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Education Policy Fellowship Program

Who is Teaching Our Children? Developing Teachers for Local & Global Change

February 4, 2008
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

The purpose of this session is to examine the policy and process for getting teachers into Michigan classrooms. Our premise is that the current model for certifying and endorsing K-12 teachers is not optimal for producing the type of educators necessary for learners in the 21st Century economy. Using information from outside experts and our EPFP knowledge, we intend to develop recommendations for policy change at both the state and institutional levels.


Learning Team Members:

Sheryl Diamond, Special Education Policy Consultant, Michigan Department of Education
Andrew Rable, Supervisor, Special Education Support Services, Ingham ISD
Steve Stegink, Consultant, Office of Professional Preparation Services, Michigan Department of Education
Elisabeth Weston, Senior Consultant for Technology & Business Processes, Public Sector Consultants

EPFP Teacher Certification Awareness Survey
(Administered via online

1. What is the job of the teacher?
2. How should we qualify a teacher for that job?
3. Who has the authority to determine whether a teacher is qualified? (Check all that apply.)

  • Federal Government
  • Parents
  • School Administrators
  • State Department of Education
  • State Legislature
  • State School Board
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction

4. Other comments or questions about the topic.


1:00 – 1:15 Introduction and Review of Survey Results

Sheryl Diamond

1:15 – 1:45 Teacher Certification 101: How Teachers Become Teachers in Michigan

Krista Ried, MDE Office of Professional Preparation & Development

1:45 – 2:15 Consideration of Future Forces: Challenges and Opportunities in Michigan’s Teacher Certification Process

Steve Stegink

2:15 – 2:45 Education Policy Perspectives

Dr. Lee Rose, Professor & Department Chair, CMU

Dr. Sophie Jeffries, Coordinator of Teacher Preparation, LCC

2:45 – 3:15 Table Discussions

Elisabeth Weston

3:15 – 3:30 Break

3:30 – 4:00 Table Reports

Andrew Rable

4:00 – 4:45 Group Discussion of Policy Recommendations Team Members

Program Resources:

Professor Leonie (Lee) Rose, Ph.D. ,Chair, Department of Teacher Education & Professional Development, Central Michigan University

Dr. Leonie M. Rose is the Chair of Teacher Education and Professional Development and is a full Professor of Literacy Education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is an advisor to students on the MA in Reading and Literacy K-12 and the undergraduate Reading in Elementary Grades minor. Her university committee memberships include service on the following: the Interdisciplinary Language Arts Council, the Professional Education Assessment Committee, the Interdisciplinary Education Committee, and the Academic Senate Committee on Committees. She has been Director of the CMU Summer Reading Clinic for fifteen years. Dr. Rose is a Past President of the Michigan Reading Association and remains active on the Board of Directors as the Parliamentarian, Committee Chair for Professional Standards, and as a member of the Legislative Committee. In 2001, Dr. Rose received the International Reading Association’s Outstanding Reading Educator Award.

Dr. Karen Adams, Dean, College of Education & Human Services, Central Michigan University

Ms. Krista Ried, Higher Education Consultant, Michigan Department of Education

Krista Ried is the Teacher Quality Coordinator in the Office of Professional Preparation Services for the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). She works with the U.S. Department of Education to meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in regards to highly qualified teachers. She regularly works with administrators and teachers to meet state requirements for certification and highly qualified status. She also coordinates programs involving NCLB paraprofessional qualifications, directs the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Grants program and facilitates projects related to international education. Prior to her current position, she was an elementary school teacher, both in Michigan and in Illinois. She taught third and/or fourth grade for nearly 10 years before joining the MDE staff in 2003. Krista is a 2006-07 EPFP Fellow.

Sophie Jeffries, Ph.D., Coordinator of Teacher Preparation, Lansing Community College

Dr. Sophie Jeffries has served as the Coordinator of Teacher Preparation at Lansing Community College (LCC) since 2000. She also serves as the Coordinator of the CMU/LCC Elementary Education Program in Lansing. Prior to joining LCC, she was Assistant/Associate Professor of Foreign Language Education at Syracuse University, and the University at Albany, State University of New York. Dr. Jefferies is Past President and member of executive committee of the Michigan Association for Community College Educator Preparation (MACCEP). She earned her BA and MA from Michigan State University in French and her Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education from The Ohio State University.

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