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School administrators group honors Arsen

School administrators group honors Arsen

David Arsen, professor of educational administration, has received the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA) 2013 Education Fellows Award. The award is given each year by MAISA to an individual(s) who places service above self-interest, advocates for public education and displays exemplary leadership. Arsen has also worked to reform public services on behalf of… Read More »

Program helps meet Michigan demand for autism services

Program helps meet Michigan demand for autism services

Michigan State University will help fill the state’s shortage of professionals qualified to treat autism by offering a new program starting this fall. The Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) will be offered completely online in connection with the Special Education master’s degrees at MSU. Some 16,000 students in Michigan have various forms of… Read More »

Paris awarded NAEd/Spencer fellowship

Paris awarded NAEd/Spencer fellowship

Django Paris, assistant professor of teacher education, has been awarded a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2013-2015 academic years. The postdoctoral fellowship is given to individuals performing critical education research, with a purpose of supporting early career scholars. As part of the two-year, $55,000 award, Paris plans to study culturally sustaining pedagogy… Read More »

Local businesses support trip to Botswana

Local businesses support trip to Botswana

Students participating in the College of Education’s Fellowship to Enhance Global Understanding recently received a major outpouring of community support from three local businesses as they prepare to leave on a trip to Botswana. Playmakers in East Lansing donated 50 pairs of brand new soccer cleats for the group to distribute to children in need.… Read More »

Parent input ignored in school closings

Parent input ignored in school closings

Officials who close neighborhood schools in poor, urban areas often ignore parents’ input, which only reinforces the “institutionalized racism that plagues U.S. schools,” a Michigan State University scholar argues. From Michigan to Texas, superintendents and school boards are closing dozens of urban schools based strictly on data such as low test scores and graduation rates… Read More »

Recent graduate awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Recent graduate awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Allison Szatkiewicz, a new graduate of the Michigan State University College of Education, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and will teach English in Taiwan next year. Szatkiewicz is a member of the Global Educators Cohort Program (GECP), a globally-focused cohort program within the Department of Teacher Education. She earned minors in Arabic and Teaching… Read More »

Little proof that federal aid raises college prices

Little proof that federal aid raises college prices

Donald E. Heller, dean of the College of Education at Michigan State University, argues there is scant evidence of a relationship between changes in federal student aid and tuition increases. In a new monograph, Does Federal Financial Aid Drive Up College Prices?, he examines research on the so-called Bennett Hypothesis, which suggests that the availability… Read More »

Fueling fitness on the final frontier

Fueling fitness on the final frontier

Think keeping in shape is an uphill battle? Try staying fit in space, where living quarters are cramped and prolonged weightlessness withers muscle and bone. That’s the challenge a group of Michigan State University researchers will address with a new three-year, $1.2 million grant from NASA. Their goal is to keep astronauts motivated to exercise… Read More »

CCSS, vocabulary topic of new book

CCSS, vocabulary topic of new book

Improving vocabulary instruction for young students is the topic of assistant professor of teacher education Tanya Wright’s recently published book, All About Words: Increasing Vocabulary in the Common Core Classroom, Pre K-2. The work examines the divide between poor children and their privileged peers, through the lens of the Common Core State Standards in literacy.… Read More »

Paris to lead research committee on English teaching

Paris to lead research committee on English teaching

Django Paris, assistant professor in the Michigan State University Department of Teacher Education, has been appointed chair of the Standing Committee on Research for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). His three-year term will begin after the organization’s 2013 Annual Convention scheduled for November 21-26, 2013 in Boston. With 35,000 members worldwide, NCTE… Read More »