Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Alejandra Ros Pilarz, assistant professor at the School of Social Work, has received a $50,000 grant from the Madison Education Partnership in support of a year-long project titled “Family Engagement in Madison’s 4K Program: Implications for Children’s School readiness.”


The Madison Education Partnership is a collaboration between the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) and the Metropolitan School District. The WCER works to improve education outcomes for diverse student populations, to positively impact education practice, and to foster collaboration among academic disciplines and practitioners.


Pilarz’s project aims to investigate the impact that family engagement has on children’s school readiness in the Madison Metropolitan School District’s four-year-old kindergarten program. She hopes to learn about strategies kindergarten site directors and teachers implement in facilitating communication with parents and keeping them involved, how these strategies impact school attendance, and how parents perceive and experience family engagement strategies. The project is designed to identify promising methods for family engagement and support in preschool programs, as well as possibilities for intervention to improve family...

Thursday, January 12, 2017

In a recent article by Dapha Bassock (University of Virginia), Katherine Magnuson (University of Wisconsin), and Christina Weiland (University of Michigan), the authors write:


"Too many children in the United States do not have access to affordable, high-quality early childhood care and education (ECE) during their first five years of life. Very good ECE programs can yield large and long-lasting benefits  both to individuals and to society. Over the past two decades, strong public support  for ECE, increased state investments in preschools, and federal efforts to improve access to high-quality programs have contributed to meaningful improvements in access to affordable early childhood programs, especially for four-year-olds."


Download a PDF of this memo or read the...

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Craig Winston LeCroy, Ph.D. '83, has been awarded fellowship status in the American Psychological Association.


LeCroy is a professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University, and a member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work's Board of Visitors.

Read the full announcement from the Arizona State University School of Social Work

Thursday, January 12, 2017

An associate professor and a teaching assistant from the School of Social Work have been selected as fall 2016 University Housing Honored Instructors.


Associate Professor Marah Curtis and Teaching Assistant Molly Jones have been nominated by students who live in University Housing to be acknowledged for the dedication and hard work they have invested in teaching their respective courses.


Professor Curtis’s work investigates the effects of public policy on the well-being of children and families, namely in regard to housing policy, incarceration and poverty.


Molly Jones is a teaching assistant in Social Work 206: Introduction to Social Policy, a class that informs students on the political, economic, and institutional frameworks that shape public welfare policy in the United States.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Stephanie Robert, director of the School of Social Work, has been chosen as the recipient of the inaugural Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students Award from the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education (GADE).


"The Awards Committee was most impressed with [Robert's] extraordinary, sustained commitment of mentoring doctoral students," said Elizabeth Lightfoot, GADE president and professor of social work at the University of Minnesota.


The award for Excellence in Mentoring of Doctoral Students is awarded to a social work faculty member whose commitment and contribution to the scholarly development of social work doctoral students is exemplary. Recipients are given a certificate and a monetary award, which are presented at the GADE Reception, held in January 2017 at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA....

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