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UW-Madison alumna Elizabeth Farrow is a finalist for the 2019 Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence, a state-wide honor for Illinois educators. Now a ninth and 10th-grade English teacher at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Illinois, Farrow earned her undergraduate degree in English education from the School of Education in 2006. Following a highly competitive process, 32 educators were selected as finalist for the award, out of over 550 nominations.
Four School of Education graduate students are receiving 2018 Campus-Wide Teaching Assistant Awards from UW-Madison. Those being recognized are: Alexandra Lakind, Joe Orovecz, Allison Murrow, and Adalbert Gerald Soosai Raj. Four School of Education graduate students are receiving 2018 Campus-Wide Teaching Assistant Awards. UW–Madison employs over 2,000 teaching assistants (TAs) across a wide range of disciplines where they are an integral part of the Wisconsin Experience. Their contributions to the classroom, lab, and field are essential to the university’s educational mission.
UW-Madison alumna Laura Chávez-Moreno is receiving an Honorable Mention for Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Association of Bilingual Education. This award recognizes Chávez-Moreno’s dissertation, “A Critical Race Ethnography Examining Dual-language Education in the New Latinx Diaspora: Reinforcing and Resisting Bilingual Education’s 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 Diana Hess is one of 16 leading researchers and educators from across the globe to be recently elected to membership in the National Academy of Education (NAEd). Hess serves as dean of the School of Education and holds the Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education. The NAEd advances high-quality education research and its use in policy and practice. The academy consists of U.S. members and foreign associates who are elected on the basis of outstanding scholarship related to education.
Two teams with ties to UW-Madison, including one that’s utilizing the expertise of Elizabeth Graue, are advancing to the final round of the Alliance for the American Dream competition, where they will compete for potential investment. Graue and her colleagues are part of the “We Care for Dane Kids” initiative, which is a multi-faceted approach to transforming the early childhood and after school care sectors.
The Isthmus recently put the spotlight on an oral history collection of Madison’s black pioneers edited by UW-Madison alum Muriel Simms. Simms worked as an educator in Madison and holds two degrees from the School of Education — a master's from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and a doctorate from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Her book is titled, “Settlin’: Stories of Madison’s Early African American Families.”
UW-Madison School of Education Dean Diana Hess recently spoke with Wisconsin Public Radio for a report examining the challenges that prevent some from entering the field of teaching — and that keep others from staying. Hess was recently named co-chair of a task force that’s designed to help identify how University of Wisconsin System institutions can better meet Wisconsin’s need for more teachers and school leaders.
Emily Evans Fanaeian, an alumna of UW-Madison’s School of Education, is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education(AACTE) Outstanding Dissertation Award. An AACTE news release about the award explains that Fanaeian designed an ambitious multiple case study to examine the ways in which university-based teacher education programs take up the task of preparing general education teacher candidates to provide instruction to English learners.
School of Education graduate students Allison Murrow and Alexandra Lakind are being recognized with Campus-Wide Teaching Assistant (TA) Awards. Murrow, who earned the Capstone Ph.D. Teaching Award, is a doctoral student with the School’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Lakind received the Early Excellence Award and is part of a joint doctoral program between the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Nelson Institute.
UW-Madison’s Maggie Hawkins is receiving the Leadership Through Research Award from the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Second Language Research Special Interest Group (SIG). Hawkins is a professor with the School of Education's No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The reviewers for this award were particularly impressed with Hawkins’ innovative contributions of her scholarship, including her cutting-edge research on issues such as critical theory, social justice language teacher education, transmodalities, community engagement, and young learners.
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