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Design Challenges for Middle School Science Students Dec 27

Students and teachers in Grades 6-8 are piloting an approach to science instruction using a technology-rich interactive environment.

Mathieu Named AAAS Fellow Dec 19

WCER researcher Robert Mathieu is among 3 UW–Madison scientists recently named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Spanish Academic Language Standards and Assessment Dec 13

Staff from the WIDA Consortium are beginning to develop Spanish language development standards for students in Pre-K through twelfth grade.

Blended Learning Across Virtual and Natural Ecosystems Dec 5

Kurt Squire and colleagues are testing the hypothesis that student understanding of life science will be enhanced if students participating in field trips employ mobile devices to collect and share data.

Mentoring Students in Educational Computer Games Nov 28

WCER researcher Elizabeth Bagley finds that mentoring via online chat is a viable method for mentoring in the context of such educational games.

Hora Receives Award Nov 21

WCER researcher Matthew Hora is a recipient of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery's Emerging Interfaces Award.

Engaged Research in Education Nov 15

The School of Education continues its work to strengthen the relationship between research and practice.

Examining the Relationships Between Expectations, Access, and Postsecondary Life Engagement Nov 7

Current work by Audrey Trainor will help researchers and teachers who design and implement transition education for youth with disabilities as they move from high school into adulthood.

Evaluation of the Milwaukee Community Literacy Project Nov 1

Over the next five years, the Value Added Research Center will evaluate MCLP to determine how much of an impact it has on student reading achievement.

Analyzing STEM Thinking and Learning Oct 24

David Williamson Shaffer and colleagues are using a new method of STEM assessment called epistemic netowrk analysis.

CIRTL Network Expands Oct 17

Since 2003 the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) has prepared science graduate students at a handful of universities to be as bold and creative in the classroom as they are in their programs of research.

Assessment of Natural Play for Instructional Planning Oct 11

Play is a natural activity that young children use to explore and learn about their world, and how to function in it.

Wisconsin Wins $10.5 M Enhanced Assessment Grant Oct 3

A new online assessments system is being developed for English learners (ELs), funded by a $10.5 million, four-year competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Improving Educational Outcomes in METTE Programs Sept 26

The decline in the number of U.S. college graduates with degrees in manufacturing engineering technologist and technician education (METTE)-related fields is an issue of national importance.

Computer-Interactive Items for Students with Language Challenges Sept 19

Rebecca Kopriva and colleagues are working to increase the accessibility and validity of science assessments for high school students with limited English proficiency.

Formative Assessment for High-Stakes Accountability Sept 12

Richard Halverson and Carolyn Kelley are working to improve 'leadership for learning' in schools by developing the next generation of on-line formative assessment tools.

Culturally Relevant Teaching in Pre-K Math Sept 6

Beth Graue, Meg Meyer, and colleagues are developing a professional development program to help teachers of 4-year-old kindergarten.

Evaluating an Algebra Readiness Program Aug 29

Bill Clune and WCER colleagues are evaluating an implementation of the Academic Youth Development (AYD) program.

Collaborating in a Virtual Engineering Internship Aug 22

Teamwork and collaboration are vital skills for students to master.

Goldrick-Rab Receives Scholars Mentoring Award Aug 15

Sara Goldrick-Rab has received a Scholars Mentoring Award from the William T. Grant Foundation.

Game-Based Learning Webinars Scheduled Aug 8

David Williamson Shaffer is among those scheduled to offer an online seminar for, a professional social network for the educators.

Grants Correlated with More Student Persistence Aug 1

For the last three years, Sara Goldrick-Rab and Douglas Harris tracked a group of students who received grant money from the Fund for Wisconsin Scholars program, which provides a $3,500-a-year grant to some first-time, full-time students enrolled in the University of Wisconsin System.

Video Game Teaches Systems Biology July 25

Virulent is a new action and strategy computer game designed to teach key concepts in systems biology.

Nathan Appointed to National STEM Committee July 18

Mitchell Nathan has been appointed to a National Academy of Engineering/ National Academy of Sciences Committee on Integrated STEM Education.

Battle of the Virons July 11

The WIDMAR partnership has released a new online game, Virulent.

Applying Insights from Faculty Teaching to SMET Reforms July 1

Policymakers and educators engaged in math and science reform are challenged to fully understand college level teaching practices.

Reducing Vulnerability to Stereotype Threat June 20

Geoffrey Borman is evaluating two programs intended to address the problem of stereotype threat.

Working Paper Series has Global Reach June 14

The WCER Working Paper Series has reached 81 publications and covers a variety of topics.

Affordability and College Attainment June 7

Students, college administrators, faculty, and staff are invited to interact with researchers, policymakers, advocates, and philanthropists to discuss the challenges facing the State of Wisconsin in its efforts to grow a college-educated workforce.

Bridging Education and Cognitive Sciences May 31

Mitchell Nathan recently participated in the first Latin American School for Education, Cognitive and Neural Sciences in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Translational Research Initiative Underway May 23

WCER and School of Education faculty and staff are working to strengthen the school’s capacity for translational research.

STEM Fields of Study at Community Colleges May 17

The demand for graduates in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields continues to grow rapidly. Community colleges represent a unique opportunity to prepare a STEM workforce that reflects the diversity of the U.S. population.

Improving a Quality Educator Effectiveness System May 9
CPRE researcher Steve Kimball and colleagues are developing frameworks for teacher and principal evaluation.

Assessing Teaching Practice May 2
Developing a teacher competency model doesn't require reinventing the wheel.

Analyzing Conversations in a Multi-Party Epistemic Game Apr 25
A recent paper addresses the differences between spoken and typed conversations as high school students interacted with an epistemic game called Urban Science.

Professional Development for Teachers Apr 18
The Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC) are a set of data collection tools used with K-12 teachers of mathematics, science and English language arts to portray current instructional practices and content being taught in classrooms.

Recent Papers from ITP Scholars Apr 11
The WCER Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences is preparing a new generation of education science scholars to provide solid evidence of what works in education.

Partnership to Offer Value-Added Services Apr 4
The WCER Value Added Research Center (VARC) has partnered with Edvance Research to offer educators a range of research and service employing value-added models.

April Conference to Address Achievement Gap Mar 28
The Minority Student Achievement Association is coordinating a conference for Detroit-area educators.

VARC Research Presented at AEFP Conference Mar 21
Researchers from WCER’s Value Added Research Center will present at the annual meeting of the Association for Education Finance and Policy.

Teaching Assessment for Teacher Human Capital Management Mar 14
A new Working Paper compares seven prominent systems for assessing teaching practice.

Increasing Community College Student Success Mar 7
Sara Goldrick-Rab says it’s important to consider the policies that shape the capacity of community colleges to serve students.

Applying Insights from Faculty Teaching Practices Feb 28
Policymakers and educators engaged in pedagogical reform in math and science seek to better understand teaching practices in colleges and universities.

Educational Games for Personalized Medicine Feb 21
Digital media, such as games for health, have demonstrated success in reaching broad audiences. A new Working Paper draws on these precedents.

Bolstering Achievement at Minority Serving Institutions Feb 14
Clifton Conrad and colleague Marybeth Gasman study “models of success” that help students finish their degrees at minority-serving institutions, including historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions and Native American tribal colleges.

Value-Added Measures in Education Feb 7
In a newly published book Douglas Harris sets out to help educators and policy makers understand the complex subject of value added measurement.

Managing the Human Resource System in Schools Jan 31
A new book by Allan Odden offers a comprehensive and strategic approach to address what is known as "talent and human capital."

Evaluating Literacy Instruction in Milwaukee Jan 24
Staff from the Value Added Research Center are evaluating The Milwaukee Community Literacy Project (MCLP).

Research Into Practice Jan 10
WCER researcher Susan Millar is among scientists at the UW-Madison Morgridge Institute for Research, which aims to get discoveries out of the lab and into the hands of patients and others who need them..

Games and Simulations in Informal Science Education Jan 3
Video games and simulations have emerged as an important cultural and educational medium. The goals and contexts of informal science education make science a natural fit for games and simulations.