Alan’s Weekly October 15th, 2018

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Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2019 semester as of October 8, 2018, point in time from Fall 2018.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is up 2 in net admissions (down 13 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 3 in net admissions (down 1 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 1 in admissions (down 3 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)up/down 0 in admissions (down 17 in applications)


This week I had regular meetings with Erica Yewlett and Jessica Russell, Katie Sage, Sara Jozwik, Aaron Schutz, Adrienne Woods and the Deans.

On the Table Events

On Tuesday, I participated in two On the Table events, one at breakfast at the University Club and another one over lunch at Next Door Foundation. The first event focused on the topic of kindness and how we instill a culture of kindness into Milwaukee, while the second event addressed the importance of early childhood education. Maggie Bartlett attended the Next Door event as well.

Bradley Tech Meetings

This week I had two Bradley Tech meetings on Wednesday morning and Friday afternoon. At Wednesday’s meeting, we heard from the new principal, Aaron Shapiro about his vision and strategy for instructional improvement and student academic achievement. We also listened to one of the MATC instructors who is teaching math at Bradley Tech and the challenges she is encountering.

At Friday afternoon’s Commission meeting, I briefed the Commission on the Education committee’s Wednesday meeting and then Principal Shapiro gave his report. This year, Bradley Tech is up to 1003 students, which is 103 more students than they anticipated and budgeted for. As a result, due to the increased student enrollment, Bradley Tech is getting 3 more teachers to support them. Thus far, I am impressed with Principal Shapiro’s laser focus on academics and his plan to work with his faculty to improve student proficiency in reading and math. Given his track record and his instructional leadership background, Bradley Tech’s future is looking up.

Tour of Indian Community School

On Wednesday afternoon, I accompanied some of the new faculty to visit the Indian Community School with Meg Noodin, Director of the Electa Quinney Institute. The Indian Community School is a K-8 school located in Franklin. It has approximately 278 students serving 13 tribes from and around Wisconsin. It was the 3rd time I have visited and it really encompasses the Native American culture for learning. Without a doubt, it is the best designed school I have seen in Wisconsin. If you have not seen it, I highly recommend taking a tour of it. As Meg Noodin shared, there are a number of opportunities to gain federal funding for research and public service grants involving Native Americans, so if you are interested in learning more, contact Meg at the Electa Quinney Institute.

Celebration of Teachers and Teaching

On Wednesday evening, I attended the Celebration of Teachers and Teaching at Cardinal Stritch University before leaving for another event. The theme for this year was special education. There was a panel discussion prior to the awards presentation. This year there were four nominees for the early career award; eleven nominees for the advanced career award; and three nominees for the Champion of Education Award.

Staff Advisory Committee Meeting

On Thursday morning, the Staff Advisory committee met for their monthly meeting. The election of a vice-chair was tabled until next month. I gave a brief update on our fall enrollment and budget status. The only other item on the agenda was for the members to think of professional development opportunities for the staff. Ryan would like any ideas sent to him by the end of October for discussion at next month’s meeting.

Faculty Assembly

On Thursday afternoon, the Faculty Assembly met for their monthly meeting. I provided a budget and enrollment update. Pam Conine gave an overview for a notice of intent for a bachelor’s degree in ASL/English Interpreting. It was approved by the Faculty Assembly. It will go on to UW System for review.

Most of the meeting was devoted to a discussion about whether and how Faculty Assembly can coordinate their work with APBC. In the end, the two bodies agreed to meet together in November and December. There will be a special half-day meeting on Friday, December 7th. The focus of their combined work will be on ways to improve enrollment.


Candance Doerr-Stevens was awarded the Emerald Literati Award for Highly Commended Paper for her article “Multimodal exploration of civic stance in the English Language Arts classroom” published in English Teaching: Practice & Critique. Announcement here:

Leanne M. Evans’ article “A case study examination of exemplary literacy teaching in a cross-linguistic, cross cultural learning environment” is in print in the most recent issue of Literacy Research and Instruction, the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers flagship research journal.

Tania Habeck’s review of the children’s picture book Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey was published in the latest. Issue of First Opinions Second Reactions. Nicholas E. Husbye co-edited this volume with Christy Wessel Powell (Purdue University), which focuses on stories of home and belonging. First Opinions Second Reactions can be found here:

Nicholas E. Husbye, along with Christy Wessel Powell (Purdue University), Sarah Vander Zanden (University of Northern Iowa), and Tiffany Karalis (Purdue University), had their article “Coaching in practice-based literacy education courses” appear in print in the most recent issue of The Reading Teacher, the International Reading Association’s flagship research-to-practice journal.


Rob Longwell-Grice is the SOE’s campaign representative. This year’s SECC campaign starts on Monday, October 8th and ends on November 16th. The 2018 Milwaukee Partners in Giving/State and University Employees Combined Giving Campaign (SECC) campaign is ready to again help our Milwaukee community. Last year, UWM’s portion of the campaign raised more than $110,000 thanks to contributions from over 250 employees and retirees. Visit the SECC How to Pledge webpage for more information and to donate. Online giving is live now.

The goal this year is to raise $120,000 from 300 employees and Retirees! Postcards will be sent to all campus addresses and a faculty/staff email will be distributed at or before October 8. Posters will be hung throughout the building as well, and periodic reminders will be sent out during the campaign. You can find more information about the campaign at this website:

The School of Education, together with the College of Health Science, and the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare will be hosting an Enderis Hall Bake Sale in late October to raise funds for the campaign. If you would like to bake something for the event, or spend some time staffing the table, let Rob Longwell-Grice, SECC liaison for SOE know.

United We ROAR! Campaign banner.


On October 24th, you are invited to the first coffee and conversation event of the 2018-19 academic year. We will be gathering at 1:00 pm on the fifth floor. Come and have dessert. Healthy and not-so-healthy options will be provided. Nikki Claas, Marie Sandy, and Hope Longwell-Grice have planned an engaging hour full of good talk and tasty after-lunch treats. Mid-terms will be done and a little time for and with colleagues will be waiting.


On Friday, October 19th, the Academic Affairs staff will be unavailable to assist faculty. Staff will be in the school but engaged in projects that require their full attention over the span of the day. Please try to plan your requests for assistance to avoid this day. Thank you.


Here is a link to the Dean of Students UWM Emergency Grants webpage to share with any students that this may be applicable for an emergency grant.


The Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) invites you to apply for a maximum $3,000 grant, to be used to offset the costs associated with an educational project for which you are director. Please submit your application by October 22, 2018 to Carol Wacker via e-mail ( The WGC will accept requests that involve education initiatives and can include support needs, research, building and/or enhancing curriculum, student needs, strengthening technology and other areas that address the education issues and community needs impacted and influenced by our SOE. (Stipends, travel and funds for food and beverage are generally discouraged). Please see the grant application attached below. For any questions, or to submit your application, please contact Carol Wacker, Director of Development, at, (414) 229-3080, Enderis 571.

Women’s Giving Circle Grant Application 2018-19 (PDF)


  • March 2nd –  SOE Basketball Fun Night v. Wright State at 6:00 pm at Panther Arena.
  • May 9th – All School Meeting – 4th Floor Library Conference room starting at 1:00 pm