1.The Ever-Changing Federal Role in Shaping Educational Policy: Implications for Local and State Educational Leaders

Michael D. Usdan Senior Fellow
Institute for Educational Leadership
Washington, D.C.

Monday, April 18, 2011
3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
507 Erickson Hall

This session will focus upon a series of contemporary issues relating to the recent growth of federal influence in shaping educational policy and its implications for school leadership at the state and local levels. Questions such as the following will be addressed: What is the likelihood of NCLB being reauthorized? If NCLB is reauthorized, what will be the likely changes? How will the most recent November elections affect the federal role? How might the Common Standards Initiative play out in the immediate future in the current political environment? What is the future of Race to the Top and other major Obama Administration education programs?

Mr. Usdan served as President of the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) from 1981 through 2001. In July, 2001, he became Senior Fellow at the organization. He has written many articles and books on various aspects of education. Several themes dominate his writing: problems relating to urban education, the relationship of government and politics to education, and the growing interest in developing closer relationships between elementary – secondary and higher education.

For more information, contact Dr. Barbara Markle, Assistant Dean, Office of K-12 Outreach, Michigan State University, 517.353.8950.

2.Summer course offering: EAD 861 Adult Learning
(Meeting in Erickson Hall – Room to be Determined)
Instructor: John M. Dirkx, Ph.D.
517-353-8927
dirkx@msu.edu
The Focus
Increasing importance is being placed within education on how people learn. Educators in higher and adult education are encouraged to learn more about the processes of learning and to use more learning-centered approaches in teaching and learning.
But what does learning really mean, especially as it applies to adults and emerging adults and what does it mean to be learning centered? Who are adult learners? How is their learning different from that of children and youth? Do age, experience, and maturity matter in the learning process?
The Questions
Join us this May in a focused seminar format for a scholarly exploration of adult learning and what it means for our work with students in higher and adult education settings. We will take a closer look at:
How demographic, social, cultural, and technological changes are re-shaping our understanding of lifelong learning,
Differences that are manifest among adults and emerging adults, such as ability, developmental phase, generational differences, cognitive and learning styles, and personality characteristics, and their influence on the process of learning,
What motivates adults and young adults to participate in learning and to persist and achieve their goals.
How adults and emerging adults learn and the role of experience, reflection, cognition, emotion, and contexts on their learning.
The implications that a deeper understanding of learning holds for designing and facilitating learning experiences for adults and emerging adults.
The Schedule
We will be using an alternative meeting schedule that allows us to study in an intense but focused environment. Our meeting dates are:
From 4 – 8 p.m. on the following dates: May 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
From 4 – 7 p.m. on the following dates: May 23, 26
From 4 – 8 p.m. on the following date: June 1
Join us!

3. HALE 2011 Spring Brown Bag Discussions ( All EAD students welcome)
The 2011 spring brown bag discussions are set! Please check out the following flyer for more information:
Incorporating Social Media into your Professional Life
Monday, April 25, 2011
12 to 1pm; 116H Erickson
Presenters:
Dr. Steve Weiland, HALE faculty member
Niki Rudolph, HALE PhD student
Jess Knott, HALE PhD student

4. CSTAT 2011 Summer Workshop Series
All workshops will take place in 106 Farrall Agricultural Engineering Hall between the hours of 9am and 4pm with a one hour break for lunch. Descriptions of each workshop are available below or in the attached document. Registration begins on Friday, April 15th, 2011. Please visit www.cstat.msu.edu to register or for more details.

INTRODUCTORY AND INTERMEDIATE STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELING
Presented by Dr. Tenko Raykov,
Measurement and Quantitative Methods
Thursday, May 5th from 9am-4pm
Registration open 4/15/2011

This workshop deals with introductory and intermediate aspects of the increasingly popular methodology of structural equation modeling (SEM) in the behavioral, educational, social, business, marketing, and biomedical disciplines. The workshop begins with a coherent introduction to the basics of the methodology, including model identification issues, implied covariance and mean structure, parameter estimation, robust maximum likelihood estimation, and model fit evaluation. Longitudinal data analysis is subsequently focused on, including issues pertaining to fitting unconditional and conditional (covariate based) models to data from repeated measure studies.



STATISTICAL GRAPHICS FOR VISUALIZING DATA
Presented by Dr. William Jacoby,
Political Science
Tuesday, May 10th from 9am-4pm
Registration open 4/15/2011

This workshop will cover methods for obtaining visual displays of quantitative information. We will discuss ways to, quite literally, look at your data. This is important because graphical representations avoid some of the restrictive assumptions and simplistic models that are often encountered in empirical analyses. The workshop will consider the general motivations behind statistical graphics, as well as specific graphical displays for univariate, bivariate, and multivariate data. The material presented in this workshop should be useful for people at varying levels of technical sophistication.


INTRODUCTION TO SAMPLING
Presented by Dr. Alla Sikorskii,
Statistics and Probability
Wednesday, May 11th from 9am-4pm
Registration open 4/15/2011

This workshop will provide an introduction to sampling with the focus on design and its relation to the methods of data analysis. Basic sampling concepts and aspects of selecting and analyzing samples will be covered, and hands-on lab exercises will be included. These exercises will demonstrate the use of Minitab to select samples, and the use of SAS 9.2 survey procedures to select samples and analyze data. Topics include: population and samples, sampling and non-sampling errors, sample size determination, allocation across strata, and analysis of data using SAS procedures.

INTERMEDIATE R: FUNCTIONS AND PROGRAMMING
Presented by Dr. Vincent Melfi,
Statistics and Probability
Thursday, May 12th from 9am-4pm
Registration open 4/15/2011

This workshop will begin with an overview of R's data types and subsetting methods. Some simple built-in functions will be investigated to gain insight into the basic structure of R functions. Participants will then learn how to write original functions and to use the core R programming language including loops and conditional expressions to make functions more powerful and general. Methods to create efficient and correct code such as vectorization, avoiding loops when possible, an understanding how R represents numbers and characters will be introduced, as will basic debugging tools.

5. 2011 Training Seminar for NCES International Databases

2011 Training Seminar for NCES International Databases

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) will sponsor a three-day seminar (May 23-25, 2011) on using NCES international databases: the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). The overall goal of the seminar is to provide researchers with opportunities to gain access to some of the most comprehensive education data resources in the nation and to use the PISA, TIMSS, and/or PIRLS data in substantive research.

Advanced graduate students and faculty members from colleges and universities nationwide, and researchers, education practitioners, and policy analysts from state and local education agencies and professional associations are invited to apply.

There is no fee to attend this seminar. NCES will provide training materials as well as computers for the hands-on practice. For out-of-town participants, NCES also will pay for transportation, hotel accommodations, and a fixed per diem for meals and incidental expenses during the training seminar.

Deadline for applications: April 24, 2011

For more information or to register, please go to http://ies.ed.gov/whatsnew/conferences/?id=815&cid=2

To learn more about the International Activities Program and to view reports and products, please visit:
http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/SurveyGroups.asp?group=6.The National Center for Education Statistics is in the Institute of Education Sciences, part of the U.S. Department of Education.


6. An afternoon of great music. Sunday April 17th at 3pm, Music Auditorium (across the street from the main library)
Distinguished Professors Yuri Gandelsmann and Suren Bagratuni, and eight talented graduate students in music performance will present

The reduced "Ad Libitum" ensemble will perform two string sextets:
Johannes Brahms's Sextet No.2 in G major and Arnold Schoenberg's "Transfigured Night".
Don't miss the opportunity to listen to two masterpieces of the chamber music repertory presented in campus. This event will be FREE for students!
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