Monday, November 04, 2013

By Dan Simmons, Wisconsin State Journal


When the acceptance letter arrived in June, her children and husband weren’t around. So Melissa Guth unleashed her euphoria on the mail carrier.


“I practically kissed her,” Guth said.


The Monroe woman didn’t tell the carrier the story behind the letter.


She didn’t mention that she’s 33 years old. Or that she’s a mother of six and stepmother of two. Or that when she was 17 — about the age most of her undergraduate classmates at UW-Madison get that letter and launch their college careers — she was pregnant with her first child as a junior at Monroe High School.


College plans died. She settled into life as a working mother and wife. About a decade and a half later, she lost a job while pregnant and on bed rest with her second-youngest child, prompting her second husband to push her to return to school at his alma maters — first Madison Area Technical College, now UW-Madison...


Continue reading at the Wisconsin State Journal.

Friday, November 01, 2013

Brent Nelson has joined the School of Social Work as the new Director of the Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System (WCWPDS).  He brings nearly 25 years of experience in the development, delivery, and support of both traditional and non-traditional educational programs as well as considerable leadership experience and a significant record of accomplishment directly in higher education. 


The WCWPDS acts as the training hub of Wisconsin’s state-supervised, county-administered child welfare system. It develops curricula and coordinates with five regional partners across the state to provide trainings on foundational skills (such as assessing child safety and interviewing techniques) for new workers and special topics (alcohol and drug abuse prevention, for example) for those already in the field. As of July, the WCWPDS had more than 12,500 users in its learning management system, including more than 4,000 social workers — most work for counties throughout the state — and more than 6,700 foster parents.



Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Great Hall, Memorial Union
Wednesday, November 6th, 7:00 pm

Zainab Bangura, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, will be speaking at UW-Madison on November 7.  Her talk, entitled "Sexual Violence in Areas of Armed Conflict," will examine the use of sexual violence in conflict, the scope of the problem, and the global impact.  Attendees will learn how citizens can help to eradicate rape as a weapon of war.

"International Legal Frameworks on Sexual Violence"
Lubar Commons, Room 7200, Law School
Thursday, November 7, 12:00 pm

She will present a second talk on Thursday, November 7th, discussing the UN's role in establishing an international legal framework to combat sexual violence in conflict. Her talk will highlight the challenges and successes of her office, the UN’s work in strengthening the rule of law and security institutions, in particular the police,...

Monday, October 21, 2013

A new research brief from the Society for Research in Child Development has been released: "Investing in Our Future: The Evidence Base on Preschool Education" presents contemporary research on why early skills matter, which children benefit from preschool, the importance of preschool program quality, the long- and short- term effects of preschool programs on children's school readiness and life outcomes, and the costs versus the benefits of preschool education.


Katherine A. Magnuson, Associate Professor of Social Work and Associate Director of the Institute for Reseach on Poverty, co-authored the brief with Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Christina Weiland, Jeanne-Brooks-Gunn, Margaret R. Burchinal, Linda M. Espinoza, William T. Gormley, Jens Ludwig, Deborah Phillips, and Martha J. Zaslow.

Friday, October 11, 2013

From the Madison Times, October 8, 2013


MADISON — Social worker, human rights activist, and University of Wisconsin-Madison scholar Ada Deer will receive the State Superintendent’s Distinguished Public School Alumni Award on Oct. 8 at the Madison Concourse Hotel. The award will be presented during the reception for Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition prior to the noon awards ceremony at the State Capitol.


“Wisconsin’s public school graduates have made our state, our nation, and our world better through their contributions in the arts, science, athletics, and statesmanship,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. “This is thanks to the public school teachers who have nurtured the hopes and dreams of millions of young people during our state’s history. Ada Deer has distinguished herself as an alumna of our public schools.”


Deer, born in Keshena, began her early education in Milwaukee Public Schools. After returning to the Menominee Reservation, she attended Shawano High School, was its representative at Badger Girls State, and graduated in 1953.


She is a graduate of UW-Madison and earned her master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Social Work. Deer worked in Minneapolis at the Waite Neighborhood House, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Public Schools, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


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