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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 »

MSU, MDE collaboration aims to celebrate MI teachers, build capacity

Michigan State University’s Office of K-12 Outreach has teamed up with the Michigan Department of Education to shine a spotlight on the excellent work being done by educators across the state, as well as to provide learning opportunities to positively impact teachers’ professional growth. “Our collaboration with Michigan State University is helping support our teaching… Read More »

60 years of international tests: What can we learn?

60 years of international tests: What can we learn?

A new book from Michigan State University’s William Schmidt recounts the history of international efforts to understand the role of schooling, in particular the curriculum, and its relationship to student achievement. It also gives the world insights to make test results more powerful for the future. “Schooling Across the Globe: What We Have Learned from… Read More »

MSU students named to national entrepreneurial fellowship

MSU students named to national entrepreneurial fellowship

Waiting for graduation doesn’t mean waiting to make an impact. A pair of Spartan entrepreneurs who have yet to graduate are among 18 young but proven innovators from across the country who were selected for a prestigious fellowship program. Brianna Makaric, a kinesiology junior and an entrepreneurship & innovation minor, and Bailey Paxton, a finance… Read More »

Michigan schools face nation’s worst decline in state education funding

Michigan schools face nation’s worst decline in state education funding

Funding for Michigan’s public schools has fallen more sharply than any other state over the past quarter century, new research from Michigan State University finds. Educators have been forced to meet rising academic standards with inadequate finances, the study authors argue. However, their research shows Michigan could give schools the dollars they need if policymakers… Read More »