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WCER - Celebrating 50 years
View lectures, photos, an overview and read a special publication about our celebration.


National Education Equity Leaders Meet on UW-Madison Campus April 27-28

A national network of educators organized by the University of Wisconsin-Madison will gather April 27 – 28 in Madison to focus on the latest research and most promising practices for eliminating racial disparities in achievement in schools across the United States.

The Minority Student Achievement Network, a project of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research within the School of the Education, is dedicated to eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps that persist in our nation’s schools.

With the group’s annual institute returning this year to Madison, Minority Student Achievement Network Executive Director Madeline Hafner believes local interest will be high.

“The network’s messages and strategies are more relevant than ever in our state. Racial equity in education today is front and center in Wisconsin,” she states. Read more

Mathieu named director of Wisconsin Center for Education Research

Robert Mathieu, a distinguished UW–Madison professor of astronomy and an international leader in advancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) higher education, has been named director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), UW–Madison School of Education Dean Julie Underwood announced April 6.

Underwood says Mathieu was chosen for the position due to his experience and commitment to shared leadership on campus, his contributions to ensuring our nation’s future college STEM faculty members are prepared to be effective teachers and his vision for WCER’s future.

“I think he will take WCER from its current status as one of the most productive education research centers in the world and help it move to even greater heights by looking at new ways of structuring the center, targeting new lines of research and keeping a focus on impact,” says Underwood. Read more





WCER's Wisconsin Equity and Inclusion Laboratory celebrates its 5th anniversary (Madison Times, 15 May)

VARC's Bradley Carl talks about students opting out of Common Core tests (WI State Journal, 20  April)

Recent work by Mark Connolly and colleagues is reviewed in Inside Higher Education (men do not have the advantage that many assume they do in being hired in STEM fields) and in The Chronicle of Higher Education (Non-Asian minority members and women are slower to receive tenure, and black assistant professors are less likely to ever receive it).

Mark Connolly and Bob Mathieu discuss the importance of training STEM researchers to be good classroom teachers too (Badger Herald, 13 April)


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

The LEAD CenterThe LEAD Center

LSFFLongitudinal Study of Future STEM Scholars

Mobilizing STEM for a Sustainable FutureMobilizing STEM for a Sustainable Future

Minority Student Achievement NetworkMinority Student
Achievement Network

The NetworkThe Network



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


Value-Added Research CenterValue-Added Research Center

WIDA ConsortiumWIDA Consortium

WeilabWisconsin's Equity and Inclusion Laboratory


Hora Published in Review of Higher Education

A paper by WCER researcher Matthew T. Hora investigating faculty beliefs about student learning and their influence on teaching decisions has been published by The Review of Higher Education.

Hora’s paper, “Exploring Faculty Beliefs about Student Learning and Their Role in Instructional Decision-Making,” was published in the journal’s fall 2014 issue. Following interviews with 56 science and math faculty, Hora challenges the common view that faculty’s beliefs can be described as either “teacher-centered” or “learner-centered.”  Instead, Hora found that faculty often hold multiple beliefs that may vary according to the situation.  Hora also reports that two beliefs underlay most faculty belief systems regardless of the degree to which they are “teacher” or “student” centered: that students have different learning styles and they learn best through repeated practice.

The findings provide insights “that can be used to design locally-attuned interventions in contrast to a ‘top‑down’ model of change” that assumes faculty should adopt a “learner-centered” belief system, according to Hora.

Hora specializes in the analysis of curriculum planning and classroom instruction in higher education. He focuses on the effects of pedagogical reforms in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. He is a principal investigator on two WCER projects: “Exploring the Alignment between Workforce Needs and the Postsecondary Curriculum” and “Tracking the Processes of Data-Driven Decision Making in Higher Education.”