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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.


Education Around the Globe:

What 60 Years of International Assessment Have Taught Us


March 14, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Radisson Hotel, Lansing

In this presentation, Dr. William Schmidt, University Distinguished Professor and Founder and Director of the Center for the Study of Curriculum at MSU, will discuss the results from the extensive study of education conducted by Coleman and his colleagues in the early 1960s seemed to suggest that students’ home and family background were far more important in determining what they knew as measured by academic assessments than their school experiences. If true, then policies aimed at ensuring equitable distribution of economic and other resources would be the important operative policy levers for improving overall student achievement.