Using Technology to Move Michigan Toward a Knowledge Economy
April 25, 2011
This session continues the theme selected by this year's fellows on transforming Michigan's economy from a manufacturing-based to a knowledge-based economy. This session focuses on the role technology can play in teaching and learning and in the policy cycle.
From the past two groups, we’ve heard presentations that have focused on Michigan’s shift toward a knowledge-based economy from international, federal, and state perspectives and from the perspectives of stakeholders. For this session, we want to focus more closely on one of the primary reasons driving this shift towards a knowledge-based economy and what we believe is one of the primary tools Michigan can use to catch up in this race to educate—technology. Rather than spending our time presenting an argument that technology is driving the shift from the industrial age to the information age, (which we believe you can read in Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat or glean from Daniel Pink’s A Whole New Mind among many others options), we’d like to invest our time in digging more deeply into two fundamental questions:
1) How do we best leverage new technologies including mobile computing devices and web-based technologies to accelerate students’ learning and develop the 21st Century skill necessary to compete in a knowledge-based economy?
2) As we move through this period, as we implement changes and reform, how do we collect and utilize technology and data to monitor and inform the effectiveness of educational practices and policies?
For this presentation, EPFP fellows bring the following:
- 1. A copy of their (a) school/district/institution’s technology policy (such as Acceptable Use Policy, Board Policy, or other Technology Guideline Documents).
- 2. A laptop or tablet computer that is able to connect to the Internet.
EPFP Learning Team Members:
Dr. Elliot Soloway is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering, with faculty appointments in the School of Education and the School of Information at the University of Michigan. For the past 10 years, Soloway’s research has been guided by the vision that mobile, handheld – and very low-cost – networked devices are the only way to truly achieve universal 1:1 in schools – all across the globe. In 2001, the undergraduates selected him to receive the “Golden Apple Award” as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year. In 2004, the EECS College of Engineering HKN Honor Society awarded Elliot the “Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award.” Elliot is currently Chair and Grand Poohbah of ISTE’s Special Interest Group on Mobile Learning, SIGML, the bestest SIG in ISTE!
Andrew Henry, Red Cedar Solutions Group (EPFP 2002-03)
Margaret Ropp, Ph.D., Red Cedar Solutions Group (EPFP 2001-02)
Acceptable Use Policies in Web 2.0 & Mobile Area (from the Consortium for School Networking Intitiative, COSN) Available for download from http://www.cosn.org/Portals/7/docs/Web%202.0/Acceptable%20Use%20Policies%20Web%2020%20Mobile%20Era.pdf
Leveraging Expertise, Relationships, and Leadership
through Technology, Risk-Taking, and Critical Conversations
May 9, 2011
This learning team session looks at a central issue in the important work of preparing students for the knowledge economy of the 21st century: how do people overcome real or perceived obstacles to make connections and influence policy decisions?
Our presentation will model specific ways in which leaders can leverage three key resources to shape, drive, and direct policy. These intangible but invaluable resources are expertise, relationships, and leadership. As we will show, these resources can be brought to bear on policy in many spheres through a combination of technology, risk-taking, and crucial conversations.
As will be defined by our project, expertise is knowledge and experience about how to bring about change. Many policy leaders see expertise in other organizations, but may not know how to tap into that expertise to benefit their own organization. Relationships are interdependent connections between individuals and teams that can pool organizational capacity. Many policy leaders depend on relationships to find out information or to broker cooperation, but these leaders also know the importance of exploring new relationships, refining existing ones, and guarding against stagnation. Leadership is the exercise of decision-making power within an organization toward an agenda. Many policy leaders wield this naturally but sometimes assume that their leadership has a limit, and thus fail to recognize how to “borrow” the leadership of those with even more power.
Often, an obstacle to gaining access to these resources is the simple assumption that those who possess them will not share them. However, the “big block of cheese day” is itself a model of bridging the phantom gap that exists between those who have these resources and those that need it to effect policy change. Can we take the risk to ask for access? Can we use technology to remove obstacles of distance and time? Do we have the courage to build trust and develop relationships?
Jean Boven, Deputy Commissioner, Dept. of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs
Jean Boven is the Deputy Commissioner overseeing the Licensing and Product Review Division, within the Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation (OFIR), Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. She oversees the licensing programs for insurance producers (agents) solicitors, counselors and adjusters, third party administrators, foreign risk retention groups, mortgage brokers, lenders, servicers and loan originators, as well as nine other consumer finance regulatory programs. She also oversees insurance rates and form filings for personal home and auto policies.
Prior to coming to OFIR, Ms. Boven was the Director of the Licensing Division within the Bureau of Commercial Services, Department of Labor & Economic Growth, where she was responsible for the administration of 31 licensing programs. She also served as the Department Manager for the Bureau’s Enforcement Division, overseeing the intake of consumer complaints and the issuance of formal administrative complaints against licensees.
Jean has 35 years of public service working in various departments for the State of Michigan. She has Masters Degree in Public Administration from Western University and a Bachelors Degree in Public Policy from Michigan State University.Justin Caine, Owner, Good Fruit Video
Mr. Caine has been studying video since high school, where he worked for his school's television channel. In 2002, as a high school senior, Justin's class won national recognition for excellence while competing against other high schools and even universities throughout the country.
After high school Justin attended Lansing Community College, where he studied media technology. Once he received his diploma from LCC, Justin had several short stints in local media outlets, both television and radio, before pursuing self employment. Good Fruit Video is Justin's third venture in the world of business ownership and has allowed him to pursue his two main passions in life: video production and philanthropy. Justin has won several awards for his work in GFV as well as in the community, including Ten Over the Next 10, awarded by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and more recently, Good Fruit Video was awarded Innovator of the Year by the City of East Lansing.
Phillip Jeffery, Deputy Director of Strategy for Governor Rick Snyder
Phillip Jeffrey is the Deputy Director of Strategy for Governor Rick Snyder and supports the implementation of performance management through a balanced scorecard process.
Prior to his service in Governor Snyder’s executive office, Phillip served as the Deputy Director in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget for the state of Utah. In this capacity he directed the Budget and Policy section which provided objective budgetary analyses, reviewed state program and department plans, prepared budget details for the annual Governor’s Budget Recommendation to the Utah State Legislature, as well as summarized appropriations and monitored expenditures throughout the year. He also participated as a partner in implementing the statewide balanced scorecard initiative that integrated performance metrics into the Utah budget process and played an active role in operations that earned Utah the recognition as “the best managed state in the nation” by Governing Magazine.
Phillip holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Economics from the University of Utah.
Steve Hoelscher, Leadership Turn Around Coach, Godfrey Lee High School
Steve Hoelscher is presently serving as the Leadership Turn Around Coach for Godfrey Lee High School. He has been a teacher, counselor, assistant high school principal and a middle school principal. As middle school principal, Steve successfully provided leadership in transitioning the school from a junior high to a true middle school that provided academic excellence, met the developmental needs of adolescents and provided equity in programming for all students. He is presently a member of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform and trustee of the Battle Creek Public School Board of Education.
Jacquelyn J. Thompson, Ph.D., President & CEO, QueSE Consulting, LLC
Dr. Jacquelyn J. Thompson (Jacque) is the President and CEO of QueSE Consulting, LLC. QueSE (“keys”) Consulting provides technical assistance and coordination of strategic resources to educational organizations for the design and implementation of new systems and/or policies as well as systems assessment and improvement. She is currently serving as an Appointee to the Commission on Equity and Excellence in Education. The Commission is appointed by US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in response to a request from the US Congress to address issues of equity in public school funding.Jacque also served as an elected member of the Board of Directors, and President, of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education; in 2009 she had the distinction of receiving the Association’s Heritage Award for contributions to the field of Special Education.
She is also a recipient of the Jane Scandary Early Childhood Education Award, and the National Leadership Award from the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL). Jacque served as a Co-Coordinator of the Michigan Education Policy Fellowship Program for over 10 years.
Jacque worked for the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) for 23 years, serving as the State Director of Special Education in Michigan from 1997 to 2010; previous to this appointment she was the Coordinator for Early Childhood Education for the Department. Prior to her tenure with the MDE, Jacque worked as an Early Childhood Educator, Speech and Language Pathologist, and University Instructor. She has a BA from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and a Master’s and Doctorate from Michigan State University.Carol Wolenberg, Deputy Superintendent with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE)
Carol Wolenberg is a Deputy Superintendent with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), a position she has held since April of 1995. She is responsible for executive direction of MDE’s administration and support functions: Financial Management, including budget, procurement, and accounting; Grants Coordination and School Support, including the National School Lunch and Breakfast and other USDA food programs; State Aid/School Finance; Audits; Administrative Law, and the Library of Michigan. Functions related to teacher tenure, certification revocation, property transfers and property management also report to Carol. The Department’s Communications Office, while aligned to the State Superintendent and Department’s overall communication functions, as well as Human Resources, officially housed under the Civil Service Commission, also report here.
Ms. Wolenberg is the department’s interagency liaison; oversees the organizational development function such as strategic and workforce planning; and serves as the Department’s Chief Financial Officer, Emergency Management Coordinator, and ARRA Economic Recovery Coordinator. She is the lead for the Superintendent’s Darkening the Dotted Lines partnership initiative working to build MDE capacity within the ISDs; consolidation of services and shared services is part of this initiative. She represents the Department on many boards and commissions, including the State Administrative Board, Children’s Trust Fund, Michigan Technology Executive Council, Michigan Food Policy Council and Mental Health in Schools Executive Council. During her tenure with MDE, Ms. Wolenberg has held various positions in the Superintendent’s Office and served as Director of the Office of Grants and Special Projects. She has also worked for MDE in the higher education, career education, and vocational education areas; she spent three years with the Michigan Department of Labor designing education programs for the Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps and Michigan Youth Corps. Carol has been an instructor at the community college, adult education, and high school levels and has worked in the business community.
Carol earned a B.S. in Education and an MBE from Central Michigan University and has done post-graduate work at Michigan State University. She successfully completed Strategic Leadership for State Executives at The Governors Center, Duke University; the Michigan Virtual University Leadership and Policy Program; and the Institute for Educational Leadership Education Policy Fellowship Program.
Innovation and Impact: International, Federal and State Perspectives
March 7, 2011
The 2010-11 learning team presentations focused on shifting Michigan toward a knowledge economy begin with this session examining promising education reform and practices for Michigan. Below you will find resources that will be referenced during the presentation. Please review them prior to March 7, so that you may be familiar with some of the content.
Resource People:Ralph Bland
A Blueprint for Reform: The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Race to the Top School Reforms, Michigan Public Acts 201-205 of 2009 (click here for PDF version)
Michigan State Board of Education Improvement and Reform Priorities Recommendations to Governor Snyder and the Legislature
Recommendations to Better Support Michigan’s Education System: Revenues, Reforms and Restructuring
Report from the Education Round Table Committee to Governor Elect Rick Snyder and His Administration
The Michigan Education Association's A+ Agenda: Action, Accountability, and Achievement
The Role of Local Control in Public Policy
December 12, 2011
During this seminar the Fellows will have an opportunity to examine the historical roots of the home rule and local control policies that continue to exercise such a force in our state. In addition, during the 2011-12 program year the Fellows will participate on Learning Teams and gain experience working on a collaborative policy or leadership project. Each Learning Team will be responsible for planning a future EPFP session on a topic selected by the participants. During this session the Fellows will revisit their 2011-12 EPFP learning priorities, review and propose topics, establish diverse cross boundary teams, and develop strategies for effective team participation.
Dr. Eric Scorsone
Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics
Michigan State University
Our policy expert for this discussion is Dr. Eric Scorsone, an Extension Specialist with MSU's State and Local Government Program, the Greening Michigan Institute and the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics. Previously Eric served as Senior Economist for the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency. His academic experience includes development of award winning extension programs as an Assistant Extension Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky in the areas of rural health economics and economic development. He also served as an Economist for the Colorado Governor's Office of State Planning and Budget and as a Senior Economist for the City of Aurora, Colorado. He received his Ph.D. in State and Local Public Finance from Colorado State University. He received his Master's degree from Michigan State University and a B.B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago. He has also worked on international development projects in Thailand, Macedonia and Indonesia and has taught at the University of Bologna, Italy and University of Valencia, Spain in public performance management. He has published in State and Local Government Review, Growth and Change, Journal of Appalachian Studies, Economic Development Quarterly, Journal of Federal Studies, Public Money and Management and International Review of Administrative Sciences. Dr.
Scorsone is from Saginaw, MI and currently resides in DeWitt, MI.
Eric Scorsone PowerPoint on the Role of Local Control (forthcoming)
Dr. Diane Jackson
Program Director, Michigan Coaches Institute and Coaching 101
Office of K-12 Outreach, College of Educaton
Michigan State University
Dr. Diane Jackson is currently the Director of the Michigan Coaches Institute and Coaching 101 in the Office of K-12 Outreach in the MSU College of Education. Both programs prepare educational coaches to work effectively in persistently low performing schools. She has over 30 years experience in education and curriculum development, has extensive training and facilitation experience locally and nationally and has practiced as a cognitive coach. Diane spent nine years as a national trainer and education consultant for The Efficacy Institute in Lexington, Massachusetts where she was responsible for delivery and facilitation of the Efficacy Seminar to educational and human service institutions across the United States. She holds degrees in Special Education and Instructional Technology. Her Ph.D. is in Curriculum and Instruction with a cognate in Educational Psychology.Diane was a memeber of the 2009-2010 EPFP cohort.
This cohort's list of learning goals
The Role of Local Control in Public Policy
December 9, 2013
During this seminar the Fellows will have an opportunity to examine the historical roots of the home rule and local control policies that continue to exercise such a force in our state. In addition, during the 2013-14 program year the Fellows will participate on Learning Teams and gain experience working on a collaborative policy or leadership project. Each Learning Team will be responsible for planning a future EPFP session on a topic selected by the participants. During this session the Fellows will revisit their 2013-14 EPFP learning priorities, review and propose topics, establish diverse cross boundary teams, and develop strategies for effective team participation.
Dr. Eric Scorsone
Work Group Leader and Faculty Member
Public Policy and Land Use Work Group
Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics & MSUE Greening Michigan Institute
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Michigan State University
Our policy expert for this discussion is Dr. Eric Scorsone, a faculty member in MSU's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Previously Eric served as Senior Economist for the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency. His academic experience includes development of award winning extension programs as an Assistant Extension Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky in the areas of rural health economics and economic development. He also served as an Economist for the Colorado Governor's Office of State Planning and Budget and as a Senior Economist for the City of Aurora, Colorado. He received his Ph.D. in State and Local Public Finance from Colorado State University. He received his Master's degree from Michigan State University and a B.B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago. He has also worked on international development projects in Thailand, Macedonia and Indonesia and has taught at the University of Bologna, Italy and University of Valencia, Spain in public performance management. He has published in State and Local Government Review, Growth and Change, Journal of Appalachian Studies, Economic Development Quarterly, Journal of Federal Studies, Public Money and Management and International Review of Administrative Sciences. Dr. Scorsone is from Saginaw, MI and currently resides in DeWitt, MI.
Jan Urban-Lurain is an organizational consultant and group facilitator with over thirty years’ experience in supporting individual and institutional transformation, innovation, and complex change. Since 1991, Jan has consulted extensively both nationally and locally with schools, universities, multi-stakeholder task force and planning groups, boards and advisory groups, plus leaders and teams in a variety of public sector organizations. Prior to 1990, she served as advisor to Michigan's Governor on K-12 and workforce development policy and as the Deputy Director of the Governor's Office for Job Training. Her experiences include: designing and conducting post-secondary organizational change projects, as well as K-12 professional development schools, comprehensive K-12 school reform project support, school improvement facilitation, and principal leadership programs. She also pioneered work in Michigan and Indiana to link community engagement with economic development, education, and workforce development planning and action. Jan is a co-founder of the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW) and president of the consulting firm, Spectra Data & Research, Inc. She is also a founding member of the Sustainable Michigan Endowed Project (SMEP) based at Michigan State University and the Center for Michigan, a “think and do” tank in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is a graduate of Michigan State and Western Michigan Universities with a B.A. in Social Work and a Masters in Public Administration.
This cohort's list of learning goals