UW-Madison's Gail Prasad helped secure a new grant for Thoreau Elementary School to design and implement Multilingual Project Based Learning for the 2017-18 school year. The grant supporting the Multilingual Project Based Learning is worth $15,104 for the 2017-18 school year, and will support multilingual projects across all grade levels. The grant is funded by the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools in partnership with the Evjue Foundation. Prasad applied for the grant with Kathy Costello, the principal at Thoreau Elementary School, and Amanda Clarahan, a teacher.
UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings will be receiving a Presidential Citation at the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Recipients of this honor are selected by the president of AERA, Vivian Gadsen, for distinguished service and/or significant contributions to education research. Ladson-Billings, who 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, is being recognized for her exemplary contributions to education research and practice.
UW-Madison’s School of Education has published its “2017 AERA Presentation Guide.” Faculty, staff and students from UW-Madison and across the University of Wisconsin System are participating in more than 200 events at this year's American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, which runs April 27 to May 1 in San Antonio, Texas.
A new partnership between the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) and the University of Wisconsin–Madison seeks to combine the expertise of district educators and university researchers to improve education. MMSD and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), part of the university’s School of Education, have worked together for many years on specific problems and focused research projects. Now the organizations are joining together in a more permanent structure to support ongoing research collaboration via the Madison Education Partnership (MEP).
Kappa Delta Pi offers its members numerous networking opportunities and provides a range of resources throughout the various stages of one’s career. Founded in 1911, the honor society today has 40,000 members at more than 625 active chapters at universities and colleges in the United States and across the globe. And on May 4, UW-Madison’s School of Education will be establishing a new Kappa Delta Pi chapter during a luncheon ceremony at the Gordon Dining and Events Center. Membership in Kappa Delta Pi is comprised of university students in education, students seeking advanced degrees, professional educators, school administrators and education researchers.
UW-Madison alumna Laura Kalmes is founding a new private elementary school in Bloomington, Ill., called Bloom Community School, the Pantagraph reports. Kalmes earned a master’s degree in 2009 and a Ph.D in 2015, both from from the School of Education's Department of Educational Policy Studies. Kalmes also earned a minor with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Bloom Community School will serve about 50 students from grades K-5 in its pilot year. Its academic curriculum is project-based, and children will be taught in mixed-age classrooms.
The School of Education recently announced winners for the 201​7 awards cycle, and this year’s honorees will be recognized at a Faculty & Staff Distinguished Achievement Awards Reception on Tuesday, April 2​5. The event runs from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Education Building’s Wisconsin Idea room, with a program to begin at 4:45 p.m. School of Education colleagues, as well as family and friends of the awardees, are invited to attend.
UW-Madison’s Laura Hamman has been awarded a Dissertation Fellowship from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Hamman, a doctoral candidate with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, is one of just 10 students from across the nation awarded this honor in 2017. She is specializing in English as a Second Language (ESL) and bilingual education. Phi Kappa Phi promotes itself as the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.
UW-Madison’s Michael W. Apple is a co-editor of a newly released book titled, “Corporate Elites and the Reform of Public Education.” Says Apple: “I've devoted a good deal of time to critically analyzing the growing power of the corporate sector in education. This is now an increasingly international situation, one whose effects are quite worrisome." The book is co-edited by Helen M. Gunter and David Hall, both of whom are professors of educational policy at the University of Manchester.
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