On Thursday, August 4th the first cohort of students in the new UW-Madison Masters Program for Teaching celebrated earning their graduate degrees and teaching certifications.
The day began with the finals conference at which students shared their masters projects with their peers, program faculty, and visitors. Each of the content-area cohorts (science, math, English, and social studies) displayed and/or discussed the findings from their masters papers in group poster sessions. These sharing sessions were scheduled around faculty, staff, and visitor presentations on topics such as democratic educational reforms, culturally sustaining pedagogy for immigrant youth, best practices in establishing community partnerships, and other topics of interest to new teachers. Our own Dean, Diana Hess, led one of the more well attended sessions on teacher disclosure of their views on controversial political topics.
The conference was followed by a dinner and graduation ceremony in the Alumni Lounge at the Pyle Center on Lake Mendota. The program was emceed by Joey Lubasi, and Dean Hess delivered a heartfelt keynote welcoming graduates to the teaching profession. Good luck to all of our new teachers!