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MSU receives $1M for training rehabilitation counselors

MSU receives $1M for training rehabilitation counselors

Michigan State University has received more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Education to train rehabilitation counselors who are ready to help people with disabilities succeed in the job market. During the five-year grant, 15 students in MSU’s Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling program will earn full scholarships with a stipend. These… Read More »

College welcomes new chief of staff

College welcomes new chief of staff

Lisa A. Reeves, an experienced university administrator, joins Michigan State University as chief of staff in the College of Education. Her first day is Dec. 4, 2019. In this position, Reeves will oversee finance, human resources, facilities and technology functions for the college. She fills the role previously held by Assistant Dean R. Sam Larson,… Read More »

MSU research improves decision-making skills of behavior technicians

MSU research improves decision-making skills of behavior technicians

Research from Michigan State University could make daily decisions for professionals who work with children with autism faster and more effective. “We have created a guide for practitioners on how to make quicker, stronger and more data-informed decisions in practice,” said Matt Brodhead, assistant professor of Applied Behavior Analysis and co-author of the study. “It… Read More »

MSU tops international rankings for education

MSU tops international rankings for education

Michigan State University is ranked No. 1 in the world for education, according to one widely used international ranking of universities. The Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, released in August 2019, is compiled by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, an independent organization focused on higher education research. MSU moved up to #1 from the #4 position… Read More »

How can you coach Gen Z athletes?

How can you coach Gen Z athletes?

Every generation of student-athletes brings changes that coaches must consider and adapt to in stride. Sport-specific factors, like new regulations, come into play, but so too do external and social dynamics such as communication skills and preferences. In one of the first studies of its kind regarding Generation Z athletes, Michigan State University scholars considered… Read More »

Ph.D. student puts new lens on passport photos

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

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

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

$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

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 »