We facilitate partnerships by building connections between educators, researchers, policy makers, administrators, and community members across the state of Wisconsin


We promote engagement by creating opportunities for stakeholders to meet collaborate on shared interests.


We help transform research into professional learning, practice, and informed policy development.

Grand Challenges

The Network coordinates the Grand Challenges initiative for the School of Education.

The UW-Madison School of Education’s Grand Challenges is a grant program to support research and practice in education, health and creative expression. It seeks to spark interdisciplinary projects to realize the Wisconsin Idea.



Our Network fellows are graduate students who engage in work to make an impact in the community while building their social capital and preparing for their future. 



Our fellowship partners are an ever-expanding network of community organizations who seek to access and influence University of Wisconsin-Madison research.


Rich Halverson |

Rich Halverson is the Co- Director of the Network and the Grand Challenges Initiative. He is also a Professor in the Department of Education Leadership and Policy Analysis.  He holds affiliate appointments in Educational Psychology, and Curriculum and Instruction Departments, and is a Fellow at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. He a Wisconsin native, a former K-12 teacher and administrator.

Jack Jorgensen |

Jack Jorgensen is the Co- Director of the Network. He was employed for more than 20 years with the Madison Metropolitan School District, including 10 years as the Executive Director for the Department of Educational Services.  He received his Ph.D. in Special Education from the UW-Madison. 

Sarah Archibald |

Sarah Archibald is the Associate Director of The Network, and the Co-Director of the Grand Challenges Initiative. She is also a Researcher at the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative and a Faculty Associate in ELPA, where she teaches Politics of Education. Additionally, Sarah worked at the Wisconsin State Capitol, where she advised Governor Doyle on Race to the Top and worked with Senator Olsen.

Katherine Hayden
Network Fellows Coordinator
Al Barnicle
Project Assistant
Sarah Hackett
Network Fellows Coordinator
Tanushree Rawat
Project Assistant


Morgan Mayer-Jochimsen
Grand Challenges Coordinator


Max Thongnuam
Office Assistant


Sophia Janus
Social Media Assistant



The Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Network

Room 145 | 1000 Bascom Mall

 School of Education

Madison- 53726, WI