Next week, two candidates for the faculty positions in K-12 Educational Administration come to campus. We invite you to listen to their research presentations and provide feedback to the search committee.

Brian Beabout, PhD
Assistant Professor,University of New Orleans

Wednesday, February 16, 1:30 pm 116H Erickson
Measuring More of the Elephant: Exploratory Case Studies of School Site Visitation
Like the fable of the blindfolded wise men trying in vain to characterize an elephant based on information gleaned from a single touch to a piece of the animal, school accountability practices make important decisions about schools with only a tiny fraction of the data that could help make this process more valid and more just. While schools in the US stand to benefit greatly from the current public emphasis on accountability for results, what our push for accountability lacks are 1) a detailed dialogue about just what schools ought to be held accountable for, and 2) trusted tools (both valid, reliable, and publicly accepted) we can use to determine how schools are performing these agreed upon functions. The presentations shares findings from two qualitative studies of school visitation in order to build the knowledge base surrounding effective site visitation processes for school accountability. This study asks the questions, “What are the characteristics of current site-visit practices used in the USA?” and “How do participants in site visits perceive their efficacy?” Findings include the challenge of defining a visit’s purpose, the existence of intended and unintended effects from a visit, the importance of visiting team make-up, and the support-evaluation tension of the visit.

Spiro Maroulis, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor, Kellogg School of Management
Northwestern University

Friday, February 18, 1:30 pm 236A Erickson / Promise suite
Modeling Market-Based Reforms in Education
In this talk I will discuss applying the ideas and tools of complexity science to educational policy and management problems. In particular, I will present a paper that addresses the difficulties involved in evaluating the impact of choice-based reforms in education by developing a computational, agent-based model that captures the dynamic processes involved in moving from a non-market to choice-based system. Using historical data from Chicago Public Schools to estimate and set initial conditions, analysis of the model reveals how differences in capacity constraints across districts can result in uneven treatment effects across school choice programs, and suggests an approach of indexing results across contexts. Simulations also reveal how an increasing focus on school quality at the household-level can eventually lead to a less competitive structure and lower levels of district achievement – a paradoxical mismatch between micro- and macro-levels of behavior.

Summer Class Opportunity: Diverse Families and Communities

Dr. Christopher Dunbar has offered to open a section of EAD 822: Engaging Diverse Students and Families during the summer (May 16 – 28). If interested, please contact Dr. Dunbar as soon as possible. (

Description: Comparative and historical analysis of education within the broader social, cultural, and linguistic contexts of schools. Students in contemporary schools. Social problems, social policies, and school practice. School, family, and community relationships.


7th iNet International Conference: Navigators of Learning=

UPDATE: For those who are graduate students in the college of education at MSU, there are 30 passes available, allowing them to attend for FREE single sessions on a space-available basis. If there are students interested in getting these passes, please ask them to e-mail with the subject of the e-mail: “Free 7th INet International Conference Passes”. Include:
  • Name:
  • Department/program:
  • Sessions that they want to attend:
Graduate Students (from the college of Education, MSU) who get these passes are FREE to attend the sessions on space-available basis and are expected to bring their own meals (Meals provided for those who paid the registration).
The 7th iNet Conference: Navigator of Learning will take place at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center February 14-16, 2011 . College of Education faculty and graduate students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity and special conference pricing to hear from and interact with top educational researchers, policymakers, practitioners and students from nations around the world, including England, Canada, Australia, Wales, the United Arab Emirates, Nepal and China.
Speakers include:
  • Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (invited)
  • MSU President Lou Anna Simon
  • Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan
  • Anthony Jackson, vice president, Asia Society
  • Yong Zhao, University of Oregon
  • Barry Carpenter, Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Project, Specialist Schools & Academies Trust, UK
  • Linda Halbert and Judy Kaser, Network of Performance Based Schools, Canada
  • Bob Compton, Producer, Two Million Minutes
  • Alma Harris, London Centre for Leadership and Learning
  • John Wood, author of Leaving Microsoft to Change the World and founder, Room to Read
Registration information:
Special pricing for MSU COE faculty directly through MSU Office of K-12 Outreach (253 EH). Three days of programming, all materials, 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners and Tuesday evening welcome reception: $275 per person. Full program agenda and conference details available at One-day registration (program, materials, breakfast and lunch): $125 per person. Contact Lisa Galbraith ( in the Office of K-12 Outreach Programs, 253 Erickson Hall, 353-8950 to register.

CASID/GenCen Friday Forums, Spring 2011

Friday Forums sponsored by CASID and GenCen.
(see full schedule at left)

If you are interested in the Center for Gender is Global Context,
or the Center for Advanced Study of International Development

All sessions held in 201 International Center
(Schedule Subject to Change)
THIS WEEK February 18 Dr. Jiaguo Qi, Department of Geography
Dr. Richard Hula, Department of Political Science
Dr. Nathan Moore, Department of Geography
MSU Strategic Partnerships: Zhejiang University, China12:00pm – 1:00 pm

Free Webinar for PhD Students

From CV to Resume: Developing Written Credentials for Postacademic Positions
Date: February 16, 2011
Time: 12pm-1pm
This workshop will discuss the differences between the curriculum vitae and the resume, help Ph.D. students highlight their transferable skills in resume format, discuss the different types of resumes, and provide suggestions for formatting and self-promotion. Cover letter writing will also be discussed.
Presenter: Tammison Smith, MA, Career Services
Join us for this webinar presentation designed to help you write effective job search materials.
You may register (by RSVP) on the MySpartanCareer system at (find the webinar listed under the events – workshops tab and click on the RSVP button)
*You will receive further instructions on how to access the seminar within 2 days of your scheduled webinar.
Questions? Contact Matt Helm, PhD; Director, Ph.D. Career Services and Graduate Wellness Initiatives; at** or 517-884-1351.
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