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School Choice Policies & Charter Schools

December 13, 1999
2:00 pm-7:00 pm
Kellogg Ctr., MSU

Researchers at Michigan State University recently released a report which assesses the impact of charter schools and school choice policies, examines how schools and districts have responded to these challenges, and sets out recommendations for making the emerging school "market" work more effectively. The report provides another opportunity for the Fellows to study the dynamics of the policy process and its outcomes.


Session A Resource Person:

David N. Plank

Department of Educational Administration
College of Education
Michigan State University
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Professor Plank is one of the authors of the report and he brings a wealth of information on the topic. His biographical material is available through the link provided.

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Session B Resource Persons:

Mary Kay Shields (EPFP 86-87)
Charter School Development and Performance Institute
Central Michigan University
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Mary Kay Shields is the Director of the Charter School Development and Performance Institute at Central Michigan University. Central Michigan University is Michigan's largest charter school authorizer, having licensed 59 of the state's 173 operating charter schools. Established in 1892, Central Michigan University has built an enviable national reputation as a leader in educational reform through its work with traditional and charter public schools.

Ms. Shields formerly served as a Special Advisor in the Governor's Office where she established and implemented a strategic plan involving public and special interest groups, a broad cross section of leaders drawn from business and industry, interested parents, and various public agencies to ensure the development, support and sustainability of charter schools.

Ms. Shields has long distinguished herself as a leader in educational reform, particularly through legislative policy and school finance reform. She began her public career almost two decades ago as a Legislative Analyst for the Michigan House of Representatives, and a Fiscal Analyst for both chambers of Michigan's bicameral Legislature but has worked in education throughout her professional life, beginning her educational career as a Special Education Teacher.She has been a gubernatorial appointee to various statewide commissions and task forces.

Mary Kay Shields and her husband, Tom, have two children in public schools, Kristin and Tim. The Shields family is active in a wide variety of community, church, recreational, and humanitarian activities.

Matthew J. Brouillette (EPFP 99-00)
Director of Education Policy
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
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Matthew J. Brouillette is the Director of Education Policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

Mr. Brouillette is the author of numerous articles, opinion-editorials, and studies related to education reform in Michigan. He also serves as Managing Editor of Michigan Education Report, a quarterly journal focused on K-12 education issues in the state of Michigan. Matthew frequently appears in many of Michigan's major newspapers and on talk radio and television programs across the state.

As a former middle and high school history teacher, Matthew brings practical experience on the front lines of the education field to the public policy arena. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell College and has earned two post-graduate degrees in education and history from Azusa Pacific University and the University of San Diego. Mr. Brouillette is currently an adjunct lecturer in United States history at Saginaw Valley State University.

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Good Politics & Conflicting Policies:
A Case Study of Emerging Early
Childhood Policies in Michigan

November 8, 1999
2:00 pm-7:00 pm
Kellogg Ctr., MSU


The Institute for Educational Leadership's theme for state sites this year is "Children, Youth and Poverty." Within this topical construct, applications of policy frameworks will be applied during this seminar, using a current policy dilemma in Michigan.

In addition, the seminar will present a unique opportunity to engage in substantive discussion with Representatives Pan Godchaux (R) and Lynne Martinez (D), both members of the Michigan House of Representatives Children's Caucus, and Dorothy Beardmore (R), President of the State Board of Education, and Sharon Gire (D), newly elected member of the State Board and former Chair of the House Education Committee.

The Seminar will be presented in two segments, the first a case study, and the second a forum. Throughout the seminar, opportunities for interaction will be facilitated.

2:00 PM Fellows network and focus on the issues.
2:15 PM

Policy and Politics: A Case Study

  • Larry Schweinhart, High/Scope Education Research Foundation with comments by policy-makers
  • Facilitated application of policy frameworks, Coordinators & Fellows
4:00 PM Break
4:15 PM

Policy-Makers Forum: Early Childhood & Family Policies

  • Representatives Godchaux and Martinez, State Board members Beardmore and Gire: Perspectives, Strategies, Issues & Processes
  • Dialogue, All
6:00 PM Dinner with Seminar guests

The policy frameworks to be applied will be: Mayor David Hollister's model Policy-Politics Matrix; and Deborah Stone's Policy Paradox (from the October 18 seminar).

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Good Politics & Conflicting Policies:
A Case Study of Emerging Early
Childhood Policies in Michigan

November 8, 1999
2:00 pm-7:00 pm
Kellogg Ctr., MSU

Current events in Michigan in the area of early childhood policy create a contemporary case study of good politics and mixed policies.

Resource Persons:

Larry Schweinhardt
Chair, Research Division
HighScope Education Research Foundation
Ypsilanti, MI
(734) 485-2000
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Larry Schweinhart is an early childhood program researcher and speaker for policy makers, educators and advocates throughout the United States and in other countries. He has conducted research at the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation in Ypsilanti, Michigan, since 1975 and has chaired its research division since 1989. He currently directs the following projects:

  • High/Scope's Head Start Quality Research Center, a five-year effort to assess the quality and effectiveness of Head Start, with an emphasis on the contribution of staff development activities.
  • The state evaluation of the Michigan School Readiness Program for at-risk four-year-olds and an evaluation workshop series around the state.
  • The Program Recognition Project, which identified and publicized ten early childhood programs across the country that excel in quality, staff compensation, and affordability to parents.
  • The development and validation of the High/Scope Child Observation Record as a developmentally appropriate method for assessing young children's development from infancy through elementary school. He has also assisted with the IEA Preprimary Project, a 15-nation study of the prevalence, quality, and effectiveness of various settings for four-year-olds.

Dr. Schweinhart is the lead researcher on the High/Scope Perry Preschool Study - the landmark study establishing the extraordinary human and financial potential of high-quality early childhood programs; and the High/Scope Preschool Curriculum Comparison Study - which provides persuasive evidence that child-initiated learning activities are central to high-quality early childhood programs. These studies will soon be collecting data from their original preschool participants in midlife, at ages 33 to 40.

Dr. Schweinhart recently completed a four-year term on the Governing Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, during which he chaired the panel on quality, compensation, and affordability. For the eight years before that, he served as public policy co-chair for the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children and today serves as its public policy chair. He received his Ph.D. in Education from Indiana University in 1975. He has taught fourth and seventh grades as well as graduate and undergraduate college courses. He and his wife have two children who are now young adults.

State Representative Pan Godchaux
40th House District
(517) 373-0824

Professional Experience: House of Representatives, Member House Appropriations Committee. Subcommittees: Consumer & Industry Services/Dept. of Career Development/Michigan Strategic Fund Agency, Chair; Community Colleges, Vice-Chair; School Aid & Dept. of Education; Higher Education; Family Independence Agency.

Caucus/Task Forces: Cultural Tourism and Heritage; Urban Caucus; Child Care, Co-Chair; Fiscal, Oversight and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, Appointed.

Co-convener: Childrens Caucus; SEMCUS (Southeast Michigan Caucus); Women Officials Network.

Awards: Legislator of the Year- Michigan Association of Regions (1999), Michigan Maternal and Child Health (1999), and CAUSE (Citizens Alliance to Uphold Special Education)(1998); Wonder Woman (1998), Womens Survival Center.

Advisory Board Memberships: Oakland County Coordinating Council Against Domestic Violence; Wayne State University School of Education; Birmingham Junior League: Community Advisory Council; Birmingham Historical Museum; Oakland County Child Watch; National Board of Womens Actions for New Directions (WAND); and Womens Legislative Lobby (WiLL).

Birmingham Board of Education, served for ten years and held the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer; Directed the search for Birmingham Schools Superintendent; Member of Central Strategic Plan Committee; Recognized by the Michigan Association of School Boards for outstanding service.

Former third grade teacher in the Detroit Public Schools, former print and broadcast journalist, and returned Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Bolivia.

Personal: Mother of three children: two in college, one in high school; Religion-Unitarian Universalist.

Education: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, Studying for Masters of Arts in Teaching and The American University, Washington D.C., Bachelors of American Government.

Memberships: Fellow of the Michigan Political Leadership Program at Michigan State University; Alumnus of Leadership Detroit; Alumnus of Flemming Fellows; Founding Board Member of The League of Women Voters, Oakland County area and editor of the newsletter.

State Representative Lynne Martinez
69th House District
(517) 485-2950

Employment: House of Representatives, 69th District State Representative April 1994-Present

Assignments: Appropriations and Democratic Whip

Sub-committees: Community Health (MVC), General Government (MVC), Family Independence Agency, School Aid and Department of Education

1992-1994 Manager, Franklin Street Housing Cooperative, Lansing, Michigan, Incorporating Member 1987

1985-1994 Ingham County Commissioner

1981-1993 Self Employed, Gentlewood Landscape Designer and Contractor, Lansing, Michigan

Education: Lansing Community College, Landscape Architecture Technology, Associate of Science Degree, 1981

Public Service & Community Involvement: Capital Area Health Alliance, Coalition for Community Concerns, Youth in Government Board Member, Downtown Neighborhood Association, East Side Neighborhood Organization

Dorothy Beardmore
MI State Board of Education
Rochester, MI
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Dorothy Beardmore has been a member of the State Board of Education in Michigan since 1985. She is the current President of the Board. She served eight years on the Rochester Board of Education (1967-75) and ten years on the Board of Education of Oakland Schools (1974-84). She earned an A.B. Degree from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

She has promoted educational reform throughout her time on the State Board, beginning with new teacher certification rules in 1985, requiring focused, relevant professional development for teachers to warrant re-certification at five-year intervals. She chaired a National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) study, "Rethinking Curriculum: A Call for Fundamental Reform:" (1988) and in 1989 focused on "Today's Children, Tomorrow's Survival: A Call to Restructure Schools." These experiences and reports became partial basis for Michigan's education reform and influenced development of Public Act 25 of 1990.

From 1995-97 she chaired the NASBE/CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) "Healthy Schools Network," a fifteen state inter-agency coalition to promote health for school age children and their families. She still chairs Michigan's "Healthy Schools Network" team.

In 1995 and 1996, she was a member of a NASBE study on "State Governance Systems for Education," and in 1999 chairs a NASBE study on "Confronting Social Issues: The Role of Schools."

By gubernatorial appointment, she is one of Michigan's representatives to the Midwestern Higher Education Commission, a consortium of ten Midwestern states and their public and independent post-secondary institutions. She is an appointed "Delegate At Large" of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), a coalition of the seven counties of Southeast Michigan.

Among the honors she has received are: Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow; Oakland-Macomb Center for Independent Living "Spirit of Independence Award"; "Educational Leadership Award" from Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association (MEMSPA); Oakland County School Boards' Association "Salute"; Comprehensive School Health Coordinators "Healthy Children Award"; "Distinguished Service to Education Award" from Michigan School Public Relations Association, and induction into the "Michigan Education Hall of Fame."

Sharon Gire
Clinton Township, MI

Mrs. Sharon Gire was elected to the State Board of Education in 1998. She currently serves as the State Board's delegate to the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE).

Prior to her election to the State Board of Education, Mrs. Gire served as an elected representative in the Michigan legislature from 1987-1998, serving on multiple committees including the Human Services and Education Committees, ultimately serving as Chair of the House Education Committee.

She also served as an elected County Commissioner in Macomb County prior to her election to the Michigan Legislature. Her interests have always been focused on issues impacting children and youth.

Mrs. Gire earned a B.S. in Education from the Ohio State University and an M.S.W. from Wayne State University. She has worked with the YWCA at the county and national level, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Macomb County, and the Interfaith Center for Racial Justice in Macomb County.

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Establishing a Policy Framework

October 18, 1999
2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Kellogg Ctr., MSU

This session will focus on concepts and strategies for 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.

Mayor Hollister has been invited to speak to the Michigan EPFP Fellows for the past 12 years and is consistently rated as one of our most popular and important policy resources.

Session B: Resource Persons: Coordinators and Fellows

Policy Perspectives: An overview and discussion of the concepts which underly three models of policy development. Fellows will be asked to evaluate these models in terms of their own policy experiences and identify current policy issues which support these perspectives.

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Assessing Leadership Styles

October 5, 1999
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Kellogg Ctr., MSU

Fellows will debrief and interpret both the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) and the FIRO-B instruments and examine how different styles and behaviors can conflict with individual and organizational goals. Through group discussions, we will explore how these styles impact various work settings.


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.

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