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Education Policy Fellowship Program

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,


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