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Spring 2015

Doctoral Degree Recipients

May 18, 2015
Doctoral Degree Recipients

The following individuals received doctoral degrees from the College of Education in the program areas and during the semesters noted. SUMMER 2013 Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education Block, Meghan Kathleen Johnson, Kate Ruth Kang, Jung-Jin Mohamed Razali, Abu Bakar Protacio, Maria Selena Ovejera Slaton, Adriane McNamara Kuo, Nai-Cheng (Dual degree, Special Education) Curriculum, Teaching and… Read More »

Exploring Arts Integration

May 18, 2015
Exploring Arts Integration

By Nicole Geary “We are not just going to sit in our chairs,” Joni Starr told a group of fourth- and fifth-graders one Friday morning. “When we do arts, we use our whole bodies.” Then she turned them loose. “Just be a horse, anywhere around the room.” The horses turned into cowboys, then pirates and… Read More »

Faculty Viewpoint: The Government’s College Ratings Plan

May 18, 2015
Faculty Viewpoint: The Government’s College Ratings Plan

With the price of college and student debt on the rise, President Obama wants to hold universities more accountable. Will doing so improve higher education? In August 2013, President Barack Obama announced a series of proposals focused on holding the nation’s approximately 6,000 higher education institutions more accountable in their use of public- and student-provided… Read More »

Cover Stories: Learning to Teach Without Limits

May 18, 2015
Cover Stories: Learning to Teach Without Limits

Annah Bravo felt limited her first few years as a college student. She had no scholarships and only enough in student loans to cover 12 credits per semester. That left her unable to enroll in electives or participate in additional academic opportunities that come, for example, with being a member of the Urban or Global… Read More »

Cover Stories: Celebrating Sacrifice with the Konopko Scholarship

May 18, 2015
Cover Stories: Celebrating Sacrifice with the Konopko Scholarship

Recently, Ann Feld received one of the most powerful gifts of her life. Her husband, Jeff, surprised her by creating a new endowment at Michigan State University. After building a wonderful life and career together, few things bring the couple more pride than remembering the people and the places that helped them reach this point.… Read More »

Cover Stories: The Erickson Legacy

May 18, 2015
Cover Stories: The Erickson Legacy

When W. Bruce Erickson created an endowed chair at Michigan State University, he knew putting additional funds in the hands of faculty would empower bold ideas. Growing up the son of former Dean Clifford Erickson, he recognized the quality of the research and teaching in the College of Education. And he believed there was untapped… Read More »

Cover Stories: Transforming Urban STEM with the Wipro Fellowship

May 18, 2015
Cover Stories: Transforming Urban STEM with the Wipro Fellowship

Michigan State University is preparing 125 urban educators to transform not only their teaching but the quality of math and science learning across their entire school system. They are becoming leaders among colleagues in Chicago Public Schools—the nation’s third largest district—through a fellowship program that would not be possible without pairing MSU education professors with… Read More »

Cover Stories: A Robot Revolution?

May 18, 2015
Cover Stories: A Robot Revolution?

There’s something inherently powerful about a professor and a group of students gathered to discuss the potential of an education theory. When all but two of the class participants around the circle are actively communicating from miles away via screens controlled by robots, you might say it’s particularly extraordinary. This was happening in Erickson Hall… Read More »

In Memoriam

May 18, 2015
In Memoriam

Professor Emeritus James Anderson, VI died Oct. 12, 2014. Anderson was a 1969 Ph.D. graduate of the MSU Elementary Education program. He joined the teacher education faculty and visited and taught in many countries around the world throughout his time at MSU from 1965-91. Ben Borhorst, professor emeritus of education, died June 28, 2014. Bohnhorst… Read More »

Alumni Notes

May 18, 2015
Alumni Notes

Several MSU alumni were honored in 2015 for their use of educational technology by the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL): Outstanding Technology-Using Pre-K to 12 Teacher: Joanna Van Raden (Educational Technology Certificate, ’09) Outstanding Technology-Using Educator: Andrew Steinman, B.S. ’07, M.A. ’11 (Educational Technology) Runner-Up for Outstanding Technology-Using Educator: Jillian Johnson, M.A. ’12… Read More »