Deputy state superintendent to visit for informal Q&A on DPI’s current and future directions

February 21, 2022

By WCER Communications

UW-Madison will host the Deputy Head of the Wisconsin Department of Public Education for a public discussion of current and future directions of the K-12 Education Agency in a program sponsored by the School of Education. Wisconsin Center for Educational Research.


DPI Deputy Chief of Staff John Johnson will visit from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in Room 159 of the Educational Building, 1000 Bascom Mall. He was invited to the WCER Interdisciplinary Curriculum in Educational Science (ITP)a weekly series of discussions that connects graduate students with colleagues and experts on topics essential to professional success in educational research.

The February 25 program will be an informal question-and-answer session, with some questions prepared, but plenty of room for audience participation, according to Eric GrodskyProfessor of Sociology and Education Policy, and Deputy Director of ITP, and Co-Director of WCER Madison Educational Partnership.

As in all ITP presentations, everyone is invited, not just graduate students participating in the program.

“We will discuss how the state has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, what the policy priorities are for the next few years, the opportunities for change in Wisconsin’s public education system, and the challenges we face in realizing those opportunities,” Grodko said. “While we have prepared questions for discussion that will guide our session, we encourage you to attend and redirect the conversation.”

ITP WCER is one of a network of doctoral programs funded by the Institute of Educational Sciences of the United States Department of Education. Topics selected since presentations are not usually taught in regular coursework, but they are necessary for success in a career as an education researcher.

ITP prepares a new generation of education scholars by teaching them causal methods in the social sciences, participating in weekly workshops, and supporting their translational research through a variety of internship opportunities. The community of faculty and academics working with ITP Fellows come from the academic departments of education, social work and social sciences. Fellows join the interdisciplinary research community, including doctoral students in economics, political science, psychology, social security, sociology, educational leadership and policy analysis, educational policy research, and educational psychology.

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