Parker appointed to Center for Ethics and Education

Professor Walter Parker has been named Senior Fellow of the new Center for Ethics and Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Headed by philosopher Harry Brighouse, the Center fosters and funds research that brings the tools of contemporary moral and political philosophy to concrete problems of education practice and policy. Some problems, like issues of efficiency and fairness in the distribution of educational resources, are long-standing; others, like the use of neurological data in diagnosing and “treating” students’ educational difficulties, are novel. Parker’s influential research on civic education in the US and other countries, particularly his book Teaching Democracy, was noted in the appointment. Learn more about Parker and other senior fellows.

Student elected to Council for Exceptional Children division

Jacob Hackett, a UW doctoral student in special education, is the new student representative to the Council for Exceptional Children's Division of International Special Education Services. Learn more about Hackett in the most recent DISES newsletter.

UW project in Bulgaria highlighted at international conference

A joint project between the UW College of Education and Bulgaria's Center for Inclusive Education will be featured at international conference in Jerusalem this August. Jacob Hackett will represent UW at the conference and discuss inclusive practices from the One School for All Project during a roundtable along with Iva Boneva, director of the Center for Inclusive Education. The One School for All Project is featured in a recent DISES newsletter.

Shaping the future of science learning through research and practice

June 16 was the last day of school for Seattle Public Schools and just three days before the Renton School District wrapped instruction. During that busy time, science curriculum leadership from the two districts met with researchers at the Institute for Science + Math Education to take a step back and look ahead.

The districts are partnered with the Institute for Science + Math Education (ISME) on science curriculum adaptation projects, in which educators and researchers come together to co-design instruction to fit with the new vision from the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards. The Institute for Systems Biology is also a partner on the project, providing insights from the STEM industry sector, and Center for Research and Learning acts as an external evaluator. Learn more about the projects.

Study to refine, validate CEL tool measuring instructional leadership

Min Li from the UW College of Education and researchers from Vanderbilt University have received a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to refine and expand the use of the Center for Educational Leadership’s 5D Assessment tool. When finished, the newly developed and validated online tool will measure school leaders' capacity to observe and analyze the quality of classroom instruction, provide feedback to teachers, and plan professional development for teaching staff.

Nerad speaks on PhD career paths

Professor Maresi Nerad recently discussed PhD career outcomes and better understanding career pathways at a workshop of the Council of Graduate Schools. Nerad discussed studies by UW's Center for Innovation & Research in Graduate Education on long-term PhD career outcomes and how to structure sustainable data collection to enable institutions to better understand the pathways of their own alumni and improve graduate programs. The workshop was a key element of a new planning grant supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and will help inform a data collection instrument and implementation.

Nerad also recently gave a keynote address on graduate education in international perspective at the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium's international research symposium, as well as a keynote address on the art of supervising and developing independent researchers at the Goethe University of Frankfort's doctoral supervisor award ceremony.

CEL looks at Common Core implementation in West Baton Rouge

Just before the 2012 school year, Louisiana lawmakers decided that instead of two years, districts would have only one year to transition to Common Core. West Baton Rouge Parish School District, a small but growing district in southeastern Louisiana, moved quickly to implement the new standards. In a blog post and accompanying case study, faculty members from the Center for Educational Leadership documented the key supports the district provided to help teachers manage the instructional shifts.

Doctoral student presents research on innovation and doctoral education

UW doctoral student Roxana Chiappa of the College's Center for Innovation & Research in Graduate Education recently presented her research on innovation policy and doctoral education in Chile at the international summer school of the European doctoral program, University in the Knowledge Economy (UNIKE), in Portugal. Corian Balan, CIRGE visiting doctoral student, also presented at the summer school on U.S. NSF-funded flagship doctoral programs. An interview between Balan and Nerad is currently featured on the UNIKE website.

College hosts International Leadership Institute

The College of Education recently hosted approximately two dozen teachers and principals of English-Spanish bilingual schools in Madrid, Spain during its 2015 International Leadership Institute. The three-week professional development institute was developed in partnership with the Regional Ministry of Education of Madrid. Participants attended workshops with UW faculty and area educators to enhance their educational leadership knowledge and skills and develop their English fluency.

Danforth Educational Leadership Program staff and students also learned from program participants about the role of the principal in bilingual schools in Madrid and the educational system as a whole in Spain. View photos from the institute.

Kauerz participates in AERA conference on early childhood research

Professor Kristie Kauerz was one of a handful of scholars invited to participate in the American Educational Research Association's research-intensive conference “Advancing Knowledge and Building Capacity for Early Childhood Research: Creating Synergies Among Segregated Scholarly Communities.” The conference brought together more than 20 accomplished scholars whose research interests span fields and disciplines engaged in early child development and early education research.

The conference examined the state of the knowledge, identifying critical research areas, considering promising research designs and methodologies, and assessing capacity-building needs and potential approaches to innovative collaborations. Throughout the conference, participants explored the state of early childhood research and links to policy and practice, as well as the interplay of the two.