Would you like to:
• Share a course project or research paper in a professional setting?
• Meet other graduate students and discuss research issues?
• Meet faculty in an informal setting to discuss methodological issues?
• Begin the process of becoming an engaged scholar by taking first steps in presenting your work?

Join your colleagues
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
12:30p.m. to 4:20p.m.
at Central Michigan
New Building of Education
Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Tentative Program schedule:
12:30 Welcome: Mike Flanagan
1:30 1st Research Session
2:30 2nd Research Session
3:30 Panel “Publishing Your Work”

see sidebar at left for complete details

2. Job Opportunities
Gary Solomon CEO of PROACT Search has been retained by the Chicago Public School District (CPS) to assist with their search for building principals. CPS is one of the premier districts in the country, serving more than 400,000 students on over 600 campuses, operating with an annual general fund budget of approximately $4 billion dollars. The District is looking for all sorts of principals-- high school and elementary principals (Pre K-8), principals with successful turnaround experience, principals with a record of taking schools from good to great, principals with experience with bi lingual students, and principals with experience IB and AP programs.

Most importantly, Chicago is looking for outstanding principals with a track record of success with urban students, and are offering an extremely competitive compensation package- starting salaries begin at $122,000 and include generous benefits.

Successful candidates must possess exceptional leadership skills as well as a demonstrated track record of success. Further, candidates must have the ability to continue the implementation of the district's performance management plan and current initiatives and to develop and direct an executive team to serve CEO Ron Huberman, the district, schools and broader public.

The enclosed working draft of the position profile will give you more specifics about qualifications, experience and the application process. If you are interested, please visit our website to **submit your resume and credentials**. If you know of other educators who may be interested, please forward this email to them, or let us know of any nominations!

If you have any questions, nominations or recommendations, please call us toll free at 800.944.6129. We look forward to hearing from you. **Submit your resume!**

3. Travel to England this Summer
Informational Meeting
Thursday, January 28, 2010
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

A blended learning experience of face-to-face seminars with British educators at MSU, a 12-day study tour to the Southwest and other areas of England, meetings with administrators, faculty, and students tailored to your interests, and online and self-directed learning.
  • Gain three graduate-level credits at MSU for an international experience offered during the summer term and sponsored by the Department of Educational Administration, in collaboration with the University of Plymouth – England.
  • Focus on a comparative analysis of educational practice of schools, colleges, universities, and adult education programs, including leadership and administration, teaching, learning, curriculum, students, organizations, and policy.
  • Join with other master’s, doctoral and lifelong education students. Graduate students from related disciplines and other institutions are also welcome.
  • Experience British culture and customs that make the country and its educational practices distinctive.

If you would like more information, please contact Dr John Dirkx at dirkx@msu.edu or Julie Sinclair at sincla53@msu.edu.

4. Be a Change Agent in Graduate School, Your Professional Life, and Beyond: Tapping and Using Your Emotional Intelligence

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Room 6, Student Services Building

In this highly interactive session, participants will take the five competencies associated with Emotional Intelligence and apply them to their own life in graduate school and in the professional workplace. You will also assess your own strengths and identify one area that you could improve to increase your own EQ! Participants will also be asked to think about the changes they are experiencing in life and discuss how being a “change agent” could positively be influenced by developing higher degrees of EI.

Presenter: Dr. Lew Dotterer, Consultant for Organizational Effectiveness, Michigan State University

Registration is required. To register send an email to: **__gradwrsp@msu.edu__**. Please include your name, department, e-mail address, name of the workshop, and date of the workshop.

5. The third annual MSU mini-conference and showcase on instructional technology is set for Friday, February 19, 2010, starting at noon in Erickson Hall. The conference is sponsored by the MSU College of Engineering, the MSU College of Education, and the Office of Libraries, Computing and Technology.

This year's theme is "Using Google Apps in Teaching and Research."

The conference format, following lunch, will be to have a keynote speaker, to be followed in turn by poster-session type displays by faculty and staff. (The first floor of Erickson Hall is particularly well-adapted to this kind of presentation.) The subjects for the displays we hope are wide-ranging – from "how to" explanations of the features of one or more applications, to explanations on how you and/or your colleagues use Google apps currently for teaching and/or research. To participate, you needn't have anything flashy, or particularly well-developed, just an interest in sharing what you've learned with your colleagues. In the particularly non-flashy category, for example, I'm planning to show people how I engage the Google calendar for everyday use.

So please volunteer yourself, or suggest the name of a colleague who could be a poster session participant. Send your suggestions to any of the conference organizers, Byron Brown (brownb@msu.edu), Jon Sticklen (sticklen@msu.edu), and Patrick Dickson (pdickson@msu.edu). Time is short, so please try to respond right away.

6. Explorations in Instructional Technology
sponsored by MSU Libraries, Computing, and Technology, and the MSU College of Natural Science

Spring 2010 Schedule ( at left)

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions meet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in room 105 Natural Science Building. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information contact Byron Brown (brownb@msu.edu).

January 22 Mark Bitman, MSU Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Program, "Making an Online Orientation Program for Students Who Live Remotely."
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