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Michigan Policy Seminar

Wednesday, March 6, 2002
9:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
State Capitol Building, Room 404
Lansing, Michigan



9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions
Dr. Donald Weatherspoon (EPFP 73-74) 
Assistant Superintendent, Michigan Department of Education

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

House Democratic Caucus Agenda
State Representative Michael Switalski,
Chair, Democratic Caucus

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.

The Governor’s Agenda
Scott Jenkins, Governor Engler’s Education Advisor

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

House Republican Caucus Agenda
State Representative Wayne Kuipers
Chair, House Education Committee

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

LUNCH (provided)

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

The Future of School Funding
State Senator Leon Stille
Chair, Senate Appropriation Subcommittees on Education and School Aid


2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

Election Reform
State Senator Diane Byrum
Minority Vice Chair, Senate Government Operations Committee

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Forum Wrap-up and Debrief
Fellows and Coordinators


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The Impact of Networking, Partnering & Collaboration

February 11, 2002
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

This session will examine the continuum of possible positive relationships connecting individuals and organizations. These range from networking to partnerships to the highest order of interaction, collaboration. The heaviest focus will be on collaboration, given its significance for organizational survival and prosperity in the 21st century.

The Impact of Networking, Partnering & Collaboration
Learning Team Members
Elizabeth Bethard, Greg Lantzy, Diane Lincoln, Leo McIntyre, Shannon Pavwoski, John Weiss

Program Components

  • Presentation covering definitions and key components
  • Examination of important theories and concepts related to Collaboration
    • Six Factors of Collaboration (Mattessich & Monsey)
    • The Pain and the Gain (Eagan & Tanzer)
    • The Collaboration Challenge (Austin)
  • Panel Discussion that involves practitioners from a variety of settings with extensive experience in the area of collaboration.
  • Small group experiential exercises related to the topic.
    • The first will provide a common experience from which to explore the concepts of networking, partnerships and collaboration.
    • The 2nd will use a case study, The Younger Americans Act, to apply the principles of collaboration to a simulated community situation.

Panel Members

Sandy Little - Director of the Head Start State Collaborative Program, 1996-present.Ms. Little has been employed by the Family Independence Agency for over 30 years, serving in a number of capacities in the field.  She was a Public Assistance Policy Analyst for 9 years, and received the "1989 Department Specialist of the Year Award".

Bob Thelen - Director of the Michigan Occupational Information System for the Ingham Intermediate School District.  Bob has been involved in educational leadership for over 30 years.  During the last 10 years he has been heavily involved in economic and career development partnerships, both regionally and state wide. He was an EPFP Fellow in 1988-89).

Shari Miller - Deputy Superintendent for Instruction and Operation, Lansing School District.  Ms. Miller has the assignment of working with numerous community and post secondary groups.  She has served as deputy superintendent for another school district and has experience as a high school administrator and teacher.  She was an EPFP Fellow in 2000-01).

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Ethics as it Relates to Public Policy, 
Leadership & Individual Change

January 28, 2002
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

This session will examine the role of ethics and individual change in leadership as it relates to internal and external influences. Implications for public policy makers will be discussed.


Ethics as it Relates to Public Policy, Leadership & Individual Change Learning Team Members
Judi Brown Clarke, Jane Jacobs, Fran Loose, Beth Steenwyk, and Jacqueline Wood

Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 pm Participants will be asked to complete two activities prior to 1:00. Directions for the activities will be explained during lunch.

Session A (1:00 - 2:40 pm) Participants will have a short presentation on ethics and ethical decision-making. Using the Kidder Decision- making Model, participants will engage in scenario-based activities.

1:00 -1:10 pm: Introduction and Overview

1:10 - 1:30 pm: Synthesis of "Gallery Walk": Decisions and Their Effect Headlines: What Happens When There is a Moral Vacuum? Changes: Global Changes That Affect Leadership Decisions Of Today

1:30 - 2:00 pm: Ethics What are Ethics Importance of Ethics/Why Ethics Are Needed Decision-Making Framework

2:00 - 2:40 pm: Activities Guided Practice Group Scenarios/Discussion

2:40 - 2:50 pm: Break

Session B (2:50 - 5:00 pm) Participants will continue group scenarios and activities using a second decision -making model. Following the activities, participants will engage in a presentation/activity that adds two more layers to ethical decision-making: culture and the role of the follower. Session B ends with participants reflecting on individuals undergoing change and its ties to ethics and leadership. The concluding activity asks participants to evaluate the presentation.

2:50 - 3:15 pm: Continuation of Group Scenarios

3:15 - 4:05 pm: Cultural Competency and Ethical Decision Making Role of Follower and Leader in Ethical Situations

4:05 - 4:55 pm: The Individual and Substantive Change

4:55 - 5:00 pm: Reflection and Evaluation


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The Role of Think Tanks & Policy Centers
The Power of Polling

January 07, 2002
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

The first part of this session will explore how public policy is shaped by think tanks and other organizations which work at the intersection of research, policy and politics. We will examine the work of both public and private sector organizations and analyze how their reports, studies and information are used by business and political leaders in the policy debate.

The second part of this session will examine how public policy is shaped by opinion polling, how organizations sample public opinion, and how business and political leaders use this information in the policy debate. Part of the discussion will focus on exit polling and explore how elections can be "called" prior to the polls closing. We will also examine the results of recent state and national elections and discuss how these elections have impacted relationships between the majority and minority parties in Congress and in the Michigan Legislature.

Session A Resource Persons:

Mr. John C. Austin
Senior Project Manager
Public Policy Associates

John Austin serves as senior project manager for Public Policy Associates, a national research firm with expertise in a wide variety of areas including economic development, environmental issues, healthcare, education and workforce issues. He has an extensive background in public policy management and consulting, and he is currently serving an 8 year term as an elected member of the Michigan State Board of Education.

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Dr. David N. Plank

Director, The Education Policy Center at Michigan State University
and Professor, Department of Educational Administration,
College of Education

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David Plank is Director of the Education Policy Center at Michigan State University and 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 research interests focus on the relationship between democratic governance and policy change in educational systems. He is co-investigator on three studies of school choice and school reform in Michigan. The first, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, explores the enactment of competing reform strategies in professional development schools and charter schools. The second, funded by the Spencer Foundation, investigates the ecological effects of expanded opportunities for school choice in metropolitan Lansing. The third, funded by the Michigan Legislature, compares the impacts of school choice in Lansing, Detroit, and Grand Rapids. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Carol S. Weissert
Professor of Political Science
Institute for Public Policy & Social Research
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Michigan State University
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Carol S. Weissert is professor of political science at Michigan State University and heads MSU's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. She is also director of MSU's Program in Public Policy and Administration which offers a Masters in Public Administration degree. Prior to coming to Michigan, she worked for several Washington-based state and intergovernmental groups including the National Governors' Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. She has published on the implementation of Medicaid, state legislative primary care mandates, and health professions education in journals including Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Health Affairs, Academic Medicine, Journal of Politics, and Publius: The Journal of Federalism. She is co-author of Governing Health: The Politics of Health Policy, published in 1996 by Johns Hopkins University Press. A second edition of Governing Health will be available in early spring 2002. She is a field researcher for the State Capacity Project to examine implementation of state welfare reform and Medicaid Managed Care for the Rockefeller Institute, SUNY Albany and edited a book from that project entitled, Learning from the Leaders: Welfare Reform Politics and Policies in the Midwestern States. Her doctorate in political science is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Session B Resource Person:

Mr. Ed Sarpolus
Vice President
4710 W. Saginaw
Lansing, MI

Ed Sarpolus has played a major role in making EPIC/MRA the most quoted source of survey research in Michigan, as well as a regularly quoted source by national media outlets and publications, particularly on issues of international trade. Major clients include the Detroit Free Press with more than 600,000 daily readers, the Lansing State Journal, Oakland Press, the Flint Journal, as well as most television news outlets in Michigan, including WXYZ- ABC TV-7 in Detroit, ABC TV-12 in Flint, WOOD TV-8 in Grand Rapids, TV-5 in Saginaw, WLNS TV-6 in Lansing and WILX TV-10, also in Lansing. Election day exit polling conducted by EPIC/MRA is not only covered by print media clients, but television coverage of election day survey results covers more than three quarters of Michigan's viewing audience.

Other EPIC/MRA research on major topics of public interest, as well as election polling results, are regularly covered not only by Michigan media outlets, but also by national outlets. Sarpolus has appeared as a commentator on PBS, CNN World News, Inside Politics-CNN, MSNBC, Nightline, ABC and NBC News. Sarpolus has also been regularly interviewed by Michigan radio stations and NPR, quoted in most major national publications including Time, U.S. News and World Report, Business Week, the Washington Post, New York Times, Boston Globe and the National Journal. EPIC/MRA research results and commentary by Sarpolus has also been a regular contributor to the Polling Report, The Hotline, and Congress Daily. Finally, because of his extensive experience on trade issues, Sarpolus has been a featured speaker for groups such as the Council on Foreign Relations and Consumers for World Trade.

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Leadership Forum Review &
Establishing Learning Teams

December 17, 2001
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

During this session the Fellows will have an opportunity to debrief the Miami Leadership Forum, continue discussion around the work of the EPFP learning teams, refine the team topics and individual assignments, and begin a discussion about a new e-learning tool to support the work of the 2001-02 learning teams.


Session A:  Leadership Forum Review

During this session, the Fellows and Coordinators reviewed and debriefed the agenda for the 2001 Leadership Forum held in Miami, FL.

Session B:  Establishing Learning Teams

During the 2001-02 program year the Michigan Fellows will participate on one or more Learning Teams and gain experience working in a virtual learning community. The Learning Teams will be responsible for planning a series of future EPFP sessions on a set of topics which have been identified by this year's participants. During this session the Fellows will review and refine the set of proposed topics identified to date, establish diverse cross boundary teams, develop strategies for effective team participation, and select dates for Learning Team presentations.

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