This page includes current news and announcements as well as prior announcements that remain timely and relevant.

K-12 Educational Administration Announcements


Please see the following announcements and attachments for information of interest to EAD graduate students. If you haven't already done so, please check out the new EAD website and send us your ideas for spreading the word about our EAD K-12 programs.

Thank you,
Thomas DeLuca, PhD Candidate
Graduate Assistant

Please visit our new Facebook Fan Page ( More info below.

Coming up (November 28-December 2)
(See additional details later in this message)

EVENING SESSION - Monday November 28, 2011 - - MDE School Improvement Conference - Lansing

Tuesday November 29, 2011 - MDE School Improvement Conference - Lansing

Friday, December 2nd, 2011 - Thesis and Dissertation Electronic Submissions Workshop


Thesis and Dissertation Electronic Submissions Workshop

The Graduate School is ONLY accepting electronic submissions of theses and dissertations via ProQuest. Detailed formatting and submission information for preparing electronic documents is available from the Graduate School website,

Friday, December 2nd, 2011
2:00 - 3:00 pm (check-in begins at 1:30 pm)
Room 105 South Kedzie


You will receive an e-mail confirmation if seats are available. Persons with disabilities should contact the Graduate School at 517-353-4738 to request accommodations no later than two weeks prior to the session date. Requests received after this date will be met when possible.

For more information, please see the attached workshop announcement! [[file/view/2011-11-28%20Thesis%20Dissertation%20Formatting%20Workshop%20-%20December%202011.pdf|2011-11-28 Thesis Dissertation Formatting Workshop - December 2011.pdf]]

We are just beginning our recruitment season for Graduate Assistantships for the 2012-13 academic year!

Many students are not aware that there are opportunities out there that will help them get through graduate school. Included with this email you will find some information we would like to share about assistantships for the 2012-2013 academic year:
  1. Our brochure: "2012 Trifold - Opportunities.pdf"
  2. A 2012 Announcement about Assistantships.pdfis attached for potential students who may be interested in an assistantship.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Karen Stowell
Staff Selection Secretary
Department of Campus Living Services and Residence Life
(517) 432-2503


Workshop Title: Funding Your Graduate Experience: Education

Date: 3/15/12 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Description: In this 2-hour workshop, you will identify funding sources to support graduate research, fellowships, scholarships, and stipends to support your academic experience. Participants will identify grants and walk through the proposal and budgeting process. Additionally, participants will discuss the development of a management plan to develop research projects and organize funding prospects. Please bring your laptop.

Location: Reference Instruction Room, Main MSU Library, 1st Floor

Capacity: 40 includes registration form.

For more workshops in support of graduate students, see:

Mary Anne Walker, Director of Business Development
MSUglobal and the Graduate School
Michigan State University
51 Kellogg Center
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
tel: 517 432-6387
cell: 517 285-9832
fax:517 432-1327
skype: mary.anne.walker

More News from COGS
  • Childcare Grants awarded! There are 4 more available. See attached COGS Press Release.pdf.
  • Event funding available too! Please let everyone know that COGS has money for on-campus organizations to fund events. The money will not cover food expenses, but it can be applied to room rental, materials, audio-visual equipment, etc.

  • Coming December 9th is the Latenight Breakfast for all graduate students. Further details are forthcoming, but in the meantime please let everyone know to hold the date.

If there are any issues that need to brought to the attention of the University Council, please contact Lillian Brooks (see contact information below). If anyone has ideas, questions or concerns, please send a note to Of course, anonymity will be preserved if requested.

Lillian R. Brooks
HALE PhD Program
College of Education
Michigan State University


New K-12 Fan Page on Facebook

We recently created a Fan Page to highlight K-12 events as well as provide a place for our K-12 fans to "meet and greet". Some recent activities (with pictures) include a trip with Professor Khalifa's "Diverse Students and Families" class to Detroit's Cass Tech High School, Professor Jacobsen's EAD 943 "Politics of Education" class, and photos from Professor Philip Cusick's "Retrospective on School Reform" from January 14, 2011.

Our hope is that you will "Like" us enough to keep coming back!


The Fall MDE School Improvement Conference in Lansing is being held the evening of Monday, November 28 and Tuesday, November 29....or just the full-day session on November 29.

This is a great conference for graduate students to attend, especially those international students with limited transportation.

The registration fee is $150 for Tuesday with an additional $75 for Monday evening.

Held at the Lansing Center downtown, the sessions are led by practicing educators who share what they are doing with their school improvement work in the schools and districts from all over Michigan. It is usually a very practical and resourceful conference. And, it is on the bus line.

For additional information, go to: or

Thanks so much!
Nancy Colflesh

Workshops 2011-2012

The Community Evaluation and Research Collaborative (CERC) at Michigan State University is pleased to announce the third year of The Evaluation Circle, a series of workshops on evaluation theory and practice for members of the MSU community. The workshops are free and open to all MSU students, faculty, staff and community partners.

All participants are asked to register before the workshops at

Presenter: Miles McNall

Friday, January 20, 2012, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, Room 61

As communities move beyond fine-tuning individual programs to transforming entire systems of related policies and programs, evaluators are increasingly called upon to evaluate the success of systems-change efforts. This workshop will focus on key issues in evaluating systems change efforts, including how to conceptualize systems and their boundaries, useful frameworks for guiding systems-change evaluations, and common methods for evaluating systems change.

Presenters: Laurie Van Egeren, Laura Bates, Miles McNall

Friday, February 3, 2012, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, Room 61

Researchers and policymakers operate in different institutional and professional cultures with different goals, processes, languages, and reward systems. If research evidence is to inform policy, researchers must understand policymakers' information needs and communicate in language that they understand. In this workshop we will discuss how research findings can be presented in ways that are useful to policymakers and increase the use of research in decision making.

Presenter: Rebecca Campbell

Friday, April 13, 2012, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, Room 61

Mixed methods evaluations are often celebrated as having the best of both worlds - quantitative numerical findings as well as qualitative contextual detail. However, planning, implementing, analyzing, and presenting mixed methods projects can be challenging. This workshop will break down this complex process into a series of decision trees that evaluators and their collaborators can use to create mixed methods studies, and provide an overview of the key epistemological and methodological debates in the mixed methods literatures. Then we will focus on specific mixed methods designs and their utility across different evaluation contexts. Participants will work on developing mixed methods designs for programs/settings with which they are familiar.

Visit the CERC website for presenter bios at

Laurie A. Van Egeren, Ph.D.
Director, Community Evaluation and Research Collaborative
Co-Director, National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement
University Outreach and Engagement

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Michigan State University
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