September 22, 2022
Kimberly Oamek, a UW-Madison alumnus and incoming Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning at UW Oshkosh, has been selected to participate in the first “research initiative” sponsored by the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE).
Oamek holds a PhD in Education Curriculum and Faculty of Education graduating in May 2022.
The research initiative is a “first of its kind” joint survey of teacher education practice and research that focuses on the “opportunity gap” in education. Opportunity gaps are defined as the unequal or unfair distribution of resources and options, and employment and professional situations that individuals or groups encounter in schools, colleges, and universities.
ATE President Rachelle Rogers explains the rationale behind the development of this important new structure: We believe the Inquiry Initiative is a uniquely sustainable and collaborative structure capable of making an impact. ”
Oamek was one of only 80 college- and school-based teacher educators and educators from across the United States selected to participate in the research initiative. Over the next three years, this initiative aims to foster and support research collaborations across geographic and institutional settings. Envisioned as an alternative to the traditional “drive-thru” mode of professional engagement available at most academic conferences, the initiative includes a sustained and Includes sustainable professional partnerships.