WCER’s Connolly Invited to Join National Academies Committee on STEM Education

February 11, 2016

Mark Connolly, an associate research scientist at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) in UW-Madison’s School of Education, has been invited to serve on a National Academies of Sciences committee charged with developing indicators of quality in undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).


WCER Director Named 2016 Wisconsin Academy Fellow

February 4, 2016

Robert Mathieu, director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, is one of 11 Wisconsin Academy Fellows for 2016


Erica Halverson Appointed Associate Editor for Journal of the Learning Sciences

January 28, 2016

WCER researcher and UW–Madison educator Erica Halverson appointed associate editor for Journal of the Learning Sciences


Video Presentation: Research-Practice Partnerships, Lessons from MSAN’s Madeline Hafner

January 27, 2016

“Engaging in Research-Practice Partnerships: Lessons Learned from the MSAN Consortium,” presented by Madeline Hafner, MSAN Executive Director


Re-‘Making’ the World of Education: A Learning Revolution

January 21, 2016   |   By Lynn Armitage

Pancake-making robots. A mechanical horse. A life-sized mousetrap. No, these aren’t highlights from the latest episode of “Shark Tank.” They are real-life inventions of a burgeoning community of artists, do-it-yourselfers and entrepreneurs known as “makers” — pioneering tinkerers and problem-solvers who are inspiring some educators to bring more hands-on learning into the classroom.


Mentoring beyond borders

December 18, 2015

Chris Pfund talks about supplementing traditional mentoring with career coaching for graduate students (AAAS Science, 18 Dec.)


Critics say WI going backward on achievement gap

December 17, 2015

State Sen. Luther Olsen cites WCER project reports about the importance of high quality professional development and the state’s SAGE program (Madison.com, 17 Dec.)


Some students thrive despite nation’s worst statewide racial achievement gap

December 16, 2015

Bradley Carl says he has yet to find any program “that has moved the needle on (the achievement gap)” in a big way (Madison.com, 16 Dec.)


Critics: State going backward on achievement gap

December 16, 2015

Eric Grodsky says just putting a student in a school with more-advantaged students won’t solve all the student’s problems (Post Crescent, 16 Dec.)


$2.1 Million Grant Will Help Gifted, Low-Income Middle School Students

December 15, 2015

“Supporting Smart Spaces,” a project of the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY) and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education, has been awarded a $2.1 million grant by the Jacob K. Javits Program through the U.S. Department of Education.


Hungry, homeless and in college

December 4, 2015

Sara Goldrick-Rab and Katharine Broton cowrote the OpEd, “Hungy, Homeless, and in College,” (New York Times, 4 Dec.)


STEMMing the Tide of Bias: Video Game Teaches Professors How Discrimination Feels

December 3, 2015   |   By Lynn Armitage

Brett Woods knows all too well what racial bias feels like.


La Follette Research Professor Recognized for his Work in Data-driven Education Policy

December 1, 2015

Rob Meyer is appointed to the national Moneyball for Government All-Star team, which focuses on data-driven policy (LaFollette School of Public Affairs, 1 Dec).


Lunch & Learn with Mariana Castro

December 1, 2015

Teacher Participation in the Development of Instructional Resources


Technology moves into Madison’s classrooms with a device for every student

November 29, 2015

Richard Halverson says digital devices can help students learn but only if teachers first learn how to use them effectively (Wisconsin State Journal, 29 Nov.)