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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 »

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

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

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 alumna named Rhodes Scholar

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 »

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 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 »

Three alumni recognized with MSU Grand Awards

Three alumni recognized with MSU Grand Awards

Michigan State University annually honors alumni for their extraordinary achievements and dedication to the university, their greater community and beyond. At the Oct. 25, 2019 gala, three College of Education alumni were among the honorees. Alumni Service Award This award honors those who have demonstrated meritorious service to MSU or the community at a local,… 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 »

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 »

Education law scholar named associate dean for academic, student affairs

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 »