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

Spark interdisciplinary projects within School of Education to realize the Wisconsin Idea.

The UW-Madison School of Education’s Grand Challenges is a grant program to support research and practice in education, health and creative expression.


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- 53706, WI