invites you to submit a proposal for the 5th Annual MAPEA Research Symposium

Proposal deadline EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 28th

Proposal submissions are accepted online at:

Held in Erickson Hall, home of the College of Education, Michigan State University
Thursday, March 10, 2011 12:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.

K-12 Educational Administration invites you to 2 Faculty Candidate Research Presentations

1. Dwan Vanderpool Robinson, PhD
Visiting Professor and Assistant Professor Candidate College of Education, Educational Administration Department, MSU
K-12 Educational Administration

Monday, February 21, 2:00-3:30 pm
116H Erickson

Visiting Professor and Assistant Professor Candidate College of Education, Educational Administration Department, MSU
Dr. Robinson has also been involved in initiatives with the Skillman Foundation through the College of Education’s K-12 Outreach office to improve educational outcomes in Detroit.

Presentation: The Engagement of Low Income and Minority Parents in Schools since No Child Left Behind: Intersections of Policy, Parental Involvement and Social Capital

This presentation shares findings from a qualitative study that explores engagement experiences of low income and minority parents in schools since the implementation of No Child Left Behind. This inquiry seeks to understand relationships between school leaders and parents in schools. Topics included in this study focus on parental involvement, school improvement, and parental support for student academic achievement.
The research presents observations from an urban, Midwestern school district that has implemented parent liaison programs designed to empower parents toward active participation in the academic lives of their children. Through this qualitative study, district-wide parental engagement efforts are explored to assess how low income and minority parents are included in parent involvement initiatives.

2. Kristy Cooper
PhD Candidate, 2011
Harvard University
Thursday, February 24, 1:00 pm in 133F Erickson
The Classroom Engagement Framework: Developing a Tool for Instructional Leaders
Given the importance of classroom engagement for learning and persistence, this work introduces the Classroom Engagement Framework—a tool to facilitate conversations among teachers and instructional leaders about increasing student engagement. Statistical analyses of surveys with over 1100 students demonstrate the importance of a particular component within the Framework—‘connective teaching’—a category of teaching practices that promote relevance, self-expression, and teacher/student relationships as catalysts for classroom engagement among adolescents. Complementing practitioner guides on student engagement, which advise teachers to entertain and push students, this research illustrates that experiences of connection—to the content and the teacher—are the greatest source of engagement in high school classrooms. Through case studies of five classes and interviews with 33 students, this work also identifies discrete actions by which teachers employ connective teaching—including specific ways teachers convey respect, allay students’ fears, and advance interest and motivation.

Please join K-12 Outreach for a presentation from Program Officers from The Skillman Foundation. The chief aim of the Foundation's programs is to help develop good schools and good neighborhoods for children. The Skillman Foundation has made a substantial investment to improve neighborhoods and schools in Detroit.

Mr. Ed. Egnatios, Senior Program Officer, for the Good Neighborhoods
Ms. Kristen McDonald, Senior Program Officer for Education
Tuesday, February 22nd - 2:00pm to 4:00.
Michigan State University
College of Education, Erickson Hall, 2nd Floor, Room 252

They will talk about the Skillman Foundation efforts to improve the well-being of Detroit neighborhoods, and discuss how neighborhood initiatives support schools. We will also hear how the Skillman Foundation views linkages between MSU’s collaborative work in Detroit schools and the Foundation’s efforts to develop high performing schools for Detroit’s children.
All faculty, staff and students are welcome particularly those interested in urban education!

Dr. Lorraine Monroe
President & CEO of
The Lorraine Monroe Leadership Institute
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
6:30 PM-Wharton Center Pasant Theatre

Lorraine Monroe, Ph.D., is President and CEO, of The Lorraine Monroe Leadership Institute (LMLI) and was the founding principal of the renowned Frederick Douglass Academy, a highly successful middle and high school in Central Harlem. Dr. Monroe translates her extensive experiences in the New York City public schools-as teacher, dean, assistant principal, principal and Deputy Chancellor for Curriculum and Instruction-into the guiding set
of principles that define the work of the Lorraine Monroe Leadership Institute. Dr. Monroe's ground-breaking work has been featured on 60 Minutes, Tony Brown's Journal, The McCreary Report with Bill McCreary, the Tom Snyder Show and in national and international print media in-cluding The New York Times, Ebony, The Reader's Digest, Fast Company and Parade magazines. Dr. Monroe's moving tribute to the power of
education to transform children's lives- Nothing's Impossible: Leadership Lessons from Inside and Outside the Classroom-has been translated into Swedish, Finnish, and Tai-wanese. In her book, The Monroe Doctrine: An ABC Guide to What Great Bosses Do, Dr. Monroe draws lessons from her experiences as educator that are applicable for leaders in all walks of life. Dr. Monroe is also the author of The Monroe Management Manual and is co-author of The Monroe-Gaines Parenting Manual.

Going to AERA?
UCEA and the Politics of Education Association announce 2011 Boyd NEPW,
a workshop conducted in conjunction with AERA that brings
together senior and emerging scholars interested in research on the politics
of education.
The workshop will take place at the beginning of AERA in New Orleans on
Friday, April 8th, from 2:30-5. Full details are available in the attached

Graduate Career Services will be offering a drop-in resume workshop next Wednesday, February 23rd from 11am to 2pm in Room 110 in the Student Services Building. Dr. Matt Helm and Pam Henderson will be hosting this workshop where graduate students can stop in and receive help with their resumes. No reservation is required; students are just asked to bring a copy of their resume with them.

From the graduate school for doctoral students:
Doctoral Support Group #1
This group is designed to be a six-week workshop for graduate students who are experiencing difficulty in the writing or completion of their dissertation. The group follows a brief, solution-focused model that utilizes short-term goal-setting in order to facilitate and maintain progress in the writing of the dissertation. It is intended to help students stay on track to meet an expected defense/graduation date. In addition, the group seeks to provide participants a supportive environment in which the presence of peers helps to mitigate the sense of isolation, frustration and anxiety that often accompanies the dissertation writing process. The group is facilitated by a member of the Counseling Center staff. All support groups are confidential.

Dates: (Wednesdays) 2/23, 3/2, 3/9*,3/23, 3/30, 4/6
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Room 6, Basement in Student Services (*3/9 will be held in room 13A)

This group is open only to those students who are actively working on and writing their dissertation full time and limited to 15 individuals.

Registration is required. To register, send an e-mail to that includes your name, department, and the title of the workshop you wish to attend (Doctoral Support Group #1)

For more information about this group, please contact Aislinn Sapp at: or 517-355-8270.

Doctoral Support Group #2

This group is to support graduate students who are currently working on their doctoral degrees. A process of sharing, goal-setting, and mutual accountability is used to assist students in the completion of their doctoral degrees. Students are expected to attend all support group meetings. All support groups are confidential.

Dates: (Tuesdays) 2/22, 3/1, 3/22, 3/29, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Room 6, Basement in Student Services

This group is limited to 15 individuals.

Registration is required. To register, send an e-mail to that includes your name, department, and the title of the workshop you wish to attend (Doctoral Support Group #2)
For more information about this group, please contact Dr. John Lee at or 517-355-8270

Doctoral Support Group #3
Time Management Workshop
This is a four week intensive workshop that is designed to help graduate students acquire the time management skills that are necessary for success in completing an advanced degree. The volume of work that characterizes many graduate programs combined with a relative lack of external structure make it necessary that graduate students possess the ability to effectively manage their time. In order to ensure that participants acquire skills they will be able to implement after the workshop, this group does not attempt to provide a one-size-fits-all approach to time management. Rather it will attempt to help students design and implement a time management style that compliments his or her individual personality. The group will run for four 2-hour sessions on consecutive weeks. All support groups are confidential.

Dates: (Thursdays) 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Room 6, Basement in Student Services

Attendance at all four sessions is mandatory for participation in the group. This group is limited to 25 individuals.
Registration is required.** To register, send an e-mail to that includes your name, department, and the title of the workshop you wish to attend (Doctoral Support Group #3)

For more information about the group contact Aislinn Sapp at: or 517-355-8270.
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