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Creating a Community Agenda

May 18, 2009
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

The purpose of the session is to: 1) explore how the Community Agenda may offer solutions to the challenges our nation faces in educating all of our young people; 2) showcase schools nationally and in Michigan that are implementing a Community Agenda; 3) illustrate the process involved in creating Community Agenda schools in Michigan; and 4) create Community Agenda advocates.

Learning Team Members:

Peter Arashiro
Kenny Bey
Vincent Dean
Nicholas Drzal
Betty Kirby
Craig Wiles


1:00 - 1:20 p.m. KnowledgeWorks Map - Overview of Current Drivers and Trends - Peter Arashiro

The KnowledgeWorks Foundation and the Institute for the Future (IFTF)
2006-2016 Map of Future Forces Affecting Education

Implications for Learning and the Driver - "Society - A New Civic Discourse"

1:20 - 1:25 p.m. A Call To Action - U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan – Nicholas Drzal

1:25 - 1:45 p.m. The Community Agenda Overview - Craig Wiles

Real World Examples of Trends Happening Across The Country

The Challenges Our Nation Faces in Educating All Young People

The Community Agenda and Actions That YOU Can Take

1:45 - 1:55 p.m. State Impact Overview - Vincent Dean

The Issues and Challenges Facing School Districts to Improve Learning Environments for Children

2:00 - 2:40 p.m. Chuck Wilbur, Education Policy Advisor for Governor Granholm

2:40 - 2:50 p.m. BREAK

2:50 - 3:35 p.m. The Kalamazoo Promise

Tina Atkins, Special Education Administrator, Kalamazoo RESA

Vision: The greater Kalamazoo Community will become a world leader in education, investing in youth to elevate the quality of life for each resident.

Mission: The Kalamazoo Promise transforms the community and stimulates the economy through a new generation of learners.

3:40 - 4:00 p.m. Discussion of the Lansing School District Promise Zone

Dr. Terry Spencer, Director of Curriculum and Head of Lansing School District Promise Zone
The Lansing School District has been designated as one of 10 Education Promise Zones in Michigan

4:00 - 4:10 p.m. An Example of a Community School In Action - Nicholas Drzal

Community Schools: Connecting Partners for Success in Indianapolis

4:10 - 4:45 p.m. Isabella County Community Agenda Simulation - Betty Kirby

4:45 - 5:00 p.m. Community Schools For All - Nicholas Drzal

Resource Persons:

Chuck Wilbur, (EPFP 2001-02)
Senior Advisor for Education and Communication
Office of Governor Jennifer M. Granholm

Tina Atkins
Special Education Administrator
Kalamazoo RESA

Dr. Terry Spencer
Director of Curriculum and Head of Lansing School District Promise Zone
Lansing School District


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Removing Barriers to Flexible Curriculum Delivery:
Replacing Seat-time as the Funding Criterion

May 4, 2009
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

This session is divided into three sections.  The first section will introduce the topic and provided an overview of stakeholder interviews. The second section will examine the current structure of school funding based on student seat time.  How students receive credit under this system will be discussed. The third section of this presentation will consider possible changes to this structure using rule changes, the legislative process, and/or the referendum process. Questions will be entertained throughout the presentations and time has been allotted for discussion at the end of the session.

Learning Team Members:

Jeff Bohl
Philip Boone
Bob Howe
Kevin MacRitchie
Doug McCall
Bob Rock
Chuck Saur
John VanWagoner



Noon Lunch
1:00 General introduction of the topic
1:10 Results of stakeholder interviews
1:35 Wavier Guidance and the Traverse City Experience
1:45 Introduction of Mary Alice Galloway
2:15 Group Discussion
2:45 Break
3:00 Rules change overview
3:20 Legislative overview  
3:40 Legislative examples
3:45 Referendum Overview
3:55 Introduction of Dianne Byrum
4:25 Group Discussion
5:00 Final Comments from Dan/Jacque

Resource Persons:

Dianne Byrum,
Member Michigan State University Board of Trustees,
Michigan House of Representatives 1991-94 and 2003-06,
Michigan Senate 1995-2002

Dianne Byrum is currently a partner with Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications, an East Lansing, Michigan-based public relations firm.

MaryAlice Galloway (EPFP 2000-01)
Interim Director
Office of School Improvement
Michigan Department of Education

MaryAlice has worked for the Michigan Department of Education for many years in a variety of service areas. She currently serves as Interim Director of the Office of School Improvement overseeing the many programs and services in the areas of school improvement, federal formula funded programs (Title I, Title II, etc), curriculum and instruction, and support to diverse learners. She is committed to collaborative efforts to accomplish the work of education for all Michigan students.

Resource Materials:

Sections from the Michigan Department of Education’s Pupil Accounting Manual

Section 2 – Hours of Pupil Instruction

Section 3 – Pupil Membership Count Requirements

Section 5H – Reduced School Pupils

Section 5O

Recent newspaper and magazine articles and editorials from around the national and state regarding student days and hours of instruction, “seat time”.

Letter from Michigan Superintendent of Instruction Mike Flanagan to Traverse City Area Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jayne Mohr regarding her request to waive seat time requirements.

How a Bill Becomes a Law

“Rule” defined

Eligibility to receive state aid – see subsection (9)

State Board, duties general – see subsection (3)

School District Pupil Accounting for Distribution of State Aid

David Hollister: “A Public Policy Primer”

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Ethics in Education and Educational Leadership

March 09, 2009
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU



Learning Team Members:

Beverly Baroni
Raven McCrory
Christina Mazuca
Mark Thomas
Linda Wacyk


    1. Heighten participant's awareness of how ethics impacts their leadership and the decisions leaders make;
    2. Allow participants an opportunity to explore their individual ethical framework;
    3. Expose participants to an opportunity to develop a process they could use in the future for ethical decision making;
    4. Explore individual & professional ethic codes; and
    5. Create awareness of the role of values in leadership.


12:00 PM Lunch

1:00-1:15 Welcome and Introduction (video clip, The Office)

1:15-1:45 What is Ethical Leadership

1:45-2:15 Ethical Paradigms & Self Assessment

2:15-2:30 BREAK

2:30-3:40 Scenario

3:40-3:50 Summary: Apology Clip

3:50-4:00 Break

4:00-5:00 Speaker: Provost Wilcox, MSU: Values in Leadership

Resource Person

Dr. Kim Wilcox, Provost, Michigan State University

Resource Materials

PowerPoint Presentation
Definition of Ethics
Ethical Decisions in Turbulent Times. Joan Poliner Shapiro, Steven Jay Grodd and Susan H. Shapiro. The School Administrator, May 2008.
MSU Code of Ethics
Moral Dimensions of Educational Decisions. Amitai Etzioni. The School Administrator, May 2008.
Moral Rudders and Superintendent Values. Rushworth M. Kidder. The School Administrator, May 2008.
Print and Online Resources

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Education in the Age of Globalization

February 23, 2009
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Kellogg Center, MSU


Resource Person: Yong Zhao

Dr. Yong Zhao 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.

Resource Materials

Education in a Flat World by Dr. Yong Zhao
Debate on the Merits of National Standards between Dr. William Schmidt and Dr. Yong Zhao. April 3, 2009
Learning to Change-Changing to Learn Consortium for School Networking featuring Dr. Yong Zhao May 15, 2008
21st Century Education: No Child Left Behind and Global Competitiveness The Pearson Foundation and the Mobile Learning Institute


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MSU President’s Education Forums

The MSU President’s Education Forums were established in 1998 and are an outreach strategy to inform policy makers and education leaders about current education policy issues and to open discussion around research and best practice in specific education policy areas.  These annual forums are sponsored by Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon and by the College of Education through the Office of K-12 Outreach.  These forums, which are by invitation only, are well attended by state legislators and their staff members, State Board of Education members, Michigan Department of Education staff, leaders of local and intermediate school districts and association representatives.  Each year the forums provide an opportunity for continuing conversations around critical national and state policy issues. Presentations are made by key MSU College of Education faculty and national authorities who address critical policy issues.  The Michigan EPFP's affiliation with the Education Policy Center at MSU and the Office of K-12 Outreach enables the EPFP Fellows to participate in these forums.  While attendance is encouraged, these forums are optional policy experiences for the Michigan EPFP Fellows.  A luncheon is provided and reservations are required.

The 2009 forums are listed below:

February 5, 2009

A Vision for the University in Times of Economic Crisis

Dr. Lou Anna K. Simon is the 20th president of Michigan State University, leading the way to Advancing Knowledge and Transforming Lives. She served as provost and vice president for academic affairs from 1993-2004 and as interim president in 2003. Dr. Simon was appointed president by the MSU Board of Trustees in January 2005. President Simon has a distinguished history with MSU. After earning her doctorate in administration and higher education from MSU in 1974, she became a member of the MSU faculty and assistant director of the Office of Institutional Research (now the Office of Planning and Budgets). From there, she moved into a variety of administrative roles, including assistant provost for general academic administration during the 1980s and associate provost in the early 1990s.

Dr. Simon’s commitment to the land-grant tradition of applying education in many areas, particularly in economic development and globalization, has been demonstrated on a national level through her work as a member of the Council on Competitiveness and the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC). Dr. Simon was appointed to the Governor’s Emergency Financial Advisory Panel and served as a member of the Lt. Governor’s Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth (Cherry Commission). She is a member of the Michigan Strategic Economic Investment and Commercialization Board (SEIC), the Detroit Renaissance Board of Directors and, more locally, of Prima Civitas. Dr. Simon has served as a member of the American Council on Education (ACE) Commission on International Initiatives and the Executive Committee of the Partnership to Cut Hunger in Africa.

March 3, 2009

Michigan's Economic Outlook

Dr. David Arsen is a professor of Educational Administration in the College of Education at Michigan State University. A Michigan native, he received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and went on to earn his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Throughout his career, Dr. Arsen has devoted his teaching and research to applied public policy analysis, with specialization in public finance and state and local economic development. He taught at Barnard College, Columbia University before returning to Michigan to take a position in MSU’s James Madison College where he led the development of the Political Economy program. Dr. Arsen joined MSU’s College of Education in 2001. His current research focuses on educational finance, school choice and education policy.

Dr. Charles Ballard is a Professor of Economics at Michigan State University. He has been on the faculty at MSU since 1983, when he received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. In 2007, he became Director of the State of the State Survey, in MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. Much of Professor Ballard’s research involves analysis of public policies, including environmental policies, the Michigan tax system, and tax credits for health insurance. He has served as a consultant with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Health & Human Services, and Treasury, and with research institutes in Australia, Denmark, and Finland. His books include Michigan at the Millennium (2003), Real Economics for Real People (2004), and Michigan’s Economic Future (2006).

April 21, 2009

Education Stimulus: Staggering Opportunity, Monumental Challenge

Dr. Robert Floden is a University Distinguished Professor of teacher education, measurement and quantitative methods, educational psychology, and educational policy. He is associate dean for research, director of the Institute for Research on Teaching and Learning and co-director of Teachers for a New Era (TNE). He has studied teacher education and other influences on teaching and learning, including work on the cultures of teaching, on teacher development, on the character and effects of teacher education, and on how policy is linked to classroom practice. His current research examines teacher preparation and teachers’ mathematical knowledge for teaching. Dr. Floden received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and he is a member of the National Academy of Education.

For more information see President's Education Forums.

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