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How collaboration can improve mental health treatment outcomes

How collaboration can improve mental health treatment outcomes

There needs to be a greater emphasis on collaboration across home, school and physician offices when administering medications to treat mental health problems in school-aged populations, says a new book co-edited by Michigan State University Professor John S. Carlson. “School Psychopharmacology: Translating Research into Practice” (Springer, 2019) explores the connections, or lack thereof, amongst doctors,… Read More »

“Partnering with Families” book authored by MSU faculty, students, alumni

“Partnering with Families” book authored by MSU faculty, students, alumni

Faculty, alumni and academic staff collaborated on an expansive new publication that provides help for teachers in interacting with caregivers for students in their classroom. “Partnering with Families for Student Success” (Teachers College Press, 2019) was published in April, and can be used for future and current teachers as they navigate different family structures and… Read More »

Meet the student commencement speakers

Meet the student commencement speakers

Two graduating seniors were selected to address their fellow Class of 2019 graduates during the College of Education undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 5 at the Breslin Center. Jessica Kwalli, a Kinesiology major from Southfield, Mich., and Andrew Drenth, an Education major from East Jordan, Mich., will each take the stage to reflect on their… Read More »

New book provides strategies for tough classroom conversations

New book provides strategies for tough classroom conversations

A new publication from Assistant Professor Donna Rich Kaplowitz provides strategies and best practices to conduct difficult dialogues about race within the classroom. “Race Dialogues: A Facilitator’s Guide to Tackling the Elephant in the Classroom” (Teachers College Press) is new in May 2019 and focuses on facilitating dialogues to help promote understanding, empathy and collaboration… Read More »

More Michigan students taking, passing advanced math

More Michigan students taking, passing advanced math

Michigan high school students are going above and beyond the required math curriculum, likely an effect of the state’s graduation requirements, finds new research from Michigan State University. The Michigan Merit Curriculum, which went into effect with the class of 2011 and requires students to take four years of math, at least up to algebra… Read More »

MSU at AERA 2019: At a Glance

MSU at AERA 2019: At a Glance

The annual American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference recognizes research and scholars for their exemplary work—and Michigan State University researchers are again among the honorees. Career nominations Patricia Edwards was recognized for her notable career. She is the recipient of the 2019 Scholars of Color Distinguished Career Contribution Award, given by the Committee on Scholars… Read More »

MSU teacher candidates visit Midland

MSU teacher candidates visit Midland

MSU St. Andrews hosted 31 future teachers from the MSU College of Education on March 22 in hopes of encouraging the students to consider the Midland area as a place to work and live after completing their teaching degrees. The group’s first stop was Central Auditorium where they were greeted by Midland Public Schools administrators.… Read More »

25 years, and still No. 1!

25 years, and still No. 1!

Many things have changed over the past quarter century. But, year after year, Spartan educators have continued to prove that Michigan State University leads the nation in elementary and secondary education. This year, the MSU College of Education community can celebrate once more. U.S. News & World Report has ranked MSU #1 in elementary and… Read More »

In Memoriam: Lucy Bates-Byers

In Memoriam: Lucy Bates-Byers

Alumna, educator and researcher Lucy Bates-Byers passed away on February 5, 2019 at the age of 83. She graduated from the College of Education in 1973 with an M.A. in Elementary Education. A teacher in the Lansing School District for 24 years, Bates-Byers was also a Teacher Collaborator for the college’s Institute for Research on… Read More »

Broader definitions needed for Hispanic Serving Institutions

Broader definitions needed for Hispanic Serving Institutions

How do we know if a college or university is a Hispanic-Serving Institution, or HSI? It’s hard to tell, says new research from Michigan State University’s Patricia Marin—unless we ask different questions. Though the HSI designation is officially based on enrollment, the extent to which institutions actually serve Latino/a (or Latinx) students is a measure… Read More »