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Office of K-12 Outreach

Programs and Services

On-site School and District Support

MSU specialists partner with districts and schools to build their capacity to use data to diagnose barriers to student success, then use research to select the strategies most likely to result in rapid improvement. MSU specialists provide real-time coaching and mentoring throughout your schools and central office as you pursue a systemic approach to raising over-all achievement and eliminating achievement gaps.

For more information about on-site school and district support, please contact us.

Coaching 101

Funded by a grant from the Michigan Department of Education to Michigan State University, Coaching 101 is a collaborative effort to build a statewide cadre of educational coaches who have a strong knowledge base, common language, and the competence and skills necessary to promote school improvement.

All instructional Leadership and Content Area Coaches funded through Title I Regional Assistance Grants in the state of Michigan, are required to complete Coaching 101 Foundations. Coaches who have successfully completed Coaching 101 Foundations are eligible to participate in Going Deeper sessions, an ongoing professional development that provides coaches an opportunity to deepen their understanding and practice, and become part of a professional community of learners.

For more information about program expectations and the entire Coaching 101 training sequence please visit the Coaching 101 website:

The Fellowship of Instructional Leaders

The Fellowship of Instructional Leaders gives educators the tools they need to foster systemic improvement in their schools. Through the Fellowship, instructional leaders serve on school teams that participate in professional development events with leaders from other improving schools. The Fellowship supports these teams as they increase student learning and achievement by improving the quality of daily classroom instruction.

School leaders learn how to strengthen:

  • The coherence of their local instructional programs;
  • The function of the school’s professional community;
  • Their ability to manage and leverage local resources in ever more strategic and thoughtful ways. 

Since 2007, more than 100 schools have taken part in the Fellowship, reviewing, planning, and customizing powerful strategies for instructional improvement.  National experts have recognized Fellowship results for their excellence and, indeed, we are already beginning to see lasting results for learners.

Emerging Leaders

For nearly 20 years, MSU’s Emerging Leaders Program has been providing potential school principals an opportunity to explore in detail the knowledge, skillsets and mindsets required to be a successful leader in today’s complex educational environments. This intimate, 3-day experience connects emerging educational leaders with highly successful assistant principals, principals and superintendents.Together, they explore the joys and challenges inherent in the principalship.

Topics include:

  • Personal Temperament: Implications for Your Role as a Principal
  • Communication: Problems, Priorities and Strategies for New Principals
  • A Balanced Life: Family, Fun and the Principalship
  • Instructional Leadership: A Day in the Life of the Principal
  • The Secrets of Getting Hired: Preparing Yourself and Your Resume
  • Getting a Job: Mock Interviews for the Principalship

Click here to learn about the 2017 program.

The MSU Detroit Office

The MSU Office of K-12 Outreach maintains an office in Detroit that houses a team of veteran educators who support the work of improving student achievement in the schools of Detroit and the surrounding areas. Working with partners like the Skillman Foundation, MSU K-12 Outreach offers leadership coaching, data support services and on-site services to area schools. New in 2015 is MSU's delivery of a literacy initiative designed to improve reading competencies for teenage boys who are reading well below grade level.


K-12 Outreach's Support for Flint Community Schools


Through a grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, MSU’s Office of K-12 Outreach is supporting rapid district turnaround in the Flint Community Schools (FCS). In partnership with district leaders, K-12 Outreach has deployed an experienced cadre of MSU faculty, principal coaches, and experienced urban practitioners to help FCS support students, establish a more coherent curriculum, improve its institutional and instructional leadership, and strengthen FCS’s place in the Flint community. MSU K-12 Outreach played an important role in assisting FCS to navigate the challenges of the 2016 water crisis, and is now helping Flint schools lay the foundations for future improvement. Recently MSU K-12 Outreach received a 2nd year of funding from the Mott Foundation, which you can read about here.




Summer Institute for Superintendents

The institute, begun in 1999, is cosponsored by the MSU College of Education and the University of Michigan's School of Education. It provides superintendents with the high-quality professional development related to today's educational challenges. Superintendents can work together to experience diverse perspectives on issues and develop leadership and problem-solving strategies. Small group discussions and interactive sessions allow participants to interact with presenters, reflect, and share ideas on best practice and educational issues. Superintendents are invited to bring along their leadership teams and meeting time is allotted for teams to process what they've learned and begin planning for the coming year. The next institute is tentatively planned for 2016.

Policy, Leadership and Networking

Educational Policy Fellowship Program

The Michigan Educational Policy Fellowship Program is a year-long leadership development program for mid-career professionals involved in education and human services. Through program activities, Fellows learn about education policy design and implementation at the local, state and national levels, grow as effective leaders, and strengthen their professional networks.

The Michigan EPFP is affiliated with The Education Policy Center at Michigan State University.

Visit Educational Policy Fellowship Program Website

President's Education Forums

The President's Education Forums, which have been held for the past 12 years, are an outreach strategy to inform policymakers and education leaders about current education issues and open discussion around research and best practice in specific policy areas. These yearly forums are sponsored by MSU President Lou Anna Simon and by the College of Education through the Office of K-12 Outreach. This event, by invitation only, is well attended by state legislators and their staff members, State Board of Education members, Michigan Department of Education staff, leaders of local and intermediate school districts, and association representatives.

Annual Education Conference

For over a decade, the K-12 Outreach Annual Education Conference has focused on cutting-edge issues (e.g., state and federal funding, rollouts for all of the grade-level content expectations, and high school reform).Past conferences have focused on such paradigm-shifting ideas as flipped classrooms, global education, the importance of student voice, system redesign, and much more.

International Networking for Educational Transformation (iNet) Conference

Established in 2004, the International Network for Educational Transformation (iNET) is an initiative of the Schools Network, the leading body for advancing secondary school excellence and diversity in England.

iNET's mission is to create powerful and innovative networks of schools that have achieved or have committed to achieving systematic, significant and sustained change that ensures outstanding outcomes for all students in all settings. It focuses on school transformation and aims to facilitate innovation by sharing knowledge and offering a vision of how education can move forward based on the practice of transformation. iNET has grown rapidly into a diverse network across many cultures.

K-12 Outreach has been working to introduce iNET to Michigan schools, coordinate memberships, and support schools in its use.  One hundred eighty five (185) Michigan schools have joined to date.

Join iNET.




Office of K-12 Outreach
Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
Phone: (517) 353-8950
Fax: (517) 432-6202