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Giving to KIN: Donors support student scholarships on Give Green Day

May 7, 2020
Giving to KIN: Donors support student scholarships on Give Green Day

As a Kinesiology major at Michigan State University, Shokhari Tate had opportunities to explore multiple careers centered on improving health and well-being for others.  When he volunteered in a refugee camp during a study abroad trip to Greece, he witnessed deplorable health conditions. And that’s when he first imagined his dream: to open his own… Read More »

Erin Konheim Mandras: Changing perceptions

May 7, 2020
Erin Konheim Mandras: Changing perceptions

Alumna uses MSU experience to educate, inspire others about food allergies and body image By Lauren Knapp In 2015, Erin Konheim Mandras was lost.  Her son, Austin, had just been diagnosed with severe food allergies. She also had an older son, Levi, and she wasn’t sure how to explain it.  “How do I possibly explain… Read More »

Alumni Notes

May 7, 2020
Alumni Notes

JUSTIN A. BARTERIAN served as co-editor of “School Psychopharmacology: Translating Research into Practice” (Springer, 2019) with MSU Professor John S. Carlson (see page 29). Barterian, M.A. ’08, Ed.S. ’13 and Ph.D. ’15 (School Psychology), is a clinical assistant professor at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.  DAWN BENTLEY was one of two Spartans to receive… Read More »

In Memoriam

May 7, 2020
In Memoriam

LUCY BATES-BYERS, an alumna, educator and researcher, died on Feb. 5, 2019. A Lansing School District teacher for 24 years, Bates-Byers worked with the MSU Institute for Research on Teaching and Learning in the 1970s and 1980s as a teacher collaborator. In this role, she worked half-time on research projects, and continued teaching half-time. Later… Read More »

The new racial disparity in special education

May 7, 2020
The new racial disparity in special education

Racial disparity in special education is growing, and it’s more complex than previously thought. Professor Scott Imberman examined how often black and Hispanic students are identified as needing special education compared to white students, leading to new findings on disproportionality and racial gaps. “When it comes to special education demographics, people generally believe that minority… Read More »

How to keep more pre-K teachers in the classroom

May 7, 2020
How to keep more pre-K teachers in the classroom

Michigan, like many states, is facing an urgent need to recruit and retain prekindergarten teachers.  At the same time that increasing numbers of 4-year-olds are entering the state’s pre-K classrooms, their teachers are thinking about departing for lack of pay and appreciation, MSU researchers found. “When we talk about public pre-K teachers, we’re talking about… Read More »

Faculty viewpoint: Keeping schools safe from violence

May 7, 2020
Faculty viewpoint: Keeping schools safe from violence

By John Carlson, Professor of School Psychology In the 25 years I’ve spent working as a school psychologist and professor of school psychology, I’ve never seen so much federal, state and local money spent to “harden” school buildings and campuses. The term encompasses a wide array of steps being taken to keep students safe amid… Read More »

Vivek Vellanki: Becoming an educator, scholar & artist

May 7, 2020
Vivek Vellanki: Becoming an educator, scholar & artist

UPDATE OCT. 2020: A new exhibition by Vivek Vellanki has been showcased by the East Lansing Public Library. The project, called 51 Pounds (Take Me With You), consists of photographs of objects that depict what immigrants would take with them if they were forced to leave. Read more. By Nicole Geary What do you want… Read More »

Sandra Crespo: The Trailblazer

May 7, 2020
Sandra Crespo: The Trailblazer

How Sandra Crespo has been changing math, leading change and sharing inspiration throughout her career  By Lauren Knapp “Why does it need to be this hard? There has to be a better way of teaching this.”  That thought is what has propelled Sandra Crespo, the first Latina to become a full professor in MSU’s Department… Read More »

Julia Alvarez: The Change Maker

May 7, 2020
Julia Alvarez: The Change Maker

Meet the future Spartan educator learning to be a force for creating change  By Lauren Knapp Julia Alvarez has a magnetic personality. She’s warm, energetic and hilarious, and makes you feel as if you’ve already known her for a long time. She’s also thoughtful, educated and refreshingly candid about the world around her: the world she… Read More »