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Michigan's Transition to a Knowledge-Based Economy and

Review of Michigan's Political Landscape

October 27, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

During this seminar Fellows will have an opportunity to explore the simultaneous shifts in economic forces -- from muscle to mind and from national to global -- that have pummeled the state for the past 10 years and that present fundamentally different policy challenges to lawmakers and educators. During the second part of the program we will explore the current political climate and he will provide an overview of the November 4 general election.

Resource People:


Lou Glazer President,

Michigan Future, Inc.
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Mr. Glazer is President and co-founder of Michigan Future, Inc., a non-partisan, nonprofit organization. Michigan Future’s mission is to be a source of new ideas on how Michigan can succeed as a world class community in a knowledge-driven economy. Its work is funded by Michigan foundations. Its two latest reports are: Michigan’s Transition to a Knowledge-Based Economy which provides a progress report on how well Michigan is positioned to succeed in a flattening world; and Young Talent in the Great Lakes, an analysis of Michigan’s success in retaining and attracting college educated Millennials.

Mr. Glazer currently is heading efforts to:

• organize leadership to implement a new agenda for a knowledge-based Michigan;

• implement a high school in partnership with the Ferndale Public Schools and Lawrence Technological University designed to connect students to good paying careers in the 21st Century automotive industry;

• implement an innovative system for reducing chronic unemployment with Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit.

Prior to joining MFI, Mr. Glazer served as Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Commerce during the Blanchard Administration. He received Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Michigan. 



Bill Ballenger
Associate Editor

Born in Flint, Michigan, on 28 March 1941, Bill Ballenger is a former state representative and state senator, an ex-state racing commissioner, and director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulation. Mr. Ballenger also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education & Welfare in the administration of President Gerald R. Ford.

Bill Ballenger holds a B.A. degree magna cum laude from Princeton University and a master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He held the Robert P. and Marjorie Griffin Endowed Professorship in American Government at Central Michigan University from 2003-2007. He has also been a visiting Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan / Flint; Michigan State University; and Western Michigan University.

Much has been said about Bill Ballenger over the years. He has been dubbed by the Detroit News as "Michigan's undisputed Crown Prince of Pundits." In addition to editing and publishing the "Inside Michigan Politics" newsletter, he appears frequently on radio and television nationally and throughout Michigan. He also gives speeches and quotes to a variety of newspapers and various interest groups. 




Recommended Readings:

  • The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, Published by W.W. Norton, 2014.


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School Board Decision Making Process

March 2, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

Purpose: This session is designed to explore the decision making process in which school board members engage when faced with policy and reform within their local district.



    1. Pre-engagement activity: web-based Kahoot survey to poll the fellows and assess their knowledge base and opinions on school boards (15 minutes)

    2. Introduction: The role of school boards (what they are and what they do) (15 minutes)

    3. Presenter: Stanley Kogut, Superintendent, Ingham ISD (30 minutes)

    4. Questions and answers for presenter (15 minutes)

    5. The academic theory behind decision making, and an in depth look at the constituents school boards are accountable to (30 minutes)

    6. Wrap up (15 minutes)



Speaker Biographies:

Stanley Kogut assumed the role of superintendent of Ingham Intermediate School District on July 1, 2005. Mr. Kogut had served as deputy superintendent since 2001, and held a number of administrative positions with Ingham ISD during his 25-year tenure, including assistant superintendent for operations and director of human resources. His most important contributions at Ingham ISD include: helping promote the collaboration of all districts to jointly utilize their ARRA dollars to create a Response to Intervention initiative which has markedly improved teaching and learning - student achievement in reading, literacy and behavior continues to improve across the county, the Capital Area Substitute Teacher Calling System, facilitated the county-wide collaboration for the development of a Wide Area Fiber Network - STARNET, executive member of the Keep Learning Initiative embracing lifelong learning, instrumental in working with the Michigan Department of Education to include National Career Readiness Certificate testing components in the Michigan Merit Exam - becoming the first state in the country to have this for all graduating public school students, and worked in partnership with Lansing Community College to start The Early College at LCC which opens in August of 2011.


Learning Team Members:

Annette Gorden

Sarah Winslow

Christie Poitra

Kaci Martin


Resource Material:

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International Benchmarking of Effective Schools

March 2, 2015
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

Purpose: This learning team session is designed to inform participants of the purpose and the process of international benchmarking as a new perspective for investigating effective schools. Additionally, participants will be introduced to how the methodology of international benchmarking can be applied to local initiatives for school change.


Desired Outcomes:


  1. The participants will understand the purpose and process of international benchmarking in education, highlighting its usefulness for the continuous improvement of educational systems as well as some pitfalls to avoid.
  2. The participants will be introduced to the key findings of the Global Fourth Way and examples of international benchmarking.
  3. The participants will be presented with perspectives from international educators about the educational systems in their countries and how those systems relate to current findings from international benchmarking.
  4. The participants will understand how the concept of benchmarking was applied to Michigan elementary educational systems.



3:30PM - 3:40AM Welcome and Introduction
3:40PM - 3:50PM  International Benchmarking: Definitions and Processes
3:50PM – 4:20PM:

International Educator Panel: Dion Ginato, Jihyun Kim, and Yan Liu

4:20PM – 4:50PM:  

Reading Now Network: Chris Stephens, Laurie Schmitt, and Peter Haines

4:50PM – 5:00PM: Comments, Questions and Conclusion


Speaker Biographies:

Dion Ginanto received his undergraduate degree in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) from Jambi University, Indonesia. He was awarded "MAWAPRESNAS" (the best student award by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia) in 2006. He was also an AIYEP-er 2007/2008 (Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program). In 2009, he joined to a short course training of the KAPLAN TKT program in New Zealand. He got his master degree in K-12 Educational Administration at Michigan State University. He has published his first book entitled: "Jadi Pendidik Kreatif dan Inspiratif: Cara Mengobati 10 Penyakit Profesional" (To be a Creative and Inspired Teacher). He works as a civil servant teacher at SMA N 1 Batanghari (High School), Jambi, as an English teacher. Currently he is doing his first year Ph.D in K-12 Educational Administration, Michigan State University. He also works as a graduate assistant both in his department, and LATTICE (Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education).

Jihyun Kim received her bachelor's degree in elementary education and master's degree in elementary school administration from Seoul National University of Education in Korea. While starting the pursuit of a master's degree in Seoul National University of Education, she started her new life as a teacher. She taught 5th and 6th grade students as a homeroom teacher for 3 and a half years. Experience at a real school gave her second thoughts about education. She observed many situations that could been enhanced with proper policy implement and evaluation. These experiences in the classroom helped to create a desire to pursue the positive impacts that policy changes could have on student learning. As a third year Ph.D student at Educational Policy program at MSU, she has studied about the teachers' quality, teachers' social networks, policy implementation and principals' leadership, and comparative research perspectives with qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Chris Stephens is an Assistant Director with the Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) and works with administrative certification and endorsement through MASA's Courageous Journey program.

Peter Haines is the Superintendent of Greenville Public Schools.

Laurie Schmitt is the Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services at the Allegan Area Educational Service Agency.


Learning Team Members:

Yan Liu

Sean Kottke

Catherine Wigent


Resource Material:


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Future of Detroit Schools

March 16, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

Purpose: This learning team session is designed to give fellows an overview of the current landscape of schools in Detroit, the impact of education in Detroit on the state as a whole, and possible future landscapes for education in Detroit in light of recent initiatives aimed at reforming the system. A panel discussion of major strands in the aforementioned three key areas will be followed by a question and answer session so fellows can capitalize on the expert knowledge of panelists as they form their own opinions about where Detroit schools may be headed.




Introduction of Panelists and Session Objectives, Historical Context
1:20PM-2:45PM:  Panel Discussion, Topics Include: Panel discussion on topics including: Stakeholders and Important Players for Education in Detroit, Impact of Detroit Education on Michigan as a Whole, Future Landscapes for Education in Detroit

Question and Answers, and Closing Remarks


Speaker Biographies:

Dr. Judith K. Berry has served in various educational administrative roles for over thirty years in community college, state department of education, education authority, private university, and K-12 school districts. She combines long-term educational experience with transferable business and industry knowledge. Berry received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Marygrove College, a Master of Arts degree from Michigan State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Walden University. Her deliberate, progressive approach for earning formal credentials in all aspects of the education industry including in secondary teaching, K-12 administration, and community college leadership has prepared her to provide comprehensive consulting services to education entities throughout the country. In addition to Dr. Berry's work as a life-long educator, she is a graduate of the Michigan Education Policy Fellowship Program. Currently, she is senior educational strategist for Technical Education Services and Training, LLC. TEST, LLC is a provider of services for executive leadership, mid-level management, faculty, and administrative support staffs in the areas of executive coaching, leadership development, strategic planning, operational management, communication and decision making, workforce development, and curriculum design and development services. Dr. Berry lives in East Lansing; however, she grew up in the Detroit area and attended Detroit Public Schools where she graduated from Southwestern High School. She is married to Mandeville Berry and they have a daughter and a son who are young, independent adults.

The Honorable Thomas F. Stallworth III is a systems change management consultant who most recently utilized his skills in the Michigan House of Representatives. He holds the distinction of having served as Chairman of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus and the Detroit Caucus as well as sitting on the House Democratic Leadership Team. During his tenure in the legislature he also served as the Vice Chair of the powerful Energy and Technology Committee and a member of the Health and Education Policy Committees where he developed a reputation for his broad based knowledge, effective problem solving and communication skills. A graduate of his beloved Mumford High School (Detroit) and Michigan State University, Thomas gained his passion for political thought as a student delegate to the first Congressional Black Caucus Conference in 1971 where he was exposed to iconic Congressmen such as Charles Diggs, Louis Stokes, and Shirley Chisholm. That experience was a catalyst for his later internship at the Martin Luther King Jr Center for Non-Violent change and his lifelong commitment to social and economic justice issues. Thomas Stallworth has served as a board member of the Detroit Public Schools, the Wayne County Child Care Coordinating Council, The Black Child Development Institute, Children's Aid Society, The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW), and as Director of the Black Caucus Foundation of Michigan (BCF). He is married and the proud father of 4 and grandfather of 2 children who inspire his commitment to providing a safe, secure and prosperous future for Michigan's children and families.

Aaron Johnson was born in Detroit, Michigan and attended Detroit Public Schools K-12. At the age of eight, he was recommended to attend a new school that was designed to challenge the city's academically advanced students. Enrollment in Bates Academy, a magnet school, helped to change the course of his life. Attendance at Bates Academy for six years solidified Aaron's acceptance to Detroit Renaissance High School, one of the nation's premier high schools. Renaissance High School not only prepared him for a success in academia, but it prepared him to compete in every area of my life. After graduating from Renaissance in 1992, Aaron attended Eastern Michigan University, The New School for Social Research in New York City, and Wayne State University, graduating from Wayne State in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education. Aaron began teaching in the Detroit Public Schools at King and Renaissance High Schools, while earning his Master of Education degree from Wayne State University. He started his journey in administration as an Assistant Principal at Hamtramck High School in Hamtramck, MI. Later, Aaron was given the opportunity to work as an Assistant Principal at Farmington High School in Farmington, MI. After two and a half years as an Assistant Principal, he was chosen as the principal of Harrison High School, another school within the Farmington Public Schools. In 2012, he accepted the position as Director of Secondary Instruction for the Grosse Pointe Public School System. After spending two years in Grosse Pointe, he accepted the position as Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services for the Farmington Public Schools. Aaron applied for, and was accepted in, the doctoral program at Wayne State University. During his coursework, he has focused on research around literacy development.


Learning Team Members:

Olivia Roome
Aaron Johnson
Elizabeth Ruiz
Scottie Barton
Kristen Kajoian
Mark Smith


Resource Material:


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Early Childhood Inequalities and Opportunities

March 16, 2015
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

Purpose: Learning begins at birth. However, education is not compulsory until age six. The most critical years of the child's life have no guaranteed education component. The purpose of the session is to explore the various factors that contribute to the inequalities children experience in the first five years of life, as well as the current initiatives related to education that exist to mitigate these factors. We will also look at how policy has changed in the last four years to systematically meet the needs of young children and achieve the outcomes set by Michigan's governor. Additionally, we will look specifically at how three primary factors contributed to the unprecedented expansion of Michigan's Great Start Readiness Program, recognized across the country as the largest preschool expansion in the nation.


Session Components:

  • Early childhood disparities activity
  • What is early childhood education?
  • Why is it so important?
  • Speaker: Providing a Comprehensive Response
  • Speaker: Providing a Policy Response


Speaker Biographies:

Candace Cowling has provided leadership, resource development, fiscal management and community leadership as Family Futures' Executive Director for 17 years. Family Futures' vision is to shape a community that equips parents with support and resources, builds strong and safe families and gives every child a chance to thrive. Ms. Cowling has leadership roles with organizations, boards, and teams working on economic development, equity, and family services including the Infant Health Implementation Team, the Home Visitor Provider Network, United Way Partner Agencies, the Greater Grand Rapids Racial Equity Network and their Targeted Universalism Affinity Group, the Ages & Stages Questionnaire Users' Group, K-Connect's Prenatal to Third Grade Workgroup and the Kent County Family and Children's Coordinating Council Executive Committee.

Richard Lower is Director of Preschool and Out-of-School Time Learning within the Office of Great Start of the Michigan Department of Education. Mr. Lower is responsible for the administration of roughly $290 million in state and federal funding thought the Great Start Readiness Program, Early Childhood Special Education, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers that provide programs and services to a variety of school districts and community-based organizations statewide. Prior to joining the Department of Education in 2008, Mr. Lower served as Executive Director of the Michigan Head Start Association and has also worked in the non-profit sector focused on children, youth and family budget and policy development.


Learning Team Members:

Jamie Malnar
Lydia Moore
Sue Pearson
Pat Sargent
Ben Singer


Resource Material:


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