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WCER - Celebrating 50 years
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U.S. student leaders meet in Madison to address academic achievement gaps

Verona Area School District, UW-Madison host 16th annual MSAN Student Conference

An estimated 250 student leaders from high schools across 10 states will come together Oct. 7-10 for the 16th annual Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) Student Conference, hosted by the Verona Area School District and the University of Wisconsin-Madison at The Madison Concourse Hotel.

This year’s theme is “Exploring Deeper Roots: Expose Roots that Cause Racial Inequities, Embrace Roots of Who You Are, and Empower to Take Action.” A broad range of students from different racial and ethnic backgrounds will be encouraged to dig deeply into their own experiences for ideas on how to eliminate barriers to learning and create a more equitable educational environment for students of color.

“As a group of educators who are predominantly white and hold power, we have to defer to the students, who are already a majority, who will become our new leaders in the future,” said Madeline Hafner, executive director of MSAN. “One of MSAN’s core principles is that we always involve students in decision-making and in creating answers to the problems that perplex us.” Read more

PRIME approach improves teacher implementation of student behavior plans

Disruptive classroom behavior across grade levels has worsened in recent years, according to teachers polled by Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2012. More than half of the teachers questioned said they wish they could spend less time disciplining students.

Teachers often seek help from school psychologists to design a behavior support plan for these students. Even with a good plan in place, without continued psychologist follow-up and feedback, teachers often do not consistently continue to implement the plan. But a recent study shows that using a system called PRIME, or Planning Realistic Intervention Implementation and Maintenance by Educators, can significantly improve results.

Psychologist and educational psychology professor Tom Kratochwill, who directs the UW–Madison School Psychology Program, collaborated with Lisa Sanetti at the University of Connecticut to conduct research that helps teachers deliver behavior interventions more consistently and effectively. Read more






Christine Pribbenow discusses launch of NIH-funded video game that uncovers unconscious racial bias in STEM higher education (Badger Herald, Oct. 5)

Beth Graue and Anita Wager discuss teaching math to young children (Capital Times, 22 July)

Sara Goldrick-Rab says the elimination of tenure protections means she and many colleagues may leave the university for other institutions (, 13 July)

Jerlando Jackson leads community effort to help young men of color with 'My Brother's Keeper' (Capital Times, 12 July)

Sara Goldrick-Rab says "Pell recipients are a bit more impoverished than ever," and that "when these students get into trouble, their families have nothing to give them. They have nothing to fall back on"  (Washington Post Wonkblog, 24 June)

VARC's Brad Carl discusses Wisconsin's options for selecting a new K-12 test (WI State Journal, 4 June)


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

Center on Education and Work

Center for Research on Dialogic Instruction

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

The NetworkThe 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

WECWisconsin Education Collaborative

WeilabWisconsin's Equity and Inclusion Laboratory


Center for Ethics and Education at UW-Madison Announces Inaugural Fellows

The Center for Ethics and Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the first academic center of its kind in the United States, announced its appointment of five inaugural senior fellows. Selected from universities across the country (Harvard, Northwestern, City College of New York, University of Washington and Ohio State), for their scholarship and diverse interests, the fellows will help establish the center as a network for philosophers to explore moral and political questions in educational policy and practice.

 “We will offer various types of fellowships in the future, but the contributions of the senior fellows will be foundational,” states Paula McAvoy, the center’s program director. “The senior fellows will serve as resources for our graduate student training program, support and participate in conferences we organize and advise us on our activities and events, such as our upcoming grant awards competition.” Read more