MSU dean leads national report on changing expectations for teachers

February 12, 2020
MSU dean leads national report on changing expectations for teachers

Michigan State University College of Education Dean Robert E. Floden led the national committee of experts behind a new report on the demands facing K-12 teachers. The report, released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, finds teachers face new expectations from policymakers, parents, students and schools. This includes addressing changes in curriculum… Read More »

Three Kinesiology Spartans named to national board on youth sports

January 29, 2020
Three Kinesiology Spartans named to national board on youth sports

Two Michigan State University kinesiology professors and an alumna have been named to the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition Science Board. The PCSFN Science Board is comprised of 14 scholars from academic and medical institutions across the U.S. who are committed to elevating, expanding and disseminating scientific research related to youth sports. Members… Read More »

MSU takes national spotlight in school leadership field

January 28, 2020
MSU takes national spotlight in school leadership field

Michigan State University will help lead the nation’s efforts to improve school leadership by serving as headquarters for two major institutions: the national organization of researchers in the field and the top research journal. The MSU College of Education was selected to host the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) for five years starting on… Read More »

Developing Future Leaders: Smith named Fulbright Scholar

January 21, 2020
Developing Future Leaders: Smith named Fulbright Scholar

How can a country redevelop its schools? That challenge is at the center of a Fulbright Scholar award to BetsAnn Smith. It begins in part, she says, by redeveloping school leaders. Smith will be working with leaders in Albania to improve principal learning programs and standards in spring 2020. The work is part of a… Read More »

Creating wonder: Book offers new vision for learning science

January 15, 2020
Creating wonder: Book offers new vision for learning science

What happens when science teachers change their teaching to focus on students exploring their world? Students in the U.S. and Finland participating in a new project-based learning model are not only learning more, but becoming more engaged in class, research from Michigan State University shows. It’s an approach schools everywhere should adopt, the researchers say,… Read More »

MSU ranked #4 for best online master’s programs in education

January 14, 2020
MSU ranked #4 for best online master’s programs in education

Michigan State University is ranked fourth in the nation for best online master’s programs in education. The ranking is the highest recorded for MSU in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings, and up one from 2019. New in the 2020 rankings are specialties, intended to help prospective students examine schools, and their programs, more… Read More »

Austin named University Distinguished Professor

January 13, 2020
Austin named University Distinguished Professor

Ann Austin, a renowned leader in higher and international education, was named a University Distinguished Professor by the MSU Board of Trustees in 2019. The recognition is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a Michigan State University faculty member, and is given in acknowledgement of achievements in research, the classroom and… Read More »

Education researchers named top national influencers

January 9, 2020
Education researchers named top national influencers

Five Michigan State University faculty earned national recognition for their influential research in the field of education. With expertise spanning from economics to sociology, these MSU researchers are among 200 scholars from across the nation appearing on Rick Hess’ 2020 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings. The Edu-Scholar ranking honors researchers who are considered to have the greatest… Read More »

Education alumna named Rhodes Scholar

January 2, 2020
Education alumna named Rhodes Scholar

Anna Esenther, a 2019 Michigan State University education graduate and elementary teacher, was named to the 2020 class of Rhodes Scholars. She is only the 20th person from MSU to receive the honor, arguably the most prestigious international scholarship one can earn. Esenther is originally from Ashland, Mass. and came to MSU as a recipient… Read More »

Study shows smaller class sizes not always better for pupils

December 17, 2019
Study shows smaller class sizes not always better for pupils

A new statistical analysis of data from a long-term study on the teaching of mathematics and science has found that smaller class sizes are not always associated with better pupil performance and achievement. MSU Professor Spyros Konstantopoulos aimed to gain a clearer picture by analyzing data produced by the Trends in International Mathematics and Science… Read More »