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


Accountability Versus Local Control: Making Early Childcare Work

A 4-year kindergarten (4K) program in Wisconsin catalyzed statewide opposition that district leaders did not anticipate.

Designed a decade ago, the 4K program caused private childcare providers to lose an important portion of their business: 4-year-olds. That loss made it harder for providers to cover the costs of more expensive infant and toddler care.

UW–Madison education professor Beth Graue and colleagues describe a more democratic, community-based approach that solved the problem could serve as a model for the rapidly growing public preK movement.

The early education and care sector is typically private, and varies highly from community to community. The K–12 system is largely public, and increasingly standardized at state and national levels. These two systems have quite different philosophies of practice, financing, teacher requirements, and regulations. Read more

A Rare Opportunity

At many large universities, graduate programs in education and the social sciences are located in different areas of campus. This results in few natural opportunities for graduate students in different schools or departments to network, brainstorm, and support each other’s research interests.

WCER’s Interdisciplinary Training Program (ITP) in the Education Sciences provides a rare opportunity for graduate students from several disciplines to create a research community. A select group of students from sociology, economics, psychology, political science, and social welfare learn to design, carry out, and analyze specialized research in education issues.

Perhaps most importantly, they learn to produce evidence about what education programs and policies can benefit students. Read more





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.) 

The Delta program provides education in teaching theory and practice to graduate students in STEM fields (AACU, 2 Feb.)

The Delta program's recommended teaching practices improve student achievement (UW-Madison News, 4 Feb.)

WIDA's H. Gary Cook has co-authored a new set of recommendations for how states and school districts might better identify and initially classify English-learners (Education Week, 28 Jan).


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

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


WCER Research Team Receives NSF Grant to Evaluate STEM Jobs and Education Curricula

A WCER research team led by Matthew T. Hora has received additional National Science Foundation funding to continue researching the intersection between curriculum and instruction in higher education and workforce needs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related industries.

Hora is the principal investigator on “Exploring the Alignment among Employer Expectations for STEM Skills and the Design of Education Curricula and Interventions.” He and his research team which includes Ross Benbow and Amanda Oleson, are affiliated with WCER’s Center for Education and Work. Read more