Alan’s Weekly July 15th, 2019

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APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS UPDATE

Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Summer and Fall 2019 semester as of July 8, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 100 in applications
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 16 in applications
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 22 in admissions (down 3 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)up 22 in admissions (down 119 in applications)

The 2019 Summer credit generation is down 7.4% point in time from a year ago. The 2019 Fall credit generation is up 1.8%.

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

This past week I had regular monthly meetings with Erica Yewlett and Jessica Russell, Adrienne Woods, and the Deans.

Bi-Weekly Planning Meeting

On Tuesday morning, a group of leaders continued their work to move the School of Education forward. They have been meeting bi-weekly and will continue throughout the summer. The focus of this meeting was determining the roles and responsibilities of department chairs, understanding while there are many commonalities, there are nuance differences between the departments.

Research Technology Support

On Thursday, I met with Bob Beck and two of his staff members to discuss research technology support. In particular, they are meeting with each Dean to gauge interest in a data science campus-wide initiative that is cross-disciplinary. I was impressed by their excitement and the thought of putting together an institution wide initiative that impacts all schools and colleges. Unlike other initiatives that primarily focus on a particular area (e.g., health, freshwater, connected systems, etc.), this initiative is a great opportunity to promote faculty research and student learning across the institution. Big data science has great potential to answer some of society’s most vexing questions and to promote cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Bradley Tech Commission Meetings

On Thursday and Friday, I had meetings at Bradley Tech High School. The principal, Aaron Shapiro shared an updated dashboard of key metrics. Overall, Bradley Tech is making progress on key indicators. He is using a signal light approach to his dashboard. A majority of the indicators were green light, meaning they had met their goal for the year. Some of the indicators were yellow indicating mixed results, and a few metrics were red, indicating they had not met its goal. Given what he inherited, I have been very impressed by Mr. Shapiro’s instructional leadership and focus. He is by far the best principal associated with Bradley Tech during my tenure on the Bradley Tech Commission.

AARON SCHUTZ’S NEW BOOK

Aaron Schutz’s new book, Empowerment was recently published. Congratulations Aaron.

CONGRATULATIONS TO MAGGIE BARTLETT, LEANNE EVANS, RAJI SWAMINATHAN, AND ERIN WIGGINS

At the June UW Regents meeting, the Regents approved the following tenure and promotion cases. I want to congratulate Maggie Bartlett and Leanne Evans for receiving tenure and promotion to Associate Professor and Raji Swaminathan for her promotion to Full Professor. Also, Erin Wiggins received indefinite status by UWM Academic Staff Committee and the Chancellor.

CONGRATULATIONS TO CAROL WACKER FOR ACHIEVING THE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION FUNDRAISING GOAL

I want to thank and congratulate Carol Wacker for leading the School of Education fundraising efforts to meet its Capital Campaign of $8.5M. As the campaign closes, Carol needs to be recognized for all her efforts to raise funds, primarily to support student scholarships for the School of Education.

WELCOME TO MATT BUCHER

Please welcome Matt Bucher to the School of Education! I am excited to share that Matt is joining the Office of Student Services in the role of Student Support and Reception. He started on Monday, July 8th. Matt is an alum of UW La Crosse. He has previous experience in higher education working as a Writing Consultant at the UW La Crosse Writing Center and most recently worked for Booster Enterprises, a school fundraising company. Please stop by Enderis 209 to meet Matt and introduce yourself.

THE UW SYSTEM INSTITUTE FOR URBAN EDUCATION (IUE) WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME OUR NEW STAFF AND TO INTRODUCE THEM TO THE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Dr. Denise E. Ross
Dr. Ross has been hired as the UW System Urban Education Chair and the Director of the IUE. Dr. Ross earned her Ph.D. and her M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University with a major in Special Education and a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Ross received her B.A. from Spelman College with a major in English and a minor in Secondary Education. Most recently, Dr. Ross held the position of Associate Professor of Psychology at Western Michigan University. Dr. Ross has also held faculty positions at DePaul University, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Ross was an English Language Arts teacher in Atlanta, GA, and a special education teacher in New York City Public Schools, and in Yonkers, NY. Dr. Ross also served as the program director for the Garfield Park Preparatory Academy in Chicago, IL. Denise brings to the IUE extensive experience working with children and youth and their teachers in urban classrooms and preparing teachers to work with diverse populations.

Lisa P. Litzsey
Ms. Litzsey has been hired as the Program Manager for the IUE. Ms. Litzsey received her M.S. in School and Community Counseling from UW-Milwaukee and her B.S. in Elementary Education from UW-Milwaukee. She taught for 10 years in grades 4 through 8 in Milwaukee Public Schools. During this time, she served as a cooperating teacher for student teachers. Ms. Litzsey was a New Educator Mentor for Milwaukee Public Schools and moved into the position of Lead Induction Specialist for MPS for the last four years. Ms. Litzsey has extensive experience in delivering professional development to teachers. Also, she is certified by the New Teacher Center, Santa Cruz, CA in the Year 1 and Year 2 Professional Learning Series for Mentors. Lisa also has a certification as an Educator Effectiveness Peer Reviewer. Lisa brings to the IUE a strong background in Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) practices in her own classroom teaching and in the mentoring and coaching of preservice and in-service teachers.

ACCESS: INVITATION FOR SUMMER CONTENT ANALYSIS

The instructors in our teacher education programs are invited to participate in culturally responsive content analysis sessions of their course syllabi. This endeavor is funded by the ACCESS grant and will take place over two half-day sessions to critically analyze course syllabi and program processes. These sessions will allow your program to dive deeply into course content and locate the areas of strength concerning culturally responsive practices throughout your programs. Participants will receive a $100/half-day stipend for the work at each half-day session.

The ACCESS grant program is holding two sets of culturally responsive critical content analysis of syllabi sessions this summer led by Nicholas Husbye and members of the ACCESS Grant Program Curriculum Alignment workgroup:

  1. The first session will provide participants with norms to align the characteristics of culturally responsive practices (CRP) valued in and evidenced in their teacher preparation programs. This session will introduce participants to a framework for critically analyzing course content found in their syllabi through a CRP lens.
  2. In the second session, participants will dive deeply into their syllabi and instructional practices in alignment to the critical analysis framework used in the first session to identify where CRP is integrated in your program’s teacher preparation materials.

Session Sets:

Tuesday, July 16th & Wednesday, July 17th: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tuesday, August 13th & Wednesday, August 14th: 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Please follow this link to select which set of sessions you would like to attend: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdItWlaqpi3xWYTdEgRVyxq5zMqTFAIASVXciemWhpp4uF0RQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

If you have any questions, please reach out to Tania Habeck at mertzman@uwm.edu.

WANT TO BE LESS RACIST – MOVE TO HAWAII

During my vacation, Bill Keith sent me this intriguing article from the NY Times, so I share it with you. It contains some interesting insights about developing and improving race relations.

SOE 2ND ANNUAL PICNIC ON THURSDAY, JULY 25TH

I encourage all faculty and staff to rsvp their attendance to the SOE’s 2nd Annual Picnic on Thursday, July 25th from 4:00 to 6:30 pm in the green space between Enderis and Chapman Hall (see the attached postcard (PDF) ). Besides faculty and staff, we anticipate a good turnout from our alumni.

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • Hartford Elementary School Welcome Back the Kids to School, Tuesday, September 3rd at 7:15 am.
  • All School Meeting, Thursday, September 12th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm