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From the Dean

From the Dean

The College of Education has long been known for the quality of our teacher education programs. As shown on the first page of our printed magazine (which you can tear out and display), our graduate programs in elementary and secondary education have been ranked No. 1 in the nation for 19 years in a...
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Posted in Fall 2013 |

MSU K-12 Outreach: Helping Priority and Focus Schools Improve Learning

MSU K-12 Outreach: Helping Priority and Focus Schools Improve Learning

By Angela Son and Kathleen Snyder For more than a decade, the Michigan State University Office of K-12 Outreach has been playing a critical role in supporting Michigan schools as they strive to improve. Since 2007, K-12 Outreach has been an integral part of Michigan’s MI Excel Statewide System of Support. Then, last year,...
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Posted in Fall 2013 |

The Future for Science Education

The Future for Science Education

Helping Michigan educators understand the Next Generation Science Standards Lately, the Common Core State Standards have been the subject of great attention as a potential guide for U.S. schools to ensure all students learn the mathematics and language arts skills needed to be successful. Away from the spotlight, however, there is a growing movement...
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Posted in Fall 2013 |

Faculty Viewpoint: Can You Identify a Good Teacher When You See One?

Faculty Viewpoint: Can You Identify a Good Teacher When You See One?

Thoughts on teacher evaluation from an assessment expert and member of Michigan’s governor-appointed task force A number of years ago, I was working on a project that focused on using portfolios high school students produced in their classes as a way of evaluating their level of achievement. This was exciting work because our team...
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Posted in Fall 2013 |

Unfamiliar Places

Unfamiliar Places

Jack Schwille leads College of Education’s international exploration over three decades by Nicole Geary John (Jack) Schwille has always been fascinated by unfamiliar places. “As a kid in a very small, rural and not at all cosmopolitan community, I had an unlikely passion for learning about other countries,” he wrote. And now, he says,...
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Posted in Fall 2013 |

Serving All Learners

Serving All Learners

Expanding research on autism and intellectual disabilities across the lifespan The commitment to serve all learners runs deep in the Michigan State University College of Education. Every day, our faculty members are searching for new ways to help individuals with various disabilities, from brain injuries and physical impairments to emotional issues and academic challenges....
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Posted in Fall 2013 |

Making a Global Impact: The DOCTRID Institute

Making a Global Impact: The DOCTRID Institute

Michigan State University is leading an international effort to create life-changing solutions for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The DOCTRID Research Institute was launched three years ago by the rehabilitation counseling faculty in the MSU College of Education and the large-scale Daughters of Charity Service in Ireland. The interdisciplinary venture has since expanded to include...
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Posted in Fall 2013 |

Anatomical Evidence

Research unlocks understanding of structural differences A Michigan State University researcher has discovered the first anatomical evidence that the brains of children with a nonverbal learning disability (NVLD)—long considered a “pseudo” diagnosis—may develop differently than the brains of other children. The finding could ultimately help educators and clinicians better distinguish between—and treat—children with NLVD...
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Posted in Fall 2013 |

Preparation. Growth. Integrity.

Preparation. Growth. Integrity.

Lakeya Omogun feels prepared to teach—finally by Nicole Geary Knowing what to teach is not the same thing as knowing how to teach. Teachers must know how to manage a classroom and how to use data, yes, but most importantly, they must know how to help all their students achieve their goals as learners....
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Posted in Fall 2013 |

Faculty Perspective: Tragedy at Sandy Hook

Faculty Perspective: Tragedy at Sandy Hook

The unending need to improve school-based mental health services By John Carlson Less than a year ago, the school shooting tragedy unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. A series of unfortunate circumstances and missed clues aligned in ways unimaginable. The result was a horrific event that was difficult to predict—despite important...
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Posted in Fall 2013 |

We are in Detroit

We are in Detroit

Urban Immersion Fellowship transforms future teachers’ thinking about city schools by Nicole Geary Like many aspiring teachers at Michigan State University, Justine Albaugh grew up in suburban Metro Detroit. But home was a good 45 minutes outside the city. And she had never stepped inside a Detroit classroom. So she applied for the Urban...
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Posted in Fall 2013 |

Faculty Books

Faculty Books

Over the next decade, the Common Core State Standards will affect nearly every K-12 student and teacher in the United States. A new book co-authored by Kristen Bieda, assistant professor of teacher education, and MSU alumnus Samuel Otten, Connecting the NCTM Process Standards and the CCSSM Practices, takes a detailed look at the Common...
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Posted in Fall 2013 |

Meet our new 2013-2014 faculty

Meet our new 2013-2014 faculty

The College of Education welcomes 12 new faculty members this academic year across all four departments. Here is a brief introduction of them including their research interests and the focus of their recent work.  Melanie COOPER, Lappan-Phillips Professor of Science Education Department of Teacher Education, Department of Chemistry PhD, University of Manchester Melanie Cooper...
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Posted in Fall 2013 |

Alumni Notes

Alumni Notes

Alumni Tribute Remembering trailblazing alumna Patricia Carrigan Alumna and former MSU Trustee Patricia Carrigan, (B ’50) died on June 19, 2013. Carrigan taught in Battle Creek and Willow Run public schools and served as the director of research and evaluation for the Ann Arbor public school district before moving on to corporate human resources...
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Posted in Fall 2013 |

From the Alumni President: Spartan Willpower.

On behalf of the entire MSU College of Education Alumni Association (COEAA) Board of Directors, welcome to another academic year at MSU. Each autumn prompts the start of school for students across the state and the start of activities for the COEAA. We hope to have a great lineup of opportunities for members to...
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Posted in Fall 2013 |

Emerging from the Darkness

Emerging from the Darkness

Counseling alumna gives hope to veterans with PTSD by Sarah Wardell Fear. Anger. Depression. Powerlessness. These were the feelings felt daily by Taylor Swan, a Vietnam War veteran who served in the United States Navy. Swan wasn’t truly aware he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. “I had awful dreams, and sometimes...
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Posted in Fall 2013 |

Give to the College: Your Name, Our Future

Give to the College: Your Name, Our Future

A name can represent many things. In the College of Education, a name can provide a meaningful connection and opportunity to a student or faculty member. Naming an endowed scholarship or faculty position in the college allows our alumni and friends to leave a lasting legacy or make an immediate impact, a chance to...
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Posted in Fall 2013 |

Hyde Scholarship Provides Unique Opportunities

by Sarah Wardell In middle school, Kimberly Schoch saw her science teachers as passionate—albeit a little quirky—who truly made science fun. “I had previously been planning on pursuing a career in writing or journalism,” said Schoch, a senior secondary education major. “But all of a sudden, I found myself caught up in the science...
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Posted in Fall 2013 |

Final Thoughts: To Postdoc or Not to Postdoc?

Final Thoughts: To Postdoc or Not to Postdoc?

As a former postdoctoral fellow for the associate provost of undergraduate education at Michigan State University, I can attest that pursuing a fellowship is an excellent career decision. In less than a year, I enhanced my research agenda, published scholarly articles, taught an interdisciplinary course, and gained evaluation and assessment skills. At this point,...
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Posted in Fall 2013 |

Impacting Detroit

Impacting Detroit

BY SARAH WARDELL The city of Detroit is a dichotomy of sorts. Few would deny that it’s a place of great challenge. However, there are also many glimmers of hope—particularly for those who believe in the city’s future, those who are intentional about living out solutions. Dan Gould, kinesiology professor and director of the...
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Posted in Other News |

Continuing the Legacy

by Reitumetse (Reitu) Obakeng Mabokela, Ph.D For almost 30 years, the College of Education at Michigan State University has been a trailblazer in the international arena under the masterful leadership of Professor John (Jack) Schwille. As one of the leading colleges of education in the country, our college has the responsibility to educate the...
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Posted in Other News |

From The Dean

From The Dean

It has been a little over a year since my appointment as dean of the College of Education, and I feel like I have barely had the opportunity to stop and catch my breath. When people have asked me what it has been like being dean, the first thing I generally talk about is...
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Posted in Spring 2013 |

Rethinking Teacher Ed

Rethinking Teacher Ed

NCTQ’s Kate Walsh challenges the field As teacher educators await the results of a controversial, nationwide review of teacher preparation programs, the leader behind the project made a stop at Michigan State University. It was the first time Kate Walsh, president of the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), spoke in a college of...
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Posted in Spring 2013 |

Higher Ed and the Fight Against World Hunger

Higher Ed and the Fight Against World Hunger

Professor co-leads global food systems center funded by USAID Michigan State University is using a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to improve agricultural production and reduce poverty in parts of the world suffering from rapid urbanization, population growth and skills gaps. Receiving up to $25 million over five years, finding solutions...
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Posted in Spring 2013 |

Faculty Viewpoint: On Michigan School Finance

Faculty Viewpoint: On Michigan School Finance

AN OPEN LETTER TO MICHIGAN GOVERNOR RICK SNYDER Dear Gov. Snyder, Last summer you requested legislation to profoundly change funding for Michigan’s K-12 schools with a sweeping replacement of the School Aid Act of 1979. Since financial arrangements decisively influence school operations, many Michigan citizens took note. Your goal was to incorporate the new...
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Posted in Spring 2013 |

Learning 3.0: Face-to-face, Online, Hybrid

Learning 3.0: Face-to-face, Online, Hybrid

In the classroom or on the screen — or both, the College of Education continues to rethink where, and how, learning occurs By Nicole Geary Have you taken a course online? How about a hybrid program? The College of Education led the charge into web-based teaching more than a decade ago and currently claims...
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Posted in Spring 2013 |

Equity for All: Researcher Studies Disadvantaged Children Worldwide

Equity for All: Researcher Studies Disadvantaged Children Worldwide

BY SARAH WARDELL The perception of a young Amita Chudgar—now an assistant professor of educational administration at the College of Education—may be described as anything but ordinary. Growing up in India, Chudgar lived in a non-traditional, middle-class Mumbai household with surgeon parents. At the end of 10th grade, Chudgar made a choice that many...
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Posted in Spring 2013 |

Faculty Books

Faculty Books

Assistant professor of teacher education Kristen Bieda is the co-author of Developing Essential Understanding of Proof and Proving for Teaching Mathematics in Grades 9-12. The book focuses on knowledge for high school teachers about proof and the process of proving. It is part of a series published by the National Council of Teachers of...
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Posted in Spring 2013 |

Conducting the Orchestra, Committing to their Future

Conducting the Orchestra, Committing to their Future

Music education student shines as leader of growing youth ensemble “Ready? One, two, ready, go.” The conductor’s baton drops and swirls into the beat, while a stageful of teen musicians practice a Trans-Siberian Orchestra piece for an upcoming concert. The auditorium is empty and there is laughter between each song. But their leader is...
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Posted in Spring 2013 |

From MSU to the “Olympics of Teaching”

From MSU to the “Olympics of Teaching”

Last year, MSU teaching intern Alexandra Beels spent a lot of time visiting BOB — the Basic Observation Buoy. Floating in Lake Erie or Lake St. Clair, BOB took water quality measurements every hour and, once or twice a week, Beels and seventh graders from Harper Woods Middle School near Detroit waded out to...
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Posted in Spring 2013 |

Teacher Candidates, Mentors to Tour Tanzania Together

Teacher Candidates, Mentors to Tour Tanzania Together

A group of future teachers from Michigan State University — and their mentor teachers — will travel to Tanzania during summer 2014 for a unique experience in learning to teach global perspectives. The university has received funding under the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program to offer the five-week trip, along with related activities before...
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Posted in Spring 2013 |

From the Alumni Board President

From the Alumni Board President

Greetings Spartans, The 2012 Homecoming Tailgate Party was a great time! Over 550 College of Education people visited our party and it was wonderful seeing and visiting with old friends as well as meeting new friends. The weather was not the best, but that did not stop Spartan alumni who came and enjoyed excellent...
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Posted in Spring 2013 |

The Legacy of EAD 315/415

The Legacy of EAD 315/415

Alumni often feel connected to one another as graduates of an institution and, even more so, as graduates of a particular degree program. Sometimes, a single course can tie people together — and leave a lasting legacy. In the case of EAD 315 (formerly 415): Student Leadership Training, more than 500 former instructors —...
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Posted in Spring 2013 |

Alumni Notes

Alumni Notes

Alumna receives national biology teacher award Mentor teacher and College of Education alumna Heather Peterson (’98, secondary teaching certificate) has received the 2012 National Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. Peterson received the award from the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) during the association’s recent professional development conference in Dallas. “We don’t get a lot...
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Posted in Spring 2013 |

Kinesiology Alumnus Moves Community to the Next Level

Kinesiology Alumnus Moves Community to the Next Level

“Wow, I really regret that workout,” said no one ever. Walk into State of Fitness on an average day and visitors not only see that statement painted on the wall, but they will enter into a cacophony of sound and activity. Amid weights clanging, upbeat music and machines humming, it’s Thursday and Michigan State...
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Posted in Spring 2013 |

From the Development Director

From the Development Director

The Power of A Scholarship It’s great to be home! I joined the College of Education Development Office team on Dec. 3, 2012 and, so far, I have loved every minute of being back in Spartan country. I graduated from Michigan State in 1997 and am a Spartan through and through. Most recently, I...
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Posted in Spring 2013 |

Final Thoughts: Need a Job?

Final Thoughts: Need a Job?

Create a Strong Job Search Strategy “Why isn’t my job search getting me anywhere?” As the director of alumni career services for the MSU Alumni Association, I frequently get this question from graduates. Let me give an example. A recent call came from Kate (not her real name), who is a 2008 MSU College...
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Posted in Spring 2013 |