Education policies too often get in the way of student learning, La Follette School student Ciara Mentzer discovered when she was a fourth-grade bilingual teacher in the South Bronx in New York City.
Rob Meyer is helping Wisconsin school districts do a better job. As the director of the Value-Added Research Center, the La Follette School research professor is helping districts across Wisconsin and the United States determine which programs and elements of teaching help students do better academically.
A school voucher program in Milwaukee increased the chances of students graduating from high school and going on to college, according to La Follette School professor John Witte.
The La Follette School’s strong emphasis on development of analytical skills has made me a more intelligent consumer of information and increased my ability to use data to create evidence-based narratives framing public policy issues and solutions.
On one of my first days in the program, a faculty member told our cohort, “If you’re interested in making money, you’re in the wrong program. We’re in the business of making the world a better place.” From that moment, I knew I made the right choice.
Education Analytics, a Madison-based nonprofit organization led by La Follette School faculty member Rob Meyer, received a $7.8 million award from the U.S. Department of Education to expand the SPARK Early Literacy Program.
Jan O'Neill has returned to the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus 25 years after she graduated from the La Follette Institute of Public Affairs. The longtime quality improvement consultant and 1986 alum joined the Population Health Institute in August as a community engagement specialist.