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Education Policy Fellowship Program

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 specific dates and speakers for the 2013 forums will be listed as they are confirmed.

For more information see President's Education Forums.


President's Education Forum

World Class Standards for Preparing Teachers of Mathematics

October 29, 2013
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Radisson Hotel, Lansing

Because the U.S. population generally does less well on international K-12 mathematics assessments, it has been argued that American teacher preparation programs are drawing from a weaker pool of future mathematics teachers. A new groundbreaking study on international benchmarks for high-quality teacher preparation programs and its follow-up study on American teachers at elementary and middle school levels suggest ways this cycle could be eliminated. Dr. William Schmidt, University Distinguished Professor of statistics and education at Michigan State University, will discuss principal conclusions of the study. 

William H. Schmidt received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Concordia College in River Forrest, IL and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in psychometrics and applied statistics. He is currently Director of the Center for Study of Curriculum and served on a group that provided expert input for the Common Core Math Standards. Dr. Schmidt is internationally known for his research into the quality of math and science curricula in U.S. schools. 

For more information, contact Dr. Barbara Markle, Assistant Dean, Office of K-12 Outreach, Michigan State University, 517.353.8950.


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