2017 MSAN Institute Call for Proposals Open Through February 17

January 18, 2017

The Call for Proposals is now open for the 2017 MSAN Institute on Equity Leadership and Cultural Competence being held April 27-28 at The Concourse Hotel in Madison, WI.


Wisconsin Receives $2 Million Grant to Improve Career Pathways

January 12, 2017

WCER is pleased to be among the many partners contributing to this important multi-phase project. WCER researchers conducted a needs assessment of a career pathways system that helped inform the action plan that won this second phase grant award.


The Skills Gap: Redefining the Problem, Reframing the Narrative, and Reinventing Partnerships

January 10, 2017

Without greater collaboration between employers and education providers, the pathway to closing the skills gap will remain slightly out of reach and American workers will remain wanting.


2017’s Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals

January 10, 2017

Matt Hora discusses STEM job prospects with Wallet Hub.


New UW Video Games Institution Will Get in GEAR Tuesday

January 4, 2017

A new group dedicated to video games for learning launches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Tuesday.


Percy Brown Named One of the 44 Most Influential African Americans in WI

December 19, 2016

Percy Brown Named one of the 44 Most Influential African Americans in WI


Ed Psych Professor Earns Distinguished ​Professorship Award

December 9, 2016

Recognizing his extraordinary achievements as a UW faculty member, David Shaffer, a professor and chair of the Dept. of Educational Psychology’s Learning Sciences program, was recently named to a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorship.

The professorship provides flexible funding over five years and is named after professor, Senator and UW System Regent William F. Vilas (1840-1908).


Hess, McAvoy Win Grawemeyer Award in Education

December 2, 2016

According to UW-Madison’s Diana Hess and Paula McAvoy, co-winners of the 2017 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education, teachers should encourage conversations about difficult political issues because that’s the very nature of a democratic education and those discussions help students understand diverse points of view and become more politically engaged adults.


Hess, McAvoy Book Featured in the Badger Herald

November 11, 2016

Discussing controversial topics early on helps address political polarization


Sadhana Puntambekar Discusses Improving Middle School Students’ Science Learning

November 7, 2016

Sadhana Puntambekar, a professor in the UW–Madison’s Educational Psychology department, directs the Interactive Learning & Design Lab.  Here she talks about improving middle school students’ learning in science classes.


New Study: Effect of Act 10 on Teacher Pay in Wisconsin

November 2, 2016

The passage of Act 10 in 2011 essentially outlawed public employee unions, and has had a huge impact on teacher salaries in school districts everywhere in Wisconsin.

But until now, there has been no formal study of how the districts dealt with the issue of teacher compensation after the teachers unions were abolished.


Teaching About Political Parties and Ideology Beyond State Standards

November 1, 2016

Educators want young people to become “informed voters” by studying issues and candidates before casting ballots. However, while studying issues is one important aspect of becoming informed, researchers Paula McAvoy and Rebecca Fine, UW–Madison, and Ann Herrera Ward, Carroll University, argue that without connecting the issues to ideology and political parties, educators overlook what political scientists say motivates people who show up to the polls.


Education and Youth Agency: Qualitative Global Case Studies

November 1, 2016

As co-editor and chapter author of a new book, WCER researcher Kate McCleary offers a comprehensive overview of youth engaged in social change in Africa, the Americas and South Asia. It explores diverse perspectives of youth agency in relation to education, citizenship and future livelihoods, modernity and tradition, gender equality, and social norms and transformations.


Practical Reflections upon and Responses to Homelessness

October 31, 2016

On October 31, 2016 Peter Miller, Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis at UW–Madison, engaged in a conversation with participants about how simple everyday routines and interactions can affect children and families as they experience homelessness and poverty.


The Force of the GEDI

October 31, 2016   |   By Paul Baker

Like any Jedi, Tenah Hunt is a scientist and a teacher who values knowledge, wisdom and serving others. She does not, however, carry a light saber.