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Introducing CRECE: The Center for Research on Early Childhood Education
WCER welcomes its newest project, CRECE: the Center for Research on Early Childhood Education. CRECE (pronounced "cray-say") is Spanish for "it grows," quite apropos for its mission. Director Beth Graue and Associate Director Amy Claessens plan to grow a great body of research to advance the field of early childhood education. Read more.



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"Voice, Agency, and Advocacy in Educational Policymaking"
This book by Annalee Good draws on a qualitative case study with practicing and pre-service teachers to illustrate norms and routines acting as barriers to teacher involvement in creating policy. It follows teacher pushback against these norms, and details conditions under which teachers can interact in authentic ways with decision-making in schools and the policy arena. Read more.


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"Teaching Academics About Microaggressions"
This paper, written by five UW-Madison researchers, including Christine Fabian Bell of WCER's LEAD Center, details a workshop delivered to over 750 faculty and staff and 200 students that used research evidence to teach about microaggressions. Read more.

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"Teaching-Focused Social Networks Among College Faculty"
Studies show that teaching-focused relationships give teachers access to information, support and "social capital" that can improve student learning. However, little research has focused on how beneficial relationships develop among college faculty until this mixed methods study by Ross Benbow and Changhee Lee. Read more.


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"Inquiry Into Principal-Teacher Race Congruence"
In this working paper, researcher Peter Goff and graduate students Minseok Yang and Yasmin Rodriguez-Escutia examine how teachers of color behave in the labor market, and found a principal's race can make a significant difference for teachers of color. Read more.

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"Reconsidering College Student Employability"
The common view that college's primary goal is to teach students workplace skills has redefined higher education, with universal skills like "grit" and "communication" guiding college curricula. Ross Benbow and Matthew Hora use interviews with college faculty and employers to assess these assumptions. Read more.


English Language Learners
"Examination of Identification and Placement Decisions for K‒12 English Learners"
This working paper by Ahyoung Alicia Kim, Daniella Molle, Jason Kemp and H. Gary Cook examines how K-12 educators identify and place English learners in language-instruction programs. Read more.


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"Documenting the Aims of Higher Education in Wisconsin"
Using participatory action research methods, Bailey Smolarek and Matthew Wolfgram teamed up with seven UW‒Madison undergraduates to explore how Wisconsin residents view the goals of higher education. Read more.


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"A Cyberinfrastructure for Design-Based Research"
Design-based research innovations represent a complex mesh of goals, content, technology use, principles of learning, teaching methods and accountability systems that must be woven together. In this paper, Sadhana Puntambekar and her colleagues argue for creating an infrastructure that would encourage and support collective engagement by multiple design-based researchers. Read more.


Jewish Women of Color-Including Madison's Shahanna McKinney-Baldon-Lead DC Women's March
CIMER to Provide Mentoring Expertise in National STEM Diversity Campaign
Changes Needed to Help Refugees Access Higher Education
Minority Mentors Work to Help Elementary Students Achieve
Online Video Game Teaches Students About History (see video below for more)
Baraboo Teacher Works with UW-Madison Researchers Examining Rural Education
Graue Part of Project Receiving DreamUp Wisconsin Funding
Jackson to Receive Major Honor from ASHE


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Jo Wilder and the Capitol Case

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