Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), located in Madison, Wisconsin, is an education research center founded in 1964 as a branch of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. WCER currently has extramural funding of approximately $40 million, and is home to around 425 faculty, staff and graduate students who are engaged in more than 100 research projects that investigate a variety of topics in education.
Throughout its history, WCER has maintained a commitment to improving American education by studying varied learning environments and interventions and their effects on students. Of primary concern to this mission has been the question of how educational processes and social policy can best meet the needs of students from different cultural and educational backgrounds. WCER researchers have continually asked how educational "best practices" can be made more efficient, better supported, more strategic, and thus easier to implement.
Gloria Ladson-Billings is an American pedagogical theorist and teacher educator on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Education. She is known, among other things, for her groundbreaking work in the fields of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Critical Race Theory.