News & Events

19th Annual Summer Institute

Dates: July 12-13, 2018
Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Join us this summer for professional development workshops delivered on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Here’s your opportunity to network with colleagues and receive quality professional development training. This year's institute topics will include: Academic and Career Planning K-12 (ACP), Innovative Job Seeking Skills, and Digital Tools for Career Services Providers.

GCDF Alumni, join us on Friday, December 15, 2018 for a one day workshop.

Contact Judy Ettinger to attend or for details.

Summer and Fall 2018 Career Development Facilitator Training

Dates: May 29 - Sept. 7, 2018 (Summer) and Sept. 4 - Dec. 21, 2018 (Fall)

The Summer and Fall Career Development Facilitator hybrid course are now accepting registrations.

Valdez, Grundvig and Orrantia Recipients of Grand Challenges Engage Grant Award
September 26, 2017

Carmen Valdez (Counseling Psychology), Nelse Grundvig (Center on Education and Work) and Leslie Orrantia (UW Community Relations) were awarded a Grand Challenges Engage Grant to study the role of school-based language paraprofessionals for Latinx students and their families. The study will explore the attitudes, formal and informal roles of both paraprofessionals and professional specialties including school administrators, counselors, and teachers as they work to address the varied needs of Latinx students and their families. The study is the result of ongoing discussions with the School of Education, Latino Equity Collaborative, UW Community Relations, Wisconsin DPI, and CESAS. Wisconsin’s language paraprofessionals serve as supporters to schools and immigrant parents on ways to help families grapple with immigration stress and educational demands. Valdez and team will use mixed methodologies to research the roles language paraprofessionals play. Reflective of the Wisconsin Idea, this project reaches across the state with five Wisconsin school districts participating.

Amy Rivera presented at the Wisconsin Academic Advising Association’s (WACADA) Conference, WACADA on the Water.
September 22, 2017

This year’s conference was held at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh on September 14th and 15th. Rivera spoke about using CareerLocker as a career development tool. CareerLocker is a free resource to all UW System students, faculty and staff.

Summer Institute 2017

18th Annual Summer Institute a Success
July 31, 2017

On July 13th and 14th, career professionals from across the state of Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Maryland discussed Academic and Career Planning (ACP), Labor Market Information (LMI), and informal assessments. Professionals discovered activities to teach colleagues about ACP. In addition, perusing LMI is often viewed as important in career advising, yet rarely do conversations on how to use LMI information to enhance the relationship between career professional and client occur. In the LMI portion of the institute bringing LMI into the career advising relationship was explored, along with the “Gig Economy,” badges, and credentials. The institute culminated with examination of the Big 5 personality and the impact of birth order on career choices.

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CEW’s Rivera, Hau, and Ettinger Present at UW-Madison Careers Conference
July 28, 2017

Hosted by UW-Madison’s Careers Services Council, a 1 day conference on careers occurred on July 18th. Amy Rivera and Julie Hau presented on using CareerLocker. Specifically, they focused on formal (Personal Globe Inventory) and informal (The Career Family Tree) assessments. A second presentation by Judy Ettinger focused on birth order and career development. The role of family in students’ lives is often a critical component in their career choices.

Nelse Grundvig

Grundvig to present on Economic and Workforce Development at the North East Regional Employment and Training Association (NERETA) June 14 and 15, Scranton, Pennsylvania

Nelse Grundvig, CEW researcher, will present at NERETA's Job Creation Summit focusing on higher education, workforce development, and economic development. Grundvig will describe how education providers, job counselors, job seekers, employees, and businesses involved in economic and workforce development can use career ladders and lattices to ensure a highly skilled and adaptive labor force.


Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions (CCWT) Launches at UW-Madison's WCER
May 23, 2017

Matt Hora, Center Director, lead the inaugural symposium for CCWT, "Why Work Ethic and Self-Regulated Learning are Essential for Student Success." He also introduced the mission and future initiatives for CCWT. One of the initiatives includes joint seminars between CCWT and CEW exploring college and work. At the event, Jim Morgan, Director of New Ventures for MRA, discussed work ethic joined with Dr. Linda Nilson, Founding Director of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation at Clemson University. Nilson shared information on self-regulated learning. Both work ethic and self-regulated learning are two abilities prized by employers. How all students utilize such abilities as they traverse the transition from college to work will be a focus of the center.

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CEW contributes to WCER's first Teacher Speakout! Event on Rural Education
May 18, 2017

Nine public school teachers from seven rural districts across Wisconsin served as panelists at WCER's first Teacher Speakout! event. The teachers shared their perspectives on strengths and challenges to rural education and ways to develop partnerships with WCER and UW. Ann Fillback-Watt and Julie Hau lead roundtables where teachers shared and learned about WCER research on education and work.

CEW Collaborates with DPI to Provide Professional Development Activities for Wisconsin Educators
January 10, 2017

On December 6th and 7th, Amy Rivera and Julie Hau presented at the 2016 Academic and Career Planning Leadership Conference in Madison, Wisconsin at the Monona Terrace. The theme of the conference was “ACP: Equipping Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Opportunities.” Collaborating with the Department of Public Instruction, CEW revised and designed professional development activities to support the training of educators. The aim of ACP is that all educators support the career choices and development of students. These professional development activities and lessons provide ACP leaders with resources to teach their colleagues innovate ways to support students in their academic and career endeavors.

WCDA Member Spotlight: Julie M. Hau, Ph.D.
October 7, 2016

Wisconsin Career Development Association (WCDA) has a member spotlight on Julie M. Hau, Ph.D., the Content Editor for CareerLocker.

Hora calls to the state of Wisconsin: Invest in Active-Learning
October 7, 2016

Dr. Matt Hora, researcher at the Wisconsin Center for Education and Research, part of the UW-Madison School of Education, draws statewide attention to Wisconsin's workforce and education system. In an op-ed article published in USA Today Network-Wisconsin, Hora highlights the need for active-learning style education in postsecondary education to create a skilled workforce. A highly skilled workforce will benefit both employers and employees, and ultimately the state of Wisconsin.

"Gaps In The 'Skills Gap' Debate Over Wisconsin Jobs" Article and Interview
September 12, 2016

Can employers and educators meet in the middle to address the skills gap? Further, where is the elusive "purple squirrel?" That is, the ideal candidate that employers seek. Dr. Matt Hora, researcher with the Center on Education and Work, publishes a book in November 2016 with Harvard Press addressing the skills gap in the state of Wisconsin. Hora highlights that fostering life-long learning in all phases of education from kindergarden through higher education into all stages of employment supports the development of the skills employers are seeking. He calls for education reform from traditional lectures and emerging MOOCs to active learning educational engagement. Evidence from his research suggests that employers seek employees with technical as well as soft skills. Soft skills include communicating across cultural groups, as the Wisconsin workforce continues to diversify.

New Skills for Youth Initiative
July 25, 2016

As part of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Career Readiness Initiative, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), including several Center on Education and Work staff, has been contracted by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to conduct a needs assessment of the state’s career readiness system, The project is part of the J. P. Morgan Chase New Skills for Youth Initiative (NSfYI) phase I grant. The team will conduct a diagnostic needs assessment to find strengths and gaps that help establish baselines for systems change to inform the state’s career readiness access plan. The NSfYI’s goal is to ultimately give ALL students the opportunity to access high quality career pathways.

Hau and Grundvig Present at NCDA Conference
July 7, 2016

CEW staff members Julie Hau, Ph.D., Sr. Outreach Specialist, and Nelse Grundvig, Researcher, recently presented their work at the National Career Development Association (NCDA) annual global conference held June 30-July 2, 2016 in Chicago. As co-presenters, the two discussed “The Interests They are a Changing: Sociocultural Influences in Interests and Social Cognitive Career Theory,” addressing how sociocultural or historical events may shift one’s self-efficacy, outcome expectations, and interests. Grundvig also presented on two additional topics, “Empowering the Client: Using a Data Driven Approach when Looking for a Job” and “Helping Employers Utilize Their Human Capital: A Case for Internal Labor Markets.” NCDA is a founding division of the American Counseling Association, and provides professional development, publications, standards, and advocacy to practitioners and educators who inspire and empower individuals to achieve their career and life goals.

Mitch Nathan co-presents on “Bringing Cognitive Science Research to the Classroom”
April 28, 2016

CEW Director and learning sciences professor Mitchell Nathan, and Martha Alibali, an affiliate of the UW Department of Education Psychology, recently presented major findings of their five-year, $10 million National Research Center on Cognition and Mathematics Instruction project, funded by IES. Read the School of Education News article.

CEW Works with DPI on Academic and Career Planning Professional Development
March 31, 2016

The Center on Education and Work (CEW), along with the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative, has received $759,000 from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for Academic and Career Planning Process Implementation Support, running through August 2018. CEW staff will be involved in developing professional development materials and resources for the Academic and Career Planning Process required for Wisconsin students in grades 6-12 beginning in the academic year 2017-2018.

Mitch Nathan, CEW Director, recently attended The 6th Latin American School for Education, Cognitive and Neural Sciences (LASchool), in Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 13-18, 2016.
March 20, 2016

Dr. Nathan presented on mathematical cognition and the learning and teaching of algebra, as well as conducting research in school settings.
Learning Mathematical Formalisms: Algebra in the Schools

The Wisconsin Center for Education Research interviews the CEW Director Mitch Nathan about CareerLocker and ecareers.
March 7, 2016

Mitchell Nathan from WCER on Vimeo.

Hora Receives $104,200 from National Science Foundation

Researchers Matthew Hora, Amanda Oleson and Ross Benbow have received $104,200 from the National Science Foundation to determine how to most effectively train and teach the next generation of STEM professionals. The research will determine the alignment (or lack thereof) between employer expectations and the college-level curriculum for STEM education, particularly in light of discussions about the costs and benefits of attending college. The grant runs through August 2016.