October 28, 2013
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.
President, Michigan Future, Inc.
Establishing a Policy Framework
November 18, 2013
David 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.
Fellows should also see David Hollister's "Public Policy Primer" published in June 2007 by IEL and The Michigan EPFP.
Zero Tolerance Policy
March 3, 2014
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.
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:
Primer for the participants:
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.
Federal Equity Policy Overview
March 3, 2014
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
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.
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
Early Childhood: How and Why it has Become a Hot Policy
March 17, 2014
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.
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 (www.bridgemi.com), 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:
Jeanne Anderson Tippett
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) www.ed.gov/news/speeches/top-ten-list-why-expansion-high-quality-early-learning-inevitable
How Preschool Got Hot http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/30/opinion/collins-how-preschool-got-hot.html? _r=0
An issue for our time . . . at last! Who's talking about early childhood? Turns out . . . lots of Americans coast-to-coast http://www.michigansandboxparty.org/media/blog/issue-our-time-last
Key research studies on early learning effectiveness www.ed.gov/early-learning/research
The Ounce www.ounceofprevention.org
Sandbox Party www.michigansandboxparty.org
Voices for Michigan’s Children www.michiganschildren.org
Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families www.zerotothree.org
Early Childhood Education For a New Era: Leading For Our Profession, Stacie G. Goffin, 2013 Teachers College Press