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Floden, Wilson recognized as outstanding reviewers for AERA

March 5, 2012
Floden, Wilson recognized as outstanding reviewers for AERA

University Distinguished Professors Robert Floden, associate dean for research in the Michigan State University College of Education, and Suzanne Wilson, chairperson of the Department of Teacher Education, have been chosen as an Outstanding Reviewers for 2011 by the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Floden is being recognized for his service to the American Educational...
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Posted in 3) Departments, Academics, College News, Teacher Education |

EPC report: Reviewing research on teacher preparation

February 10, 2012

Policymakers hoping to improve teacher preparation in the U.S. have been stymied by a dearth of nationally representative data, as was pointed out in a 2010 report from the National Academy of Science, Preparing Teachers: Building Evidence for Sound Policy. The Educational Policy Center at Michigan State University took an important step toward more...
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See Think Wonder: Floden comments on teaching trends

February 6, 2012
See Think Wonder: Floden comments on teaching trends

A new teaching exercise called See Think Wonder is picking up steam in several Metro Detroit schools. Part of an approach called “visible thinking,” See Think Wonder promotes class discussion and invites students to explore their critical thinking skills. This new method sharply contrasts the current teaching trend that’s developed as a result of the No Child Left Behind Act; according to researchers at Harvard University, there’s...
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Floden comments on new MEAP and MME “cut scores”

November 4, 2011
Floden comments on new MEAP and MME “cut scores”

On Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, Michigan state education officials raised the bar for student proficiency on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) and the Michigan Merit Exam (MME). The new “cut scores” method results in a staggering decline of the number of students considered “proficient” in a number of subjects. When officials recalculated the results of last year’s...
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Floden advocates for schools’ “flip” strategy

October 27, 2011
Floden advocates for schools’ “flip” strategy

Students at Clintondale High School are participating in the nation’s first ever school-wide “flipped” classroom model —and passing their classes at an alarmingly increasing rate. This radical yet successful method literally “flips” traditional learning upside down, as students learn lessons at home by watching short online videos, and then complete their homework in class with teacher guidance. The plan has...
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Floden speaks to Detroit News about testing, school start dates

September 12, 2011
Floden speaks to Detroit News about testing, school start dates

Tuesday, state education officials are presenting a proposal to the State Board of Education to drastically toughen proficiency standards on standardized tests. If the proposal passes, several schools and districts with students who were once considered proficient in math, reading, science and social studies will no longer hold this status. Robert Floden, interim dean of the College of Education and co-director...
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