Education http://wkar.org en MSU's 'Dean of deans' on Chinese students, online education and sexual assault http://wkar.org/post/msus-dean-deans-chinese-students-online-education-and-sexual-assault <p></p><p></p><p>In April, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees approved the appointment of <a href="https://provost.msu.edu/" target="_blank">June Pierce Youatt </a>to the position of provost. As provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, she’s in charge of academic initiatives at MSU. She had served as interim provost for more than a year before succeeding <a href="http://chancellor.ucr.edu/" target="_blank">Kim Wilcox</a>, who now is chancellor of the University of California-Riverside. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:53:30 +0000 Mark Bashore & Scott Pohl 56424 at http://wkar.org MSU's 'Dean of deans' on Chinese students, online education and sexual assault Report alleges disinvestment is costing Michigan http://wkar.org/post/report-alleges-disinvestment-costing-michigan <p></p><p>“We still have miles to go to rebuild Michigan after years of neglect.” That sentence reflects the findings of a new report from the Michigan Economic Center at the <a href="http://primacivitas.org/" target="_blank">Prima Civitas Foundation</a>. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:34:12 +0000 Mark Bashore 56047 at http://wkar.org Report alleges disinvestment is costing Michigan Confucius Institutes come under scrutiny; MSU institute responds http://wkar.org/post/confucius-institutes-come-under-scrutiny-msu-institute-responds <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>As the importance of China’s influence grows, so does the need for people who understand Chinese culture and the Chinese language. To foster that sort of understanding, universities across the United States, including Michigan State University, have established Confucius Institutes. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:39:02 +0000 Scott Pohl 55991 at http://wkar.org Confucius Institutes come under scrutiny; MSU institute responds Dem legislator says more oversight needed for MI charter schools http://wkar.org/post/dem-legislator-says-more-oversight-needed-mi-charter-schools <p></p><p></p><p>For over a week, The Detroit Free Press has been exploring the impact of Michigan’s two decades with charter schools.&nbsp; Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:36:26 +0000 Mark Bashore 55884 at http://wkar.org Dem legislator says more oversight needed for MI charter schools Neighbors in Action: 2020 Girls http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-2020-girls <p></p><p></p><p>It’s Wednesday and time for our <em>Neighbors in Action</em> segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature <a href="http://www.iteclansing.org/programs/2020girls/" target="_blank">2020 Girls</a>, a Lansing-based program that aims to grow the next generation of professional women in the STEM fields by introducing young girls to the wonders of robotics, game design, and more. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:16:35 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 55754 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: 2020 Girls Free Press' charter school review triggers varied reactions http://wkar.org/post/free-press-charter-school-review-triggers-varied-reactions <p></p><p></p><p>The tension between advocates of traditional and charter schools in Michigan has intensified. That’s because of recent stories in the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140622/NEWS06/306220096/Michigan-charters-1-billion-taxpayer-dollars" target="_blank">Detroit Free Press</a> which raise serious doubts about the operation and oversight of the state’s nearly 400 charter schools. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:56:05 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 55700 at http://wkar.org Free Press' charter school review triggers varied reactions Superintendent: Lansing Shabazz Academy "not just a school, it's a living museum" http://wkar.org/post/superintendent-lansing-shabazz-academy-not-just-school-its-living-museum <p></p><p></p><p>Juneteenth is a celebration marking the anniversary of the ending of slavery in America. In Lansing, the <a href="http://www.lansingjuneteenthcelebration.org/" target="_blank">Juneteenth Freedom Festival</a> is in its 21st year. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:43:57 +0000 Scott Pohl & Mark Bashore 55458 at http://wkar.org Superintendent: Lansing Shabazz Academy "not just a school, it's a living museum" Lansing Community College works on renovations amidst budget, tuition discussions http://wkar.org/post/lansing-community-college-works-renovations-amidst-budget-tuition-discussions <p><a href="http://www.lcc.edu/" target="_blank">Lansing Community College</a> President <a href="http://www.lcc.edu/president/bio/" target="_blank">Brent Knight</a> arrived six years ago at a time when the college was troubled by strife between the school’s Board of Trustees and the administration. Those days seem to be long gone, as the board works with Knight on projects like the Gannon Building project with a certain amount of unanimity. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:37:31 +0000 Scott Pohl & Mark Bashore 55107 at http://wkar.org Lansing Community College works on renovations amidst budget, tuition discussions Lansing Schools superintendent on budget, arts ed, and future of Eastern http://wkar.org/post/lansing-schools-superintendent-budget-arts-ed-and-future-eastern <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.lansingschools.net/pages/Lansing_SD" target="_blank">Lansing School District</a> is facing a projected $6-million budget deficit next year. The school board has authorized privatization of the district’s bus system and the layoffs of up to 95 employees. Fri, 30 May 2014 17:13:52 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 54480 at http://wkar.org Lansing Schools superintendent on budget, arts ed, and future of Eastern Teaching first aid for mental health http://wkar.org/post/teaching-first-aid-mental-health <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>For decades, organizations like the American Red Cross and local fire departments have offered courses in basic first aid. Many Americans who are not in the medical field have a working knowledge of how to perform CPR. But few people are trained to give mental health first aid. That’s the aim of an ongoing training series being held this summer in Lansing. Fri, 30 May 2014 17:08:35 +0000 Kevin Lavery 54481 at http://wkar.org Teaching first aid for mental health Experts convene in Lansing to rethink education funding http://wkar.org/post/experts-convene-lansing-rethink-education-funding <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Among all the issues facing American education, such as school choice, assessments, teacher evaluations, chronically low-performing schools and others, funding closely impacts all of them.&nbsp; Thu, 22 May 2014 16:55:37 +0000 Mark Bashore 54082 at http://wkar.org Experts convene in Lansing to rethink education funding Senate Education Committee chair on assessment, EAA disputes http://wkar.org/post/senate-education-committee-chair-assessment-eaa-disputes <p></p><p>For many months, Michigan legislators have battled over education. Often, it’s been over the "Common Core" curriculum standards that Michigan and more than 40 other states will adopt soon. The ongoing dispute has taken a number of turns in the past week. Fri, 16 May 2014 15:57:16 +0000 Mark Bashore 53785 at http://wkar.org Senate Education Committee chair on assessment, EAA disputes The risks and rewards of unpaid internships http://wkar.org/post/risks-and-rewards-unpaid-internships <p></p><p></p><p>As the university school year winds down, many students are preparing for summer unpaid internships, hoping to improve their employability.The practice of not paying interns has become increasingly widespread. Fri, 09 May 2014 14:56:38 +0000 Melissa Benmark 53433 at http://wkar.org The risks and rewards of unpaid internships MSU leader reflects on growth of international students http://wkar.org/post/msu-leader-reflects-growth-international-students <p></p><p></p><p>The process of moving to another country for studies is daunting. There’s paperwork to be filed, cultural adjustments and lots of questions. At MSU, the <a href="http://oiss.isp.msu.edu/" target="_blank">Office for International Students and Scholars</a> (OISS) helps international students navigate school in the U.S. For over a decade <a href="http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2010/staff-profiles-peter-briggs/" target="_blank">Peter Briggs</a> has served as the Director of OISS. Briggs is retiring this fall. Mon, 05 May 2014 15:28:37 +0000 Emanuele Berry 53205 at http://wkar.org MSU leader reflects on growth of international students Funding vote crucial for Grand Ledge, Lansing schools http://wkar.org/post/funding-vote-crucial-grand-ledge-lansing-schools <p></p><p></p><p>Voters will make important school funding decisions tomorrow in Lansing and a number of other mid-Michigan districts. Those include Grand Ledge, Eaton Rapids, Williamston and others. Mon, 05 May 2014 15:27:10 +0000 Mark Bashore 53204 at http://wkar.org Funding vote crucial for Grand Ledge, Lansing schools Neighbors in Action: Red Cedar chapter of Wild Ones http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-red-cedar-chapter-wild-ones <p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Red Cedar chapter of <a href="http://www.wildoneslansing.org/">Wild Ones</a>, a national organization that promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices and environmental education. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:01:27 +0000 Joe Linstroth & Mark Bashore 52979 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: Red Cedar chapter of Wild Ones School reformers: zero-tolerance not the answer http://wkar.org/post/school-reformers-zero-tolerance-not-answer <p>Last week, students and advocates rallied at the Michigan Capitol after marching from Detroit to Lansing on foot. Students' marching hoped to raise awareness about the state’s school discipline policies. At the rally, they asked lawmakers to remove &nbsp;legislation that requires zero-tolerance discipline policies in schools. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:10:54 +0000 Emanuele Berry & Mark Bashore 52863 at http://wkar.org School reformers: zero-tolerance not the answer Teaching international students offers lesson for professors http://wkar.org/post/teaching-international-students-offers-lesson-professors <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-6c4dbe4e-93d1-4725-617c-ca26f812ba8a" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">It is no secret that Michigan State University has a growing body of international students. There are about 4,300 Chinese students alone enrolled at MSU. &nbsp;It is a trend that is prompting faculty and staff to re-evaluate how they respond to the challenges of educating this growing segment. &nbsp;</span> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:00:29 +0000 Kevin Lavery & Scott Pohl 52683 at http://wkar.org Teaching international students offers lesson for professors Behind the effort to create a new Lansing area high school http://wkar.org/post/behind-effort-create-new-lansing-area-high-school <p></p><p>The idea of starting a high school under any circumstances is a daunting one, to say the least. With schools struggling all across Michigan, the economy still on the rebound, and the constant political maneuvering in education policy, the task of creating a new high school in the Lansing area seems that much more difficult. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:35:18 +0000 Joe Linstroth & Mark Bashore 52042 at http://wkar.org Behind the effort to create a new Lansing area high school Neighbors in Action: Youth Action Committee http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-youth-action-committee <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-edb31e1c-46ac-134e-ca83-d79e3359965b" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Capital Region Community Foundation’s <a href="http://www.crcfoundation.org/content/youth-action-committee">Youth Action Committee</a> or YAC. The committee is made up of high school students in the Tri Country Area who volunteer and distribute grants to area non-profits that serve youth.</span> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:48:47 +0000 Joe Linstroth 51914 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: Youth Action Committee Uphill both ways: the myth of working your way through college http://wkar.org/post/uphill-both-ways-myth-working-your-way-through-college <p>Many college students have heard lectures from their elders saying "I worked my way through school, why can’t you?" Randy Olson, an MSU graduate student, decided to calculate if it was still possible to work your way through school. He concluded - it’s not. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:33:07 +0000 Emanuele Berry 51799 at http://wkar.org Uphill both ways: the myth of working your way through college Latest kids count: Michigan's numbers abysmal on child well-being http://wkar.org/post/latest-kids-count-michigans-numbers-abysmal-child-well-being <p>The <a href="http://www.aecf.org/">Annie E. Casey Foundation</a> released its latest Kids Count Report yesterday that looks at child well-being across the country. For the first time, its researchers broke down the numbers across ethnic and racial groups and found disparities nationwide when it comes to how our children are faring.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:49:43 +0000 Joe Linstroth 51577 at http://wkar.org Latest kids count: Michigan's numbers abysmal on child well-being Goodbye MEAP: Educators to discuss changes in assessments, accountability http://wkar.org/post/goodbye-meap-educators-discuss-changes-assessments-accountability <p></p><p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Across Michigan and across the country, students, teachers, and school administrators are facing greater accountability. That has put more attention on student assessments, or measuring student learning, than in the past. </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">In about a year, Michigan students are expected to start taking a new standardized test, </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">the "Smarter Balanced Assessment." Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:58:08 +0000 Mark Bashore 51227 at http://wkar.org Goodbye MEAP: Educators to discuss changes in assessments, accountability Michigan Superintendent Flanagan on EAA, student testing, teacher evals http://wkar.org/post/michigan-superintendent-flanagan-eaa-student-testing-teacher-evals <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, after months of debate, the Michigan House voted narrowly to expand state’s </span><a href="http://michigan.gov/eaa" style="line-height: 1.5;">Education Achievement Authority</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span>The highly debated measure, which the Senate now considers, is one of many on Michigan’s continually evolving education landscape. Others include new testing for student growth and evaluating teacher effectiveness, the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-28753_64839---,00.html">Common Core curriculum</a>, and several more. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:32:30 +0000 Mark Bashore 51110 at http://wkar.org Michigan Superintendent Flanagan on EAA, student testing, teacher evals College readiness network to expand in Ingham County http://wkar.org/post/college-readiness-network-expand-ingham-county <p>Since 2009, the <a href="http://www.capitalareacan.org/">Capital Area College Access Network</a> has helped hundreds of students from the <a href="http://www.edline.net/pages/Lansing_SD">Lansing School District </a>with college readiness skills and support. The Network is now looking to expand throughout all schools in Ingham County.</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:23:56 +0000 Joe Linstroth 50885 at http://wkar.org College readiness network to expand in Ingham County Lansing schools official on district's modernization options http://wkar.org/post/lansing-schools-official-districts-modernization-options <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last fall a facilities task force was created to help the </span><a href="http://www.lansingschools.net/pages/Lansing_SD/District/Board_of_Education" style="line-height: 1.5;">Lansing School Board</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> figure out what to do with its aging buildings. In January, the group presented their recommendations to the board, however the fate of many of the districts buildings, including the high schools, remains unknown. The districts modernization plan is supposed to be presented later this month or early in April.</span></p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:54:40 +0000 Emanuele Berry 50772 at http://wkar.org Lansing schools official on district's modernization options MSU course enlivens students with the undead http://wkar.org/post/msu-course-enlivens-students-undead <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Zombie themed courses are popping up at college campuses across the U.S. Topics like the economy, religion and psychology are being studied through the lens of the undead.</span></p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:53:26 +0000 Emanuele Berry 50774 at http://wkar.org MSU course enlivens students with the undead Michigan business group says state gains from higher ed reinvestment http://wkar.org/post/michigan-business-group-says-state-gains-higher-ed-reinvestment <p></p><p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">After years of controversial cuts to higher education, Michigan has begun reinvesting in its colleges and universities. Last month, Governor <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder">Rick Snyder</a> proposed a 6.1 percent spending hike for Michigan’s 15 state-funded colleges and universities. Higher education officials applauded the move, which would be contingent on universities limiting tuition increases.</span> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:49:11 +0000 Current State 50474 at http://wkar.org Michigan business group says state gains from higher ed reinvestment Michigan artist stresses imagery as catalyst for communication http://wkar.org/post/michigan-artist-stresses-imagery-catalyst-communication <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://msuglobal.com/">MSU Global</a> is featuring the photography of Ana Luisa Cardona, a Michigan-based artist. Part of the <a href="http://msuglobal.com/2014/03/msu-global-hosting-visual-dialogues-art-exhibition-set-pieces-from-cyrano-de-bergerac-play/">exhibit </a>features an exploration in visual communication between her and the late Bay Area artist and photographer, <a href="http://www.library.ucsb.edu/special-collections/cema/daniel-del-solar">Daniel del Solar</a>. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:43:59 +0000 Current State 50475 at http://wkar.org Michigan artist stresses imagery as catalyst for communication Advocates concerned with proposed changes to special education http://wkar.org/post/advocates-concerned-proposed-changes-special-education <p>Changes may be in store for special education students and teachers in Michigan. Lately, the Michigan Department of Education has been getting public comment on a host of proposed rules changes that govern special education. They include giving local school districts more authority over special education staffing and changes in how Michigan evaluates special education students, and then how they customize students' individual education plans, labeled IEP's.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:33:35 +0000 Current State 50409 at http://wkar.org Advocates concerned with proposed changes to special education