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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 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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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

The Changing Economics of Education

Decemeber 3, 2013
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Radisson Hotel, Lansing

Michigan’s manufacturing-based economy grew very rapidly in the middle of the 20th century.  But manufacturing has been in relative decline for more than 50 years.  As a result, per-capita income in Michigan is now well below the national average.  The brightest prospects for the future are in the highly skilled, high-technology sectors of the economy.  Thus, education is the key to capturing a better economic future for Michigan.  Professor Ballard will discuss the economic trends that have brought us to where we are today, as well as policies for the future.

Charles Ballard has been on the Economics faculty at Michigan State University 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.  Also in 2007, he won the Outstanding Teacher Award in MSU’s College of Social Science.  In 2011, he joined the Board of Directors of the Michigan League for Public Policy.  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 and Michigan’s Economic Future.

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

 

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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 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

Financing a High-Performance State Education System

February 25, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Radisson Hotel, Lansing

Two decades after Proposal A's landmark implementation, Michigan's school funding system in once again at a crossroads. Proposal A gave state policy markers centralized control over funding for school operations. As Michigan seeks to attain more ambitious student learning outcomes, a coherent and well-aligned funding system is essential. Dr. Arsen will discuss current tension in the system and policy options for improving efficiency, equity and adaquacy in the state's public school funding.

David Arsen received his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and Ph.D. in Economics from the Unversity of California, Berkeley. He has written widely on school finance, school choice and other education policies. 

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

 

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EPFP Learning Team Sessions

Each of the Michigan EPFP Fellows participates on a learning team that is created around their learning priorities and objectives. The learning teams are comprised of 4-6 members and they attempt to represent the diversity of the program's participants. The learning teams work as cross boundary groups to explore topics of mutual interest. Each learning team is responsible for developing one of the seminar presentations during the program year. The learning teams use multiple presentation formats, resources and learning styles to address the topic or theme selected by the group's members. Participation on a learning team provides enhanced networking opportunities and the development of collaborative skills. 

 

March 3, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Kellogg Center, MSU

Session A - Zero Tolerance Policy 9am - 12pm

Purpose: To examine Zero Tolerance Policies and their impact on schools, education, and students.  In addition, to examine how these policies stretch beyond the school environment and have a broader social and economic impact. Specifically, zero tolerance policies have been strongly linked to the school-to-prison pipeline and recent research conducted by the National Education Policy Center found that zero tolerance policies put children at an increased risk of truancy and incarceration.  The past and present of zero tolerance will be highlighted.  Please review the resource links provided below for background information on this issue and come prepared to participate in our group discussion.

 

Session B - Federal Equity Policy Overview, 1pm - 5pm 

Purpose: Our group's aim is to connect the dots between federal policy, and state and local implementation of those policies in regards to equity in education. Using Michigan State University’s 60/50 Project as inspiration, we seek deeper understanding of the impact of Brown v. Board of Education (1954) on segregation and transportation in Michigan's Schools, and the intersection of how ESEA (1965) and Title I was designed and how effective it is. Our learning goals include: gaining better insight into how federal policy effects local school districts, developing a greater understanding of the implications from historic policies on contemporary contexts, and examining the reactions of local districts to policy demands.

 

 

 

 

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EPFP Learning Team Sessions

Each of the Michigan EPFP Fellows participates on a learning team that is created around their learning priorities and objectives. The learning teams are comprised of 4-6 members and they attempt to represent the diversity of the program's participants. The learning teams work as cross boundary groups to explore topics of mutual interest. Each learning team is responsible for developing one of the seminar presentations during the program year. The learning teams use multiple presentation formats, resources and learning styles to address the topic or theme selected by the group's members. Participation on a learning team provides enhanced networking opportunities and the development of collaborative skills. 

 

March 17, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Kellogg Center, MSU

Session A - Early Childhood:  How and Why it has Become a Hot Policy Topic 9am - 12pm

Purpose: Through this session, participants will recognize the increased focus Early Childhood Education is receiving in terms of policy and investment of resources. An understanding will also be developed of the multiplicity of factors and the many voices that have influenced this increased visibility. The session will include presentations from, and discussions with, a series of panelists speaking on considerations at national, state, and local levels.  The information presented will assist participants in examining how the increased visibility of Early Childhood Education has led to increased scrutiny and the field’s response to that scrutiny. Additionally, these discussions will examine opportunities and barriers impacting the field of Early Childhood Education and its ability to achieve the greatest potential for children and families. Finally, participants will gain an appreciation for the far-reaching impact policy decisions regarding Early Childhood Education have not only for children and families, but for society as a whole. 

 

 

Session B - State Assessment Systems, 1pm - 5pm 

Purpose: We will take a look at the impact and changes in state assessment practices, historically, and as we are evolving toward on-line opportunities for assessment.  

 

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