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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 »

How does a recession affect public school students?

How does a recession affect public school students?

If the predicted economic downturn comes to fruition, many public schools will find their already stressed budgets squeezed even more. And, as a result, many administrators will head to the bargaining table to negotiate budget cuts with teachers’ unions. So how do recession-induced cuts affect students? Negatively, according to new research from Michigan State University.… Read More »

Michigan tops states for authorizing fiscal power over school districts

Michigan tops states for authorizing fiscal power over school districts

State takeovers of school districts facing financial trouble have been on the rise across the nation, but just a handful of states have laws threatening the majority of these interventions, according to new research from Michigan State University. The study, released Sept. 5 by the National Education Policy Center, is the first to evaluate and… 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 »

Michigan researchers receive $5M grant to study impact of third grade reading law

Michigan researchers receive $5M grant to study impact of third grade reading law

When Michigan’s long-anticipated Read by Grade Three law goes fully into effect next school year, researchers will be watching closely to evaluate how it goes, and recommend changes along the way. With a five-year, nearly $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, the Michigan Education Research Institute (MERI) will… Read More »

Schneider edits handbook on sociology of education

Schneider edits handbook on sociology of education

How can we improve educational access and opportunity for today’s students? A new volume edited by Barbara Schneider, renowned sociologist and education scholar at Michigan State University, concentrates on answering this question across a range of perspectives. The “Handbook of the Sociology of Education in the 21st Century” delves deeply into current issues and populations… Read More »

Baldwin receives Faculty Emeritus honor

Baldwin receives Faculty Emeritus honor

Roger Baldwin was recognized by the Michigan State University Faculty Emeriti Association for his outstanding contributions to the College of Education and the university since retiring in 2017. Baldwin, formerly a faculty member in the Department of Educational Administration, received an Individual Award from the organization in April 2019. Baldwin has remained active in the… Read More »

Wawrzynski named Pillar of the Profession

Wawrzynski named Pillar of the Profession

Associate Professor Matthew Wawrzynski was recognized for his distinguished career during the recent 2019 NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education conference. Wawrzynski received one of the highest honors for the association when he was named a Pillar of the Profession. The Pillars are notable figures in the field, recognized for their contributions as leaders,… 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 »

Chudgar earns nearly $1 million in funding for international research

Chudgar earns nearly $1 million in funding for international research

Amita Chudgar is exploring marginalized youth’s experiences in secondary education around the globe through a nearly $1 million grant as a recipient of the 2018 Lyle Spencer Research Award.  Presented through the Spencer Foundation, the award recognizes ambitious research aimed at improving education. Chudgar’s research fits the bill. The project, which will begin in fall… Read More »