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Education Policy Fellowship Program

MSU President’s Education Forums

The MSU President’s Education Forums were established in 1998 and are an outreach strategy to inform policy makers and education leaders about current education policy issues and to open discussion around research and best practice in specific education policy areas.  These annual forums are sponsored by Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon and by the College of Education through the Office of K-12 Outreach.  These forums, which are by invitation only, are well attended by state legislators and their staff members, State Board of Education members, Michigan Department of Education staff, leaders of local and intermediate school districts and association representatives.  Each year the forums provide an opportunity for continuing conversations around critical national and state policy issues. Presentations are made by key MSU College of Education faculty and national authorities who address critical policy issues.  The Michigan EPFP's affiliation with the Education Policy Center at MSU and the Office of K-12 Outreach enables the EPFP Fellows to participate in these forums.  While attendance is encouraged, these forums are optional policy experiences for the Michigan EPFP Fellows.  A luncheon is provided and reservations are required.

The specific dates and speakers for the 2017 forums will be listed as they are confirmed.

 

 Schooling the 21st Century: What Policy Makers Need to Know

February 14, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Radisson Hotel, Lansing

Dr. Schmidt will discuss the emerging perspective that elementary and secondary schooling needs to prepare all students not only for college, but for careers that may not require four years of college or any additional formal education. The importance of preparing students to be mathematically literate in an increasingly technological society has only intensified with the adoption of Michigan college- and career-ready standards. To what extent is instruction based on such rigorous standards necessary for the development of literate citizens to function in society? Dr. Schmidt will discuss what schools need to focus on in the 21st Century.

William H. Schmidt is a University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University and director of the Center for the Study of Curriculum. He serves as director of the Education Policy Center and holds faculty appointments in Statistics and Education. Previously he served as National Research Coordinator and Executive Director of the US National Center which oversaw participation of the United States in the IEA sponsored Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). He has published in numerous journals including the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Educational Statistics, EEPA, and the Journal of Educational Measurement. He has co-authored eight books including Why Schools Matter, Teacher Education Matters, and Inequality for All. His current writing and research concerns issues of academic content in K-12 schooling, assessment theory and the effects of curriculum on academic achievement. He is also concerned with educational policy related to mathematics, science and testing in general.