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Developing the Next Generation Science Standards

January 28, 2013
4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

This informational session will provide an update on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), including the development process and timeline, revisions based on the first public release, how science educators can be involved, and implications for science teaching. Funded by the Carnegie Corporation, the development of NGSS is a joint effort of the National Research Council and Achieve Inc., in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), to design the foundation for all students to have a solid K–12 science education. NGSS will comprise K–12 science standards created through a collaborative process led by Michigan and 25 other lead partner states.

The NGSS developers, Achieve, and NSTA encourage educators to review the final public draft, which is available online at http://www.nextgenscience.org, and provide feedback online to Achieve prior to January 29. The final standards are expected to be released in late March.

Special Guests:

Dr. Stephen Pruitt
Vice President for Content, Research and Development at Achieve Inc.
Mike Flanagan
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Program Resources:

Event invitation (PDF)

MSU CREATE for STEM  http://www.create4stem.msu.edu/

Achieve Inc.   http://www.achieve.org/

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The Role of Effective Communications in the Policy Process

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

For better or for worse, the policy-making process can be considered a competitive endeavor in which disparate ideas and values contend for approval and action. Through this session, Fellows will better understand the power and importance of effective communications in advancing those ideas and values and in shaping policy.  The first part of the program agenda is designed to advance the development of this year's EPFP Learning Teams.

 

Resource People:

Mark Fisk
Partner, Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications
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Mark Fisk is known throughout the nation as a media, political and messaging consultant who gets results.  A former award-winning journalist, Fisk is frequently called upon to teach national and statewide seminars on messaging, crisis management, media relations and political organizing.  Fisk has been named multiple times by Lansing insiders who take part in the MIRS/EPIC-MRA survey as among Michigan’s “most effective” public relations professionals. 

Prior to forming Byrum & Fisk, Fisk served as political director and director of communications for the Michigan House Democrats.  Of his tenure at the House, the MIRS newsletter described Fisk as “hard-charging,” “Mr. Aggressive” and “the aggressive mind behind the House Dems’ messaging.” MIRS also observed, “As the ’06 election neared, even Republicans couldn’t help but admire how tight of a ship Fisk was running.”  The Washington, D.C.-based Democratic Legislative Campaign Council (DLCC) called Fisk and his team at the House “among the most effective, aggressive and innovative caucuses in the nation when it comes to communications and incumbent protection.”

Before working for the House, Fisk served as communications director for attorney general candidate Gary Peters in 2002. Fisk also served as press secretary and spokesman for Congressman David Bonior during the 2002 governor’s race.

During his career as a print journalist, Fisk worked for the Oakland Press, the Herald-Palladium and the Kalamazoo Gazette. His articles appeared in the Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer and others.  While at the Gazette, Fisk won the First Place award from the Associated Press for enterprise reporting.  In 1999, he won First Place from the Michigan Press Association for feature writing; in 1998, he earned First Place for spot news. 

An avid runner, swimmer and bicyclist, Fisk lives in East Lansing with his wife, Julie, their daughter, Lauren, and their son, Harrison.

Mark Pischea
Partner, The Sterling Corporation

Mark Piachea is Sterling’s messaging cop and resident public relations expert. He keeps our clients on-message and strategically in the public eye. Mark served as Political Director for the Michigan Republican Party and Deputy Executive Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee. He’s been a public relations and political consultant for the past 20 years. Mark’s clients have included U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham, Governor John Engler, Vice President Dan Quayle, the Michigan House and Senate Republican Caucuses and dozens of other state and local candidates, committees and causes.

Mark has managed ballot campaigns for the Cultural Coalition of Southeast Michigan and was recruited to become Executive Director of MotorCities National Heritage Area. He’s served on boards of directors for Potter Park Zoo and the Children’s Trust Fund and as Advocacy Co-Chair for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of American – MI Chapter.

If Mark’s not in the office or working with a client on location, you’ll most likely find him sitting in the bleachers watching his five kids’ sporting activities, or enjoying family life at home in Williamston, Michigan with his wife Michele, the kids and an assortment of chickens who think they own the damn place.

Heather Kevnick
Social media specialist, Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications

Before joining the Byrum & Fisk team, Heather Kevnick was a section editor at City Pulse, a weekly newspaper in Lansing. Kevnick wrote stories about Lansing's arts and cultural scene, maintained the event listings section of the paper, designed and copy edited pages, and assisted with the day-to-day operations of the growing newspaper. Kevnick also served as an associate producer at WXYZ-TV in Detroit, where she helped produce live newscasts on location, including Super Bowl XL in Detroit and the NBA Finals. Prior to working at WXYZ-TV, Kevnick was features editor at Real Detroit Weekly, where she shaped, coordinated and wrote content for special sections.

A native of Detroit, Kevnick has a bachelor of arts degree in communcations and sociology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. While at UM-Dearborn, Kevnick served as editor-in-chief of the Michigan Journal, the university's student-run newspaper. Kevnick's role at the paper led her to being awarded as the university's "Outstanding Student Leader."

 

Resources:

NY Times article by Jay Tierney on decision fatigue

Scholarly article on decision fatigue in judges making parole decisions

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The Role of Effective Communications in the Policy Process

January 26, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

For better or for worse, the policy-making process can be considered a competitive endeavor in which disparate ideas and values contend for approval and action. Through this session, Fellows will better understand the power and importance of effective communications in advancing those ideas and values and in shaping policy. The first part of the program agenda is designed to advance the development of this year's EPFP Learning Teams.

Resource People:

Mark Fisk
Partner, Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mark Fisk is known throughout the nation as a media, political and messaging consultant who gets results.  A former award-winning journalist, Fisk is frequently called upon to teach national and statewide seminars on messaging, crisis management, media relations and political organizing.  Fisk has been named multiple times by Lansing insiders who take part in the MIRS/EPIC-MRA survey as among Michigan’s “most effective” public relations professionals.

Prior to forming Byrum & Fisk, Fisk served as political director and director of communications for the Michigan House Democrats.  Of his tenure at the House, the MIRS newsletter described Fisk as “hard-charging,” “Mr. Aggressive” and “the aggressive mind behind the House Dems’ messaging.” MIRS also observed, “As the ’06 election neared, even Republicans couldn’t help but admire how tight of a ship Fisk was running.”  The Washington, D.C.-based Democratic Legislative Campaign Council (DLCC) called Fisk and his team at the House “among the most effective, aggressive and innovative caucuses in the nation when it comes to communications and incumbent protection.”

Before working for the House, Fisk served as communications director for attorney general candidate Gary Peters in 2002. Fisk also served as press secretary and spokesman for Congressman David Bonior during the 2002 governor’s race.

During his career as a print journalist, Fisk worked for the Oakland Press, the Herald-Palladium and the Kalamazoo Gazette. His articles appeared in the Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer and others.  While at the Gazette, Fisk won the First Place award from the Associated Press for enterprise reporting.  In 1999, he won First Place from the Michigan Press Association for feature writing; in 1998, he earned First Place for spot news. 

An avid runner, swimmer and bicyclist, Fisk lives in East Lansing with his wife, Julie, their daughter, Lauren, and their son, Harrison.

Mark Pischea
Partner, The Sterling Corporation

Mark Piachea is Sterling’s messaging cop and resident public relations expert. He keeps our clients on-message and strategically in the public eye. Mark served as Political Director for the Michigan Republican Party and Deputy Executive Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee. He’s been a public relations and political consultant for the past 20 years. Mark’s clients have included U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham, Governor John Engler, Vice President Dan Quayle, the Michigan House and Senate Republican Caucuses and dozens of other state and local candidates, committees and causes.

Mark has managed ballot campaigns for the Cultural Coalition of Southeast Michigan and was recruited to become Executive Director of MotorCities National Heritage Area. He’s served on boards of directors for Potter Park Zoo and the Children’s Trust Fund and as Advocacy Co-Chair for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of American – MI Chapter.

If Mark’s not in the office or working with a client on location, you’ll most likely find him sitting in the bleachers watching his five kids’ sporting activities, or enjoying family life at home in Williamston, Michigan with his wife Michele, the kids and an assortment of chickens who think they own the damn place.

 

Heather Kevnick
Social media specialist, Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications

Before joining the Byrum & Fisk team, Heather Kevnick was a section editor at City Pulse, a weekly newspaper in Lansing. Kevnick wrote stories about Lansing's arts and cultural scene, maintained the event listings section of the paper, designed and copy edited pages, and assisted with the day-to-day operations of the growing newspaper. Kevnick also served as an associate producer at WXYZ-TV in Detroit, where she helped produce live newscasts on location, including Super Bowl XL in Detroit and the NBA Finals. Prior to working at WXYZ-TV, Kevnick was features editor at Real Detroit Weekly, where she shaped, coordinated and wrote content for special sections.

A native of Detroit, Kevnick has a bachelor of arts degree in communcations and sociology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. While at UM-Dearborn, Kevnick served as editor-in-chief of the Michigan Journal, the university's student-run newspaper. Kevnick's role at the paper led her to being awarded as the university's "Outstanding Student Leader."

 

Resources:

 

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How Can We Best Direct the Flowing River?

February 8, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

In his January 2015 State of the State Address, Governor Snyder used the metaphor "river of opportunity" to describe his vision for how Michigan can better serve its citizens. During this session we will explore what the "river of opportunity" means from the perspective of Michigan's Children, a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies that support improved opportunities for children. The Fellows will hear from two veteran advocates for children's issues and learn how organizations create strategic alliances to impact the policy making process. The second part of the program agenda is designed to advance the development of this year's EPFP Learning Teams.

Resource People:

Matt Gillard, President and CEO

Michigan's Children

Matt joined Michigan's Children in 2014 as President and CEO. In this role, Matt oversees all of Michigan's Children's programs and operations. Matt comes to Michigan's Children with a history of proven leadership on key issues affecting children, youth and families in the state. From 2002 to 2008, he served in the Michigan House of Representatives representing the 106th District where he served in leadership roles in the Democratic Caucus and within the state appropriations process, including Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, Chair of the K-12 School Aid Budget, and Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee. After being forced out by term limits, Matt went on to provide policy development, legislative and advocacy services to organizations focused on early childhood issues before joining Michigan's Children. A graduate of Alpena High School, Matt received his bachelor's degree from Albion College and his law degree from Wayne State University Law School. He lives in East Lansing with his wife, Jessica, and their three children Gracie, Joel, and Gus.

Michele Corey, Vice President for Programs
Michigan's Children (MI EPFP 1993-94)

With 15 years of experience at Michigan's Children, Michele has created numerous opportunities for local advocates to become better informed about children's issues and communicate effectively with local, state, and federal level policymakers. Michele has been a leader in statewide dropout and recovery initiatives focused on producing multiple pathways to graduation by growing better data about young people and the systems that serve them, providing better educational options for young people, and building public support for policy and practice that sustain those options. A graduate of Reed City High School, Michele received her bachelor's degree from Michigan State University. She lives in Lansing with her husband, Tom, and their three children Jacob, Andrew, and Sarah.

 

Resources:

 

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Reflections on British Education

February 8, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

We will begin the New Year with some reflections on the British system of education, examine a number of policy differences and consider their implications for education in the U.S. and Michigan. MSU's Office of K-12 Outreach recently organized and led two study tours to London for Michigan policy and foundation leaders to better understand how several urban schools have successfully improved achievement for diverse groups of students. During this session, we will discussion and share some insights on leadership development, organizational change and cross-cultural interpretations. During the second part of the program we will review the preliminary list of 2014-15 EPFP Learning Team topics and continue to refine and develop these proposals.

Resource People:

 

 

 

Resources:

 

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