ITP: Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences ITP: Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison


February 3, 2017:

Developing Collaborative Research Initiatives: How MSAN is Bridging the Research-Practice Gap

12-1:30, room 259 Education Sciences. Presented by Madeline Hafner, (Executive Director) Minority Student Achievement Network.

"MSAN is a national coalition of multiracial, suburban-urban school districts working together to understand and eliminate racial opportunity/achievement gaps that persist within their schools.Since 1999, MSAN districts have worked to conduct and publish research, analyze policies, and examine practices that support the Network's mission: to understand and change school practices and structures that keep racial achievement gaps in place."

March 10, 2017:

Crafting Research to Inform Federal Policy

12-2pm, Education Building, Wisconsin Idea Room. Moderated by Eric Grodsky. Panalists include Vivian Tseng, (Vice President of Programs) Wiliam T. Grant Foundation; Nicole Deterding, National Poverty Fellow

November 4, 2016:

Research Practice Partnerships in Wisconsin

12-2 PM, in the Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall. Moderated by Eric Camburn. Panelists include Peter Goff (Asisstant Professor, ELPA), Kurt Kiefer (Assistant State Superintendent, DPI), Robert Mathieu (Director, WCER) and Beth Vaade (Director of Qualitative Research and co-director of the Madison Education Partnership, MMSD)
Sponsored by ITP and The Network

December 2, 2016:

Working with the Press to Get the Word Out

12-2 PM, room 259 Education Sciences. Moderated by Eric Grodsky. The panel includes: Abigail Becker (Reporter, Capital Times), Janet Kelly (Director of Communications, WCER) and Greg Toppo (Reporter, USA Today).

Past Events:

March 4, 2016

Jenny Nagaoka and Eliza Moeller: The UChicago Consortium on School Research's Approach to Translational Research

UChicago Consortium was created in 1990 after the passage of the Chicago School Reform Act that decentralized governance of the city's public schools. Researchers at the University of Chicago joined with researchers from the school district and other organizations to form UChicago Consortium with the imperative to study this landmark restructuring and its long-term effects.

Eliza Moeller, research analyst at UChicago Consortium, at the ITP Translation Workshop on March 4, 2016. Co-sponsored by The Network.

Jenny Nagaoka, Deputy Director of UChicago Consortium


January 29, 2016

Ruth López Turley: The Houston Education Research Constortium's Approach to Translational Research

Ruth López Turley, a professor sociology at Rice University and director of the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC), led a workshop on the Consortium’s approach to translational research. Co-sponsored by The Network.

Ruth López Turley, Rice University



December 11, 2015

Disseminating Your Work:
Sharing Scholarship with Policymakers and the Media

The panel discussionwas led by Donald Moynihan, LaFollette School of Public Affairs; Kate Josephs, Executive Director of the Performance Improvement Council, Washington, DC; and Mike Wagner, School of Journalism.

L-R: Donald Moynihan, Kate Josephs, Mike Wager



October 9, 2015

Theda Skocpol on Scholarship and Citizenship: How the Scholars Strategy Network Helps Academics Gain Public Influence

Video of lecture

Theda Skocpol spoke with ITP fellows, as well as students and faculty from across campus, on why and how scholars can effectively engage policymakers & practitioners. Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University, and co-founder and Director of the Scholars Strategy Network, a national organization that encourages public engagement by university-based scholars. Skocpol’s research focuses on health reform, social policy, and civic engagement amidst the shifting inequalities in American democracy. She has served as Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Theda Skocpol, co-founder and Director of the Scholars Strategy Network,
at the first ITP translational workshop, 9 October 2015

Theda Skocpol with ITP faculty Sara Goldrick-Rab