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UW-Madison FAST Program Shown to Increase School Engagement among Latino Families
A new study recently published by four UW-Madison education researchers, all graduate students in sociology and fellows in WCER’s Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences, identifies processes for improving the engagement of low-income Latino families with their children’s elementary schools.
The researchers studied data drawn from families in Phoenix, Ariz., and San Antonio, Texas, who participated in the FAST program, an after-school program designed to strengthen relationships between families and schools. Developed within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research in UW-Madison’s School of Education, FAST is used in 46 states and 13 countries. More than 75 percent of the parents in the study self-identified as Latino.
The researchers found the program was highly effective at creating social interactions that aid in the nurturing of trusting relationships between low-income minority families and schools, according to Megan N. Shoji and David E. Rangel, two of the authors of a paper on the topic recently published by Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Read more
Winn Awarded William T. Grant Distinguished Fellowship
Wisconsin Center for Education (WCER) researcher Maisha T. Winn recently received the William T. Grant Distinguished Fellowship Award for her proposal, “Restorative Justice and the Reclamation of Civic Education for Youth.” The goal of the project, according to the William T. Grant Foundation website, is to “better understand the challenges organizations face when initiating restorative justice initiatives.” The $154,000 grant is scheduled to run from March 2015 to February 2016.
“These awards reflect important and enduring features of our grant-making,” Foundation President Adam Gamoran, a former UW-Madison School of Education faculty member who directed the Wisconsin Center for Education Research from 2004-2013, said in a news release. “This includes a strong belief that research can address practical questions in a way that advances fundamental knowledge about children and youth.”. Read more