School of Education Grand Challenges

In February 2017, UW–Madison’s School of Education launched the Grand Challenges grant program to support research and practice in education, health, and creative expression. In its inaugural year, Grand Challenges funded four Transform Grants (up to $250,000) and eight Engage awards (up to $25,000).

CDE affiliate Eric Grodsky (sociology) will collaborate on the project, “FOCUS Partnerships: Enhancing Mental and Behavioral Health for Children and Youth in Rural Wisconsin Communities.” The project, which received a Transform award, will address the high needs and low resources in rural communities. The approach will provide access and support for mental health interventions with a focus on prevention, promotion, and early intervention.

Affiliate Yang Sao Xiong (social work; Asian American Studies) will take part in “Exploring and Realizing the Equitable Inclusion of Immigrant Parents and Students in Educational Policy and Decision Making.” The project, a recipient of an Engage grant, will examine how the insights of parents and students in immigrant communities can help shape and realize the equitable potential of education and schooling for disenfranchised students.