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Youngs, Kang receive research awards from AERA

Youngs, Kang receive research awards from AERA

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) division focused on Teaching and Teacher Education (Div. K) will present two awards to individuals from the MSU College of Education this year. Peter Youngs, associate professor of teacher education, was selected to receive the Early Career Award, and Hosun Kang, a 2011 Ph.D. graduate of teacher education, is receiving the Outstanding… Read More »

National rankings: Seven programs in top 5

The College of Education at Michigan State University now has seven program areas ranked within the nation’s top 5, according to the latest graduate school rankings compiled by U.S. News & World Report. Two areas – elementary and secondary education – have now been ranked No. 1 for 18 years in a row! The No.… Read More »

See Think Wonder: Floden comments on teaching trends

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 “less… Read More »

MSU participates in $1M study to examine early algebra challenges

MSU participates in $1M study to examine early algebra challenges

Schools across the nation are requiring all students to complete algebra by the end of ninth grade, which will potentially increase U.S. competitiveness and level the playing field for minorities and poor students.  However, a team of educational researchers from Michigan State University and the University of Pennsylvania theorize that this phenomenon could have some negative consequences.… Read More »

Teacher Effects in Early Grades

The effects teachers have on student achievement have been of great interest to education researchers and policy makes the last four decades. A recent study by Spyros Konstantopoulos, an associate professor of education at MSU, examined the persistence of teacher effects in early grades using several years of statewide data from Tennessee’s Project STAR.  In… Read More »

Finding a fair way to evaluate teachers

As pressure for more teacher accountability builds, states (and school districts) have been searching for the best evaluation methods. Many say classroom observation won’t suffice for measuring teacher quality. Many educational leaders fear using student test scores doesn’t work either. As noted in a recent Detroit News article, Robert Floden says research on using value-added… Read More »

Heller approved as dean of College of Education

Heller approved as dean of College of Education

Donald E. Heller, a noted scholar and expert on higher education, has been approved as dean of the College of Education at Michigan State University. He will assume the position effective Jan. 1, 2012. Heller is professor of education and senior scientist at Penn State University, where he has served as director of the Center… Read More »

School for teen moms: Weighing the costs & benefits

Catherine Ferguson Academy, a school for parenting teens and their young children in Detroit Public Schools, could be closed by the district unless a charter operator takes over. Robert Floden, co-director of the Education Policy Center at MSU, says research shows children exposed to early childhood education are more successful later in life. But how… Read More »

Data Use by Teachers

The idea that teaching practices could be improved through better data systems has captured the imagination of policy makers, researchers and foundations. However, MSU Professor of Education Mary Kennedy argues that the concept itself is so ill-defined as to suggest that data use is more of a panacea than a coherent reform proposal. In Data… Read More »

Common standards and the next round of assessment reform

Common standards and the next round of assessment reform

University Distinguished Professor Mark Reckase is co-author of “The Road Ahead for State Assessments,” a new report that outlines changes needed to improve large-scale student assessment methods, especially as states adopt the Common Core State Standards in math and reading. The report was released this week by the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy… Read More »