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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 Office of the President 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.


The Consciousness Gap in Education: Toward Humanizing Pedagogy and Practice


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

In this talk, Dr. Carter Andrews highlights the importance of critical self-reflection on the part of educators in order effect change in schools. Specifically, naming our areas of power, privilege, and marginalization and working to build racially and culturally just learning contexts enables us to help students realize their full humanity in schools. Dr. Carter Andrews challenges a move away from educational discourse that places that blame of low academic performance and students and families and moves us to examining systems and structures that impede academic and life success for youth.