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The Reauthorization of the ESEA Legislation

February 22, 2010
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

During this seminar we will examine the process for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and how the proposed changes may impact Michigan education. We will also receive an update on the upcoming National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessment of technological literacy and what this means for future technology programs at the state and national levels. Another discussion topic will include high school to college preparation and the "readiness issue," a topic that has become central to several proposed federal funding formulas.


Resource Person

Sharif ShrakaniSharif M. Shrakrani, Ph. D. (EPFP 1979-80)
Professor and Co-Director
The Education Policy Center at Michigan State University
201 D Erickson
Hall East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 432-0216
shakrani [at]

Dr. Sharif Shakrani is a professor of measurement and quantitative methods and co-director of The Education Policy Center (EPC) at Michigan State University (MSU). His work with the EPC includes providing key audiences in the education policy system with access to timely, credible, non-partisan policy research and analysis. His research interests include analysis of the effects of national and states accountability systems on student achievement; use of research in setting educational policy; impact of national efforts to enhance student’s participation and achievements in mathematics, science, and technology education; and alignment of standards, assessment, and pedagogy. His areas of expertise include Assessment and Testing, Measurement and Testing, and Quantitative Research Methods. Before coming to MSU, Dr. Shakrani served eight years as the Deputy Executive Director of the National Assessment Governing Board in the U.S. Department of Education. He was responsible for technical and policy direction for the National Assessment of Educational Programs (NAEP). He has also worked for the National Center for Education Statistics in the U.S. Department of Education, where he guided the design of federal educational assessments. Prior to his work at the federal level, Sharif worked at the Michigan Department of Education, where he was responsible for K-12 general education curriculum assessment and was instrumental in revising the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP). He has provided technical advice in the area of large-scale assessment to the states of California, North Carolina, Florida, Louisiana, and Oregon. His Ph.D. is in educational measurement from MSU, where he also earned his M.A. in measurement and evaluation after earning his B.S. in mathematics.

Dr. Shakrani has worked extensively with the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of Education on several key testing, measurement and evaluation initiatives and he served as a member of a study group to recommend changes to the NCLB Act. The group studied problems encountered in fulfilling the Federal reporting requirements, issues of testing and assessment, reporting, and the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) procedures. Input from these studies will help inform policy makers in the process of the reauthorization of the NCLB Act. Dr. Shakrani served as a member of the education policy transition team which worked on behalf of both the Bush Administration and the Obama Administration.

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Devolved Government: ReImagining Public Policy Partnerships

January 25, 2010
12 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

During this seminar we will examine a new public-private partnership, Michigan Saves, that has been created to promote energy conservation in Michigan and help reduce the state's energy footprint. We will explore how and why this new public policy initiative was established and examine the thinking behind the launching of this ambitious effort outside of state government. What are the implications or possible advantages of this adopting this approach to restructuring other areas of public service? Is this example of devolved government a model of policy development and implementation for the future?

Resource Person:

Mr. Jeff Williams (EPFP 1997-98)
Vice President for Technology & Public Policy
Public Sector Consultants
600 W. Saint Joseph St. Suite 10
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 484-4954

Jeff Williams is senior vice president for technology and public policy at Public Sector Consultants. He advises the firm's clients on technology issues and supervises the firm's internal and external information services and staff. Mr.Williams also conducts research and analysis on health policy and education issues and supervises PSCs public opinion and stakeholder survey research. He has been with the firm since 1991, serving first as an administrative assistant for survey research, then technology consultant, and then senior consultant. Prior to joining PSC, Mr. Williams was a program officer at the Midwestern Higher Education Commission. While at the commission, he provided staff support to the Telecommunications Committee and assisted with management of a nine-state, $18-million distance learning/interactive video equipment purchase program. He also provided staff support to the commission's Risk Management and Academic Course Scheduling Committees. Mr. Williams completed an undergraduate degree with honors in international relations from Michigan State University. He holds a master's degree in technology and public affairs from the University of Minnesota and is certified by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Michigan Public Service Commission Press Release

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Catching Up or Leading the Way Book Discussion

January 11, 2010
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Kellogg Center, MSU

During this seminar we will be engaging in a detailed discussion of Professor Yong Zhao's book "Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization". Some additional resources are provided below. Fellows will read the book and be prepared to discuss the big ideas presented with Dr. Zhao. We are excited to be able to schedule a thorough discussion of the book facilitated by the author. The ideas presented will provide us with a 21st Century construct for our ongoing learning around educational policy and leadership.


Resource Person: Yong Zhao

Dr. Yong Zhao

Yong Zhao, Ph.D.
University Distinguished Professor
Educational Psychology and Educational Technology
Executive Director for the Confucius Institute at Michigan State University
Director, Center for Teaching and Technology
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

Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization by Dr. Yong Zhao

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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Leadership & Skill Development

December 14, 2009
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

Fellows will continue to explore how beliefs and behavior can conflict with individual and organizational goals. Through facilitated discussion we will seek to better understand our own thinking and the thinking of others in the context of current organizational challenges.

Resource Person:

Barbara W. Markle, Ph.D. (EPFP 1993-94)
Assistant Dean of K-12 Outreach
College of Education
Michigan State University
201 Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 353-8950
markle [at]


Dr. Barbara Markle is Assistant Dean of K-12 Outreach in the College of Education at Michigan State University. In this capacity she develops and implements programs for classroom teachers, school administrators and policymakers that translate educational research to application in schools and settings where education policy decisions are made. Dr. Markle’s public school experience includes service as a high school teacher, counselor, junior high principal, senior high school associate principal and director of curriculum. She also served as Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction in the Michigan Department of Education where she was responsible for Michigan’s education reform initiatives. She directs several state and federal grants, and has a deep interest in school reform issues centering on teacher leadership. Her Ph.D. is in educational administration from Michigan State University. She is the recipient of the 2003 National Leadership Award from the Institute for Educational Leadership, the 2006 Educational Leadership Award from the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association, and the 2007 Education Fellows Award from the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators.

Resource Material

Peter Senge, The 5th Discipline Fieldbook, 1994
Chris Argyris, On Organizational Learning, 1999

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Coalition Building & Advocacy

November 16, 2009
Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

The purpose of this session is to examine coalition building and advocacy as strategies for impacting public policy. We will examine the goals and priorities of a new coalition that has been created by the Michigan Association of School Business Officials, the Michigan Association of School Boards and the Michigan Association of School Administrators to Save Our Students, Save Our Schools, Save Our State (SOS). One of the goals of the SOS coalition is to develop support for a proposal that will address the needs of schools and Michigan for a stable and equitable funding system.

Resource Person:

Tom WhiteTom White (EPFP 1989-90)
Thomas White LLC
Education and Management Consulting
13635 Canyonwood Close
DeWitt, MI 48820
(517) 515-1604

Tom White is an education and management consultant who works with several organizations including the Michigan Department of Education, the Confucius Institute at Michigan State University and the Michigan Association of School Boards. He is the former Executive Director of the Michigan School Business Officials (MSBO), a professional organization for school managers who work in the non-curricular aspects of a school district, primarily in the areas of finance, accounting, payroll, purchasing, facilities, technology, transportation and food services. Before joining MSBO Tom worked for 9 years as the Director of Government Relations for the Michigan Association of School Boards. Prior to that he spent 9 years as a labor negotiator, negotiating more than 100 contracts with school employee groups over his career. He has also taught at a community college and worked in the field of medical economics. Tom is currently on several boards: he is vice-president of the Clinton County Regional Education Services Agency and president of the Michigan Institute for Educational Management Board of Directors. He is also a member of the following: the Michigan Liquid Asset Fund (an investment pool in excess of $1 billion), the School Employers Trust Property Casualty Fund, the Education Alliance of Michigan, and the Michigan Schools Energy Cooperative. Tom has a M.A. degree from Michigan State University in Labor and Industrial Relations and a B.A. degree in social science. He completed two years of post graduate work in business at the University of Oregon.

During the second part of the program the Fellows will identify and discuss proposed EPFP Learning Team topics and begin the process of establishing Learning Teams and selecting presentation dates.

Resource Material

EPFP Learning Team Information
SOS PowerPoint
EPFP Learning Team PowerPoint


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