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School Reform & Teacher Training Programs

March 29, 2004
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

This seminar is designed to examine multiple perspectives on education reform initiatives that involve the preparation and induction of new teachers. Under the federal No Child Left Behind legislation the states are responsible for ensuring that students are taught by "highly qualified teachers." This requirement presents K-12 schools, teacher preparation institutions, state agencies and policy makers with new challenges in interpreting the law, meeting student achievement goals, and avoiding penalties and sanctions. Through background readings, the discussion of some research, and interactions with a panel of practitioners and expert resources, the participants will develop a deeper appreciation of the complexity of school reform and the preparation of teachers.


EPFP Learning Team Members:

Rosanna Formaro
Jeff Holbrook
Jan Oord
Darryl Robbins
Rosalyn Templeton
Stephanie Whiteside

Resource Persons:

Dr. Susanne Chandler ~University Perspective
School of Education
Ferris State University
Big Rapids, Michigan

Dr. Susanne Chandler received her academic education from California State University at Fullerton (CSUF), where she was awarded the bachelor’s in music degree and K-12 teaching certificate, and from the University of California, Davis (UCD), where she received her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.  She did her doctoral work at The Ohio State University and received her Ph.D. in Policy and Leadership, in curriculum and instruction, research, and anthropology. Dr. Chandler was appointed to serve on the joint commission of Teacher Preparation Accountability and Evaluation to research in the areas of Intent and Area.  She has published several articles on teaching and learning and research methodology, served as Co-Editor of the Division G (Social Context) Newsletter for AERA, is a member of several educational organizations, and has received awards/honors from Dai Ho Chun for Academic Excellence, Phi Beta Delta for International Scholars, and Pi Lambda Theta in Education. She has taught courses in curriculum and development; principles of teaching and learning; organizational analysis; educational research; school law; and evaluating curriculum programs.  She is currently the Director for the School of Education at Ferris State University, and has been an administrator in the Teacher Certification field for the past eight years.

Patricia Vandelinder ~ District Perspective
District Instructional Specialist
Detroit Public Schools
Detroit, Michigan

Patricia Vandelinder has been with Detroit Public Schools for thirty-one years. She is currently a District Instructional Specialist assigned to five schools. Her major responsibility is to assist teachers with the organization and implementation of the SRA/Open Court Reading program. In addition, Pat provides staff development to the District’s teachers, administrators, support staff and parents. Patricia has been training mentors and new teachers for the District since the inception of the New Teacher/Mentoring Program in 1996. She has been a staff development specialist for eleven years and is a member of the District’s training cadre that provides training for all teachers and mentors. She is a graduate of Wayne State University with a B. S. in English and holds a Master’s Degree in Supervision and Administration.

Sara Romano ~ New Teacher Perspective
Classroom Teacher
Birney Elementary School
Detroit Public Schools
Detroit, Michigan

Sara Romano is in her second year of teaching at Birney Elementary School in the Detroit Public Schools. She graduated from Oakland University in 2001 majoring in Language Arts. She spent five weeks of her student teaching in New Zeeland. Her experience includes service as Assistant Director at a CYO Boys and Girls Camp for six years.

Elaine Allen Karls ~ College Perspective
Professor of English
Delta College
University Center, Michigan

Elaine Karls is a Professor of English and Faculty Leader for the Education 200 - Exploratory Teaching Program at Delta College in Michigan. She began her career as a high school English and journalism teacher and now supervises community college students in pre-service K-12 classroom placements throughout mid-Michigan as part of Delta’s Exploratory Teaching program. Prior to joining Delta’s faculty in 1989, Ms. Karls supervised student teaching experiences for students in Michigan State University’s Department of Teacher Education. In addition to 21 years as a teacher educator in all disciplines, Karls also teaches college and university English (composition and literature). She completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Education at Michigan State University. While working in a variety of school settings (rural, urban, suburban), a particular focus of interest has been preparing aspiring teachers to consider teaching in diverse urban settings, where the need for teachers is especially acute nationwide. Karls has taught and directed in a variety of projects that involve secondary students, including the Huron Shores International Writing Institute. She is Co-Director of the Saginaw Bay Writing Project Teacher Invitational, a Michigan affiliate of the National Writing Project based at Saginaw Valley State University. Through the Writing Project, she works with classroom teachers to promote best practices for literacy in K-12 classrooms. Her interests include a variety of professional and community-oriented programs, including participation in the recently formed National Association for Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP).

Mara Lud ~ Principal’s Perspective
Moores Park Elementary School
Lansing School District

Mara Lud has been an educator for the Lansing School District for thirty years. She is currently the principal of Moores Park Elementary School. This K-5 school was featured in the March 16, 2004 Lansing State Journal for their focus on reading and math. This program, focusing on smaller class size and reading math techniques to raise student achievement, has been so successful that it is being used as a model for the Lansing School District. Governor Granholm recently visited the school to help celebrate their success in the area of student achievement. Mara has served as a teacher for elementary and middle schools, a subject matter coordinator in the area of language arts, a leader in curriculum development and currently as a building principal. She also serves as a board member for the Lansing Association of School Administrators.



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Problem Solving Simulations

March 15, 2004
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Ctr., MSU

The Fellows will experience and discuss specific assessment instruments to better understand and practice the behaviors and skills that contribute to effective group problem solving and decision making in organizations. Through participation in these exercises, individuals experience how certain behaviors can positively or negatively affect the performance of a group working to solve a common problem.


Resource Persons: Fellows and Coordinators


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Education Choices: Like an Iceberg the
Challenges Lie Beneath the Surface

February 9, 2004
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

Education for grades 0-12 in Michigan is now structured and funded differently than when most parents, guardians and adult care givers were growing up and in school. And it continues to change and evolve. In order to ensure our children receive an education of the highest quality, nearly every citizen must better understand the significant changes that have occurred in the educational system and the new opportunities and challenges the changes present. In addition, policy makers, leaders, educators and administrators must understand what issues and concerns prompt parents, guardians, and adult care givers to demand choices in educating their children. This seminar will ask that Fellows read some background information on education choices in Michigan ahead of time. The seminar consists of presentations by a panel of four individuals on some choices available in our State, an opportunity for group discussion on how and why families make certain choices, and asks the audience to predict and prioritize the future of choices, while realizing resources are limited.


EPFP Learning Team Members:

Valerie Belay
Henry Cade
Cheryl Hall
Pat Meaux
Jane Reagan
Bonnie Rockafellow
Malverne Winborne

Resource Persons

Dr. E. Sharon Banks
Superintendent of Schools
Lansing School District
Lansing, MI

Dr. E. Sharon Banks is Michigan’s 2002 Superintendent of the Year and has energized and revitalized the Lansing School District since her appointment as superintendent in July 2000. Her drive, leadership, and commitment to accountability at all levels have resulted in a solid vision and aggressive action plan to meet the present and future needs of Lansing’s youth. She has built her administration around improvement in five key areas: Student achievement, student attendance, student behavior, parent involvement, and community relations. She immediately began implementing an ambitious 17-point plan that focuses on meeting her goals in each of those five areas. Dr. Banks introduced five new magnet schools that focus on such areas as the visual and performing arts, mathematics, science, technology, languages and global studies. She quickly stabilized enrollment after years of decline. She has beefed up efforts to fight truancy and focused resources on improving reading and science skills. The Michigan Association of School Administrators announced Dr. Banks’ unanimous selection as 2002 Michigan Superintendent of the Year on November 15, 2001, citing her impact on school district students and the Lansing community in her short tenure. The panel also cited Dr. Banks’ strong leadership, creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students, communication skills, professionalism, and community involvement. Prior to coming to Lansing, Dr. Banks rose steadily through the ranks of the Fort Wayne School system, serving as teacher, dean of girls, principal, and finally area director. Dr. Banks’ honors are too numerous to list completely, but she previously has been named Fort Wayne Educator of the Year, Principal of the Year for the state of Indiana by the Indiana Parent Teacher Association, and Ball State University’s Outstanding Alumna of 1996. Dr. Banks and her husband, Bill, have two grown children, Jody and Jonathan. While her own personal philosophy is to be a lifelong learner, those who know her say that she is certain to be a lifelong teacher.

Dr. Eugene Cain
Chief School Administrator
Shabazz Public School Academy
Lansing, MI

Eugene Cain currently serves as Chief School Administrator for Shabazz Public School Academy located in Lansing, Michigan. He is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, wherein he attended public schools, graduating from Western Olin High School. Dr. Cain received a Bachelor of Arts in history and economics from Talladega College, in Talladega, Alabama. He earned a Master's Degree in education and a Doctorate Degree in curriculum and instruction from Wayne State University in Detroit. Dr. Cain has previously served in the capacity of classroom teacher, Curriculum Director, Curriculum Consultant, Assistant State School Superintendent, State Director of Compensatory Education, local school superintendent, principal, and the Southeast Regional Development Vice President for Edison Schools, the nation's largest manager of public schools. Dr. Cain is active as a community volunteer in Lansing, where he mentors several students and is past Chairman of the Education Committee of the local NAACP chapter and the United Negro College Fund. He serves on the Advisory Board of the College of Education at Wayne State University. He also served as a past Chairman of the National Dropout Prevention Network, an organization that he was instrumental in helping to organize.

David A. Kallman J.D.
Attorney at Law
Private Practice
Lansing, MI

Mr. Kallman is a graduate of Schoolcraft Jr. College, and Northwood University where he earned a BA in Business Administration (1979). He is a 1982 graduate of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Mr. Kallman has been in private practice his entire legal career since passing the Michigan Bar Exam in November of 1982. His general practice covers many areas of the law. Mr. Kallman also has handled many cases involving educational issues in public, private and home schools. He was the trial lawyer in the case of People v DeJonge in which the Michigan Supreme Court eventually ruled (in 1993) that home educators did not have to be certified teachers in order to teach their children at home. Mr. Kallman has also worked with a number of charter schools and helped to establish the Noah Webster Academy - a controversial charter school designed to use distance learning in the home. This charter led to much litigation and a final ruling that the State of Michigan did not have to fund the school. He also has much experience with child abuse/neglect cases, which have included some home school cases over the years. Mr. Kallman has been married to Beth for 20 years. They have two children: Stephen (19), a freshman at Wheaton College near Chicago; and Rachel (12), a seventh grader in their own home school program. He is a coach of the boy's varsity home school basketball team for Lansing and the Kallmans belong to a local home school support group.

Paul A. Long
Vice President, Public Policy
Michigan Catholic Conference



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Ballot Initiatives as Policy Alternatives

January 26, 2004
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

This session is designed to examine the strategy of using ballot initiatives as a process for impacting public policy. Through the use of case studies, an expert panel will discuss the outcome and impact of two recent ballot initiatives introduced in Michigan. The panel members will discuss their roles in this process and their perspectives on the use and effectiveness of ballot initiatives in the policy process. This session was developed by the Ballot Initiatives as Policy Alternatives Learning Team.


Resource Persons:

EPFP Learning Team Members:

Julia Ashworth
Ron Collins
Dan Hurley
Steven Meno
Chris Reimann

Resource Persons (detailed resource persons' bios):

Mr. Robert Swanson
Deputy Director, Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth
Former Staff Director, Committee on Taxation Michigan House of Representatives

Mr. Lynn Jondahl
Executive Director, Michigan Prospect
Former Member, Michigan House of Representatives

Mr. David Waymire
Executive Vice President, Marketing Resource Group

Mr. Roger Martin
President, Rossman Martin & Associates


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Gateway to Opportunity:
Michigan's Public University System

January 5, 2004
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

This session will explore the important role that Michigan's public university system plays in supporting, stimulating and expanding virtually every aspect of the state's education, economic development, health care, science, technology and social service sectors. Key demographic and financial trends, and policy issues facing the state's elected officials and human service leaders will be reviewed. In addition, current school reform strategies and the links between K-12 education initiatives and the public universities will be discussed.

Session A Resource Person:

Dr. Michael Boulus (EPFP 1976-77)
Executive Director
Presidents Council State Universities of Michigan
230 N. Washington Square, Suite 302
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 482-1563

Prior to joining the Presidents Council, Mike served as deputy state treasurer for education in Michigan's Department of Treasury, overseeing the Bureau of Student Financial Assistance, the Michigan School Bond Loan Program, the state educational assessment program for K-12 education and the Michigan Merit Award Program.

Mike is the former executive director of the Middle Cities Education Association and former deputy executive director of the Michigan Association of School Administrators. He is founder and first president of the Michigan Schools Energy Cooperative and has been an adjunct professor in Michigan State University's College of Education.

Mike holds a doctoral degree from Michigan State University, a master's degree from Eastern Michigan University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Institute for Educational Leadership's National Leadership Award in 1999, in recognition of his contributions to the improvement of American education.

Session B Resource Persons: Coordinators and Fellows

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