Education Policy Center Edition

“Outsiders with Deep Pockets”: The Nationalization of Local School Board Elections – Research by Sarah Reckhow and Rebecca Jacobsen

Local school boards are traditionally at the center of this country’s public education system. Elections to these boards have typically featured low voter turnout and the issues have often been parochial in nature. However, recognizing that local districts are critical in implementing new state and national education reform policies, “outsiders with deep pockets” have been… Read More »

Big-Time Foundations Leave Their Mark on Education Policy – Research by Sarah Reckhow

In recent years, charitable foundations have taken an interest in national education initiatives and issues in unprecedented ways, transforming the educational policy landscape. For example, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Eli and Edith Broad Foundation have exerted influence on national education policy decisions by offering substantial funding and research-based evidence to organizations… Read More »

Tackling Racial Inequality through School Culture — Research by Terah Venzant Chambers

As they have throughout their history, schools continue to struggle to achieve equity and excellence for students of color. Qualitative research by Michigan State University Associate Professor Terah Venzant Chambers and Washington State University Assistant Professor Kristin Shawn Huggins examines the social interactions of  students of color with their teachers, administrators and classmates at high… Read More »

How Latino Parents Engage with School Choice — Research by Madeline Mavrogordato

School choice in the form of charter schools, or public school academies as they are commonly called in Michigan, is rapidly expanding. Simultaneously, so is the population of Latino students. However, Latino parents experience many linguistic, cultural, and economic barriers to accessing this quickly growing segment of the educational marketplace. Research by Michigan State University… Read More »

Going Global: Personal and Professional Benefits of Study Abroad for Pre-Service Teachers — Research by Alyssa Hadley Dunn

Study abroad can be a powerful, even life changing experience. Research by Michigan State University Assistant Professor Alyssa Hadley Dunn and colleagues examines the experiences of pre-service teachers who participated in two study abroad programs. Comparing Pre-Service Teacher Experiences The researchers wanted to explore the ways that study abroad programs can support and enhance understandings of… Read More »

Social Capital Aids Schoolwide Reform Implementation — Research by Ken Frank

In the era of teacher accountability, the book Assessing Teacher Quality: Understanding Teacher Effects on Instruction and Achievement edited by Sean Kelly examines the intricacies involved in measuring the effect that teachers have on their students. The social context of teachers is one important element to pay attention to when trying to understand teacher quality.… Read More »

When Accountability Strategies Collide — Research by Rebecca Jacobsen

Central to school reform efforts over the past 15 years is the issue of accountability. States often implement multiple accountability strategies that can interact to create perverse consequences. The collision of two particular accountability strategies was examined by a team of Michigan State University researchers including Associate Professor Rebecca Jacobsen and doctoral students Jeffery W.… Read More »