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Fall 2014

K-12 Outreach: Coaching Conversations

December 18, 2014
K-12 Outreach: Coaching Conversations

Changing school culture, one conversation at a time By Kathleen McKee Snyder Regardless of your philosophy about educating young people, there is one principle upon which everyone agrees: the teacher makes a significant difference in student learning. This difference isn’t just about delivering a lesson. It’s also about the ability of a teacher to respond… Read More »

The Culture of Talk

December 18, 2014
The Culture of Talk

Transforming urban charter schools through teacher leadership, trust and a common vision By Nicole Geary The literacy lesson in Amanda Johnston’s classroom begins typically enough. The teacher shows some materials on the board, describes what the class will be doing and gets things started. “Miss J. is going to lead the discussion and it’s on… Read More »

Cover Story: A New Movement

December 18, 2014
Cover Story: A New Movement

Kinesiology ramps up research on the brain-body connection By Lauren Ebelt & Nicole Geary There have been many changes in the Department of Kinesiology in its over 100-year history: nine different department names, becoming part of the School of Education in the 1950s and rising in recent years to become the nation’s sixth-ranked place for… Read More »

Faculty Viewpoint: Teaching Tough Topics

December 18, 2014

Thoughts on how to address potentially polarizing topics from six College of Education professors For this edition of the New Educator, we have gathered six professors to discuss difficult topics, such as religious and ethnic tension, sexual orientation and race and racism. We know these matters come up in the world but also in the… Read More »

New faculty members, 2014-2015

December 18, 2014
New faculty members, 2014-2015

The College of Education welcomes 13 new tenure-track faculty members this academic year. Emily BOUCK, Associate Professor Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education Ph.D., Michigan State University Emily Bouck’s research focuses on improving outcomes of secondary students with high-incidence disabilities through advances in two strands of scholarship: standard academic curricula (i.e. mathematics) and… Read More »

Endowments: Champion for Change

December 18, 2014
Endowments: Champion for Change

Improving assessment in schools College of Education alumnus Rick Stiggins created an endowment at Michigan State University five years ago because he believes it is the only institution that can achieve his vision: to improve how U.S. teachers are trained to use assessment in their schools. As the endowment grows, he expects the funds will… Read More »

Alumni Notes

December 18, 2014
Alumni Notes

Melody Arabo was named 2014-15 Michigan Teacher of the Year. Arabo, B.A. ’01 (Education), M.A. ’04 (Curriculum and Teaching), joins several MSU alumni who have been honored with the recognition. Arabo teaches third grade at Keith Elementary School in the Walled Lake Consolidated School District. Sian Beilock, Ph.D. ’03 (Kinesiology), was appointed vice provost for… Read More »