Curriculum and Instruction News
UW-Madison alumnus Ben Westphal was selected as a 2016-17 Woodrow Wilson Wisconsin MBA Fellow in Education Leadership. This fellowship program was launched in 2014 in partnership with the Milwaukee School of Engineering to develop a new model in education leader preparation, equipping graduates to head changing 21st century schools across the state. Westphal received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education-biology from the School of Education in 1996. He is currently a science teacher, science department chair, and instructional coach at Brookfield (Wisconsin) East High School.
UW-Madison alumna Maureen Gillette was named the new dean of Seton Hall University’s College of Education and Human Services earlier this month. Gillette, who has served as the dean of the College of Education at Northeastern Illinois University since 2005, will begin her new post on Aug. 1. Gillette earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1990, with a minor in educational administration from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
UW-Madison’s Michael W. Apple was recently awarded an honorary doctorate by the Universidad de Santiago de Chile for his significant contributions to critical education. Apple is the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies. The award was given to him during a ceremony on May 24 and is Apple’s 10th honorary degree or equivalent. Such honors are among the highest in academia.
Madison’s local ABC affiliate, WKOW/Ch. 27, recently featured the new non-profit Breathe for Change that was launched by UW-Madison alumna Ilana Nankin. Breathe for Change is an organization that trains teachers in yoga and mindfulness techniques. It was started by Nankin while she was pursuing her Ph.D. with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Nankin received her doctorate and graduated in May.
UW-Madison’s Beth Graue earlier this month appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) for a report on Wisconsin’s high ranking nationally for access to free preschool programs. The WPR segment explains that Wisconsin stands out for preschool access -- but notes how the state’s hands-off approach could mean uneven program quality. Graue -- a former kindergarten teacher who is the Sorenson Professor of Childhood Studies and chair of the nation’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction -- then helps WPR put this topic in perspective.
Extraordinary members of the UW-Madison faculty were honored earlier this month with awards supported by the estate of professor, Senator and Regent William F. Vilas (1840-1908). Those from across the School of Education receiving Vilas recognition are: Geoffrey Borman, Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, David Williamson Shaffer, Jin-Wen Yu, Jim Escalante, Lesley Bartlett and Li-Ching Ho.
Kansas City Star columnist Lewis W. Diuguid authored a commentary about the struggles of teaching students today, and he used several comments made earlier this spring by UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings to illustrate his point. Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Distinguished chair in Urban Education and is a faculty member with the School of Education’s departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Policy Studies, and Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
UW-Madison’s School of Education recognized its Spring 2016 graduates by hosting a pair of events to celebrate the accomplishments of its many talented and dedicated students. On Friday, May 13, the School honored its Ph.D. and MFA degree recipients with a traditional Reception and Hooding Ceremony. And prior to UW-Madison’s Spring 2016 Commencement Ceremony at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday, May 14, the School celebrated with its newest class of master’s and bachelor’s degree graduates by hosting its annual Pre-Commencement Celebration. Congratulations Class of 2016! And remember: You may no longer be a student, but you’ll always be a Badger!
Projects both large and small will help UW-Madison contribute knowledge and resources across the state, thanks to grants from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment. This year, nine grants of up to $120,000 were awarded as well as 11 mini-grants of up to $4,000 to encourage innovation and experimentation in small-scale projects. Among those receiving funding are: Carmen Valdez, an associate professor with the Department of Counseling Psychology; Michael Dando, a graduate student with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction; and David Gagnon, an alumnus of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Robin Kvalo, who has served as principal at Portage High School since the 2011-12 school year, was selected as the 2016 Wisconsin Secondary School Principal of the Year. In this capacity, she will represent Wisconsin in Washington, D.C., in September when the National Principal of the Year is chosen. Kvalo earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the School of Education in 1981 and earned a master’s from the School in Educational Administration in 1998.