Wisconsin Ideas in Education Series (WIES)

WIES is an interdisciplinary speaker series intended for educators and future educators across campus. It is organized by early career faculty members from across UW-Madison’s School of Education, with support from WCER, with the goal of bringing leading scholars to UW–Madison to share and discuss their work in education research. WIES talks take place every two weeks on Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Wisconsin Idea Room of the Education Building.


WIES Lecture:  Developing and Testing Interventions to Increase Racial Equity in School Discipline

Kent McIntosh, Professor of Special Education, University of Oregon

January 30, 2019, 12 - 1, Educational Sciences, Room 259


WIES Lecture|  Mutual Survival: Education Reform & Economic Change in Rural Wisconsin

Jennifer Seelig, Assistant Director, Rural Education Research & Implementation Center, WCER

February 6, 2019, 12:30 - 1:30, Education Building, 159, 1000 Bascom Mall



Past Events

WIES Lecture: Studying the Fine Details of Multimodal Learning Interactions

Virginia Flood and Benedikt Harrer, University of California, Berkeley; San Jose State University

December 5, 2018, 12:30 - 1:30, Wisconsin Idea Room (159) Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall


Exploring Immigrant-Origin Multilingual Students’ Languages and Literacies

Amanda Kibler, Associate Professor of Education, Oregon State University

November 14, 2018, 1:00 - 2:00, Wisconsin Idea Room (159) Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall


Unbundling the Teacher: Race, Hypervisibility, and Affective Labor in New Orleans Charter Schools

Christien Tompkins, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick

November 7, 2018, 12:30 - 1:30, Wisconsin Idea Room (159) Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall


WIES Lecture: Excellent Content Teaching for Multilingual Students

Kara Mitchell Viesca, Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning & Teacher Education, University of Nebraska

October 17, 2018, 12:30 - 1:30, Wisconsin Idea Room (159) Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall


WIES Lecture: Games & Learning: Use Cases

Mike Beall, Director, Gear Learning

October 3, 2018, 12:30 - 1:30, Wisconsin Idea Room (159) Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall


WIES Lecture: The Softening of Stone: Collaborative Acts of Transformation

Anna Riley, Artist and Educator

September 26, 2018, 1:00 - 2:00, Wisconsin Idea Room (159) Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall


A Multidisciplinary Approach to Reducing the Prevalence and Burden of Youth Mental Health Problems

Keith Herman, Professor Educational, School & Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri

April 25, 2018, 12:30 - 1:30 pm, Wisconsin Idea Room (159) Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall


Computational Models of Mental Models of Computational Models of the World

Robert Goldstone, Distinguished Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Program in Cognitive Science, Indiana University

April 4, 2018, 12:30 - 1:30, Wisconsin Idea Room (159) Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall


WIES Lecture: Digital Studios for Social Innovation

Matthew Easterday, Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences, Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy

March 21, 2018, 12:30 - 1:30, Educational Sciences Room 259, 1025 West Johnson Street


WIES Lecture Featuring Jorge E. Gonzalez

Jorge E. Gonzalez, Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Health and Learning Sciences, University of Houston

March 7, 2018, 12:30 - 1:30 pm, Wisconsin Idea Room (159) Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall


WIES Lecture Featuring Megan Luce

Megan Luce, Research Associate, Research in Education & Design (RED) Lab, Stanford University

February 21, 2018, 12:30 - 1:30 pm, Wisconsin Idea Room (159) Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall


WIES Lecture: From Inclusion to Inclusive Schooling: ELLs in the Mainstream Classroom

Ester de Jong, Director, School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida School of Education

January 24, 2018, 12:30 - 1:30 pm, Wisconsin Idea Room (159) Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall


WIES Lecture Featuring Nelson Flores

Nelson Flores, Assistant Professor, Educational Linguistics Division, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania

December 6, 2017, 12:30 - 1:30 pm, Wisconsin Idea Room (159) Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall