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Michigan's Transition to a Knowledge-Based Economy and a Review of Michigan's Political Landscape

October 28, 2013
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 in the state, highlight some of the leadership challenges facing Michigan’s elected officials and discuss the prospect for these leaders to work in partnership with the business and other communities to increase economic development for the state.


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 report 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
Editor and Publisher

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. 



PowerPoint from Lou Glazer, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4. 

Recommended Readings:

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-brainers Will Rule the Future
By Daniel H. Pink
Published by Riverhead Books, 2006

NY Times Magazine article on preformance character vs. moral character:

Atlantic Monthly Magazine article, "Can the Middle Class Be Saved?"

Inside Michigan Politics

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Establishing a Policy Framework

November 18, 2013
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
1614 E. Kalamazoo
Lansing MI  48912
(517) 999-3382

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 WebBook, "On Organizing" for additional resource material.  In addition, please review the November 7, 2001, Lansing City Pulse article and interview with David Hollister, and the September 2006 Greater Lansing Business Monthly article.

Fellows should also see David Hollister's "Public Policy Primer" published in June 2007 by IEL and The Michigan EPFP.

Resource Material

U.S. Army War College Policy Formulation Model


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Zero Tolerance Policy

March 3, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

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.


Desired Outcomes:

  1. Have a general understanding of zero tolerance, including but not limited to:Gain perspective on the impacts of zero tolerance policies at the school levelGain perspective on the impacts of zero tolerance policies at the school levelGain perspective on the impacts of zero tolerance policies at the school level
    1. Components of zero tolerance at the National level
    2. Components of zero tolerance at the State/Local level
    3. How and why zero tolerance policies were developed
      1. Zero tolerance policy link to school to prison pipeline
  2. Gain perspective on the impacts of zero tolerance policies at the school level
  3. Gain perspective on the larger social and economic impacts related to zero tolerance policies, specifically focusing on incarceration


9:00AM - 9:05AM Welcome and Introduction
9:05AM - 9:25AM  Activator – School to Prison Pipeline Game, Small Groups (with Debriefing)
9:25AM – 9:45AM: Review of National and State Zero Tolerance Policies (Handout)
9:45AM – 10:15AM:   History/Background of Zero Tolerance Policy, Link to School to Prison Pipeline
10:15AM – 10:30AM: Questions/Discussion (Canned Questions)
10:30AM – 11:00AM: Speaker 1, Kyle L. Guerrant, MDE
11:00AM – 11:30AM: Speaker 2, Dr. Jennifer Cobbina, MSU
11:30AM – 11:45AM: Discussion with Both Speakers and Whole Group

Speaker Biographies

Kyle L. Guerrant, LMSW, Director, Office of School Support Services, Michigan Department of Education (MDE).   Kyle has been a strong leader and advocate in youth health, development, and safety issues in community-based non-profits, local schools, and state government for over 12 years.  Currently, he is the Director of the Office of School Support Services at the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).  Kyle and his team are charged with improving the health and educational outcomes of Michigan students through the implementation of Coordinated School Health initiatives. His office has a broad set of responsibilities that include USDA Child Nutrition Programs, primary care, and mental health services, as well as bullying prevention, health and physical education.  Previously, Kyle served as the Supervisor of the Coordinated School Health and Safety Programs unit at MDE, and as the Acting Manager of the Safe and Drug Free Schools Program at the Michigan Department of Community Health.  Kyle earned a bachelor’s degree (BA) in psychology (Child Development) from Long Island University, and a master’s degree in social work (MSW) from the University of Michigan.  He has served on numerous organizational boards ranging in focus from youth homelessness to adolescent sexual health.  In 2007-08, Kyle was also selected as a fellow in Michigan State University’s Educational Policy Fellowship Program. 

Jennifer E. Cobbina is an assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University.  Her primary research focuses on the issue of corrections, prisoner reentry and the understanding of recidivism and desistance among recently released female offenders.  Her second primary research area is centered on examining how gender and social context impact victimization risks among minority youth.  She is currently a co-principal investigator on a team of researchers that was awarded research grants from the National Science Foundation and the Michigan State University Foundation to examine how probation and parole officer interaction with female drug offenders affects recidivism, rule violations, and changes in crime-related needs.  Dr. Cobbina’s work appears in Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, Deviant Behavior, Journal of Criminal Justice, Sociological Inquiry, Journal of Drug Issues, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, and Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture.

Learning Team Members:

Kim Kovalchick

Elizabeth Kuzma

Howard Leikert

Ted Ransaw

Jacqueline Swanson


Resource Material

Zero Tolerance Article


Primer for the participants:


Additional information:

January 8, 2014- Joint letter from DOJ and USED on school disciplinary practices and the possibility of civil rights investigations:


January 8, 2014 letter from Sec. Duncan which went out the same day as the joint guidance letter from DOJ and USED:


General website for National Leadership Summit on School-Justice Partnerships, Michigan involved in and sent team.


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Federal Equity Policy Overview

March 3, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

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.


Our presentation seeks to examine the impact and implications for federal equity policies and how they play out on the local level by first discussing the development of Title I with a representative from Congressman John Dingell’s office. Our facilitated discussion will be extended through viewing a video of a panel discussion on contemporary challenges regarding school segregation and a case study of the Ferndale School District, followed by a discussion with members from the Ferndale Schools community.




1. Framing the discussion

2. Representative from Rep. Dingell's Office

3. Video Clip from TFA forum on segregation - guided questions for group discussion

4. Save the last word activity

    - "Schoolchildren shuttle across SE Michigan, raising questions about funding, community identity" by Nancy Derringer, June 18, 2013 Bridge Magazine

5. Guest speaker from Ferndale's Board of Education 


Speaker Biographies


Kevin Deegan-Krause is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Wayne State University. Kevin is member of the Ferndale Schools Board of Education and has two children attending Kennedy Elementary in Ferndale. He received a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University in 1990 and a Ph.D. in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 2000. His research in comparative politics emphasizes European politics, political parties, democratic institutions and national identity.


Kathleen LaTosch, Principal Consultant for LaTosch Consulting, has over 20 years’ experience in nonprofit administration and leadership.  Over the last ten years her work has focused on creating systemic change to build inclusive organizations and communities.  This work has included strategic planning, task force leadership and plan implementation, training & education, and evaluation. From 2007-2012, LaTosch led a broad-based racial diversity and inclusion initiative within a nonprofit setting, culminating in a three-year implementation plan adopted by the organization’s board of directors and folded into the five year strategic plan.  LaTosch’s commitment to equity, skilled facilitation of diverse committees and teams, and infusion of extensive nonprofit administrative experience resulted in the successful plan, Blueprint for Change . LaTosch is also one of Michigan’s leaders among the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities.


Derek Dobies, District Administrator, Office of Congressman John Dingell. He oversees and leads staff throughout Michigan’s 12th District. Dobies, of Jackson, MI, is familiar with Southeast Michigan, having served as Mr. Dingell’s Campaign Manager during the 2012 election. Dobies is a graduate of Michigan State University.



Learning Team Members:

Terah T. Venzant Chambers, Ph.D.

Jennifer Scott-Burton, Ph.D.

Jennifer Paul

Kathleen Snyder

Sean Williams

Bryan Beverly 


Resource Material

Schoolchildren shuttle across SE Michigan

1 out of 3 students in Ferndale are from DPS

Halfway down on article “Detroiters Flock to Ferndale

The opposition to Ferndale’s Policies

Reaction by the Mayor of Ferndale

Raises question if Ferndale has tooled staff to work with diversity



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Early Childhood: How and Why it has Become a Hot Policy

March 17, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

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. 


9:00AM - 9:10AM Welcome and Introduction
9:10AM - 10:00AM  Panel 1: National Viewpoint/Context/Framing/Catalyst
10:00AM – 10:10AM: Break
10:10AM – 10:20AM:   Transition to Panel 2
10:20AM – 11:10AM: Panel 2: State Viewpoint
11:10AM – 11:20AM: Transition to Panel 3
11:20AM – 11:45AM: Panel 3: Local/Parent Viewpoint
11:45AM – 12:00PM: Wrap-up

Speaker Biographies

Peter Pratt, Public Sector Consulting

Peter Pratt is president of Public Sector Consultants. In this role, he oversees strategy and human resources for the firm and its clients.  He also manages health care and human services consulting services, conducts research and writes policy reports and program evaluations, facilitates coalitions, conducts focus groups, and provides strategic policy counsel to nonprofit health and human services organizations. 

Mr. Pratt has worked extensively with diverse stakeholders to forge consensus policy solutions on issues such as early childhood education and care, quality improvement and cost containment, expanding coverage to the uninsured, oral health, and health care workforce development. In these initiatives, he and his colleagues at PSC combine research and subject matter expertise with adept facilitation to move groups toward agreement on priorities. In recent years, he has managed large-scale, transformational regional and statewide public engagement efforts for the Detroit Regional Chamber and the Center for Michigan. He has been with the company since 1986.



Mr. Pratt is a frequent speaker and writer on a broad range of health care policy topics, including national health care reform. Before joining PSC, he taught at Michigan State University. He attended the University of Michigan, earning a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D., in English and winning a Hopwood Award for creative writing.



Ron French, Bridge Magazine/The Center for Michigan

Ron French is senior writer at Bridge Magazine (, an online publication focusing on policy issues affecting Michigan. French won more than 60 state and national journalism awards, most recently at The Detroit News, before joining Bridge in 2011. In 2012, French wrote a series of articles chronicling Michigan’s inadequate funding for the Great Start Readiness Program, titled “Michigan’s Forgotten Four-Year-Olds.”



Nancy Peeler, Michigan Department of Community Health

Nancy Peeler is the Manager of the Child Health Unit at the Michigan Department of Community Health, which houses programs such as childhood lead poisoning prevention, home visiting, and early childhood system building efforts including LAUNCH, Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems, and the health component of Michigan’s Race to the Top grant.  Nancy earned her Bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College, and her Master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, focusing on Human Development and Psychology.  She has 30 years of experience in the field of early childhood as a parent and as a professional, with a broad range of experience in advocacy, research, direct service provision, and program administration.  Nancy works collaboratively with programs and staff across MDCH and in other state and local agencies and organizations to improve systems and achieve better outcomes for children and families.


Alan Oman, Washtenaw Intermediate School District

Alan joined Washtenaw Intermediate School District in July, 2012 as the Executive Director of the ISD’s new Early Childhood Department.  Prior to moving to Washtenaw, Alan was the Director of Early Childhood and Family Services for the Midland County Educational Service Agency and also served in a dual role supporting the early childhood programs for Clare-Gladwin Regional Educational Service District.

Alan has worked for Intermediate School Districts for the last nine years.  His previous experiences include 23 years working for community-based non-profit organizations.  His last role with a non-profit was as Executive Director of a Family Center that included licensed childcare and preschool, before and after-school programming, comprehensive family and social service programs and an older adult meal center.  Alan has worked with the state’s Great Start Readiness Program preschool initiative in one form or another for over 20 years.


Since joining Washtenaw ISD in 2012, the ISD has become the Head Start grantee for Washtenaw County and the district has managed a doubling in size of the County’s Great Start Readiness Programs.




Jeremy Reuter, Michigan Department of Education


Jeremy Reuter currently serves as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Superintendent/Office of Great Start at the Michigan Department of Education.  Prior to stepping into his current position he was the Director of Head Start State Collaboration also at the Michigan Department of Education.  In that position he facilitated collaboration between Head Start and Early Head Start agencies and entities that carry out activities designed to benefit low-income children from birth to school entry and their families.  Jeremy has also worked on behalf of children and families as the T.E.A.C.H. Program Director at Michigan 4C Association.  In that role he was Primarily responsible for implementing and operating the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood ® MICHIGAN program in a manner consistent with the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood ® license, and established policies, procedures, and funding agreements of the Michigan 4C Association. Early in his career Jeremy served as an intern at the Institute for Children, Youth, and Families.  Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Family Community Services and a Master of Arts in Family Studies, both from Michigan State University. 



Learning Team Members:

Jayme Kraus

Emily Laidlaw

Colleen O'Connor

Jeanne Anderson Tippett


Resource Material


The Top Ten List for Why the Expansion of High-Quality Early Learning is Inevitable (Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to the National Governors Association Winter 2014) 


How Preschool Got Hot _r=0


An issue for our time . . . at last!  Who's talking about early childhood?  Turns out . . . lots of Americans coast-to-coast 


Key research studies on early learning effectiveness 


The Ounce 


Sandbox Party 


Voices for Michigan’s Children 


Zero to Three:  National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families 


Early Childhood Education For a New Era:  Leading For Our Profession, Stacie G. Goffin, 2013 Teachers College Press 

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