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 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 specific dates and speakers for the 2015-16 forums will be listed as they are confirmed.
For more information see President's Education Forums.
Emerging Issues in Educational Policy
April 5, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Radisson Hotel, Lansing
In this presentation, Professor Krajcik will discuss what is new, valuable and challenging about the new Michigan Science Standards. In addition, he will describe several current projects at the CREATE for STEM Institute that support the implementation of the standards. He will end by discussing the challenges teachers, administrator, and district and state leaders face in the transformation of science education in Michigan.
Joseph Krajcik is Lappan-Phillips Professor of Science Education and Director of the CREATE for STEM Institute in the College of Education at Michigan State University. A former high school chemistry and physical science teacher, Krajcik spent 21 years at the University of Michigan before coming to MSU in 2011. During his career, he has focused on working with science teachers to reform science teaching practices to promote students’ engagement in and learning of science. He was principal investigator on a National Science Foundation project that aimed to design, develop and test the next generation of middle school curriculum materials to engage students in obtaining deep understandings of science content and practices. He served as head of the Physical Science Design Team to develop the Next Generation Science Standards. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has served as president of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), from which he received the Distinguished Contributions to Science Education through Research Award in 2010.
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