Ph.D. student puts new lens on passport photos

October 14, 2019
Ph.D. student puts new lens on passport photos

What do you want the world to know about you? Michigan State University Ph.D. student Vivek Vellanki asked 50 local immigrants of all ages and nationalities to answer this question. But he wasn’t collecting words. He gave them their own passport photo—simple, blown up to poster size. He also provided supplies they could use to… Read More »

Research aims to improve job placement outcomes for Project SEARCH grads

October 10, 2019
Research aims to improve job placement outcomes for Project SEARCH grads

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in Michigan generally have a higher rate of unemployment than their peers across other states. At Michigan State University, researchers have been developing learning experiences to change those statistics for young people. Now, they plan to learn if combining two job-related training programs can enhance employment readiness, thanks… Read More »

First report issued on Michigan Partnership Model of School Reform

October 7, 2019
First report issued on Michigan Partnership Model of School Reform

The first independent report on Michigan’s Partnership Model for school reform finds “modest but potentially positive results” after one year of implementation. The report, from Michigan State University’s Education Policy Innovation Collaborative, EPIC, provides an overview of the reform’s implementation across the state and an analysis of students’ academic performance. Overall researchers found that the… Read More »

$1.2M grant puts health in the hands of students, community

September 23, 2019
$1.2M grant puts health in the hands of students, community

What controls your health? It’s a complicated question, but middle schoolers in Michigan’s Flint/Genesee area are able to answer that question, and more, with the Health In Our Hands project. Now, they will be able to inspire even more change in their community. The project is continuing thanks to a five-year, $1.2 million grant from… Read More »

Beyond handwriting: Teaching young children to write

September 19, 2019
Beyond handwriting: Teaching young children to write

Writing is a fundamental communication skill that, for many, is developed during the school years.  However, researchers at Michigan State University and Georgia State University believe writing skills should be fostered even earlier—during preschool. Dr. Hope Gerde, a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies within the College of Social Science, in… Read More »

How does a recession affect public school students?

September 11, 2019
How does a recession affect public school students?

If the predicted economic downturn comes to fruition, many public schools will find their already stressed budgets squeezed even more. And, as a result, many administrators will head to the bargaining table to negotiate budget cuts with teachers’ unions. So how do recession-induced cuts affect students? Negatively, according to new research from Michigan State University.… Read More »

Michigan tops states for authorizing fiscal power over school districts

September 9, 2019
Michigan tops states for authorizing fiscal power over school districts

State takeovers of school districts facing financial trouble have been on the rise across the nation, but just a handful of states have laws threatening the majority of these interventions, according to new research from Michigan State University. The study, released Sept. 5 by the National Education Policy Center, is the first to evaluate and… Read More »

Education law scholar named associate dean for academic, student affairs

August 26, 2019
Education law scholar named associate dean for academic, student affairs

Kristine L. Bowman, a leading scholar of education law, has been appointed associate dean for academic and student affairs in the College of Education at Michigan State University. Bowman stepped into the role, overseeing matters of curriculum, advising and accreditation for undergraduate and graduate students, on August 26, 2019 for a five-year term. Since 2007,… Read More »

Richmond leads $2 million grant on outdoor science teaching

August 2, 2019
Richmond leads $2 million grant on outdoor science teaching

Learning science can be situated outside of the classroom—and research from Michigan State University will develop new methods to show teachers how. Professor Gail Richmond and collaborators received more than $2 million from the National Science Foundation in July to study ways in which the outdoors can be utilized for learning science, particularly in urban… Read More »

MSU offers new graduate programs in Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

July 29, 2019
MSU offers new graduate programs in Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

Two fully online programs at Michigan State University will help ensure K-12 students who may need additional support “don’t fall through the cracks.” When a student is part of a general education classroom, they may need more academic, emotional or behavior support than what is provided. The graduate certificate and master’s program in Multi-Tiered Systems… Read More »