K-12 Outreach

Under the direction of Assistant Dean Dr. Barbara Markle, the Office of K-12 Outreach strives to embody MSU's land grant three-part mission of research, instruction and outreach, with emphasis on service to the state's education community.

2010 Programs include: ( check the website for more details)


The Emerging Leaders Institute will be held June 20 - 22, 2011 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Michigan State University.
The Emerging Leaders program is a collaborative program with the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) and the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association (MEMSPA). This three-day institute, staffed by College of Education faculty, successful practicing principals, and the president and executive director of MASSP and MEMSPA, provides potential school administrators an opportunity to develop leadership skills and an awareness of the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful school principal. This yearly event also provides significant information about school leadership, its status, needs, challenges, and best practices directly from the school leaders in the field. This kind of knowledge is instrumental in improving the leadership development work of the K-12 office.
Summer Institute for Superintendents, June 30-July 2, 2011
Topics for 2010 included:
What Makes a Good Teacher? New Work in Measuring
Teacher Effectiveness

Dr. Brian Jacob, Annenberg Professor of Education Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, examined challenges faced by urban districts in staffing their schools with effective teachers. He emphasized that the problem is far from uniform. Jacob showed that urban districts’ difficulty in attracting and hiring teachers means that urban teachers are less highly qualified than their suburban counterparts with respect to characteristics such as experience, educational background, and teaching certification. But they may not thus be less effective teachers—that is, less able to promote student learning. Jacob cited recent studies that have found that although certain teachers overall clearly stand out as raising student performance, many teacher characteristics bear surprisingly little relationship with student outcomes. Policies to enhance teacher quality must thus be evaluated in terms of their effect on student achievement, not in terms of conventional teacher characteristics. (What do we know about Teacher Effectiveness?)
Dr. Suzanne Wilson, University Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University responded to Dr. Jacob’s points.
Thinking Strategically about Michigan’s Economy:
What Superintendents Need to Know and Do

Mr. Robert Kleine, State Treasurer, Michigan Department of Treasury (Michigan Economic and Budget Outlook)

Mr. Dan DeGrow, Superintendent, St. Clair County RESA and former Michigan Senate Majority Leader

Dr. Doug Roberts, Director, Institute for Public Policy and Social Research and former State of Michigan Treasurer (A Retrospective Look at School Finance Reform Beginning in 1972)

The state’s prolonged budget challenges have forced educators to confront difficult issues such as how schools are financed and how much money is needed to do so. Questions about how to change schools and how to communicate these changes to various constituencies tests the mettle of every superintendent. How we answer these questions will determine what education will look like for the next decade.
This session featured three Michigan leaders who have been actively involved in school finance through the administrations of Michigan’s last four governors—William Milliken (1969-1983), James Blanchard (1983-1991), John Engler (1991-2003) and Jennifer Granholm (2003-present). The session focused on Michigan’s current economy, school funding past, present and future and the role of superintendents in coping with and strategically responding to economic challenges.
Macro-Politics of Education: Implications for School Administrators
David L. Shreve, Federal Affairs Counsel, National Conference of State Legislatures, Washington, DC presented a session on helping school leaders understand how forces have shaped educational policy at the state and national levels in recent decades. Corporate influence and federal policies have preempted many of the traditional decision-making prerogatives historically enjoyed by state and district-level professional educators and elected officials. Centralization of authority cascades from the federal level to the state level. David focused on the historical antecedents that have put us on this course and how school leaders can most effectively respond. (Macro-Politics of Education Policy: Implication for Administrators)

Internationalizing Michigan Education Conference, March 4, 2011
February 14-16, 2011
For the last 13 years, the K-12 Outreach Annual Education Conference has focused on cutting edge issues (i.e., state and federal funding, rollouts for all of the grade level content expectations, and high school reform). The 2010 Internationalizing Michigan Education Conference, Where Globalization meets School Improvement: How Countries around the World Engage Students in Learning was the fourth conference addressing globalization and Michigan schools.

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