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Kinesiology doctoral student earns national honor

April 27, 2021
Kinesiology doctoral student earns national honor

Jill Kochanek, a doctoral student in Michigan State University’s Kinesiology program, was named the winner of the American Kinesiology Association’s 2021 Doctoral Scholar Award. The prestigious honor, based on recommendations by faculty in kinesiology programs across the U.S., celebrates one scholar each year for their distinguished academic, leadership and service record. “Jill’s work is at… Read More »

New book focuses on principal development and support

April 20, 2021
New book focuses on principal development and support

Learning environments require many components to be successful. Michigan State University’s Madeline Mavrogordato wants to make sure one vital component is not overlooked: the quality of principal leadership.   Her new book “Exploring Principal Development and Teacher Outcomes: How Principals Can Strengthen Instruction, Teacher Retention, and Student Achievement” examines how supporting school principals promotes effective… Read More »

AERA 2021: At a Glance

April 14, 2021
AERA 2021: At a Glance

Faculty, graduate students and alumni from the Michigan State University College of Education shared research throughout the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting. Several were also recognized for their exemplary work. Below, learn about some of the honorees during 2021’s virtual conference. Leadership roles Sheneka Williams, chair of the MSU Department of Educational Administration,… Read More »

Austin recommended as interim dean of MSU College of Education

March 23, 2021
Austin recommended as interim dean of MSU College of Education

University Distinguished Professor Ann E. Austin will be recommended for the position of interim dean of the Michigan State University College of Education, beginning on July 1, 2021. Austin will step into the role after Dean Robert E. Floden returns to the faculty for a final year leading up to his retirement. She is expected… Read More »

Five Spartans receive university awards for leadership, teaching

March 23, 2021
Five Spartans receive university awards for leadership, teaching

Five Spartans from the College of Education have received honors for their distinguished teaching, research and leadership at Michigan State University. Four of these recognitions are part of the annual All-University Awards, celebrating faculty and graduate students. In addition, Department of Kinesiology Chair Alan L. Smith received the Simmons Chivukula Award for Academic Leadership from… Read More »

Pre-pandemic literacy has improved but will students be retained?

March 15, 2021
Pre-pandemic literacy has improved but will students be retained?

Third grade literacy has improved in Michigan according to a new report on Michigan’s Read by Grade 3 law from Michigan State University’s Education Policy Innovation Collaborative, the strategic research partner of the Michigan Department of Education. But progress is threatened because of insufficient targeted funding and concerns that students have fallen behind during the COVID-19… Read More »

Frank elected to National Academy of Education

March 12, 2021
Frank elected to National Academy of Education

Michigan State University Professor Kenneth Frank has been elected to the National Academy of Education, an honor reserved for the nation’s most outstanding scholars in education. Frank is the MSU Foundation Professor of Sociometrics with appointments in Measurement and Quantitative Methods, Sociology and Fisheries and Wildlife. He was one of 22 new members announced in… Read More »

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 »