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The Role of Think Tanks and
The Power of Polling & Survey Research

January 11, 1999
2:00 pm-7:00 pm
Kellogg Ctr., MSU

This session will examine how public policy is shaped from two perspectives: The Role of Think Tanks and The Power of Polling & Survey Research. Participants will explore the role of think tanks and other organizations which work at the intersection of politics and policy. We will also discuss the impact of survey research and public opinion polling on the policymaking process, and how organizations sample public opinion and how business and political leaders use this information in the policy debate.


Session A Resource Persons: The Role of Think Tanks

Mr. Jeff Padden
Public Policy Associates

Dr. Lawrence Reed
Mackinac Center for Public Policy


Session B Resource Persons: The Power of Polling & Survey Research

Mr. Ed Sarpolus
Vice President

Dr. Larry Hembroff
Senior Survey Methodologist
Institute for Public Policy & Social Research
Michigan State University
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Shaping and Building Communities

December 15, 1998
2:00 pm-7:00 pm
Kellogg Ctr., MSU

This session will explore the role of community involvement as an essential component of educational reform, and the diverse stakeholders who are participating in this process. We will also examine the topic of building and sustaining electronic communities through the use of computers, video and telecommunications networks.


Session A Resource Persons: Dr. Patricia Farrell (EPFP 1987-88)
Office of University Outreach
Michigan State University

Dr. Rossi J. Ray-Taylor (EPFP 1979-80)
Deputy Superintendent for Instruction
Lansing School District

Dr. Ray-Taylor has served as the Deputy Superintendent for Instruciton of the Lansing School District since 1995. In this capacity she is responsible for the administration, supervision, and operational management of all K-12 instructional programs as well as the Adult Education programs. Prior to this assignment she has carried out the duties of the Director of State & Federal Programs as well as Legislative Lobbyist for the district, having joined the Lansing School District in 1974.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science and English, a Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology with a specialty in measurement and evaluation, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a specialty in learning and cognition, each from Michigan State University. She was a 1979 Fellow with the Institute for Educational Leadership and also received a fellowship through the American Educational Research Association. In 1992 she received the MSU College of Education Award for outstanding academic achievement.

Additional Resources:

John Stindt (EPFP 1998-99)
Assistant Superintendent for Accountability & Technical Support
Highland Park Public Schools

Carol Bragg (EPFP 1998-99)
Project Director
21st Century Learning Centers
Grand Rapids Public Schools


Session B: Electronic Communities

How are electronic communities evolving and what will they look like in the future?

Session B Resource Person: Dr. Yong Zhao
Asst. Prof of Technology in Learning & Teaching
College of Education
Michigan State University

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Establishing a Policy Framework

November 16, 1998
2:00 pm-7:00 pm
Kellogg Ctr., MSU

This session will focus on creating a policy framework. Fellows will explore both the practical and theoretical aspects of how public policy is developed and implemented. Policy issues of current concern to Michigan citizens will also be examined.

Session A Resource Person: Mayor David Hollister

Following a teaching career which began in 1965 and after six years of public service as a county commissioner, David Hollister was elected to the position of State Representative from Lansing's 57th District (now the 69th District) in 1974 and served until December 1993. He was elected Mayor of Lansing in November of 1993, and began serving a four-year term on January 1, 1994.

As a State Legislator, Mr. Hollister served as a member of the House Appropriations Committee where he co-chaired the Subcommittees on Social Services and Mental Health. In addition, he served on the Appropriation Subcommittees of Public Health, School Aid/Department of Education, and Transportation. Mr. Hollister also was a member of the Task Force for Investment Budgeting and Michigan's Future, and chaired the Job Academy Subcommittee of this Task Force.

In his legislative role, Mr. Hollister was active in working on public health issues concerning indigent health care, AIDS, long-term care, certificate-of-need and cost containment for hospitals and nursing homes, organ transplantation, toxic waste, infant mortality, substance abuse, domestic violence, emergency shelter and food. In the area of social services, Mr. Hollister played a key role in the Michigan Legislature on issues such as child care, homelessness, energy assistance and weatherization programs for low income and public assistance recipients, and employment and training programs for welfare recipients. In the area of mental health, he was a leader and advocate in the shift from institutional to community care.

Session B: Policy Perspectives: Michigan in Brief: 1998-99

Public Sector Consultants, Inc. prepared and published Michigan in Brief: 1998-99, which provides useful information about Michigan and an objective look at 65 public policy topics of current concern to Michigan residents and their elected representatives.

Resource People:

Mr. Jeff Williams (EPFP 97-98)
Senior Consultant for Technology & Public Policy
Public Sector Consultants, Inc.
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Dr. David Plank
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David Plank is a professor of educational administration specializing in
the areas of educational policy and educational finance. He has conducted
research and served as a consultant in these areas in the United States,
Africa, and Latin America. His current research interests concern the
relationshiip between democratic governance and policy change in
educational systems. He is co-Primary Investigator on a study of competing
reform strategies that focuses on charter schools and professional
development schools in Michigan.

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Assessing Leadership Styles

October 5, 1998
2:00 pm-7:00 pm
Kellogg Ctr., MSU

Fellows experience assessments to identify personal preferences and styles, simulations and experiential activities to examine how different styles and behaviors conflict with individual and organizational goals. Group discussions incorporate these skills into the Fellows work experience. Interpretation of the FIRO-B Instrument

Session A Resource Person: Ben Perez

Argelio B. Perez is a consultant affiliated with a number of private and public organizations including University Associates Consulting and Training Services and the Institute for Educational Leadership. He has a diverse background in public administration with substantial experience in supervision, fiscal management, legislation/regulatory monitoring, staff development, planning and reorganization. He is also principal of Transformations, a Lansing-based consulting firm, specializing in leadership development, organizational change, team-building and facilitation.

Ben has been a senior executive in urban school districts (Detroit and Lansing), city government (Lansing), and state government (Michigan Department of Education) for thirty years. He is affiliated with the Institute for Educational leadership as a senior consultant in Leadership programs and Governance and has served, for the past 19 years, as Coordinator of the Michigan EPFP.

He earned a B.A. in education from Justin Morrill College, Michigan State University, and a M.A. in Classroom Teaching from the College of Education, Michigan State University. In 1991, he was awarded the Institute for Educational Leadership's National Leadership Award.

Session B Resource Person: Ms. Jan Urban-Lurain (EPFP 84-85)
President, Spectra Data and Research, Inc.,
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Jan Urban-Lurain, President, Spectra Data and Research, Inc. is a practical innovator, group facilitator, and organizational consultant. Her fifteen years in state government included experiences as the Deputy Director of the Governor's Office for Job Training and chairperson of the Cabinet Council on Human INvestment. Since 1991, she has focused on building individual, organization and community capacity to successfully implement systems reform and complex change. Jan has a B.A. in Social Work and a Masters in Public Administration.

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1998-99 Orientation Session

September 22, 1998
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
MSU University Club



Coordinators: Ben Perez and Dan Schultz



9:00 - 9:30 AM Welcome and Introductions

9:30 - 10:45 AM Ice Breakers and Group Activities

• Personal Billboards

• Group Juggle

• Best Learning

10:45 - 11:00 AM BREAK

11:00 - Noon Program Overview and Expectations

• Purpose

• Expectations

• Program Design

• Policy Seminars

• Electronic Community

• Leadership Forum

• Washington Policy Seminar

• EPFP Handbook

• Future Meeting Dates - Calendar

• Planning and Hospitality Committees

Noon - 1:00 PM LUNCH

1:00 - 3:00 PM MBTI Presentation and Debrief

3:00 - 3:15 PM BREAK

3:15 - 4:15 PM Implications of MBTI Style Differences for the

1998-99 MI EPFP Cohort

4:15 - 4:30 PM Summary and Adjournment

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