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MSU report: Current state policies are failing Michigan’s rural schools and communities

September 19, 2022
MSU report: Current state policies are failing Michigan’s rural schools and communities

A new report from Michigan State University finds that Michigan’s education policy reforms over the past two decades have largely ignored rural schools and thereby failed to support needed community development. The three-year-long study asked superintendents in 25 rural school districts across the state to identify the most problematic areas where current policies do not provide opportunities… Read More »

MSU’s First Steps Initiative provides support for children with autism

September 19, 2022
MSU’s First Steps Initiative provides support for children with autism

When a child is diagnosed with autism, caretakers may consider placing them in a supportive clinical setting for youth to learn and grow. Youth can learn to thrive in these environments, such as with the successful MSU Early Learning Institute. However, waitlists to get into such placements can take months or even years—and during that… Read More »

In memoriam: Gabriel R. Serna

September 8, 2022
In memoriam: Gabriel R. Serna

Michigan State University Assistant Professor Gabriel R. Serna passed away on Aug. 17, 2022. Serna joined the college in 2018 as a member of the Department of Educational Administration’s Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education (HALE) unit. His research used quantitative approaches with a deeply critical perspective to examine higher education economics, finance and policy. “A… Read More »

Herbel-Eisenmann named leader of MSU’s mathematics education programming

August 30, 2022
Herbel-Eisenmann named leader of MSU’s mathematics education programming

Beth Herbel-Eisenmann has been named director of the Program in Mathematics Education (PRIME) and the Mathematics Education graduate program director as of August 16, 2022.  Herbel-Eisenmann received her Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching and Educational Policy from MSU in 2000. She served as assistant professor at various universities before returning to MSU in 2008, where she… Read More »

MSU scholars: How to add number talks to special education mathematics classrooms

August 25, 2022
MSU scholars: How to add number talks to special education mathematics classrooms

Number talks are a tool used in K-12 classrooms to engage students in mathematical learning and reasoning. While increasingly being used in general education classrooms, it is not often employed in special education classrooms. MSU College of Education scholars have developed suggestions on how educators can incorporate number talks into special education classrooms sustainably and… Read More »

Greenhow, Koehler examine challenges and opportunities for online learning

August 22, 2022
Greenhow, Koehler examine challenges and opportunities for online learning

In March 2020, COVID-19 suddenly forced school administrators, educators, students and caregivers into a new modality of teaching and learning. In a matter of hours, schooling as the world knew it changed—forever.   Michigan State University scholars Christine Greenhow and Matthew Koehler edited a special issue of the Educational Psychologist examining how the pandemic impacted schooling,… Read More »

MSU collaboration to improve health care support for rural veterans

August 19, 2022
MSU collaboration to improve health care support for rural veterans

Leaders from the Michigan State University College of Education and the Michigan Center for Rural Health are partnering on a project to support rural veterans with and without disabilities. The Improving Rural Enrollment, Access and Healthcare in Rural Veterans, or I-REACH Project, aims to improve access to needed health care services and better the coordination of care.  … Read More »

Small steps, big results: New practicum experience for ABA students

August 15, 2022
Small steps, big results: New practicum experience for ABA students

Students in the Michigan State University Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis program will have a new practicum opportunity in the Lansing School District beginning this fall. The PACES Project will support Spartans in providing evidence-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) practices to improve educational, social and emotional outcomes for young children.  Directed by Assistant… Read More »

Panteleimon Ekkekakis becomes chair of the Department of Kinesiology

August 9, 2022
Panteleimon Ekkekakis becomes chair of the Department of Kinesiology

Panteleimon “Paddy” Ekkekakis, an internationally renowned exercise psychology scholar, became the chair of the Department of Kinesiology on August 1, 2022.   Ekkekakis, a third-generation educator, was formerly a faculty member at Iowa State University, which he had joined in 2000. He has a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in addition… Read More »

Globally recognized: MSU named #2 in world for education

August 4, 2022
Globally recognized: MSU named #2 in world for education

For the third year in a row, Michigan State University has been named #2 in the world for education, according to one widely used international ranking of universities.  “These rankings illuminate the dedicated, impactful work of scholars across our college and institution who are addressing challenges in global education,” said Jerlando F. L. Jackson, dean… Read More »