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Austin appointed associate dean for research

Austin appointed associate dean for research

For more than 25 years, Ann E. Austin has been teaching and conducting research at Michigan State University—and beginning Oct. 1, 2016, she will step into her newest role: associate dean for research in the College of Education. Her duties will include supporting the research mission of the college, especially in dedicated priority areas: urban and global… Read More »

Never Give Up: Learning from one teacher’s story of change

Never Give Up: Learning from one teacher’s story of change

Almost 20 years ago, Courtney* was an elementary teacher challenged to improve as part of a Professional Development School partnering with Michigan State University. She started enthusiastic, thoughtful and open to what she could learn from university and school colleagues. Nevertheless, for various reasons, her efforts kept faltering, leaving her frustrated and discouraged. Sharon Schwille, a… Read More »

The moth project: Investigating science together

The moth project: Investigating science together

It turns out moths don’t like to fly in the cold. The sixth-graders in Rob Voigt’s classes discovered this after a few nights collecting moths in their backyards using traps they built at school. While they were busy designing experiments to answer their questions about moths, a team of Michigan State University researchers were doing… Read More »

Teachers optimistic about common core writing standards, not tests

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 »

Three Kinesiology graduate students receive national honors

Three Kinesiology graduate students receive national honors

Three graduate students from the Department of Kinesiology recently received honors from the American Kinesiology Association (AKA) and from the department. Andrew Parks, a Kinesiology doctoral student, was awarded with the AKA Student Writing Award. The award recognizes graduate students who have published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals while enrolled in kinesiology departments. Students who are nominated must… Read More »

A match for future teachers

A match for future teachers

Using Crowdpower—an online giving forum—student leaders from the Global Educators Cohort Program (GECP) are hoping to raise $3,000 to create study abroad scholarships. Margo Glew, coordinator of the GECP, has given their efforts a boost with a $1,000 challenge gift to match contributions to the fund up to $1,000. At press time, the effort was… Read More »

Three doctoral candidates receive Excellence-in-Teaching Citations

Three doctoral candidates receive Excellence-in-Teaching Citations

Three doctoral students from the College of Education received Excellence-in-Teaching Citations from Michigan State University on Feb. 9, 2016. Two students from kinesiology and one from teacher education received the honors during the annual All-University Awards, in which faculty and teaching assistants are recognized for their education and research contributions to the university. The 2016 Excellence-in-Teaching Citations were… Read More »

MSU hosts international math education conference

MSU hosts international math education conference

More than 500 scholars and educators will be at Michigan State University this week for the 37th annual conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, North American chapter (PME-NA). MSU College of Education faculty members Tonya Bartell and Kristen Bieda were selected to serve as co-chairs of the conference, which runs… Read More »

Many career options in education, book argues

Many career options in education, book argues

As many areas of the United States struggle with teacher shortages, a new book is bringing attention to careers not only in teaching, but in many other aspects of education. John Carlson, a professor in the College of Education at Michigan State University, is the co-author of “101 Careers in Education.” He wrote the book… Read More »

New school evaluation method fails to affect housing prices

New school evaluation method fails to affect housing prices

The controversial new method of evaluating teachers and schools – called “value-added” – does not appear to affect property values, finds research by economists at Michigan State University and Cornell University. Their study, published in the Journal of Urban Economics, is the first to examine how the public release of such data is considered in… Read More »