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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 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.


 Emerging Issues in Educational Policy

May 10, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Radisson Hotel, Lansing

During this presentation, Dr. Parks will review recent empirical research on the educational and financial impacts of public prekindergarten education, with particular attention to promising play-based programs and practices. She will also examine the impact of these programs on children's development in relation to literacy, mathematics, and broader cognitive, social and emotional skills. Finally, Dr. Parks will discuss implications for policy makers and practitioners.

Dr. Amy Parks is an associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education in MSU’s College of Education. She is interested in young children’s mathematical experiences, both in and out of schools. Dr. Parks is particularly concerned with representing the experiences of children from marginalized groups in the research literature and with promoting humane schools practices for all children. Her current projects include investigations of play in mathematical learning, the resources parents draw on when supporting their children in mathematics, connections between emotional relationships and content learning in primary classrooms, and the mathematical engagements that are possible in informal spaces.


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