Spring/Summer 2016 Edition

From the Dean

From the Dean

By Robert E. Floden I entered the deanship with deep knowledge that comes from years of working in the college. My formal training combined mathematics, statistics, economics and philosophy, along with the foundational and pedagogical training needed for my New Jersey mathematics teaching certificate. I was hired at Michigan State University in 1977 as part… Read More »

Events: Charting the Future for Teacher Prep

Events: Charting the Future for Teacher Prep

The Education Policy Center at MSU lined up 15 of the nation’s top researchers and program leaders this spring for a compelling conversation about teacher preparation in the United States. Speakers confronted questions about the history and goals of teacher preparation, how to measure success, changes that are likely in the future and how those… Read More »

Events: Empowering Black Males in School

Events: Empowering Black Males in School

Three College of Education faculty members in the Department of Teacher Education, Dorinda Carter Andrews, Terry Flennaugh and Chezare A. Warren, have been coming together to take action for young black men and boys in powerful ways. In their own work, each scholar strives to improve academic success for black students. They started to imagine… Read More »

Building capacity for change with Flint schools

Building capacity for change with Flint schools

Michigan State University has received a $2 million grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to help the Flint Community Schools improve the quality of education for children in Flint. Up to 25 MSU specialists and professors have been working with educators in the district since before the school year began to implement systemic changes.… Read More »

Faculty Viewpoint: How Have Teacher Policy Reforms Changed Teaching and Learning? It’s Too Soon to Tell

Faculty Viewpoint: How Have Teacher Policy Reforms Changed Teaching and Learning? It’s Too Soon to Tell

By Joshua Cowen Associate Professor of Education Policy Department of Educational Administration jcowen@msu.edu @joshcowenMSU Is there a war on teachers? It can feel that way. Over the last half-decade, policymakers across the country have attempted fundamental changes to many aspects of the teaching profession. Teacher-related policy reforms have included new efforts to monitor and improve… Read More »

Cover Story: Showing their Identities & Telling their Stories

Cover Story: Showing their Identities & Telling their Stories

How focusing on students’ community and cultural strengths can change the classroom By Lauren Ebelt Looking through the window of a classroom, it seems easy to define. It is a learning space, whether with easel and paint, computer and keyboard or paper and pen. A teacher leads the way with lessons. Often, support comes from… Read More »

Studying literacies and community through #hearmyhome

Studying literacies and community through #hearmyhome

Two doctoral candidates are hoping to show how important sound is to community and literacy through their project, #hearmyhome. Cassie J. Brownell and Jon M. Wargo, both in the Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education program, will examine how K-12 youth and their teachers write about their community through and with “soundscapes” of the every day.… Read More »

Research: Exploring Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Research: Exploring Hispanic-Serving Institutions

The number and type of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) has been rising as a result of the increasing enrollment of Latino/a students in colleges and universities. Assistant Professor Patricia Marin is studying a small but growing phenomenon—high caliber research universities adding the HSI designation. As a Latina researcher, Marin is interested in how this trend affects… Read More »

Research: Decolonizing Global University Rankings

Research: Decolonizing Global University Rankings

Global university rankings (GURs) have been widely criticized but not through a decolonial lens, an alternative to the mainstream discourse. Assistant Professor Riyad Shahjahan argues the process of ranking universities imposes boundaries on the ways we conceptualize universities. In their review of existing research, he and his colleagues found the emergence of GURs coincides with… Read More »

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Professor Emeritus Joe Byers, a dedicated teacher and researcher of educational technology, died on Feb. 21, 2016. Byers served as a faculty member for more than 30 years, retiring in 1998. He was director or co-director of several offices and programs in the college, and set up an endowment along with his wife. The Joe… Read More »

Dear Spartan Alumni

Dear Spartan Alumni

The College of Education continues to produce outstanding graduates who obtain the skills to change lives on a daily basis. There is a great pride knowing your college—whether you earned undergraduate, graduate or multiple degrees—continues to surpass expectations and maintain such a positive light. As your new assistant director of alumni relations and fellow College… Read More »

Alumni News and Notes

Alumni News and Notes

Changing students’ lives School counselor Sylvia Sanders-Thomas, B.A. ’86 (Special Education), has changed countless lives as she’s helped students navigate their way through high school and into college. It is for her years of dedication and service that she was nominated as the Michigan School Counselor of the Year. She was invited to the White… Read More »

Alumni Profile: Transforming Life on Two Wheels

Alumni Profile: Transforming Life on Two Wheels

Athletic training alum turns disability sports experience into successful startup By Nicole Geary Disability became part of Marissa Siebel-Siero’s passion for serving athletes when she came to Michigan State University. She was a high school athletic trainer in New Jersey when she decided to move to East Lansing to enroll in the MSU Kinesiology master’s… Read More »

Final Thoughts: Going Back to School

Final Thoughts: Going Back to School

A teacher’s take on the online master’s degree As an elementary teacher, I’ve always loved the excitement of going back to school. Call me crazy, but I find a small thrill in seeing the displays of discount school supplies and fall clothing back in stores. Beginning my master’s degree program, however, was a different back-to-school… Read More »