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Fall 2013

MSU K-12 Outreach: Helping Priority and Focus Schools Improve Learning

October 21, 2013
MSU K-12 Outreach: Helping Priority and Focus Schools Improve Learning

By Angela Son and Kathleen Snyder For more than a decade, the Michigan State University Office of K-12 Outreach has been playing a critical role in supporting Michigan schools as they strive to improve. Since 2007, K-12 Outreach has been an integral part of Michigan’s MI Excel Statewide System of Support. Then, last year, the… Read More »

The Future for Science Education

October 21, 2013
The Future for Science Education

Helping Michigan educators understand the Next Generation Science Standards Lately, the Common Core State Standards have been the subject of great attention as a potential guide for U.S. schools to ensure all students learn the mathematics and language arts skills needed to be successful. Away from the spotlight, however, there is a growing movement arguing… Read More »

Faculty Viewpoint: Can You Identify a Good Teacher When You See One?

October 21, 2013
Faculty Viewpoint: Can You Identify a Good Teacher When You See One?

Thoughts on teacher evaluation from an assessment expert and member of Michigan’s governor-appointed task force A number of years ago, I was working on a project that focused on using portfolios high school students produced in their classes as a way of evaluating their level of achievement. This was exciting work because our team was… Read More »

Unfamiliar Places

October 21, 2013
Unfamiliar Places

Jack Schwille leads College of Education’s international exploration over three decades by Nicole Geary John (Jack) Schwille has always been fascinated by unfamiliar places. “As a kid in a very small, rural and not at all cosmopolitan community, I had an unlikely passion for learning about other countries,” he wrote. And now, he says, that… Read More »

Serving All Learners

October 21, 2013
Serving All Learners

Expanding research on autism and intellectual disabilities across the lifespan The commitment to serve all learners runs deep in the Michigan State University College of Education. Every day, our faculty members are searching for new ways to help individuals with various disabilities, from brain injuries and physical impairments to emotional issues and academic challenges. In… Read More »

Anatomical Evidence

October 21, 2013

Research unlocks understanding of structural differences A Michigan State University researcher has discovered the first anatomical evidence that the brains of children with a nonverbal learning disability (NVLD)—long considered a “pseudo” diagnosis—may develop differently than the brains of other children. The finding could ultimately help educators and clinicians better distinguish between—and treat—children with NLVD and… Read More »

Preparation. Growth. Integrity.

October 21, 2013
Preparation. Growth. Integrity.

Lakeya Omogun feels prepared to teach—finally by Nicole Geary Knowing what to teach is not the same thing as knowing how to teach. Teachers must know how to manage a classroom and how to use data, yes, but most importantly, they must know how to help all their students achieve their goals as learners. That… Read More »

Faculty Perspective: Tragedy at Sandy Hook

October 21, 2013
Faculty Perspective: Tragedy at Sandy Hook

The unending need to improve school-based mental health services By John Carlson Less than a year ago, the school shooting tragedy unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. A series of unfortunate circumstances and missed clues aligned in ways unimaginable. The result was a horrific event that was difficult to predict—despite important knowledge… Read More »

We are in Detroit

October 21, 2013
We are in Detroit

Urban Immersion Fellowship transforms future teachers’ thinking about city schools by Nicole Geary Like many aspiring teachers at Michigan State University, Justine Albaugh grew up in suburban Metro Detroit. But home was a good 45 minutes outside the city. And she had never stepped inside a Detroit classroom. So she applied for the Urban Immersion… Read More »

Meet our new 2013-2014 faculty

October 21, 2013
Meet our new 2013-2014 faculty

The College of Education welcomes 12 new faculty members this academic year across all four departments. Here is a brief introduction of them including their research interests and the focus of their recent work.  Melanie COOPER, Lappan-Phillips Professor of Science Education Department of Teacher Education, Department of Chemistry PhD, University of Manchester Melanie Cooper is… Read More »