The School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education announces the availability of funding to support pilot initiatives that establish or enhance UW-Whitewater relationships with community partners in Southeastern Wisconsin for the purpose of addressing critical regional needs.
Dr. Matthew Winden (Economics) is partnering with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Vegetal i.D., and UW-Whitewater to study the value of using green roofs to reduce stormwater runoff and reduce urban heat island effects. They will survey Milwaukee County residents to determine the value of the public benefits that green roofs provide, and will use this information to protect natural habitats and improve the water quality in Southeastern Wisconsin.
Dr. Leda Nath (Sociology) is working with Dr. Yeongmin Kim (Social Work) and two underrepresented UW-Whitewater students to serve the Community Action Coalition of Dane County by assisting in the analysis of recently collected needs assessment data and quantitative data, and reporting and presenting the findings to the CAC Non-Profit Board. CAC will use this information to make strategic changes to better serve the community.
Dr. Eric Compas and Dr. Anna Coutier (Geography and Geology) are collaborating with the Rock River Coalition, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the UW-Extension, and Rock River Trail initiative increase awareness of water quality and the impacts of local decisions on water quality. Teams of UWW students and RRC volunteers will paddle a kayak mounted with water quality monitoring probes to reveal water quality issues, invite the local community to participate, and bring together experts from the state, local government, and university to explore water issues.
Dr. Jonah Ralston (Political Science) will work with Nate Kelty, an undergraduate political science major, and a graduate of Fort Atkinson High School to address a concern about the significant attrition rate of student participation in that district’s free and reduced-price lunch program as students transition from middle to high school. They will collect and analyze the Fort High School’ program participation data and use current literature to determine potential causes of the participation drop-off and explore solutions to these problems.
The School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education provides funding for Education Outreach Grants. We encourage projects led by UW-Whitewater faculty or staff members which can demonstrate a potential to improve PK-12 student learning, teacher education, the professional development of educators and/or administrators, and the performance of schools throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. Projects that establish or build upon previously developed partnerships/collaborations with area schools, school districts, or foster mutually beneficial relationships between UW-Whitewater and the Cooperative Educational Service Agency #2 are desirable.
Counselor Education Program – Jennifer Betters-Bubon
This project will create a mutually beneficial partnership between UW-Whitewater and the School District of Beloit to create and sustain collaborative relationships between pre-service counselor students and practicing counselors. The students will assist the overextended school counselors by helping support the social, emotional, and academic development of Beloit students and providing direct intervention services.
Inquiry-Based Learning and Professional Development- Matthew Vick
This project expands the already established educational partnership between UW-Whitewater and the Mukwonago area school district by helping Rolling Hills implement the Next Generation Science Standards. These standards focus on building student knowledge and experience by presenting students with questions and problems instead of just information, challenging them to think critically and improving student achievement. The program will also benefit participating teachers by giving them the opportunity for professional development.
Project Title: Linking to LINCS: A Model for Co-Created Professional Development Based on Next Generation Learning Models
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth King (Educational Foundations) and Yan (Katrina) Liu (Curriculum and Instruction)
This project builds a collaborative and mutually beneficial partnership with Lincoln Inquiry Charter School (LINCS) for the purpose of redesigning LINCS’ curricular process to focus on student personalized learning as the primary curricular delivery method. The goal of this initiative is to improve student performance through continuous individualized learning at both the student and teacher level.
Project Title: The Whitewater Community Literacy Center – First Steps
Principal Investigator: Candace Head-Dylla (Curriculum and Instruction) and Kelly Seichter (Whitewater Unified School District)
Through the collaborative efforts UW-Whitewater, the Whitewater Unified School District, and area businesses, this project seeks to develop a literacy center to increase early learners’ pre-reading skills as well as the literacy skills of adults, targeting family and individuals who are Hispanic and/or economically disadvantaged in the district. The project also seeks to involve UWW pre-service teachers by offering opportunities for real-world application of their craft.
Project Title: Two-way Professional Development: Improving Teacher Preparation, Professional Development, and College Access through Partnership
Principal Investigator: Julie Minikel-Lacocque (Curriculum & Instruction)
The purpose of this project is to form a mutually-beneficial, sustainable relationship between UW-Whitewater’s Bilingual Teacher Education Program and Nuestro Mundo, an established Dial-Language Immersion (DLI) school in Madison, WI in which will focus on providing a campus visit and orientation for Nuestro Mundo student, their families and teachers.
Project Title: Supporting the Language and Literacy Development of English Language Learners and At-Risk Children in Head Start Programs through an Expanded University/Community Partnership
Principal Investigator: Guiliana Miolo (Communicative Sciences & Disorders)
The purpose of this project will be to improve the learning of diverse students enrolled in Rock/Walworth Counties Head Start (RWHS) programs and to support the implementation of their Dual Language Learner Plan. The project will focus on: collaborating with RWHS staff to support the language and literacy needs of children and to identify and implement those practices most likely to product long-term positive outcomes in culturally competent ways
Project Title: Bridging the Inter-generational Gap (Project B.I.G.G.)
Principal Investigator: Brooke Winchell (Special Education)
The purpose of this project is to bring the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Children’s Center (UWW-CC) and Fairhaven Senior Center (FSC) together to promote intergenerational programming. The project proposes to develop, implement, and evaluate the impact of intergenerational activities on the engagement and well-being of young children and older adults
Project Title: Stepping up to College-level Research for High School Students and their Teachers
Principal Investigator: Ellen Latorraca (Andersen Library)
The purpose of this project is to increase the awareness and use of UWW Andersen Library and the Area Research Center as a resource for area educators, focusing specifically on history-related resources and the information literacy skills requires for their use. The project will provide area teachers a hands-on introduction to the multiple print sources, digital sources, and artifacts available to them and to their students when they come to Andersen Library and the UW-Whitewater Area Research Center for research.
Project Title: Supporting Dual Language Programs in Southeastern Wisconsin
Principal Investigator: Melanie Schneider (Curriculum & Instruction)
The purpose of this project is to support the first-year implementation of dual language immersion in the School District of Beloit and to share practical knowledge about dual language programs with preservice and inservice teachers enrolled in licensure programs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Project Title: Building a Sustainable Network to Cultivate the Use of Technology in High School Biology Classrooms in Southeast Wisconsin
Principal Investigator: Robert Kuzoff (Biological Sciences)
The purpose of this project is to provide ongoing training in the use of technology in area high school biology classrooms, especially in the form of hands-on, computer-based biology educators. The Quantitative and Computational Biology Working Group (QCBWG) proposes expansion and formalization of an existing network of faculty, staff, and students and area high school biology teachers to promote efficient, reciprocal transfer of knowledge between on and off campus educators in Southeastern Wisconsin.
Project Title: Building on a Foundation of Outreach: Establishing a Center for Gifted Education
Principal Investigator: Scott Peters (Educational Foundations) and Pamela Clinkenbeard (Educational Foundations)
The purpose of the project is to establish a virtual center for gifted education that will house teaching, research, and service activities related to gifted and talented students.
Project Title: RIBBIT – Reaching Interests Beyond Boundaries Inquiry Trips
Principal Investigator: Bruce Eshelman (Biological Sciences
The purpose of the project is to provide students with increased experience with asking and answering scientific questions—augmenting science literacy, facilitating conservation, and providing an increased knowledge of amphibians. Through the project, UW-Whitewater volunteers and Whitewater Unified School District students and staff will work to identify local frog species by call and report their findings.
Project Title: Building Leadership Capacity for Common Core State Standards-Mathematics Implementation Among a Cadre of CESA #2 Area Educators
Principal Investigator: Virginia Pease (Curriculum & Instruction), John Zbikowski (Curriculum & Instruction), and Richard Mason (Curriculum & Instruction)
The purpose of the project is to create a model for implementing the Common Core State Standards Mathematics (CCSSM) by building leadership capacity and mathematical understanding in local educators that will transfer to their school districts, as well as to surrounding school districts.
Project Title: Developing and Nurturing Academic Talent PK-12: A Catalyst and a Cadre
Principal Investigator: Pamela Clinkenbeard (Educational Foundations) and Scott Peters (Educational Foundations)
The purpose of this project is to build on established relationships with CESA #2 and area school districts to provide professional development for teachers in the area of “challenging advanced learners.” Collaborative planning and development activities and meetings during the academic year would culminate in a summer intensive professional development event that will focus on strategies for meeting the needs of academically gifted and talented students, and for developing the gifts and talents of diverse students, in the context of major education initiatives.
Project Title: Computational and Quantitative Biology Outreach to Southeastern Wisconsin
Principal Investigator: Robert Kuzoff (Biological Sciences)
To address the urgent, unmet need in biology education for more extensive and effective training in computational and quantitative skills the UW-Whitewater Quantitative and Computational Biology (QCB) Working Group proposes to take a multifaceted approach to increasing the quantitative and computational content in biology education at the high school and college levels in southeastern Wisconsin.