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State Assessment Systems

March 17, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 15:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

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.  


We will explore how the policy around "Statewide Assessment" has evolved over time, and the mechanisms utilized for a statewide endeavor. The Assessment portion will focus on giving schools the knowledge, skills, and resources to help teachers effectively use the data from assessments to inform classroom instruction and help support student learning. Resources will be investigated to support formative assessment practices, balanced assessment systems, and management of ongoing assessments within a school or classroom. We will also discuss the resources and professional development that can help to build capacity for online assessment in K-12 classroom and students.




1:00PM - 1:15PM Introduction
1:15PM - 2:00PM  Ed Roeber
2:00PM – 2:15PM: Questions about the history of Michigan's State Assessment System
2:15PM – 3:15PM:   What do student assessment look like? What is computer adapted?
3:15PM – 4:00PM: Bruce Umpstead 
4:00PM – 4:15PM: Resources for Schools and Educators
4:15PM – 4:30PM: Questions and Wrap-up

Speaker Biographies

Ed Roeber

Before these activities began, Dr. Roeber was an adjunct Professor, Measurement and Quantitative Methods, in the Michigan State University College of Education, East Lansing, MI from 2007 to 2012. In this capacity, he taught courses on educational measurement, worked to improve the assessment skills of prospective and current educators, conducted research on how teachers learn to use formative assessment strategies, and provided additional support for faculty and students on assessment.


Previously, he was Senior Executive Director, Office of Educational Assessment & Accountability in the Michigan Department of Education from 2003 to 2007. He oversaw the assessments of general education students (in mathematics, science, language arts and social studies), students with disabilities and English language learners, as well as the accreditation and accountability programs.


Bruce Umpstead

Bruce has taken a new position as director of strategic partnerships with BrightBytes, the leading data analytics platform in K12 education. Before joining BrightBytes, Bruce served seven years as Michigan’s State Education Technology Director where he provided functional leadership for implementing a comprehensive "educational technology as strategy" for improving K12 student outcomes and educator performance. He holds a B.A. in public administration and a M.B.A. in finance from Michigan State University. Bruce lives in DeWitt, Michigan with his wife Gina and two school age daughters.


Learning Team Members:

Tim Davis

Lisa Lockman

Stephanie Willingham

Marianne Srock 


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Collaborating for Success - Parent Involvement in Policy Advocacy

March 31, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

Purpose: Provide an overview of parent involvement policies and engage the audience in processes that suggest the need/ benefits of parents collaborating with the community for their children’s education.



Pre-session Activity- EPFP Members to complete Survey 


9:00AM - 9:15AM Welcome, Introduction, Policies Overview
9:15AM - 10:30AM 

Presentation and Power Mapping Activity- Neighborhoods Taking Action 

Speaker: Sherita Smith, Policy Specialist for Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center | University of Michigan School of Public Health 

10:30AM – 10:45AM: Break
10:45AM – 11:30AM:  

Presentation: Improving Parent Engagement in a Virtual Environment

Speaker: Linda Frederickson is Director of Sales, Marketing & Communication for the Michigan Virtual University

11:30AM – 12:00PM: Wrapping It All Up -Social Media in Schools













Speaker Biographies


Sherita Smith currently serves as Policy Specialist for the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center | University of Michigan School of Public Health, leading an effort to engage parents and students as equitable partners in school systems change.  With more than 15 years’ experience in community development, she has devoted most of her professional life to community revitalization in the city of Detroit as a leader, advocate, and consultant.  Sherita volunteers extensively in service to youth and families in efforts to end generational underachievement and poverty, and to ensure all have access to a higher quality of life. Sherita resides on the east side of Detroit with her husband and four sons.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Wayne State University, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.


Linda Frederickson is Director of Sales, Marketing & Communication for the Michigan Virtual University.  She oversees marketing, advertising, outreach, public relations, and sales activities for the Michigan Virtual School, Michigan LearnPort and the Michigan Virtual Learning & Research Institute.  Prior to joining MVU, Linda held the position of Vice President, Sales & Marketing for the Lansing Entertainment & Public Facilities Authority for nearly 10 years. As a member of the executive leadership, she managed all marketing, advertising and sponsorship activities for the Lansing Center, Oldsmobile Park and City Market. Linda was part of the team that launched the Common Ground Music Festival in downtown Lansing. Prior to that, Linda was Assistant General Manager for the Lansing Lugnuts.  Linda earned degrees in merchandising and accounting from Brooks College, Long Beach, California and Argubright Business College.  She also chairs the marketing committee for the Metropolitan Board of Directors for the YMCA of Lansing. She is a 2010-11 Education Policy Fellow and a graduate of the ICSC Marketing I and II Institutes at Michigan State University.



Learning Team Members:

Renee Bayer 

Sharon Dietrich

Tracy Gieseking

Lisa Rivard 

Ann- Marie Smith


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Policy Evaluation: Michigan Merit Curriculum (MCC):

Under the Microscope

March 31, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

Purpose: This session will provide a complete review and analysis of the Michigan Merit Curriculum, a rigorous set of statewide graduation requirements meant to ensure that Michigan's high school graduates have the necessary skills to succeed either in postsecondary education or in the workplace. The history, local implementation, research-based outcomes, and proposed changes to the MMC will be discussed in detail. The timing of this discussion is relevant as the MMC is an area of current debate in the Michigan Legislature.


1:00PM Evaluating Static and Dynamic Policies    

History of MMC - Greg Dionne, Supervisor, MDE Office of Curriculum and Instruction

  Local Implementation of the MMC - Patricia Trelstad, Deputy Superintendent, Okemos Public Schools 

The Effects of the MMC on Achievement and High School Graduation - Josh Hyman, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

  Proposed Legislation Changes to the MMC












Speaker Biographies

Gregg Dionne is the Supervisor of the Curriculum and Instruction Unit in the Office of Education Improvement and Innovation (OEII) at the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). Prior to his current position, he worked at the MDE as the Alternative Education Consultant for OEII.  Before to coming to the MDE, Gregg worked with adult, alternative, and traditional education programs as a teacher and administrator at Hazel Park Community Schools.


Patricia Trelstad is a deputy superintendent of Okemos Public Schools and director of scholarships/awards committee at the MSU College of Education Alumni board. Patty’s responsibilities as a deputy superintendent include curriculum, instruction and assessment.  She also oversees the administrators in the areas of special education, secondary education, technology and community education programming. She started her teaching career in Colorado after receiving a degree from Central Michigan University, and returned to Michigan to start a long career with the East Lansing Public Schools as a resource teacher and teacher consultant in special education, a reading teacher, and an elementary building principal. Patty moved to a central office position in 2001 with the Charlotte Public Schools as an associate superintendent for curriculum and in 2005 joined the Okemos Public Schools as deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Patty enjoys the extensive collaboration with other professionals, parents, and community leaders that her professional positions have afforded her.  Of particular interest is assisting teachers with curriculum consistency, integrating technology, utilizing data to assess each child’s response to instruction, and professional learning communities to improve instructional practice and student learning.   She is also deeply motivated by making certain that the uniqueness of all students is recognized and embraced so that each can reach his or her fullest potential.   


Joshua Hyman is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He will be starting in August as Assistant Professor of Public Policy at University of Connecticut. His research examines the effects of education policies implemented during primary and secondary school on reducing economic inequality in educational attainment. In past and current work, he has examined the effects on educational attainment of a variety of policies, such as class size during elementary school, Michigan’s requirement that all high school students take the ACT college entrance exam, and Michigan’s 1995 Proposal A school finance reform. Hyman recently earned his PhD in Economics and Public Policy from the University of Michigan. He earned his Master’s in Economics from the University of Michigan, and his Bachelor’s in Quantitative Economics from Tufts University.


Learning Team Members:

Matt Gleason

Naomi Krefman 

Jason Marentette 

Nancy Rotarius

Jen Smith

Angela Son


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Educator Evaluation Policy 

May 5, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

PurposeParticipants will understand how educator evaluation policy has been shaped over the past three years and will understand various stakeholder perspectives on the issue of educator evaluation, specifically teacher evaluation. In addition, participants will be able to articulate the components of Michigan’s current legislation related to educator evaluation and understand the state and local challenges related to design and implementation of the educator evaluation. 



1:00PM - 1:15PM Introduction and Background 
1:15PM - 2:4PM 

Simulation 1

2:40PM – 2:50PM: Break
2:50PM – 3:20PM:  

Simulation 2

3:20PM – 4:10PM: Debrief






Learning Team Members:

Grant Chandler

Stephen Best

Karla Browning

John Yun

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Establishing a Policy Framework

November 17, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

This Seminar will focus on a set of concepts and strategies for creating a policy framework. Fellows will explore both the practical and theoretical aspects of how public policy is developed and implemented. Several policy issues of current concern to Michigan citizens will also be examined.

Resource Person:

Hollister-2012David C. Hollister

Former Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

Former President & CEO

David C. Hollister is the former Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at the Prima Civitas Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Lansing that aims at taking a regional approach to boosting Michigan's economy. The organization is focusing on the promotion of four different industries that present job opportunities for area residents.  Those include life sciences, advanced manufacturing, alternative energy and homeland security.

Mayor Hollister was appointed as Director of the Michigan Department of Consumer & Industry Services in January 2003 by Governor Jennifer M.Granholm. On December 8, 2003, CIS joined with the Michigan Department of Career Development, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and Michigan Broadband Development Authority to form the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth.  Under Mayor Hollister's leadership, this new department addressed labor, economic growth, and urban development issues in the State of Michigan.

Mayor Hollister has dedicated his entire life to public service. He began his career as a high school teacher in the 1960s after graduating with honors from Michigan State University. His political career began during his tenure as a teacher in the Lansing Public Schools, when he was elected in 1968 as an Ingham County Commissioner, serving through 1974.  In 1974, Mayor Hollister launched a successful campaign for the Michigan House of Representatives, where he served until 1993. He quickly became recognized as one of the top ten legislators, serving on the powerful Appropriations Committee for 16 years and chairing the Appropriations Subcommittee on Social Services for over a decade.

In 1993, Mayor Hollister ran a successful campaign for Mayor of the City of Lansing and was re-elected to his third term in a landslide victory in November 2001. Hollister's successes as Mayor included over $2.9 billion in investments, including building a new regional transportation center downtown, bringing minor league baseball to Lansing, and striking a partnership with the State of Michigan that includes new buildings for the Legislature, the Supreme Court, and various other departments. Regional partnerships were created with local governments to enable location of a major insurance company’s corporate world headquarters in Lansing and development of a new golf course and upscale housing development. One of the Mayor's most exciting successes was the commitment by General Motors to consolidate operations and build two new state-of-the-art assembly plants in Lansing.

Mr. Hollister has been a presenter to the Michigan EPFP Fellows for the past 24 years and he is consistently rated as one of our most popular and important policy resources. He was awarded the Institute for Educational Leadership's National Leadership Award at the 2000 Michigan EPFP Alumni Seminar. Fellows should refer to the Michigan EPFP 'Links and Publications' page to review David Hollister's "Public Policy Primer" published in June 2007 by IEL and The Michigan EPFP.


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