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WCER - Celebrating 50 years
Please join us October 20th for a day of learning and scholarship as we celebrate WCER's groundbreaking contributions to advancing education policy and practice across our state, nation and world.


Program Prepares Mathematics Education Researchers for Careers

A mathematics training program at WCER is helping answer the nation’s need for a continuing supply of experts who can provide an empirical basis for curriculum design, assessment, instruction, and learning environments, and who can determine the effectiveness of educational programs and policies.

Future mathematics education researchers develop these skills in WCER’s Postdoctoral Training Program in Mathematical Thinking, Learning, and Instruction. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the program at UW serves postdoctoral fellows by supplementing their graduate training experiences. For example, postdocs who specialized in curriculum and instruction may seek to learn more about quantitative research methods such as multilevel modeling. Students in psychology and other social scientists can come and learn how to conduct studies in natural settings and collect, analyze, and interpret process-level, qualitative data. The UW–Madison School of Education is rich with experts from a range of research methods and theoretical perspectives that these young scholars can learn and apply in ongoing research projects. Read more.

Mentors Deserve Better Training

Strong research mentorship has been linked to improved mentee self-efficacy, productivity, and ultimately career satisfaction. Unfortunately, mentors usually learn their craft by doing what their mentors did, or by trial and error. So it is not surprising that mentors’ capabilities and outcomes vary widely.

To test their conviction that a systematic, formal research mentor training intervention would result in more effective mentoring, WCER researcher Christine Pfund and a team at the UW–Madison Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) adapted the published mentor training curriculum, Entering Mentoring, for the use of health sciences researchers. Read more.





Bob Mathieu says the campus and the nation have put a lot of effort into the improvement of STEM teaching, and that investment will pay off in increased success and retention (UW Madison News, 30 October)

Beth Graue says class-size reduction will get fewer children in a class but, alone, it doesn’t translate directly to a change in achievement (Seattle Times, 28 Oct)

Jerlando Jackson participates in the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education (Harlem News Group, 9 Oct.)

Sadhana Puntambekar's CoMPASS project at work in the classroom (Herald-Independent, 24 Oct.)

Christine Pfund says the National Research Mentoring Network promises to be "the perfect opportunity to collaborate more widely, capitalize on cross-campus initiatives, and share what we’ve learned" (UW News, 22 Oct.)

250 students attend the Minority Student Achievement Network conference this week (Michigan Daily, 16 October)

Two WCER initiatives receive more than $7 million from the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation
WI State Journal, 14 Oct.
Capital Times, 15 Oct.



Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and LearningCenter for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning

Center on Education and Work

Children, Families & SchoolsChildren, Families & Schools

CRPBISCulturally Responsive Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Consortium for Policy Research in EducationConsortium for Policy Research in Education

CALLComprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning

CCHERCulture, Cognition, and Evaluation of STEM Higher Education Reform

Epistemic GamesEpistemic
Games Group

Exploring the alignment between workforce and education

Formative Language Assessment Records for ELLs in Secondary Schools

ILDLInteractive Learning & Design Lab

Interdisciplinary ITPTraining Program in the Education Sciences

Investing in Family Engagement

LSFFLongitudinal Study of Future STEM Scholars

Mobilizing STEM for a Sustainable FutureMobilizing STEM for a Sustainable Future

Minority Student Achievement NetworkMinority Student
Achievement Network



Strategic Management of Human CapitalStrategic Management of Human Capital

Surveys of Enacted CurriculumSurveys of Enacted Curriculum

System-wide Change for All Learners and EducatorsSystem-wide Change for All Learners and Educators

Talking About Leaving, Revisited

TDOP: Teaching Dimensions Observation Protocol

TransanaTracking the Processes of Data Driven Decision-Making in Higher Education


Value-Added Research CenterValue-Added Research Center

WIDA ConsortiumWIDA Consortium

WeilabWisconsin's Equity and Inclusion Laboratory


New Website Launched for WCER’s i3 Family Engagement Project in Philadelphia

WCER’s PhillyFASTi3 project, funded by a $15 million U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation (i3) grant, has launched a new website ( to inform parents and educators about the Families and Schools Together (FAST) program targeting 60 Philadelphia elementary schools. The site tells the “FAST story” from parents’ perspectives, and provides information and recruitment resources to partners, school principals and teachers through a school portal. Read more.

Indiana Becomes 36th State to Join WIDA Consortium

The WIDA Consortium is now 36 states strong after the Indiana Department of Education moved to implement WIDA’s English Language Development Standards and Assessments statewide starting this school year. Read more.