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WCER - Celebrating 50 years

FEATURE STORIES

New look at school discipline confronts Wisconsin’s opportunities gap

Across the nation, from kindergarten through high school, black, Native American and Latino students in public schools are disciplined more frequently and severely for more subjective reasons than their white peers, according to UW-Madison’s Aydin Bal. Punishments often involve trips to the principal’s office and may lead to detention, suspension or even expulsion – all actions that remove the students in question from instructional environments.

Bal, an assistant professor with the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, and a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, said it’s also a fact that white and wealthy students in the U.S. are much more likely to receive a superior education, more social opportunities and better academic outcomes than minority students, a discrepancy known as the “opportunity gap” or “achievement gap.” That gap is exceptionally large in Wisconsin, where white children are six times more likely to be proficient in eighth grade math than black students. Read more

Studying Far from Home, Xueli Wang Discovers Kinship with Two-Year College Students

In 2004, Xueli Wang moved from China to attend graduate school at The Ohio State University. The transition was far from easy. Despite a good command of academic English, informal conversation challenged her. She had trouble ordering in restaurants and navigating public transportation. She remembers frequently feeling isolated and overwhelmed.

It was perhaps those experiences that changed the course of her life and studies. While working a student job at Ohio State, Wang was assigned to a project analyzing the experiences of students who transferred from community colleges to a four-year degree program at the university. Read more

 

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EVENTS & PRESS

Press

Sun Prairie Students reflect on their experience at the MSAN 2014 conference (The Star, 19 Nov)

Interdisciplinary Training Program fellow Jared Knowles explains Wisconsin's Early Warning System for preventing dropouts (Marketplace, 12 Nov)

CIRTL is working to make science, technology, engineering and math degrees and careers more interesting to today's college students (Inside Philanthropy, Nov. 5)

Bob Mathieu says the campus and the nation have put a lot of effort into the improvement of STEM teaching, and that investment will pay off in increased success and retention (UW Madison News, 30 October)

Beth Graue says class-size reduction will get fewer children in a class but, alone, it doesn’t translate directly to a change in achievement (Seattle Times, 28 Oct)

 


CENTER SITES

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

ONPARONPAR Assessment

PhillyFAST-i3PhillyFAST-i3


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

TransanaTransana

Value-Added Research CenterValue-Added Research Center

WIDA ConsortiumWIDA Consortium

WeilabWisconsin's Equity and Inclusion Laboratory

WCER NEWS

WCER’s 50th Anniversary: A Celebration for Staff, Researchers, Colleagues, Students and Family

WCER recognized its 50th anniversary on October 20, 2014, with a celebration offering something for everybody – WCER researchers, staff, colleagues, students and family. Read more

Three UW-Madison Scholars, Including Winner Shoji, Among Five Finalists for CUNY Research in Education Equity Award

Three UW-Madison scholars, all fellows in WCER’s Interdisciplinary Training Program (ITP) in the Education Sciences, were named finalists in a recent national competition with one, Megan Shoji, winning the first prize and an award of $2,500. Read more

Goldrick-Rab Named Keynote Speaker for Policy Summit

Sara Goldrick-Rab has been named a keynote speaker for the 10th annual Midwestern Higher Education Compact Policy Summit. The gathering will take place in Milwaukee on Nov. 17-18 and its title is Maximizing Return on Educational Investment: Preserving Access, Promoting Completion, Protecting Quality. Read more