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


"Seven Questions" with Sara Goldrick-Rab

The cost of living while attending college comprises 50-80% of students’ annual expenses.  Colleges estimate these costs in their official statistics, recognizing that to devote energy to school, students must have a way to pay for their room and board that doesn’t involve being at work all the time. In theory, students navigating poverty or otherwise lacking the necessary funds can qualify for financial aid. In practice, the supply of aid falls short of the demand, and many students go without daily necessities. Read more

“Seven Questions” with Aydin Bal

Aydin Bal is a researcher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and an assistant professor in rehabilitation psychology and special education in UW-Madison's School of Education. He is leading an initiative to improve equity in schools across Wisconsin by implementing Culturally Responsive Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (CRPBIS), a framework he developed to prompt locally meaningful and sustainable change in schools. Read more

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






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

Eric Grodsky leads effort to study why some state schools have had more success than others in narrowing achievement gaps across racial lines and income levels. (Wisconsin State Journal, 25 Nov.)

WCER and the WI Department of Public Instruction receive $5.2 million grant to study student achievement gaps (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Nov.)

Clif Conrad says improving race relations at universities must go beyond diversity plans and disrupt the mainstream culture (Capital Times, 20 Nov.)

Matt Hora says Wisconsin policymakers have misdiagnosed the "skills gap" problem and have devised overly narrow policy solutions (Isthmus, 19 Nov.)

The Center for Ethics and Education’s Paula McAvoy suggests that “fixing” education might best begin not by building charter schools but by improving the current infrastructure (New York Times, 3 Nov.)



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

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

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 Evaluation 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