UW Madison to Host Discussion on Bipartisan Poverty Proposals

A discussion of bipartisan anti-poverty proposals featuring the president of the American Enterprise Institute will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the DeLuca Forum at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (Discovery Building).

Arthur C. Brooks, a prominent conservative voice in matters of economic and social policy, will deliver the Institute for Research on Poverty’s New Perspectives in Social Policy lecture on “Markets and the Poor.” Timothy M. Smeeding, professor of economics and public affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and former IRP director, will respond to the talk.

Timothy Smeeding

Timothy Smeeding

Arthur Brooks

Arthur Brooks

Brooks is a prolific author of books and articles on the role of government, fairness, economic opportunity, happiness and the morality of free enterprise. He is also a frequent guest on national television and radio talk shows and has been published widely in newspapers such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

Smeeding is a scholar whose work on poverty and policy over many decades has been published in numerous books and cited by national news outlets.

As poverty and inequality have gained renewed traction in public policy discussions, interest in bipartisan antipoverty measures has grown. IRP’s New Perspectives in Social Policy Seminar this year seeks to continue this important discussion on campus. The annual seminar series seeks to reach beyond familiar and well-explored fields of poverty research, to challenge accepted paradigms, and to open paths to new research models and methodologies.

“We are thrilled to have Arthur Brooks as our distinguished speaker this year and to have Timothy Smeeding respond to Brooks’ talk,” IRP Director Lawrence Berger says.

– See more at: http://news.wisc.edu/uw-madison-to-host-discussion-on-bipartisan-poverty-proposals/#sthash.eZoFnTew.dpuf

EVALentine’s Day

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Celebrate EVALentine’s Day with the LEAD Center Brown Bag Presentation. Visit http://lead.wceruw.org/ for more information.

Early Childcare Providers Wanted for UW-Madison Study

The Department of Educational Psychology is recruiting participants for an evaluation and quality improvement project conducted through the Waisman Center at UW-Madison on the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” campaign from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This project offers free materials and online training on developmental monitoring and family engagement to early childcare providers and will allow UWM to collect feedback through brief online surveys. For more information visit: http://www.actearly.wisc.edu/training.php

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Bowman’s Doctorate of Philosophy

nicole bowman farrell phd doctor of philosophyThe official PhD paperwork arrived in today’s mail after 14 years of coursework, 6 hour commutes from home, IRB x 2 new systems, 2 advisors (I saved the best for last), data collection, & nearly 400 pages of writing. I’m a tired, battle worn but a highly qualified PhD proudly from University of WI-Madison’s School of Education. It literally doesn’t get better than that!! Thanks for all who stood by me, those who helped me along the way, and even those who walked away or doubted this day would come. It made me want it even more.

Watch Bowman’s PhD Oral Defense!

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In this clip, Nicole R. Bowman Farrell of Bowman Performance Consulting introduces herself at her PhD oral defense at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She starts with a traditional greeting in her native language. Nicky thanks the Creator, her elders, and those present before beginning her defense.

Dr. Nicole Bowman of Shawano, Wisconsin received her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis on May 15, 2015. Dr. Bowman’s passion for education and her determination to make public education more responsive to the needs of Native American students is apparent from her work as owner and founder of Bowman Performance Consulting (www.bpcwi.com).  As a community member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, she plans to use her degree to educate public policy makers regarding multi-jurisdictional partnerships and systemic strengthening of Tribal and public educational agencies efforts to empower and improve educational outcomes for Native American students attending public schools.

As her news interview with the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education explains, Bowman will be only the fourth person who self-identifies as Native American to earn a Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis over the past decade. Bowman is quick to point out that having a Ph.D. won’t change who she is or the work that she does as an applied social justice researcher and evaluator. “But I do think it will make a lot of people more comfortable when they work with me because in the context of academic studies, a Ph.D. matters,” she adds. “Receiving my Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis will allow me to be able to jump into the big pond of educational policy debate — and be taken seriously.” *School of Education’s blog can be found here: http://education.wisc.edu/soe/news-events/news/2015/05/08/bowman-s-drive-to-ph-d–fueled-by-desire-to-improve-education-for-indigenous-students

BPC Works With University of WI-Madison

Project Summary:

BPC provides external grant evaluation to the University of WI-Madison’s (UW) United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant.  This 5 year and $5 million dollar project provides a curriculum development process, professional development training, creation of middle school (gr. 6-8) science/culture units, and utilizes community, culture, and local STEM workforce to guide the curriculum development process.  The project seeks to generate more Native and rural students who are interested in STEM careers.  Participating educators and students are able to be part of hands-on and research based STEM clubs (Sustainability Clubs) and research activities with UW and affiliate university research partners.  BPC has provided the leadership with support on IRB protocols, instruments, and approval; has designed and carried out a comprehensive, scientifically rigorous and culturally appropriate mixed-methods evaluation plan; and has implemented two nationally normed research instruments (Stages of Concern Questionnaire  and the Surveys of Enacted Curriculum).  BPC generates an annual evaluation report and also assists with USDA required presentations and reports as needed.

Client Sector:

Higher Education

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Project Term:

2011 – 2015

Bowman Performance ConsultingCustom Training and Consulting Upon Request

Bowman Performance Consulting 271 River Pine Drive, Shawano, WI 54166 ♦ Phone: 715-526-9240 ♦ Fax: 715-526-6028