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New look at school discipline confronts Wisconsin’s opportunities gap
Across the nation, from kindergarten through high school, black, Native American and Latino students in public schools are disciplined more frequently and severely for more subjective reasons than their white peers, according to UW-Madison’s Aydin Bal. Punishments often involve trips to the principal’s office and may lead to detention, suspension or even expulsion – all actions that remove the students in question from instructional environments.
Bal, an assistant professor with the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, and a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, said it’s also a fact that white and wealthy students in the U.S. are much more likely to receive a superior education, more social opportunities and better academic outcomes than minority students, a discrepancy known as the “opportunity gap” or “achievement gap.” That gap is exceptionally large in Wisconsin, where white children are six times more likely to be proficient in eighth grade math than black students. Read more.
Studying Far from Home, Xueli Wang Discovers Kinship with Two-Year College Students
In 2004, Xueli Wang moved from China to attend graduate school at The Ohio State University. The transition was far from easy. Despite a good command of academic English, informal conversation challenged her. She had trouble ordering in restaurants and navigating public transportation. She remembers frequently feeling isolated and overwhelmed.
It was perhaps those experiences that changed the course of her life and studies. While working a student job at Ohio State, Wang was assigned to a project analyzing the experiences of students who transferred from community colleges to a four-year degree program at the university. Read more.
Sun Prairie Students reflect on their experience at the MSAN 2014 conference (The Star, 19 Nov)
Interdisciplinary Training Program fellow Jared Knowles explains Wisconsin's Early Warning System for preventing dropouts (Marketplace, 12 Nov)
CIRTL is working to make science, technology, engineering and math degrees and careers more interesting to today's college students (Inside Philanthropy, Nov. 5)
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.)
Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning
Center on Education and Work
Children, Families & Schools
Culturally Responsive Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
Consortium for Policy Research in Education
Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning
Culture, Cognition, and Evaluation of STEM Higher Education Reform
Exploring the alignment between workforce and education
Formative Language Assessment Records for ELLs in Secondary Schools
Interactive Learning & Design Lab
Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences
Investing in Family Engagement
Longitudinal Study of Future STEM Scholars
Mobilizing STEM for a Sustainable Future
Strategic Management of Human Capital
Surveys of Enacted Curriculum
System-wide Change for All Learners and Educators
Talking About Leaving, Revisited
TDOP: Teaching Dimensions Observation Protocol
Tracking the Processes of Data Driven Decision-Making in Higher Education
Value-Added Research Center
Wisconsin's Equity and Inclusion Laboratory
Goldrick-Rab Named Keynote Speaker for Policy Summit
Sara Goldrick-Rab has been named a keynote speaker for the 10th annual Midwestern Higher Education Compact Policy Summit. The gathering will take place in Milwaukee on Nov. 17-18 and its title is Maximizing Return on Educational Investment: Preserving Access, Promoting Completion, Protecting Quality. Read more.
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 (www.PhillyFASTi3.com) 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.