News from WCER

Madison Education Partnership Issues Call for Proposals

April 17, 2017

The Madison Education Partnership, a research-practice partnership between Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) and Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), requests proposals from University faculty, research staff and advanced graduate students to conduct research under this partnership on questions related to the MMSD Four-Year-Old Kindergarten (4K) program. Advanced graduate students may apply only with a faculty member as Principal Investigator. Below we describe the partnership, topic of focus for 2017-18, and details of proposal submission.


New Funding Awards Support Math Education and Native American Student Assessment

April 17, 2017

Two recent awards will support math contextualization and culturally responsive language assessment.


Nicole Bowman to Present at 2017 Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum

April 13, 2017

Nicole Bowman to present paper at the 2017 Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum


Madison School District, UW–Madison Create Research-Practice Partnership to Improve Local Education

April 11, 2017

A new partnership between the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) and the University of Wisconsin–Madison seeks to combine the expertise of district educators and university researchers to improve education.


UW-Madison School of Education Ranked No. 1 Among Public Institutions by U.S. News

March 14, 2017

U.S. News and World Report released its annual rankings of the top graduate schools on Tuesday and UW-Madison’s School of Education and many of its programs once again were recognized as being among the very best in the nation.


Teaching by Example

March 6, 2017   |   By Lynn Armitage

A student holds up a sign with the comment, “You’re so pretty, for a Black girl.” In another photo, a student of Latino heritage grips this disturbing message: “The only reason you got into this school is because of the color of your skin.”


UW–Madison Researchers Contribute to NAS Report on Undergraduate Research Experiences

March 6, 2017

A National Academy of Sciences committee whose members include Janet Branchaw and Eric Grodsky, both on faculty at the University of Wisconsin –Madison School of Education and principal investigators at its Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), released a study last week examining evidence on undergraduate research experiences.


Compton-Lilly Follows Students from First Grade through High School in New Book

March 2, 2017

After two decades of research, Catherine Compton-Lilly’s latest book documenting the literacy practices and school experiences of a group of low-income, inner-city students and their families is now available.


Wang, Research Team Publish Study Examining Two-Year College Women’s Transfer into STEM Programs

February 24, 2017

UW-Madison’s Xueli Wang and her research team authored an intriguing new report that appears in the most recent edition of the journal Frontiers in Psychology.


New Education Game Group in Town

February 14, 2017   |   By Lynn Armitage

Impact. It’s a word that Mike Beall uses often when defining the mission of the eight game developers he leads at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, the new home for this dynamic band of software programmers and artists.


MacDonald Presents as Invited Speaker for the Multimodal Observation Protocol Project

January 30, 2017

Rita MacDonald was an invited speaker for the Multimodal Observation Protocol Project in the School of Education at the University at Albany-State University of New York on January 21, 2017


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.


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).


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.