Dan Nerad, superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District, discusses the rationale behind including “Hiring for diversity” and “culturally relevant practices” in the district’s plan to close the achievement gap. (Video by Alison Dirr)
The perfect charter school
Charter schools are becoming more popular across the nation as educators search for alternative ways to address the achievement gap. Some charters have been around since the 1990s even though the trend seems to have emerged in the last few years. This article takes a closer look at three Wisconsin charter schools to see how they are doing and if charter schools are as successful as advocates say.
Virtual schools: The wave of the future for Madison area students
Madison Virtual Campus, an online schooling program through the Madison Metropolitan School District gives students who either may be in need of credits or are at a higher learning level, an alternative option for their education – one that provides flexibility and support.
Contributor Alicia Wolff compares three virtual schools options offered in Madison.
Drills, security guards, communication fight school violence
Madison-area high schools set the stage for the future of school security education, determined to close the curtain on school violence.
Over a decade following the Columbine High School massacre, students show signs of trivializing the tragedy and using it as a popular culture reference.
One class size does not fit all
When increasing class sizes threaten the educational environment, educators brainstorm ways to combat the problem and evaluate how the ideal class size changes as students age.
UW-Madison makes faculty diversity a priority
The improvement of diversity within the UW-Madison faculty has always been a priority for the administration, however budget constraints and campus climate lead many to question the future and effectiveness of minority faculty recruitment and retention programs.
*Q&A: Diverse Professor Shawnika Hull
Assistant Journalism Professor Shawnika Hull discusses her experience as a young African-American woman working at UW-Madison.
Perfect classes gotta be social
Professors across the UW-Madison campus are pioneering innovations in higher
education by incorporating social media tools, like Twitter and Facebook,
into their courses.
*Q&A: Digital Studies at UW-Madison
Digital Studies Director Robert Glenn Howard outlines the origins of the Digital Studies Program and suggests such a program holds importance at UW-Madison.
Parental involvement can determine child’s academic success
Teachers say empowering parents is as important in successfully building knowledge as empowering the students.
Educators try new ways to stop pervasive bullying
Programs like the new Gendered Learning Community at UW-Madison hope to end bullying and create a harmonious school environment.
Classroom technology includes elementary tablets, iPads
The Sun Prairie Area School District (SPASD), located in a Madison suburb, offers a telling lesson in the growing role technology plays in the modern public school classroom: It needs to be everywhere.