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Michigan's Economic Outlook

October 11, 2004
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

During this seminar the Fellows will have an opportunity to discuss the status of the Michigan economy, some of the key trends and indicators that are used in making economic projections, and the state's current economic forecast.

Resource Person:

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Jay Wortley is the Senior Economist for the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency. His responsibilities include preparing economic forecasts for the U.S. and Michigan economies, estimating future State Government revenues, estimating the potential fiscal impact of proposed tax legislation, and evaluating tax policy issues. Prior to joining the Senate Fiscal Agency in 1991,  Jay spent six years in Washington, D.C., where he worked for the National Association of State Budget Officers and Price Waterhouse. Prior to going to Washington, D.C., in 1985, Jay spent 12 years as an economist with Michigan's Department of Management and Budget in the Office of Revenue and Tax Analysis. Jay received B.A. and M.A. degrees in Economics from Michigan State University.

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Global & Technological Change & its Role in Transforming Education

Finish your homework, there are children in India starving for your job

February 06, 2006
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

If the educational system of Michigan is going to prepare students to be productive citizens in society, school districts must be equipped to handle change. The world that our students are being prepared to enter is a global economy that is changing rapidly. In a global society, technology is an integral part of the transformation of local economy to global economy. However, in some areas of education, technology is seen as an optional part of the educational system. In order to prepare our students for their future and not our past, educators must be ready to be change agents and embrace change in order to prepare our students. For this to happen, Michigan’s educational system needs to be transformed.

In order for the educational system of Michigan to be transformed, educators must be prepared to handle change. Our thought provoking presentation will feature examples of challenges facing schools in light of our changing global economy (making the world ‘flat’) and the changes in education brought through technology. The intent is for the participant to have a greater understanding of the needed changes in education in light of the changes occurring in the global economy. We will also discuss the concept of change and some items for consideration as districts embrace the changes needed.

Learning Team Members:

Louis Burgess
Kathy Humphrey
Gayla Mann
David Mills
Mike Oswalt
Jeanne Tomlinson
Tracy Van Peeren

Pre-session Activity:

  • Review the articles listed under Resource Materials
  • Visit and view the presentation by Thomas Friedman at MIT about the book ‘The World is Flat’


1:00 p.m. Introduction/Purpose of the Day.....………..Mike Oswalt & Kathy Humphrey
1:15 p.m. Flatteners & Convergences..………..…….Kathy Humphrey & Louis Burgesss
1:25 p.m. KWL Activity Introduction & ‘KW’ for Globalization…………Tracy Van Peeren
1:35 p.m. Green Tea & Starbucks...........................……............……..Dr. Yong Zhao
2:30 p.m. ‘L’ activity for Globalization.....................................….Tracy Van Peeren
2:35 p.m. Questions for Dr. Zhao ..................................................Dr. Yong Zhao
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. ‘KW’ activity for Technology in Schools..................…….Tracy Van Peeren
3:25 p.m. Technology Use & Barriers ....................................…….....Melissa White
4:00 p.m. ‘L’ activity for Technology in Schools....................……...Tracy Van Peeren
4:05 p.m. Questions for Melissa .................................................…...Melissa White
4:15 p.m. Beginning to Understand Change .................................……...Mike Oswalt
4:45 p.m. Session Review using CPS Technology.............................………David Mills
5:00 p.m. Adjournment

Resource Persons:

Yong Zhao, Ph.D.
University Distinguished Professor
Educational Psychology and Educational Technology
Director, Center for Teaching and Technology
Director, US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence
College of Education
Michigan State University
115D Erickson Hall
East Lansing , MI 48824
Phone: 517-353-4325

Yong Zhao is a University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University, where he also serves as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence. He holds a BA from Sichuan International Studies University, an A.M and Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He joined the faculty at Michigan State University in 1996 after working at Willamette University, Hamilton College, and Colgate University as a specialist in technology and language education. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Education. Zhao ’s research interests include diffusion of innovations, teacher adoption of technology, computer-assisted language learning, globalization and education, and international and comparative education. Zhao has published extensively in these areas. His articles have appeared in American Educational Research Journal, Teachers College Record and other international scholarly journals. He has published seven books in China and the US. He has developed and managed numerous network-based learning environments and educational web sites. He received the 2003 Raymond B. Catell Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association for his significant contribution to research in education. Zhao has extensive international experiences. He has consulted with government and educational agencies and spoken on educational issues in many countries including Chile, China, England, Ireland, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. He is currently leading the Education Research Group of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) education network (EDNET). His current work focuses on the impact of globalization on education and the integration of Eastern and Western educational practices. Dr. Zhao serves on editorial boards for numerous scholarly journals, including Educational Researcher, theInternational Journal of Educational Technology, and the Journal of Language Learning and Technology.

Melissa White
Supervisor of Media and Technology
Ingham Intermediate School District
Mason, MI

Melissa White has been a K-12 Media Specialist for 17 years. For the past 7.5 years, she has been the Supervisor of Media and Technology at Ingham Intermediate School District.  Melissa has also been an instructor for 5 years in the Educational Technology Certificate program at Michigan State University. Currently, she is teaching a CEP 811 course in Birmingham.  Melissa was the MACUL Outstanding Technology Using Educator Runner Up for 2002 and the MAME Program Chair from 1997 to 2006.

Resource Materials:

Web Based Resources A free school technology news e-newsletter Edutopia News, the weekly electronic newsletter from The George Lucas Educational Foundation. Each issue features original stories on K-12 topics and practices, as well as editorial highlights from other news sources. (Note: some links expire.) T he Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) e-Newsletter, a bi-monthly e-mail publication with links to current McREL research, products, and services and other sites containing research and practical applications relevant to K-12 education.'s monthly e-newsletter about educational technology issues. EdTech Trends includes stories from Education Week about the latest trends and news developments in the world of K-12 educational technology, roundups of technology reports, statistics from the EPE Research Center about issues such as student computer use and online learning, and updates about upcoming edtech conferences, seminars, and grants. Information on education issues and grant possibilities. Smart Brief, a source for current education information and news. WestEd is a nonprofit research, development and service agency that works with education and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity and improve learning for children, youth and adults.

Downloadable Resources
21st Century Schools Need 21st Century Technology
School Administrator, Changing of the Guard
Diffusion of Innovations
The Triple Convergence
The Ten Forces that Flattened the World
KWL Chart

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Leadership Style Influences Upon People & Policies of Organizations

January 23, 2006
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

The purpose of this session is to explore varying styles of leadership and how they affect decision-making, promotion of leadership qualities within organizations and policy making.

Leadership Style Influences Upon People & Policies of Organizations

EPFP Learning Team Members:

Shereen Arraf
Carol Easlick
David Faichney
James Griffiths
Derek Jones
Peggy O’Keeffe
Robert Smith


12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00 Introduction & Opener, Shereen Arraf
1:15-2:00 Philip Johnson (introduction by David Faichney)
2:00-2:30 An Art of Possibility, Peggy O’Keeffe
2:30 Break
2:45 Scott Holman (introduction by James Griffiths)     
3:30 Leading with Laughter, Carol Easlick & Derek Jones
3:45 Lou Adams & a Simulation (introduction by Robert Smith)
4:30 Q/A & Wrap-up, David Faichney


Leaders from various organizations will share their perspectives and experiences about leadership, and discuss their approaches to specific problems which have challenged them during their tenure as leaders.

Research regarding leadership styles, ethical issues, problem solving, and policy making will be integrated throughout the session.

Members will be engaged in simulations and group discussions regarding some challenges leaders face.

Fellows and Learning Team members will be encouraged to bring examples of good and bad leadership experiences they have witnessed.

Specific Questions for Guest Leaders to Answer:

1.     How do your define leadership?
2.     What kind of leader are you?
3.     What are the strategies you use to inspire and lead your organization?
4.     What are your approaches toward developing leadership in others?
5.     How do you respond to change within your organization or environment?
6.     What are some of the effective approaches you use to impact policy in your organization?

Resource Persons:

Dr. Philip Johnson
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Philip Johnson is an author, public speaker, broadcaster, ordained minister and consultant to large and small corporations.  Phil holds a doctorate from the University of Toronto and is on the faculty of Calvin College and the University of Phoenix.  His purpose in consultation is to enable businesses, associations and government to focus on their future, and develop practical strategies which they can put into action profitably.  Phil is an author of six books including Time-Out! Restoring Your Passion for Life, Love and Work. His seventh, The Soulwise Enterprise: Inventing a Future of Promise and Prosperity, will be published next year.

Mr. Lou Adams, M.A.
Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth
District Manager
Michigan Rehabilitation Services

Resource Materials:

Leadership Quotes.doc

Recommended Leadership Resources.doc

Think Like a Leader Activity.doc

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Policy Recommendations for High School Reform in Michigan

January 9, 2006
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

On December 13, 2005 the Michigan State Board of Education (SBE) approved a set of high school graduation requirements that are intended to improve the rigor, relevance and outcomes of Michigan high schools in order to prepare students to succeed in their post-secondary education and subsequent careers in the competitive global economy of the 21st Century.

Resource Persons:

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Diane McMillan has been the high school redesign consultant for the Michigan Department of Education since August 2005.  She recently retired after 32 years in education from the Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS).  Diane worked in GRPS for 6 years--4 years as principal of Ottawa Hills High School, which is also her alma mater, and two years at the district office working in secondary literacy and language arts, and high school redesign.  Previously Diane worked for 25 years in the Lansing School District as a language arts teacher, assistant principal, and secondary language arts coordinator.  Diane is married to Robert Hurd, an assistant principal at East Kentwood High School and resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Resource Materials:

Michigan High School Initiative PowerPoint LINK

The "Michigan High School Graduation Requirements"  are available on the MDE Web site at

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The Power of Polling

December 12, 2005
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

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.


Mr. Ed Sarpolus
Vice President
4710 W. Saginaw
Lansing, MI
(517) 886-0860

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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