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WCER - Celebrating 50 years
View lectures, photos, an overview and read a special publication about our celebration.


Jackson Named Morris Endowed Chair at Eastern Michigan University

Jerlando F. L. Jackson, Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education in UW–Madison’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in the School of Education, will serve as the 2014-15 Michael G. Morris Endowed Chair at Eastern Michigan University. Jackson will remain in his posts at UW–Madison during the year-long special appointment.

The Morris Endowed Chair is designed to help EMU better understand and improve the experience of Black males on campus. The award provides up to $50,000 for outstanding visiting faculty performing in the top echelons in their disciplines or professional fields to assist the Eastern Michigan University College of Education faculty, staff and students in developing the knowledge, research and capacity needed to enhance and transform the field of education.

Jackson, who also serves as the director and chief research scientist for Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB), part of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), will work on a project at EMU titled “Enhancing Institutional Capacity: Transforming EMU into a Thought Leading Center.” Read more

The LEAD Center Helps Faculty Improve Productivity

University administrators specialize in administration; scientists specialize in research; teaching staff specialize in teaching. Few have training in how to evaluate the success of their work objectively, although there’s always room for improving work practices.

That’s where professional evaluators come in. Their expertise helps administrators, scientists and teaching staff measure their success, find room for improvement and implement change. And, in an age of accountability in higher education, federal grants often require their services.

A recent addition to WCER’s project portfolio is The LEAD Center, a higher education evaluation team directed by Christine Pribbenow. She brings years of experience helping people improve their performance in fields as diverse as biomedical research, genomics education for undergraduates, biology instruction, and gender and racial awareness. Her team serves projects across the UW-Madison campus, the state of Wisconsin and nationally. Read more





David Williamson Shaffer's team is preparing to launch the next generation of virtual internships to allow companies to train would-be interns (The Week, 24 March)

Madeline Hafner says racially integrated schools bring a host of benefits to students who attend them (Badger-Herald, 23 March).

Business leaders tell Matt Hora and his team they want employees with "soft skills" as well as technical skills (Inside Higher Ed, 16 March)

In a study of low-income high school graduates, Sara Goldrick-Rab found that enrolling in community college raised their odds of earning bachelor's degrees (U.S. News, 23 Feb.)

Clif Conrad says a campus that is more diverse from the top down can offer a more well-rounded education (GW Hatchet, 17 Feb.)

The VARC's Bradley Carl comments on the challenges of comparing nationally norm-referenced tests  (Education Week, 13 Feb.) 


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

The LEAD CenterThe LEAD Center

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


Michigan Civil Rights Commission Passes Resolution Drafted by MSAN District Students

Students from Michigan’s Farmington Public Schools, one of 28 school districts that are members of WCER’s Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN), drafted a resolution on social justice and civil rights and successfully secured its state-level adoption by the Michigan Civil Rights Commission on Jan. 26.

The “Resolution on Social Justice and Civil Rights Education” encourages Michigan’s schools and districts to promote civil rights education and diversity learning, and implement best practices that encourage “all students to constructively exercise their first amendment rights to speak on the policy issues that affect them.” Read more