Research That Educates
The Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Engaged Scholarship in the School of Education is committed to supporting an inclusive environment for collaborative inquiry for faculty and students. We work with researchers at each step of the proposal and award process including:
• Finding funding opportunities.
• Developing and submitting grant proposals and contracts.
• Building partnership opportunities with school districts, community agencies, and other entities.
• Managing awards.
• Working with other research units within the campus including the Graduate School and BATO.
We are also responsible for doctoral education in the School of Education. We strive to recruit top graduate students from around the world and prepare them for successful careers in academia, industry and the public sector after graduation.
High Impact Research
Evaluation of the Milwaukee Community Literacy Project/SPARK Program
The need for increased literacy opportunities in the Milwaukee area is urgent. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress only 15% of 4th grade Milwaukee Public School students are proficient in reading. In an effort to address this need, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Public Schools were awarded an Investing in Innovations (i3) grant from the Department of Education to implement the Milwaukee Community Literacy Project, also known as the SPARK (Spheres of Proud Achievement in Reading for Kids) Program.
Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students are selected to participate in SPARK for two years and receive one-on-one tutoring, access to literacy-focused after-school, and parents are provided opportunities to be engaged in the literacy development of their children.
The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee is conducting an independent evaluation of SPARK. Through a randomized control design, the evaluation is able to isolate the impact of SPARK on reading achievement by comparing the achievement growth of randomly selected participants with control students.
The results from the first cohort of students that completed SPARK are promising. SPARK was found to have a significant impact on the overall reading achievement of “early reader” participants. Although SPARK had an impact on several components of literacy development it had its largest impact on the phonics development of students. The results suggest that SPARK may represent one resource that the Milwaukee Public Schools could use to help improve the literacy proficiency of its students.
Risks, Rewards for Undocumented College Students
A student who didn’t show up for an appointment inspired Susana Muñoz to research the experiences of undocumented students.
“This topic sort of found me,” says Muñoz, now an assistant professor of higher education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Muñoz recalled the experience in an essay for “21st Century Scholar,” a blog administered through the University of Southern California. She was working in an academic services program for low-income and first-generation students when a friend called her seeking help for Mexican-American student.
After discovering the student was “undocumented,” Muñoz realized helping the student within working hours might jeopardize the federal funding of her program. She offered to meet with the student at an off-campus location during her lunch hour. He never showed up.
“This bothered me immensely,” says Muñoz. She was a U.S. citizen who’d come here with her family at age 6 and spoke fluent Spanish. “Yet, perhaps this student felt unsafe to see me.”
Research Evaluation Consulting
The primary mission of the Consulting Office for Research and Evaluation (CORE) is to assist others with the design and analyses associated with research or evaluation projects.
CORE is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking help with their: research design, evaluation design, statistical analysis, instrument/survey development, psychometric analyses, data processing and database design, statistical and analytical software training.
Center for Mathematics and Science Education Research
The Center for Mathematics and Science Education Research coordinates research, teacher education, curriculum development and implementation, and dissemination efforts in mathematics and science education, and fosters partnerships with educational institutions and organizations throughout the Milwaukee metro area. Learn more
Early Childhood Research Center
The Early Childhood Research Center is dedicated to advancing the welfare of young children and their families in urban settings through research and the exchange of knowledge. Interdisciplinary collaboration and university-community partnerships are valued as essential to the accomplishment of the mission.
The central function of the ECRC is to provide a formal organizational structure to support sustained interdisciplinary collaboration among UWM faculty and other professionals whose work focuses on young children and their families. Learn more
Institute for Intercultural Research
The Institute for Intercultural Research (IIR) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) addresses the needs and responds to the concerns of communities of color through research, public service and information resource sharing.
In partnership with faculty, staff and community members, the Institute conducts scholarly research and sponsors public forums to address a variety of intercultural issues. Learn more
Faculty in the SOE are engaged in a number of projects in the Greater Milwaukee community The established partnerships with the urban community address such issues as:
• Culturally Responsive Curriculum
• Parental Involvement
• Adjustment to Immigrant Families
• Academic Achievement
• Race Relations
• Transition to College
• Digital Histories
A partial list of some of the schools, school districts and nonprofit organizations where research teams from the School of Education are present in the community include:
• State of Wisconsin – Department of Public Instruction
• Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS)
• Brown Deer School District
• Shorewood School District
• Greendale School District
• Racine Unified School District
• Milwaukee Area Technical College
• Medical College of Wisconsin
• Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
• City of Milwaukee – Office of the District Attorney
• Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
• Milwaukee Public Library
• Next Door Milwaukee
• Educare Milwaukee
• United Community Center
• La Casa Esperanza
• Silver Spring Community Center
• Council for the Spanish Speaking
• Walnut Way Organization
• Journey House
• Urban Ecology Center
• Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
• Find external funding opportunities for your research using PIVOT
• Contact Kari Whittenberger-Keith (firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance with PIVOT and proposal development.
• Contact Cindy Walker (email@example.com) for assistance finding collaborators or Patrician Najera (firstname.lastname@example.org) for help finding partnerships.
• Use the budget development tool to design your budget. Contact Sarah Osborne (email@example.com) for assistance with budget development.
• Your grant must be submitted for internal approval using WISPER
• You can find important information pertaining to proposal development, click here.
• Once your award has been set up by the Graduate School, the OSP Post Award Accountant, Eva Hoagland (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sarah Osborne (email@example.com) will work with you to help you manage your account
• WISDM should be used to keep track of your budget. Guidelines for using WISDM can be found here. Be sure to follow agency reporting guidelines
• Effort reporting MUST be completed by PIs each semester to ensure that we are complying with federal regulations.
• CORE students can assist you with database management, statistical analyses, and much more!
• OSP Post Award Accountant, Eva Hogaland and Sarah Osborne will guide you through the award budget closeout process.
• Work with your sponsor Program Officer regarded reporting requirments.
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(1) Supporting and facilitating the submission, acquisition, and management of extramural grants; (2) Identifying new research opportunities; (3) Encouraging and supporting collaborative research; and (4) Facilitating partnerships among faculty and researchers both within the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, as well as non-University individuals and organizations.
Addresses & Contact Info
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
School of Education Enderis Hall 599
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
School of Education Enderis Hall 599
2400 E. Hartford Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211