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Education Policy Fellowship Program

How Research Impacts Education Policy

March 19 2012
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

Research is important to educators and policy makers.  Research can help improve instructional practice and expand knowledge if used appropriately. In an age where political “high stakes” test scores have become a normative factor in determining the success or failure of educational systems, research and the data that are produced from it have impacted educational policy in positive and negative ways. The focus of this session is to discuss how research has impacted the passage of SB 618, Public Act 277 of 2011, expanding charter schools.

EPFP Learning Team Members:
Anupam Chugh
Jane Fernandez
Tamalon Meeks
Gloria Suggitt


Resource People
Dr. James N. Goenner, National Charter Schools Institute

Jim Goenner serves as President & CEO of the National Charter Schools Institute, a non-profit organization founded in collaboration with Central Michigan University to strengthen the development and performance of the charter schools sector in Michigan and across the nation.

Jim joined the charter schools movement in 1995, and has played a prominent role in its development ever since. In 2010, Jim’s pioneering efforts and commitment to excellence earned him an induction into the National Charter Schools Hall of Fame. Prior to joining the Institute, Jim served as the Executive Director of The Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University, where he led the first and largest university authorizer of charter public schools in the nation.  Under Jim’s leadership, CMU became known as the “gold standard” for charter school authorizing, earning recognition from both the U.S. and Michigan Departments of Education.

Jim currently serves on the board of directors of the Charter Schools Development Corporation. He helped found the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and chaired its board of directors (2007-2010). He also helped found and chaired the board of directors of the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers (2002-2010), and served as the first President of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (1996-1998), which continues to serve as the unified voice of Michigan’s charter schools movement.

Jim has testified before numerous policymaking bodies, including the United States Congress, and was invited by the U.S. Department of Education to serve on the founding advisory board of the National Charter Schools Resource Center.  He has received gubernatorial appointments from Governors John Engler and Jennifer Granholm. He earned his doctorate in educational administration from Michigan State University and has authored a number of articles, including “Charter Schools: Revitalizing Public Education,” which appeared in Phi Delta Kappan.

Jim and his wife, Theresa, have seven children.