1. IMPORTANT: Call for Proposals
There are no restrictions on full or part-time employment or assistantship time.
Due date November 5th
Call for Proposals: EAD Doctoral Research Small Grants

Deadline: 5pm Friday November 5, 2010
Eligibility: A one-time award for advanced doctoral students in EAD (K-12 or HALE), no restrictions on full- or part-time employment or assistantship time. To be considered, student must have an up-to-date (spring 2010) Annual Evaluation of PhD Student form on file in EAD by Nov 15, 2010. See your advisor and http://www.educ.msu.edu/ead/forms/forms.asp.
Eligible Expenses: This funding comes from the College of Education Dean’s Office with the following stipulations:

These new funds must be spent on research expenses (see the following suggested list of appropriate expenses). The minimum award is $1000 and the maximum award is $4000. Remember, these funds are for hard costs, not to free up time; they can go to pay for other labor costs, however (like data entry). So these funds would not go to students in the final stages of writing, but to those who are conceiving of and building these projects, to encourage them to consider more ambitious, independent dissertations or pilot studies.

Here are the sorts of expenses that we could anticipate from various fields (this is not an exhaustive list, but it suggests the sort of investments that students can make in constructing bigger and stronger dissertations):

· Testing/validating original survey instruments with focus groups or in cognitive labs
· Acquiring a commercially available instrument that will be given to a new population
· Providing incentives to schools to encourage participation of faculty, staff, and students (e.g., donation to a library/media center)
· Providing direct incentives to interview or survey participants (e.g., gift card to a book store)
· Offering refreshments or tokens of appreciation to focus groups (e.g., MSU t-shirts for students who participate in focus groups)
· Funding postage/mailing/copying costs for hard copy surveys or to purchase an online survey hosting account
· Travel to data collection sites
· Equipment such as digital recorders or transcription machines
· Data entry/transcription labor costs

EAD students are strongly advised to consult their advisors about reasonable budget requests. When budgeting, students should use reasonable estimates and provide some evidence to support them (e.g., a statement that you have looked up airfares and the one you are providing is the least expensive).

Award Amounts and Disbursement: $1000-4000, to be disbursed in late November, 2010

Application Process: Submit electronically, as a single PDF, the following:
1. Application form (see attached)
2. Brief description of project, no more than 2 pages single-spaced including Purpose, Research Questions, Rationale or Significance, Data Collection and Analysis Plan
3. A one paragraph summary of your project’s needs
4. Detailed budget
5. Any other sources of funding that you receive or have received from MSU (e.g., fellowships, assistantships, travel grants, Graduate School, COGS grants). Please indicate year and amount.
6. Any other sources of funding that you have or have applied for to support this project (include research grants, College of Education, Graduate School, MSU, and any other internal or external sources). If you have applied, indicate whether or not you got funded and the amount (if the application is pending, please indicate so).

Name the pdf file “lastnamePhDResearch.pdf” and send to Dr. Melinda Mangin (mmangin@msu.edu).

In addition, please have your advisor email directly to K-12 EAD faculty Melinda Mangin (mmangin@msu.edu) a short message verifying that you are in good academic standing, that the project is in support of your PhD program, and that you have an up-to-date (spring 2010) Annual Evaluation of PhD Student form on file with the department. Form below

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2. The Urban Specialization Program at the College of Education is hosting a series of lectures this academic year
Wednesday October 13th, 12-2 Room 507 Erickson

The first speaker is Ronald Ferguson of Harvard. Dr. Ferguson will be visiting the college on Wednesday, October 13, 2010. As a graduate student in the department of Educational Administration (both HALE and K-12), you are invited to an informal luncheon and discussion with Dr. Ferguson. RSVP Nimo Abdi at abdinimo@msu.edu

Dr Ferguson will also be speaking for the public Wednesday evening from 6 p.m. in the Erickson Kiva

Dr. Ferguson is one of the nation's foremost experts on education and economic development. His latest book, TOWARD EXCELLENCE WITH EQUITY has been called "a must read for anyone concerned with narrowing the racial gap in educational attainment." Combining authoritative research with practical examples of top performing schools, Dr. Ferguson's work appeals to policymakers, educators, and parents interested in closing achievement gaps between high-performing and low-performing schools. Reception to follow.

3. Title: Talking About Teaching in the Interview
Date: 10/11/2010 5:30 PM – 7 PM

Description: “What is your Teaching Philosophy?” How do you assess your students’ performances?” (Have you) Ever conducted formative evaluation or an SGID?” What’s the difference between collaborative and cooperative learning?” “Is teaching a large class really different than a small section?” Can you answer these questions? When should you expect to answer them in an interview? What other concerns about representing your teaching should you have when out on the job market? In this workshop, we’ll explore many of the ways you could be confronted with these issues during your job search AND we’ll talk about ways that you can effectively negotiate these conversations, put your best teaching “foot” forward, and out-distance peers who show up to their interviews unprepared to engage in meaningful dialogue about teaching. I will provide you with resources to help you negotiate your own searches and get you started piecing together your teaching portfolio, which should represent your teaching life variably, meaningfully, and organically.
A workshop template and resources can be found here: http://tap.msu.edu/workshops/resources.aspx
Presenter: Kevin Johnston, Director, Teaching Assistant Programs
Location: International Center Room 115
To Register: Register
Capacity: 100

4.: Implications of Open Educational Resources (OER) in Higher Education
Presenter: Carolina Rossini
Date: Wednesday, October 13, 3:00 PM
Location: 201 International Center
Carolina Rossini, a Fellow at the Harvard University Berkman Center for Internet and Society and Director of the Brazilian Open Educational Resources Project, will be on the MSU campus to give a presentation on the Implications of Open Educational Resources (OER) in Higher Education. OER describes learning materials that are freely available for use by educators and learners as well as a growing movement focused on sharing and collaboration. Carolina is an attorney with experience in IP, international development, innovation and internet policy, the digital commons, and the impact of technology on cultures. Carolina is also a consultant for the Brazilian Embassy in Washington and contributes with research on innovation in energy for UNDP.
Carolina will be joined on a panel discussing OER by MSU’s Ethan Watrall (Assistant Professor in the Dept. of History, Matrix, and Dept. of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media) and Sunnie Kim (Creative Technologies Strategist and OER Specialist at MSUgobal).
This presentation will take place on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 3pm at 201 International Center. It is part the Fall Seminar Series hosted by MSU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and co-sponsored by MSU Virtual University Design and Technology (vuDAT), MSUglobal, and the Information and Communication Technology 4 Development (ICT4D) Initiative. This seminar is funded in part by a contribution from the AT&T Lectureships in Information Technology, an endowed fund administered by MSU Libraries, Computing, and Technology, initiated by a generous gift from AT&T
For more information, please contact Sunnie Kim (kiml@msu.edu) or Kristin Janka Millar (kristin@msu.edu).
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