Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is one of the first and most productive education research centers in the world. It has assisted scholars and practitioners develop, submit, conduct and share grant-funded education research for more than 50 years.

WCER’s mission is to improve educational outcomes for diverse student populations, impact education practice positively and foster collaborations among academic disciplines and practitioners.

As an incubator for advances in education policy and practice, WCER provides services and resources for UW–Madison researchers, graduate students and their collaborators, as well as educators, funders and communities locally and around the world.

WCER is best known for contributing to cognitive psychology, mathematics and science education, destigmatizing daycare and developing classroom materials that have been used around the world, most recently for teachers of English language learners.

La Follette School faculty, students, and staff collaborate with WCER on a wide variety of projects, including project assistantships and public events.