Reexamination of the Wisconsin Idea in the 21st century: Engaged scholarship
Concurrent with campus “The Year of the Wisconsin Idea” activities (academic year 2011-2012) we recognize an opportunity to challenge and reexamine our mission and vision in order to fully deliver on the promise of the Wisconsin Idea in the 21st century.
One of the most important challenges is the need to recognize that no single organization can solve complex societal problems alone; practitioners need the skills and assets of multiple organizations and individuals and thus must collaborate across institutions, authority lines, organizational and cultural boundaries, and funding sources. Given these challenges, the UW-Madison School of Education (SoE) is one of the more closely connected schools/colleges to the state’s public K-12 school system. This close connection uniquely positions our nationally recognized School to provide translational research (e.g. the integration of teaching, research, and service) in order to respond to the current and evolving challenges facing PK-16 and higher education. In order to improve PK-16 teaching and learning in ways that are both transformational and sustainable, school-college partnerships must offer the promise for simultaneous educational renewal.
Three Days of Activities: Monday, October 24 - Wednesday, October 26, 2011
- Two days dedicated to campus examination of scholarly engagement and outreach activities at UW-Madison
- One day dedicated to EOP three-year review, and necessary metrics/quality indicators
- A series of essays sponsored in collaboration with SoE departments and units to explore how the Wisconsin Idea is and should be properly expressed through the research, teaching, and engagement efforts of the UW-Madison campus. In order to give voice to a wide variety of people and perspectives, potential series authors will include community leaders, business representatives, state policymakers, K-12 educators, campus partners, students, faculty, and staff
- Special invited guests
- Hiram E. Fitzgerald, Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement; University Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology at Michigan State University
- Burton A. Bargerstock, Co-Director, National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement at Michigan State University
- David Weerts, Assistant professor; Co-Director, Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education at University of Minnesota
- Information and materials from the three-day event.
- Discuss and identify common metrics, measures, and tools regarding the scholarship of engagement and outreach;
- Propose a model for how to evaluate the scholarship of engagement so that it can be incorporated for the purposes of promotion and tenure;
- Alignment with “The Year of the Wisconsin Idea” activities (academic year 2011-2012)
- Alignment opportunity to better integrate SoE’s research, teaching, and service as an integrated model of scholarly engagement; and
- Opportunity to rigorously evaluate SoE’s partnerships, outreach, and engagement processes in order to better understand the degree to which our work impacts teaching and learning.
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