NCLB: A Policy in Limbo --
A Look Backward, a Look Forward
April 2 2012
No Child Left Behind (NCLB), a 2002 reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), called for every child in the United States to be proficient in reading and math by 2014. As the federal policy governing elementary and secondary education for nearly a decade, NCLB has influenced every realm of educational policy and public education practice and made common such terms “highly qualified teachers” and “high stakes testing.” Yet, NCLB has not been reauthorized leaving both the policy and the state of public education in limbo.
We are currently in a phase where states are allowed to receive federal waivers from the requirements of NCLB. There are many who are critical of this process, however, the gridlock in Washington, D.C. leaves little in the way of alternatives.
In this session, we will consider the history of NCLB both federally and locally as well as its current status and possible future outcomes. By focusing on NCLB, we will engage in discussions that draw upon many of the learning objectives from our year together as EPFP fellows to reflect on the reach and limitations of federal educational policy.
*Chapter 1: What I Learned About School Reform
*Chapter 2: Hijacked! How the Standards Movement Turned Into A Testing Movement
“Bringing Flexibility and Focus to Education Law: Looking Back and Moving Forward” U.S. Department of Education
Questions to consider for the Diane Ravitch reading
How Research Impacts Education Policy
March 19 2012
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.
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.
Networking with a Purpose
May 7 2012
Michele Corey, Vice President for Programs, Michigan's Children
Michele Robotham Corey (EPFP 1993-94) is the Vice President for Programs at Michigan's Children, a child advocacy organization that acts as a voice for children. In that capacity, Ms. Corey is responsible for increasing the level of awareness of children's issues around the state; and creating opportunities for local child advocates and coalitions to communicate effectively with local- and state-level policy-makers. She has extensive experience in presenting data and policy information to a wide variety of audiences throughout Michigan, develops issue analyses and related publications for distribution throughout Michigan, and works with other organizations in developing and implementing cradle to career advocacy strategies.
Ms. Corey is currently responsible for a statewide dropout and recovery initiative 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. She also helps policy makers and local communities use the information available through the Kids Count project to improve planning and decision-making about children's services.
Thomas White, Associate Director for Labor Relations, Michigan Association of School Boards
Tom White has worked his entire career in the area of education management: Tom was the Executive Director of the Michigan School Business Officials for 11 years. He retired from that position in December of 2008 and has operated a successful consulting business since then in the areas of management, marketing and labor relations.
Before his job at MSBO, Tom spent 9 years as the Director of Government Relations for the Michigan Association of School Boards from 1989 to 1998. He started his career as a labor negotiator for school boards in Michigan and Oregon, which he did for 10 years.
Since Tom’s retirement from MSBO in 2008 he has served as a consultant to the Confucius Institute at MSU, and is now the Associate Director for Labor Relations at the MASB. Tom has been on the Clinton Regional Education Service Agency Board of Education for 14 years, serving as its president for the past two years. Tom has a master’s degree in labor and industrial relations and a bachelor’s of science in multidisciplinary social science, both from Michigan State University.
Stakeholder Engagement: Moving Michigan Toward a Knowledge Economy
Commencement Reflections, Pinkalicious, and Symphonic Thinking in the Conceptual Age
March 21, 2011
Please join us for a Commencement Celebration of the 2020 Graduating Class of the Whole New Mind (WNM) Academy on Monday, March 21 at the Kellogg Center. The WNM Academy has successfully prepared graduates to thrive in the conceptual age and has been called upon by the State to host a Best Practices Summit to share our results with other schools around Michigan.
In preparation for the Michigan Summit, guests at the WNM Commencement Celebration will travel back to the year 2011. Panelists will share ideas emerging in 2011 from the work across numerous stakeholder groups. Their ideas shaped what Michigan needed to do to move education policy (and school reform) forward to prepare learners for the knowledge economy and conceptual age. Following the discussion, participation in stakeholder groups will help us to tell the story of how this transformation occurred.
- A Whole New Mind EPFP 2011 Discussion Guide (PDF)
- Michigan's Defining Moment 10,000 Voices to Transform Our State: The Center for Michigan (PDF)
- Mind Map Visual of EPFP Stakeholder Learning Team March 21, 2011 Session (PDF)
- Creating a Picture-Learning Community Guide for Stakeholder Group Exercise (PDF)
The Role of Advocacy in Shaping Public Opinion
January 24, 2011
This session will examine how public policy is shaped by focus group research, opinion polling, issue management, image consulting and creative marketing, and how organizations, business and political leaders use this information in the policy debate. The Fellows will have an opportunity to reflect on the work of various organizations that serve as advocates at the local, state and national levels and their impact on the policy making process. The second part of the program agenda is designed to advance the development of this year's EPFP Learning Teams.