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President's Education Forum

"Securing Our Future through Research

in Mathematics and Science Education"

September 27, 2011
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Radisson Hotel, Lansing

Education Policy Fellows are invited to attend the first in the 2011-2012 series of Michigan State University President's Education Forums sponsored by Lou Anna Simon, President, and the College of Education.  These forums will focus on topics identified by public policy leaders as important to making informed decisions.  In previous years, participants have found the forums to be of significant value to their work.


The forum will be held on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at the Radisson Hotel, located at 111 North Grand Avenue, Lansing.  A buffet lunch will begin at 11:15 a.m.  The program will start at 12:00 p.m. and will adjourn promptly at 1 p.m. The featured speaker will be Joseph S. Krajcik, the director of the newly created Institute for Research on Mathematics and Science Education at Michigan State University. Mr. Krajcik's presentation, "Securing Our Future through Research in Mathematics and Science Education," will share the visions and goals of the Institute to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics and science for all children. Please call (517) 353-8950 for additional information regarding the forums.

We hope you will join us on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at the Radisson Hotel. 


Resource Person

Joseph S. Krajcik, the director of the Institute for Research on Mathematics and Science Education at Michigan State University.


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President's Education Forum

The Next Great Challenge:

Implementing the Common Core State Standards

November 29, 2011
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Radisson Hotel, Lansing

Education Policy Fellows are invited to attend the second in the 2011-2012 series of Michigan State University President's Education Forums sponsored by Lou Anna Simon, President, and the College of Education.  These forums will focus on topics identified by public policy leaders as important to making informed decisions.  In previous years, participants have found the forums to be of significant value to their work.


The forum will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at the Radisson Hotel, located at 111 North Grand Avenue, Lansing.  A buffet lunch will begin at 11:15 a.m.  The program will start at 12:00 p.m. and will adjourn promptly at 1 p.m. The featured speaker will be William Schmidt, University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University. Dr. Schmidt's presentation, "The Next Great Challenge: Implementing the Common Core State Standards," will describe the challenges of implementing ambitious national policy in the context of limited resources. Please call (517) 353-8950 for additional information regarding the forums. We hope you will join us on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at the Radisson Hotel. 

Resource Person

William Schmidt, University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University; Director, Center for the Study of Curriculum.


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President's Education Forum

Teacher Evaluation:

Why is a Simple Concept so Complex?

May 7, 2013
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Radisson Hotel, Lansing

Education Policy Fellows are invited to attend the final presentation in the 2012-2013 series of Michigan State University President's Education Forums sponsored by Lou Anna Simon, President, and the College of Education.  These forums focus on topics identified by public policy leaders as important to making informed decisions.  In previous years, participants have found the forums to be of significant value to their work.

The forum will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at the Radisson Hotel, located at 111 North Grand Avenue, Lansing.  A buffet lunch will begin at 11:15 a.m.  The program will start at 12:00 p.m. and will adjourn promptly at 1:00 p.m. The featured speaker will be Mark D. Reckase, University Distinguished Professor of Measurement and Quantitative Methods.  Dr. Reckase’s presentation, “Teacher Evaluation: Why is a Simple Concept so Complex?” will show why teacher evaluation is a complex undertaking.  Dr. Reckase will offer recommendations for how teacher evaluation can be done in a way that is both fair and credible. 

Resource Person

Mark Reckase, University Distinguished Professor of Measurement and Quantitative Measures at Michigan State University.

About the presentation and presenter:

It is a very reasonable expectation that children in the educational system of the state of Michigan will be guided in their education by high quality teachers. It is also a reasonable expectation that teachers be evaluated on the quality of the outcomes of their interactions with students with specific emphasis on student learning. On the surface, an evaluation process based on these expectations seems very simple, but the reality is that it is very complex. Dr. Reckase will present information that shows why teacher evaluation is a complex undertaking. He will give some recommendations for how teacher evaluation can be done in a way that is both fair and credible.

Mark D. Reckase received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Masters and Ph.D. from Syracuse University in psychological tests and measurement. Prior to joining the faculty at Michigan State University, he was the Vice President for Assessment Innovations at ACT Inc. in Iowa City. He has served as the president of the National Council on Measurement in Education and as the Vice President of Division D of the American Educational Research Association. He is also on advisory committees for various state and federal agencies that are responsible for educational testing.


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February 11 2013 Learning Team Presentation http://epfp.educ.msu.edu/8-current-fellows/meets/299-feb2013lt1knowledgebaseeconomy http://epfp.educ.msu.edu/8-current-fellows/meets/299-feb2013lt1knowledgebaseeconomy

Future of Knowledge Based Economy in Michigan

February 11, 2013
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

Lou Glazer’s illuminating talk laid the groundwork for our learning team. He emphasized a shift to right brain governed skills. Pink (2006) identified some of these characteristics: play, empathy, design, symphony, story and meaning. In the Rise of the Creative Class, (Florida, 2012) underscores the importance of creativity in modern economic life.

“Schools have to prepare students for jobs that have not yet been created, technologies that have not yet been invented and problems that we don’t know will arise” (Schleicher, 2010). Can Michigan be ready for jobs that do not yet exist?

The learning team has organized a discussion around the Future of Knowledge Based Economy in Michigan. A panel of leaders in education, industry, city planning and policy­making will provide diverse perspectives on how their profession is preparing for knowledge based economy. The panelists have been provided a list of guiding questions to frame their comments. Participating fellows will have an opportunity to follow­up and have an extended discussion on the topic.


EPFP Learning Team Members:
Blair Anstey, Karen Hart, Linda Hecker, Neelam Kher, Todd Neibauer, Kim Sleight

The following panelists have graciously agreed to participate.

Andrea Augustine ­ City Planner, Kalamazoo
Brian Boggs ­ City of Durand – City Council
Robert Floden ­ University Distinguished Professor, College of Education, Michigan State University
Jim Manley ­ Managing Director, Demmer Center for Business Transformation
Peter Spadafore ­ Trustee, Lansing Board of Education

Draft agenda available here.

Guest Speaker bios:

Andrea Augustine
After searching the world looking for the perfect place, Andrea Augustine, AICP ended up in Kalamazoo. A native of the city, Andrea earned a BA in Biology from Kalamazoo College, spent a year in Ecuador studying ecology, and worked at the Louisiana DEQ in Baton Rouge, before returning to her home town. She discovered a love of planning, and has been working for the City of Kalamazoo ever since, becoming City Planner in 2011. Recently, Andrea was awarded a City All­Star award, graduated from Leadership Kalamazoo, and was selected as a member of Southwest Michigan's First 50 Leaders Program. When she isn't working for world peace through better zoning, Andrea enjoys running, drinking local beer, and carousing with her two daughters.

Brian Boggs is in his tenth year of service on the Durand City Council, serving two of those years as mayor pro tem. Brian, a long with his council colleagues and administrative staff, has procured more than $30 million dollars in grants and business developments for the new Durand downtown streetscape and renovation project in the last four years. He is currently working on $7.5 million project through the USDA under their rural development initiative for streets and infrastructure improvements. Brian has served on boards of directors for several organizations, including the historical Durand Union Station, Shiawassee Area Transportation Agency, the Michigan Municipal League’s state board of Energy and Technology, and the Michigan Municipal League’s state board Finance Committee.

In addition, Brian is a doctorial candidate with the Office of K–12 Outreach in the College of Education at Michigan State University and works with school- and district-level improvement. He is in his third year of study for a dual PhD in educational policy and administration, has a completed endorsement in urban education, and is a member of the 2012–2013 Educational Policy Fellowship Program. In the public schools, Brian has served as a high school English teacher and central office administrator. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in English and history and his master’s degree in English language and literature, he returned to his alma mater to teach college rhetoric and critical writing in the Department of English at the University of Michigan – Flint. He recently added an article on organizational and instructional complexity in the Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching to his repertoire of publications and literary critiques. Brian’s research interests include organizational theory, policy making, sociology of education, experimental design, school improvement, and the history and politics of U.S. education.

Robert Floden
Robert Floden is University Distinguished Professor of Teacher Education, Measurement and Quantitative Methods, and Educational Psychology at Michigan State University. He is Director for the Institute for Research on Teaching and Learning and co­Director of MSU’s Education Policy Center. Floden received an AB with honors in philosophy from Princeton University and an MS in statistics and PhD in philosophy of education from Stanford University. He has studied teacher education and other influences on teaching and learning, including work on the cultures of teaching, on teacher development, on the character and effects of teacher education, and on how policy is linked to classroom practice. He is currently working on the development of tools for studying classroom processes that help students develop robust mathematical understanding for use in solving algebra word problems. Floden has been president of the Philosophy of Education Society, a Fulbright specialist, and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Tuebingen. He received the Margaret B. Lindsey Award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Floden’s work has been published in the Handbook of Research on Teaching, the Handbook of Research on Teacher Education, the Handbook of Research on Mathematics Teaching and Learning, and in many journals and books.
Jim Manley
Jim Manley began his career as a production worker for General Motors and finished his corporate career as the North American Supply Chain Director for Faurecia. He held line and staff positions in Production Operations, Industrial Engineering, Quality, Finance, and Supply Chain. During his years with General Motors, Jim had the rare opportunity to study with Dr. W. Edwards Deming and learned lean “hands on” at NUMMI with Toyota executives. From 1986 to 1991, Jim was an adjunct faculty member at Eastern in the School of Technology, creating and teaching undergraduate courses in lean manufacturing and statistical process control. During his career with Delphi, Jim coached teams in 29 countries as they implemented
lean into their plant operating system. Jim received the Delphi Corporate Lifetime Lean Achievement Award in 2005. After retiring, Jim became an independent consultant working with various clients in a variety of industries, non­profits, and academic organizations. In 2012, Jim accepted the position of Managing Director for the Demmer Center for Business Transformation, The Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.
Jim and Erva have been married for 33 years. They have two children and two grandchildren. Jim is very active in his church and community, serving on several non­profit and local government boards. Jim and Erva enjoy bicycling and vacationing with their grandsons in northern Michigan.
Peter Spadafore
Peter Spadafore was elected to the Lansing School Board in November of 2011. Mr. Spadafore is a graduate of James Madison College at Michigan State University where he studied Social Relations and Policy with an emphasis on education policy and homeland security studies. He was also a fellow in the prestigious Michigan Political Leadership Program fellowship.
Mr. Spadafore works at the Michigan Association of School Boards. At MASB he serves as Assistant Director for Government Relations working with board members and state legislators across the state to help improve public education for every child in our state. He also serves on the Michigan Parent Teacher Association's Committee for Children Advocacy and as co­chair of the Save Our Students, Schools and State (SOS) coalition? A broad coalition of education supporters whose mission it is to "help students,


Tony Wagner, ­ Rigor Redefined: The Seven Survival Skills for Careers, College, and Citizenship 

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March 4 2013 Learning Team Presentation http://epfp.educ.msu.edu/8-current-fellows/meets/300-mar2013influencinginfluencers http://epfp.educ.msu.edu/8-current-fellows/meets/300-mar2013influencinginfluencers

Influencing the Influencers

March 4, 2013
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Kellogg Center, MSU

The speakers that we have had thus far in EPFP raise intriguing questions about accessing the policy system. Many of the speakers talked about influencing the decisions that were made around policy, whether it was shaping policy through research (Knowledge Based Economy), being an active member of the political system (good policy/good politics), or actually writing the laws themselves (the proposed Michigan Public Education Finance Act of 2013). So, how can we influence the policy system? The short answer is to influence the influencers.

In this session, we will focus on our learning goals of better understanding the relationship between politics, policy, and interest, and how leadership can affect policy development and policy implementation. In particular, we will be looking at the nexus between educational policy and the politics of education. To do this, we will build upon the work of Deborah Stone and policy problems to examine ways of presenting issues. In addition, fellows will have the opportunity to engage with a panel of professionals who work in the educational policy arena daily. Finally, we will conclude with a simulation activity to attempt to influence the influencers.


EPFP Learning Team Members:
Kathleen Barker, Brian Boggs, Abby Cypher-Kitchen, Jamie Dewitt, Jessie Kilgore

The following panelists have graciously agreed to participate.

Michelle Fecteau
Lisa Hansknecht
Rodney Johnson
Daniel Quisenberry
Kathleen Straus

A draft agenda is available here. Session objectives are available here.

Guest Speaker bios:

Michelle Fecteau
Ms. Fecteau (D-Detroit) was elected in 2012. She is currently the Executive Director of the Wayne State University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, which is jointly affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers. Prior to serving in this position, Ms. Fecteau worked as an educator and program coordinator in Wayne State University’s Labor Studies Center. Prior to coming to WSU, Ms. Fecteau proudly served as a Union organizer and representative for members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, the Service Employees International Union and the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union.

Ms. Fecteau and her husband Edward Hejka, a special education teacher in River Rouge, live in Detroit and have two children by birth, their oldest with autism. They have also been foster parents to 9 children, 5 they adopted. They were awarded Foster Parents of the Year by Michigan Lutheran Child and Family Services. Ms. Fecteau and her husband have been active in numerous programs supporting special needs children including the Autism Society of Michigan and Wayne County. Ms. Fecteau graduated from Michigan State University with a master’s degree in Labor and Industrial Relations. She also earned a duel bachelor’s degree from MSU in Political Science and Employment Relations.

Lisa Hansknecht
A native Detroiter and the youngest of 9 children, Lisa Hansknecht received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Michigan State University (MSU).   Lisa’s public service career began as an intern in college for a state representative where she felt the pull of politics. Upon graduating, she worked on constituent services relating to immigration issues for U.S. Senator Carl Levin in Detroit. Interested in more policy and legislative work, she then returned to Lansing and served the Michigan House of Representatives from 1989 until 2007. She began in a legislator’s office and then moved to the caucus policy staff. Over the years, Lisa covered Transportation, Tax Policy, Appropriations, Welfare and Children, Medicaid, Mental Health, and Veterans Affairs, finally settling in as the Education Policy Advisor.

In 2007, Lisa was appointed Legislative Director for the Michigan Department of Education. As the Legislative Director she provided government relation services for the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the State Board of Education, and the Department and began addressing federal legislation as well. In July 2012, Lisa made the switch away from the State but closer to the students and schools when she became the Director of the Office of Government Relations and Pupils Services for Oakland Schools. In this position, in addition to managing all legislative initiatives that affect schools and school funding, she also oversees the offices responsible for truancy services, back to school services, pupil auditing, and school safety.   On the legislative front, Lisa lobbies on behalf of Oakland Schools and its 28 constituent districts, working with the Legislature and the Governor's office as well as other government agencies, special interest groups, and education advocacy organizations.

Rodney Johnson
Rodney M. Johnson is Managing Director for the Johnson Monroe Group, LLC a professional speaking and training company. The Johnson Monroe Group will develop and deliver presentations specific to the needs of the client and facilitate experiential learning through on-site workshops and public seminars. Rodney has 15 years of public speaking experience and 12 years of combined, financial planning and federal legislative experience. In addition he has 15 years of political campaign experience and 8 years of leading, managing, and developing staff and volunteers.

In the past, Rodney has sat on the Board of Mack Alive, an eastside of Detroit non-profit. While in college he founded a mentoring program for Ann Arbor African American males ages 10 to 12. He earned his J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy Law School and his B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Dan Quisenberry
Dan is the President of the MAPSA and serves as a leading advocate and spokesperson for charter public schools and 21st century education in Michigan and the nation.  Dan is a member of the Board of Directors of New Detroit, member and past Chair of the Education Alliance of Michigan, a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, an organization he helped form, and a member and past chair of the State Leaders Council.  He has served on the board of advisors for the Great Lakes Education Project and the Michigan School Board Leaders Association.  He has served as president for MAPSA since 1998.

Kathleen Straus
Kathleen Straus (D-Detroit) was first elected to the State Board of Education in November 1992 and began her third eight-year term on January 1, 2009. She is currently serving her fifth term as board president, elected by her peers.Mrs. Straus has committed the majority of her life to the furthering of public education and community services in Michigan. She has a strong interest in curriculum, assessment, and raising the standards for all students across the state. A frequent visitor to schools and classrooms, Mrs. Straus often spends time with parents, educators and others discussing educational policy and reform efforts to keep in touch with what's going on in the field. Mrs. Straus is the former president of the Center for Creative Studies, a nationally recognized arts education institution in Detroit. Prior to that, she was director of government relations for the Michigan Association of School Boards, and served as staff director of the Education Committee of the Michigan Senate. She was the executive director of PRO Detroit (People and Responsible Organizations for Detroit), a community-wide coalition of business, labor, civic groups, and schools established to assure that court-ordered desegregation would be implemented smoothly and peacefully. She previously worked in the administration of Detroit Mayor Jerome P. Cavanagh, and for the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments.

Mrs. Straus is listed in "Who's Who of American Women" and "Who's Who in Education." She has been elected to the Hall of Fame of Hunter College, and the Michigan Education Hall of Fame in 1994. She received the "Distinguished Warrior" Award from the Detroit Urban League in March of 2000. She was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in October, 2000. In 2004 she was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Anti Defamation League. She began her career as an Economist for the United States Treasury Department in Washington, D.C., and with the Federal Reserve Bank in New York. Mrs. Straus earned her B.A. degree in economics from Hunter College, New York; and was a member of Alpha Chi Alpha, Social Science Honor Society. She has pursued graduate studies at several universities. She is married, the mother of two adult children, and has four grandchildren.


News articles on Michigan's Personal Property Tax

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March 18 2013 Learning Team Presentation http://epfp.educ.msu.edu/8-current-fellows/meets/303-mar2013commoncorestandards http://epfp.educ.msu.edu/8-current-fellows/meets/303-mar2013commoncorestandards

Common Core State Standards

March 18, 2013
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Kellogg Center, MSU

The implementation and assessment of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in the classroom is a very hot educational topic across America today. Perhaps the CCSS initiative is the largest change in America’s educational history. Change is always accompanied by a diversity of ideas, beliefs, and philosophies, which eventually converge into political groupings. Political groups can affect the change if they can assume power in some way.

Our session will focus on presenting an array of diversity and stimulating ideas that we have found exist today. We also have gathered a list of resources for your review, some of which are expected reading before the session and others are optional. During the session our goal is to inform you through discussion and videos and then to engage you with a panel of volunteer speakers, who will assist us in a critical dialogue about the Common Core State Standards. The session closing activities will include a sharing of session “take-aways” that will summarize our collective thoughts. We invite you to come prepared with your thoughts and beliefs and be ready to either pose questions or share your “point of view.”


EPFP Learning Team Members:
Todd Drummond, John Brooks, David MacQuarrie, Scott Palmer, and Daryl Tilley

The following panelists have graciously agreed to participate.

Lisa Rivard, Marianne Srock, Kelly Mix

Guest Speaker bios: 

Lisa Rivard, Ph.D.
Language Arts/ School Improvement Consultant
Macomb Intermediate School District

Dr. Lisa Rivard spent fifteen years as a teacher, principal, and coach for Utica Community Schools. She also worked at the central office level as the Director of Elementary Programs. Lisa is an adjunct professor at Wayne State University where she teaches Instructional Technology classes for district and school administrators. Dr. Rivard is currently employed at the Macomb Intermediate School District as a Language Arts Consultant and assists regional schools in developing effective literacy plans.

Marianne Srock
Mathematics Consultant
Macomb Intermediate School District

For the past thirty seven years, Marianne Srock has worked as a mathematics teacher, assistant principal, principal, and mathematics consultant in Macomb County. She is currently implementing the common core state standards and practices in twenty-one districts and approximately three hundred fifty schools. She is a descriptor writer for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and looks forward to a deepening of student understanding in mathematics with the Common Core implementation and the Smarter Balanced Assessment.


Professor Kelly Mix
College of Education
Michigan State University

Dr. Kelly Mix is a professor of educational psychology at MSU. Prior to receiving a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Chicago, she was an elementary teacher in northern California with a teaching specialization in science and math. Her research has focused primarily on the emergence of numeracy in early childhood.

Current projects include studies of the relation between spatial ability and mathematics in the early grades, the impact of concrete models on place value acquisition, and teachers' understanding of the Common Core State Standards for Math.


Letter to the 2012-13 cohort in preparation for participating in the session

  • Introduction Activator
  •  Common Core Standards: The Big Picture
  •  Guided Panel Discussion
  •  Closing Activities


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[Letter to the cohort from the Learning Team:]

Dear Fellows,

We have prepared a list of articles, websites, links, etc., that can support our learning about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) session on Monday, March 18th. We have assembled a description, agenda, and a list of panelist biographies, who will be presenting during our session, and is posted on the EPFP Calendar link. Below is a list of both requested resources and optional resources for your preparation of the upcoming session.

The resources include articles pertaining to both base knowledge as well as those that present a critical point of view of the CCSS. We would like to present some different ways of looking at CCSS. As the time for CCSS implementation draws near, more dissenting voices are inevitably, “coming out of the wood work,” including serious ones like Professor Diane Ravitch. To prepare for the CCSS session we challenge you to ask yourselves, are these simply the usual “sky is falling” narratives that always accompany difficult change? Or, is there merit to some of these criticisms? If so, which ones? How do we know? Some people feel that much of the CCSS discourse has lacked critical analysis of many fundamental assumptions made by CCSS implementers.

We hope to engage you in an active dialogue and debate over the CCSS on Monday. We hope that you will come away with new ways of thinking about the CCSS and what it all means for us as Michigan educators and leaders.

See you Monday,

David, Daryl, John, Scott, & Todd

Requested Reading Resources:

Introduction to the Common Core State Standards; June 2, 2010


Common Core State Standards Initiative - Preparing for 2014: A Fundamental Shift Toward College and Career Readiness as the Focus of K-12 Education


Why I oppose Common Core standards: Ravitch (Diane Ravitch, February 26, 2013)


Why Common Core Standards Will Fail (Jay Mathews and Chester Finn)


  • ·         This provides many links for major works of scholar on CCSS
Optional Reading Resources:

Reference document from CCSSO


MDE Common Core Site


A Teacher’s Critique of the Common Core Standards (Dianerav; December 20, 2012)


  • Argument: CCSS are detailed and complex which increases the work of teacher to a great extent.

Coming to Terms with Common Core Standards (Willona Sloan)


  • A general description of the CCSS, process of implementation from different states. A comparative issues analysis.
  • Argument, “Adoption of common standards "will bring all states' standards down to the lowest common denominator”.

Common Core State Standards – Are Dangerous (Tultican)


A tough critique of Common Core on early childhood education (Valerie Strauss)


Beyond Standardization: State Standards and School Reforms


State English Standards: An Appraisal of

English Language-Arts/Reading Standards in 28 States


Understanding Common Core Standards


Issues in Analyzing Alignment of Language Arts Common Core Standards with State Standards (Richard W. Beach)


State School Boards Raise Questions About Standards (Catherine Gewertz)


The Case for Literature (Nancie Atwell)


Relating Policy to Research and Practice: The Common Core Standards (Randy Bomer and Beth Maloch)


No Child Left Behind embraces 'college and career readiness'


A very good website for finding good stuff…


Subject-Matter Groups Want Voice in Standards: Math, Reading Associations Fear They'll Be Overlooked (Sean Cavanagh)


Opening the Literature Window (Carol Jago)


A diploma worth having


What is the Development of Literacy the Development Of? (Glynda A. Hull, University of California, Berkeley and Elizabeth Birr Moje, University of Michigan)

The Common Core State Standards: Caution and Opportunity for Early Childhood Education


Peering Toward the Horizon:  Reconciling Teacher and Student Perspectives on Studied Literature Texts in Anticipation of Common Core Standards (Kierstin H. Thompson)

A Common Core of a Different Sort: Putting Democracy at the Center of the Curriculum


Framework for English Language Proficiency/ Development Standards Corresponding to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards

June 2012

The Battle for National History Standards (Annika L. R. Labadie)


National costs of aligning states and localities to the CCSS, (Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research), No. 82, February, 2012.


and, http://stopcommoncore.com/show-me-the-evidence/

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May 6 2013 Learning Team Presentation http://epfp.educ.msu.edu/8-current-fellows/meets/304-may2013parentinvolvement http://epfp.educ.msu.edu/8-current-fellows/meets/304-may2013parentinvolvement

Parent and Community Engagement

May 6, 2013
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Brody Complex, MSU

Over 40 years of research has documented the positive impact increased family engagement has on education outcomes.  The EPFP Parent and Community Engagement Learning Team seeks to:

  • define parent involvement
  • describe common barriers to quality parent engagement
  • discover innovative strategies to improve parent involvement
  • explore how policy can support parent involvement

The afternoon will begin with a brief introduction to the topic by the Learning Team, continue with short presentations by community members actively involved in parent and community engagement, followed by a panel discussion between educational leaders and Fellows, and will end with an application task.


EPFP Learning Team Members:
Jeff Cole, Linda Howley, Madeline Mavrogordato, Melissa Staub, Steve Tapia
The following panelists have graciously agreed to participate:
Sherri Boyd, Director of Michigan Alliance for Families
Yvonne Caamal Canul, Superintendent, Lansing School District
Sergio Keck, Director of Instructional Support, Lansing School District
Tammie Jones, Detroit Parent Network
Jamila Martin, Detroit Parent Network
Ted Ransaw, Academic Specialist, MSU Office of K-12 Outreach
Molly Sweeny, Excellent Schools, Detroit
Shereen Tabrizi, Manager, OFS Special Population Unit, MDE
Lorraine Ware, Principal, Red Cedar Elementary School, East Lansing Public Schools

Guest Speaker bios: 

Sherri Boyd
Sherri Boyd is the State Director of Michigan Alliance for Families. This program is funded by the state of Michigan’s Office of Special Education- Michigan Department of Education and OSEP at the federal level (Michigan’s Parent Training and Information Center). This grant provides statewide support to parents navigating the special education system through Information and Referral, Training and Mentoring.
Yvonne Caamal Canul
 Yvonne Caamal Canul, EPFP alumna (1990-91) and former EPFP program co-coordinator (2004-06), serves as superintendent of the Lansing Public Schools. Raised in Latin America, Yvonne brings a rich “world-view” to her work of 38 years in the field of education as a teacher, school principal, director of curriculum and assessment, consultant for low-performing schools, a state department of education official, and as a corporate senior executive in the private sector leading an innovation division dedicated to research, education product development, and global strategic partnerships. Most recently Yvonne led the Michigan site for a Kellogg Foundation funded Early Childhood collaborative between Michigan State University and the University of North Carolina. Currently, she is serving as the Superintendent for the Lansing School District and has initiated a bold restructuring plan that focuses on research-based grade span cohorts. Yvonne has received numerous awards, among them are the National Educator Award presented by the Milken Family Foundation and the Human Rights Award given by the Michigan Education Association.
Sergio Keck
Sergio Keck is currently the Director of Instructional Support Programs for the Lansing School District. His areas of supervision include: State and Federal Programs, Bilingual Education, Preschool Services, Alternative Education, Indian Education, Adult Education and Parent Involvement. He has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and director for various educational programs. Mr. Keck established a highly successfully Chinese-Immersion Program and a year later created a Spanish-Immersion Program at the elementary school level. In addition, he implemented an alternative blended model of instruction to provide options for disengaged high school students and to increase graduation rates. Mr. Keck is originally from Argentina and obtained his colleges degrees at Eastern Michigan University and Michigan State University.
Tammie Jones
Tammie Jones (EPFP 2011-12) serves as the Director of External Affairs at Detroit Parent Network, where she manages the organization’s membership, marketing and communication, and policy advocacy efforts. Prior to this position, Tammie was a Council of Michigan Foundations Public Policy Fellow at The Skillman Foundation. There, she worked on policy and advocacy issues impacting the Foundation’s Good Schools work, with a particular focus on assisting in the development of the citywide education infrastructure and ensuring access to high-quality schools within the Foundation’s target neighborhoods. Before moving to Detroit, Tammie worked for more than ten years with the Boys & Girls Clubs in Virginia, helping to establish two new locations serving a combined 400 youth members. In May 2009, Tammie completed her MBA at the University of Michigan – Ross School of Business, where she was selected by her peers to receive the Frank S. Moran Leadership Award. Tammie currently serves as Co-Chair of YNPN Detroit and is an Advisory Board member for the Salvation Army, Eastern Michigan Division.
Jamila Martin

Ted Ransaw

Molly Sweeny

Shereen Tabrizi
Dr. Shereen Tabrizi is the Manager of the Special Populations Unit with the Office of Field Services at the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). Along with a team of consultants, Shereen oversees several programs including: English Learner, Immigrant, Migrant, Homeless, Neglected/Delinquent and ‘at risk students.’ In her current position, she has led cross-office committees that created a Parent Engagement Toolkit, and Program Planning and Evaluation Tools. Dr. Tabrizi spear headed the establishment of a statewide Migrant Parent Advisory Committee, improved statewide and local English learner and migrant education program plans, and streamlined processes and procedures for students. Dr. Tabrizi strengthened parental engagement in students’ education through parent training and outreach. She implemented comprehensive support systems for students and teachers by forming partnerships with institutions of higher education and community based organizations. Dr. Tabrizi has a degree in English Education, a master’s degree in bilingual education and learning disabilities (double major), and a Ph.D. in special education, educational evaluation and research. Shereen is a former president of the Michigan Association for Bilingual Education, and the Michigan Educational Research Association. Dr Tabrizi advocates for implementing comprehensive and equitable services that address the needs of the “whole child.”

Lorraine Ware


MDE Parent Invovement Fact Sheet

National Middle Schools Association Parent Invovement Research Summary

Draft Agenda

12:00-1:00       Lunch

1:00-1:30         Overview of the Issue --EPFP Fellows

1:30-2:45         Presentations on Innovative Strategies to Improve Parent Involvement

2:45-2:55         Break

2:55-3:55         Panel Exploring How Policy Can Support Parent Involvement

3:55-4:05         Break

4:05-4:30         Activity


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Meets Thu, 21 Apr 2011 18:00:12 +0000
February 13 2012 Team Presentation http://epfp.educ.msu.edu/8-current-fellows/meets/277-feb13-2012-team-presentation-leadership http://epfp.educ.msu.edu/8-current-fellows/meets/277-feb13-2012-team-presentation-leadership

Leadership: The Never Ending Narrative

February 13, 2012
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

This Seminar will focus on the complexity of leadership. Fellows will have an opportunity to hear from two professionals in education: One from the Michigan Education Association and the other from the United Staff Organization. Discussions will focus on current hot topics and the challenges leaders face in implementing policy.  In addition, fellows will have an chance to explore their own leadership style.

EPFP Learning Team Members:
Thomn Bell
Donna Besinger
Sarah Cook
Mike Khoury
Julie Trevino
Resource People

Steven B. Cook
Steven B. Cook is the current President of the Michigan Education Association located in Lansing, Michigan.  He has been with the MEA since 1991.  Before being elected to President, he served as the Vice President of the association since 2006.  He also served as Secretary-Treasurer of the association from 1991-2006.  His term as President expires August 31, 2014. Cook is the first non-teacher in the history of MEA to be elected President.

Cook was a paraprofessional for 15 years for the Lansing Public Schools where he worked as a community school coordinator, home/school liaison in the elementary attendance project and alternative education.  He was the President of the Lansing Educational Assistants from 1981 to 1993.

Cook is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in history, economics and political science.

The Michigan Education Association (MEA) is a self-governing education association, representing more than 155,000 members that consist of teachers, faculty and education support staff throughout the State of Michigan.

Tom Greene
Tom Greene works for the Michigan Education Association as a Uniserv Director for the Plymouth/Canton Community Schools.  Tom is currently on leave from that position as he serves as the President of the United Staff Organization (USO).  USO represents employees from six staff unions that work for MEA, MESSA and MEA Financial Services.

Tom has completed several trainings around the state and at MEA’s major conferences.  One of the trainings he does is Successful Leadership….A Matter of Style.  Tom is also a certified trainer and facilitator for the Interest Based Bargaining style that some districts are using.

Tom also does training and facilitating on a national level through his affiliation with the National Staff Organization (NSO). He is an Executive Committee member of that organization.


Meets Mon, 14 Mar 2011 19:45:12 +0000
March 5 2012 Team Presentation http://epfp.educ.msu.edu/8-current-fellows/meets/278-mar05-2012-team-presentation-change http://epfp.educ.msu.edu/8-current-fellows/meets/278-mar05-2012-team-presentation-change

Change -- It's What's for Dinner

The Gap Between Policy and Implementation

March 5 2012
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

Session Description forthcoming.

EPFP Learning Team Members:
Gregg Dionne
Terry Flennaugh
Ross Fort
Tammie Jones
Andy Middlestead


Resource People

Amber Arellano

Executive Ditector, Education Trust-Midwest

Amber Arellano is the executive director of The Education Trust-Midwest. Arellano has more than two decades of experience in journalism, public policy and strategic public relations. Most recently she was a columnist and editorial board writer for The Detroit News, where she used the News' online platform of more than 1.2 million unique visitors a month to advocate on behalf of low-income and urban students.  In 2009 the National Association of Hispanic Journalists named her Commentator of the Year for what it called her influential and crusading coverage of Michigan education. Throughout her career she has covered immigration, politics and education in the Midwest, Southern California, and Mexico.  She won national awards for her work as the Race Relations Reporter at The Detroit Free Press.  She served at the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Executive Office in Geneva, Switzerland.  Her work has spanned the corporate, governmental and non-profit sectors while maintaining a focus on providing a voice for the voiceless.

Arellano holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy, where she specialized in poverty and employment policy. She earned her bachelor's degree in secondary education and journalism from Michigan State University, and studied at the Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico.  She has taught and mentored students of every age, from elementary school to high school and at Michigan State University.  A Michigan native and daughter of a respected community activist mom and United Auto Worker father, she is the first in her family to go to college. She is passionate about making sure all Michigan kids have access to great public schools and a shot at their own American dream.


Meets Mon, 14 Mar 2011 19:45:12 +0000