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New report: Most Michigan school districts will offer some in-person instruction

August 31, 2020
New report: Most Michigan school districts will offer some in-person instruction

Of Michigan’s 823 school districts that provided Return-to-Learn plans, 86% will offer some or all instruction in person at the beginning of the school year, according to a new report from Michigan State University’s Education Policy Innovation Collaborative.  Additionally, the report found that 59% of Michigan school districts are offering students at least the option to return to school five… Read More »

Report: What U.S. policymakers can learn from Michigan educators

August 14, 2020
Report: What U.S. policymakers can learn from Michigan educators

Lost instructional time, student trauma and limited access to meals and counseling topped the list of pandemic-related concerns by Michigan educators, according to a new report by Michigan State University’s Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC). To understand how Michigan educators responded during the transition to distance learning last spring, EPIC surveyed K-8 teachers and principals in traditional public… Read More »

Stroupe co-edits book on preparing science teachers

August 10, 2020
Stroupe co-edits book on preparing science teachers

Michigan State University scholar David Stroupe is co-editor of a new book aiming to better prepare educators for ambitious and equitable science teaching. “Preparing Science Teachers Through Practice-Based Teacher Education” (Harvard Education Press) is the result of years of work surrounding and including teaching the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and ambitious science teaching. “Some… Read More »

Report: Districts’ handling of spring school closings provide insights for fall reopening

July 30, 2020
Report: Districts’ handling of spring school closings provide insights for fall reopening

School location, family income and broadband internet access were critical factors in how well K-12 students adjusted to the COVID-19 shift from classroom to remote learning, according to a new report by Michigan State University’s Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC). Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered districts to craft Continuity of Learning plans when the pandemic forced Michigan to… Read More »

How to get a better workout during a pandemic

July 29, 2020
How to get a better workout during a pandemic

How can we stay motivated to exercise while COVID-19 keeps us physically isolated from fitness centers, and each other? New research from Michigan State University shows that working out with a stronger, computer-generated partner can help people ramp up their intensity, especially in the hardest parts of their routine. The study, published in the Journal… Read More »

Williams named as chair of Educational Administration

July 14, 2020
Williams named as chair of Educational Administration

Education policy and leadership scholar Sheneka Williams became the chairperson of the Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University on July 1, 2020. She assumed the role from Professor Marilyn Amey, who is stepping down after 13 years in the position and will remain on the faculty. “Everyone that I connected with in the… Read More »

MSU receives $4M for new doctoral fellowships in education sciences

July 9, 2020
MSU receives $4M for new doctoral fellowships in education sciences

Michigan State University has received $4 million from the U.S. Department of Education to prepare scholars who will help shape decisions affecting students and schools across the nation. The grant will provide fellowships, including tuition, living expenses and additional resources, for up to 21 doctoral students over five years. “We are excited for this opportunity… Read More »

MSU faculty join national gifted education research efforts

July 8, 2020
MSU faculty join national gifted education research efforts

Two Michigan State University researchers will join a national study focused on education for gifted and talented students. The new National Center for Research on Gifted Education (NCRGE) will be funded by a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education over the next five years. Scott Imberman and Katharine Strunk, both professors of… Read More »

MSU researchers create free K-2 science and literacy lessons

June 24, 2020
MSU researchers create free K-2 science and literacy lessons

Researchers at Michigan State University have created a free, complete set of lessons designed to help kids in kindergarten through second grade learn—and love—science. Elementary schools and teachers can now download the SOLID Start materials, which cover the Next Generation Science Standards and many English Language Arts standards. Developed by experts from the MSU College… Read More »

How teachers can use social media to improve learning this fall

June 23, 2020
How teachers can use social media to improve learning this fall

Social media platforms can play an important role for teaching students already hard-wired into the tools and for advancing teacher professional development, says a Michigan State University researcher who wrote the first comprehensive review on the medium’s potential impact on K-12 education. Benefits include making students feel more engaged in learning, creating deeper interactions between teachers and… Read More »

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