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 2007-08 forums are listed below:
September 25, 2007
Spending Public Money Wisely: Scaling Up Educational Intervention
Dr. Barbara Schneider is the John Hannah Distinguished Professor in the College of Education and a professor of sociology of education. Her research interests focus on how the social contexts of schools and families influence the academic and social well-being of adolescents as they move into adulthood. Relying on multiple research methods, she has examined how schools can become more effective in reducing persisting academic achievement gaps among children of different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Reducing disparities among children requires significant investment through state and national funding. Dr, Schneider will describe elements of the prudent use of public funding in educational interventions.
November 15, 2007
The Reauthorization of NCLB: The Worm Hides the Hook
As a former insider and current consultant, Dr. Sharif Shakrani has followed closely as Congress and the Administration have worked – sometimes with and sometimes against each other – to improve No Child Left Behind during the process of reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. For this presentation, Dr. Shakrani will focus on important changes being proposed to two key sections of NCLB: the Title I provisions concerning Adequate Yearly Progress accountability, particularly at the high school level, and the Title II incentives for ensuring highly qualified teachers in hard-to-staff urban schools. Please join Dr. Shakrani for an examination of the concepts being introduced through these changes and their potential impact on Michigan’s schools and budget. Dr. Sharif Shakrani is a professor of measurement and quantitative methods, and Co-Director of the Education Policy Center at Michigan State University. A man of exceptional talent and ability, Dr. Shakrani has distinguished himself in the field of education through his work in curriculum and assessment and his tireless efforts to improve education for all children. He served most recently as deputy executive director of the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) in Washington, D.C.
January 17, 2008
What Does the Public Think about No Child Left Behind?
The American public gets it – as documented in the annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the “Public’s Attitudes towards the Public Schools.” Whether it’s about No Child Left Behind, closing the achievement gap, or school choice, the American public understands far more than we sometimes might believe. Dr. William Bushaw, International Executive Director of Phi Delta Kappa will present these fresh new results and share trend data and responses to a new set of questions posed to the American public this summer. The Phi Delta Kappa International Board appointed Dr. Bushaw as PDK’s executive director on October 1, 2004. Previously, he directed the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) program in Michigan. Following that, he served as a director at Merit Network, Inc, a nonprofit education technology organization affiliated with the University of Michigan, and as the chief academic officer and deputy superintendent at the Michigan Department of Education. Dr. Bushaw’s professional interests center on education policy, student assessment, school evaluation, and the deployment of technology in classrooms and schools. He is a strong advocate for public schooling.
February 21, 2008 - Cancelled
April 2, 2008
The Reauthorization of No Child Left Behind - An Update
Presenter: Dr. Sharif Shakrani
As the presidential election campaigns move closer to producing the major party nominees, each candidate has had to stake out a position on education generally and on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in particular. In his second presentation on this topic, Dr. Shakrani will describe how those positions would effect the reauthorization of NCLB and what they might mean for Michigan educators. Dr. Sharif Shakrani is a professor of measurement and quantitative methods, and Co-Director of the Education Policy Center at Michigan State University. A man of exceptional talent and ability, Dr. Shakrani has distinguished himself in the field of education through his work in curriculum and assessment and his tireless efforts to improve education for all children. He served most recently as deputy executive director of the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) in Washington, D.C., which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as “The Nation’s Report Card.”
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