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Racial equity in school discipline: Starting in the classroom

March 4, 2021
Racial equity in school discipline: Starting in the classroom

Black students are suspended or expelled from schools at disproportionately higher rates than other students, and data show the problem is progressively getting worse at the elementary level. The issue, researchers argue, starts in the classroom where teachers make disciplinary referrals to the school office. A team at Michigan State University hopes it can help… Read More »

MSU offers new program in applied behavior analysis with autism focus

March 2, 2021
MSU offers new program in applied behavior analysis with autism focus

Beginning in fall 2021, Michigan State University will offer a fully online degree program for those interested in supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorder through applied behavior analysis. “The Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorder is ideal for people who are practitioner-focused,” said Assistant Professor Matt Brodhead, director of the… Read More »

Floden becomes AACTE Board Chair

February 26, 2021
Floden becomes AACTE Board Chair

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) has announced that Robert E. Floden, dean of the College of Education at Michigan State University, is the new chair of its Board of Directors. AACTE is the nation’s leading organization on educator preparation, with more than 800 member institutions. Floden has served as an at-large member of the… Read More »

A remedy for COVID learning loss? Project-based learning improves outcomes in elementary science, social studies

February 22, 2021
A remedy for COVID learning loss? Project-based learning improves outcomes in elementary science, social studies

With growing concern about the “COVID slide” effects of distance learning, researchers at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan have developed two project-based learning studies that seek to help teachers boost student engagement. One effort, Multiple Literacies in Project-Based Learning, or ML-PBL, is increasing science achievement and supporting the social and emotional development… Read More »

Michigan schools shifting to provide in-person instruction

February 22, 2021
Michigan schools shifting to provide in-person instruction

Michigan school districts are shifting away from remote instruction toward offering some in-person instruction, with less than half as many districts providing remote-only instruction in February compared to January, says a new report from Michigan State University. February also saw the largest increase (from 64% to 83%) in districts planning to offer some form of… Read More »

MSU faculty, alumni awarded NAEd/Spencer Fellowships

February 11, 2021
MSU faculty, alumni awarded NAEd/Spencer Fellowships

Assistant Professor Vaughn W. M. Watson and alumnus Jon M. Wargo have been awarded a 2020 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. Only 30 scholars were selected nationwide for the competitive, early career fellowship program, which includes $70,000 to focus on research and professional development. The fellows were chosen because of their commitment to, and… Read More »

MSU offers Black History Month learning resource guides

February 5, 2021
MSU offers Black History Month learning resource guides

The Michigan State University Office of K-12 Outreach has compiled two resource guides to help students, educators and others engage in learning in recognition of Black History Month. The guides include a summary of easy accessible online resources and a list of recommended Black and Black-authored books. They were compiled thanks to the efforts and… Read More »

How can we support English learners during COVID-19?

February 3, 2021
How can we support English learners during COVID-19?

Supporting the growing number of English learner (EL) students in the nation’s K-12 schools has become even more challenging during the global pandemic. But there are many research-backed strategies that educators can use to help ELs stay connected, keep learning in the context of remote schooling and maximize learning as they return to school. Michigan… Read More »

New book focuses on gender equity in the higher education workplace

February 1, 2021
New book focuses on gender equity in the higher education workplace

Research shows women are persistently underrepresented in the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math, commonly known as STEM, particularly in positions of leadership. This is often caused by barriers built into the academic workplace, though researchers argue this can be corrected through deliberate, systemic change. In their new book, “Building Gender Equity in… Read More »

MSU ranks #4 in U.S. for best online master’s programs in education

January 26, 2021
MSU ranks #4 in U.S. for best online master’s programs in education

Michigan State University has again been named among the best institutions in the nation with online master’s programs in education. The 2021 rankings from U.S. News & World Report maintain the same ranking as 2020. In addition, MSU ranked second in the nation for best online master’s education programs for veterans. While much of education… Read More »