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Teachers optimistic about common core writing standards, not tests

Teachers believe the Common Core standards in their states can improve how they teach writing, according to research from Michigan State University. However, they also find plenty of shortcomings with the standards—and with the associated state writing tests in particular. The new national survey, led by Gary Troia, is the first study of teacher perceptions… Read More »

MSU plays key role in new Michigan science standards

Michigan State University faculty members played a key role in developing the new K-12 science standards approved by the State Board of Education on Tuesday. Joe Krajcik and Melanie Cooper, both Lappan-Phillips Professors of Science Education at MSU, were lead writers of the Next Generation Science Standards, which have now been adopted by 17 states… Read More »

MSU researcher launches Common Core tool for teachers

Michigan State University researcher William Schmidt has created a free web-based tool to help American educators teach the Common Core State Standards in mathematics. Although the majority of U.S. states have voluntarily adopted the standards, many teachers still must use outdated textbooks or find other materials to ensure students meet the common set of learning… Read More »

Krajcik to receive MSTA’s highest honor

On March 7, the Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA) will present Joseph Krajcik with its highest honor for contributions to science education: the 2014 George G. Mallinson Award. For his major contributions to science education, the award will be presented to Krajcik at the 2014 MSTA Conference, held at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Mich.… Read More »

Bieda to receive 2014 Teacher-Scholar Award

Each year, 10 faculty members are chosen to receive Teacher-Scholar Awards at the Michigan State University Awards Convocation. Among the 2014 recipients is Kristen Bieda, assistant professor of teacher education. Bieda will receive the honor at the All-University Awards ceremony at MSU’s Wharton Center on Feb. 11. Bieda is an award-winning faculty member whose work… Read More »

New approach urged for ‘abysmal’ K-12 writing instruction

Writing instruction in U.S. classrooms is “abysmal” and the Common Core State Standards don’t go far enough to address glaring gaps for students and teachers, a Michigan State University education scholar argues. In a new study, Gary Troia calls for a fresh approach to professional development for teachers who must help students meet the new… Read More »