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Excellence in education: MSU named #1 in nation

Excellence in education: MSU named #1 in nation

Michigan State University continues to monitor and respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic, with a focus on protecting the health of students, staff and faculty. During this difficult time, we are pleased to share some good news: the MSU College of Education has been named No. 1 in the nation for four of its graduate… Read More »

Pre-K teacher certification policies overlook standards for learning

Pre-K teacher certification policies overlook standards for learning

States across the nation are increasing funding and focus on expanding high-quality education opportunities for young children. However, according to new research from Michigan State University, the U.S. is overlooking an important piece of the preschool puzzle: teacher certification. While all states now have prekindergarten student learning standards for literacy and math, most states have… Read More »

MSU dean leads national report on changing expectations for teachers

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 »

MSU takes national spotlight in school leadership field

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

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

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 »

Study shows smaller class sizes not always better for pupils

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 »

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 »