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Teens with autism to learn job skills from virtual training tool

November 24, 2020
Teens with autism to learn job skills from virtual training tool

A team of researchers from Michigan State University, University of Michigan and tech-training company SIMmersion received a $3 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop a virtual reality training tool for youth with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, to improve their social skills as they transition from high school to the… Read More »

Report: How are Michigan students learning during the pandemic?

November 19, 2020
Report: How are Michigan students learning during the pandemic?

A new report from Michigan State University’s Education Policy Innovation Collaborative, the strategic research partner of the Michigan Department of Education, shows that even though the majority of Michigan school districts planned to offer full-time in-person instruction in November, far fewer families actually choose this form of instruction. Additionally, districts with high proportions of Black and poor students… Read More »

New fellowship will help serve high-needs K-12 students

November 11, 2020
New fellowship will help serve high-needs K-12 students

A new fellowship opportunity in the Michigan State University College of Education will prepare leaders in special education and school psychology. Funded by a nearly $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education*, Project Hi2LD will help 21 practitioners develop expertise in assisting high-needs children with learning disabilities over the course of five years.… Read More »

Making word learning meaningful: New book on vocabulary instruction

November 4, 2020
Making word learning meaningful: New book on vocabulary instruction

Reading and writing is an important part of early childhood development. But when thinking of how children learn and use words, how much do we consider their actual comprehension of language? And how much consideration is given to vocabulary development in the classroom? Associate Professor Tanya Wright tackles these questions and more in her book,… Read More »

Certo wins two awards for poetry collection

October 27, 2020
Certo wins two awards for poetry collection

Faculty member Janine Certo was recently chosen as the winner of two distinctive honors for her new poetry collection, ELIXIR. The collection received the Bordighera Press 2020 Lauria/Frasca Poetry Prize judged by Maria Terrone as well as the 2020 New American Poetry Prize judged by Corey Van Landingham. ELIXIR will be co-published by Bordighera Press… Read More »

MSU report finds low-performing schools are making progress

October 15, 2020
MSU report finds low-performing schools are making progress

Michigan’s lowest-performing schools are making progress in some student and teacher outcomes, according to the second independent report on the Partnership Model for school reform from Michigan State University’s Education Policy Innovation Collaborative, the strategic research partner of the Michigan Department of Education. Student test scores in math and English language arts in particular showed gradual improvement. The… Read More »

Pfeiffer inducted into National Academy of Kinesiology

October 14, 2020
Pfeiffer inducted into National Academy of Kinesiology

Karin Pfeiffer, a professor in the Michigan State University Department of Kinesiology, has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Kinesiology. Those named as Fellows in the National Academy of Kinesiology have moved the study of human movement forward as a direct result of their contributions. Pfeiffer was one of 13 scholars… Read More »

Floden to step down as MSU College of Education dean

October 9, 2020
Floden to step down as MSU College of Education dean

Robert E. Floden has announced that he will step down as dean of the Michigan State University College of Education as of June 30, 2021. Floden, a University Distinguished Professor at MSU, will have served as dean for five and a half years. He will officially retire one year later, capping off an impressive 45… Read More »

Assessment that works: New book co-edited by Amelia Gotwals

September 24, 2020
Assessment that works: New book co-edited by Amelia Gotwals

After COVID-19 forced an extended break from school, learning time for the nation’s students has become even more valuable. So how can teachers determine what their students need most without time-consuming testing? A new book published this month provides practical examples that educators can use to integrate high-quality assessment practices into their teaching. Good assessment… Read More »