News from WCER

Wisconsin K-12 Teachers: Come Have a Field Day!

January 17, 2018

If you love teaching and are looking for new ways to inspire your K-12 students outside the classroom, we invite you to apply for a Field Day Fellowship.


Hora, CCWT Awarded Grant from UW System

January 11, 2018

Congratulations to Matt Hora and The Center for College-Workforce Transitions for receiving $25,000 from the University of Wisconsin System to study how college internships impact student outcomes such as college completion, employment status and wages upon graduation, and vocational self-concept.


Call for Proposals Open for 2018 MSAN Institute

January 11, 2018

The MSAN Institute is a two-day, intensive professional development opportunity dedicated to growing our understanding of how school districts develop equity-focused leadership and nurture cultural competence.


Year-end Message Urges Educators to Speak Truth to the World

December 21, 2017

In an internal year-end message, Wisconsin Center for Education Research Director Bob Mathieu urged faculty, researchers and staff to share their knowledge widely.


Berland and Colleagues Awarded $409K for Formative Assessments in Computer Science

December 20, 2017

The project will design, develop and study formative assessments to help students and teachers understand how, what, and why they are learning in computer science.


Kendall and Colleagues Awarded $49.6K from Spencer Foundation

December 20, 2017

The project will map the relationship between climate change and education in Ghana and Malawi.


MMSD 4K Students Demonstrate Stronger Literacy,  Behavior Skills Among District Kindergartners

December 19, 2017

One of the most promising ways to eliminate social, economic and racial gaps in educational achievement is to stop them before they happen.  A recent Madison Education Partnership (MEP) report shows the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) may be doing just that through its four-year-old kindergarten (4K) program.


Project to Produce Roadmap for Teaching Elementary Grades Algebra

October 29, 2017

Study will produce a prototype Grades K-2 instructional sequence, related assessments and characterizations of progressions in students’ thinking


Iowa State University Selects Jerlando Jackson for Alumni Achievement Award

October 25, 2017

Iowa State University’s College of Human Sciences has selected Jerlando F. L. Jackson, professor of higher education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, for its 2017 Alumni Achievement Award.


The CALL for Improved Learning

October 23, 2017   |   By Lynn Armitage

In a quest to answer the question, “How can we improve student learning?” hundreds of schools all over the country—and in Denmark and Japan—are answering the CALL.


Hora and Colleagues Awarded $2.2 Million from National Science Foundation

October 20, 2017

Matthew Hora and colleagues have been awarded $2.2 million from the National Science Foundation to investigate whether four specific competencies – teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and self-directed learning - are being cultivated in college classrooms and workplace training.


Williamson Shaffer Awarded $2 Million from the National Science Foundation

October 17, 2017

David Williamson Shaffer has been awarded a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop and study a tool to let STEM teachers generate models of social, economic, and environmental issues in their own communities.


Halverson Awarded $1.1 Million from the National Science Foundation

October 17, 2017

Erica Halverson and co-investigators from Northcentral Technical College have been awarded a grant of $1.1 million from the National Science Foundation to design, deliver and study mobile maker experiences for people in rural communities in central Wisconsin.


CCWT Offers Rare, Critical Overview of Student Internships

September 26, 2017

Many policymakers, employers, educators and career services professionals seem to agree that internships are beneficial to college students. President Trump recently lauded the value of apprenticeships, and Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker has considered making internships a mandatory graduation requirement for students in the UW system.


Study Finds MMSD’s 4-Year-Old Kindergarten Expands Educational Equity

September 20, 2017

Since the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) began 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) in 2011, more than two-thirds of its kindergarten students have started in its 4K programs. Now, with six full years of operational data on 4K, a new research-practice partnership between MMSD and UW–Madison’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) is taking a close look at the district’s 4K enrollments.