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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 2015 forums will be listed as they are confirmed.

For more information see President's Education Forums.


 Third Grade Reading: What Really Matters?

October 13, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Radisson Hotel, Lansing

Dr. Tanya S. Wright is an Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. She is a former kindergarten teacher whose interests focus on curriculum and instruction in language and literacy during the early childhood and elementary years. Her research examines practices that promote oral language, vocabulary and knowledge development for young children growing up in poverty.  

In this presentation, Dr. Wright will discuss why third grade reading has become such a fucos, what research suggests is effective and what is not effective in supporting early reading, current policies in Michigan, and critical issues as we move forward in thinking about supporting all students in their literacy development.


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