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Dr. Robert Leneway has been appointed to a new two year term as an Adobe Educational Leader (AEL) after a highly competitive peer review process and will join a newly appointed or re-appointed global network of about 100 other educational leaders, including only one other representative from Michigan. As an AEL, Leneway can take advantage of collaboration opportunities with a global network of educational leaders and can serve on focus groups and beta testing for new and future products for education with direct access to product development managers and staff.



Dr. Louann Bierlein Palmer, professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research, and Technology, was selected to serve this past summer as a peer reviewer for the U.S. Department of Educations’ Race to the Top program. This grant competition has been one of the highest profile education reform efforts in recent history, and per her notification letter it was noted that Secretary Duncan worked to assemble peer reviewers representing “our nation’s most distinguished educators, policymakers, and scholars to participate in the review process for this ambitious reform initiative.” Less than one hundred reviewers were selected from thousands of applicants. 

Dr. Bierlein Palmer served as a reviewer during phase 1 and 2 of the grant competition, during which close to $4 billion was awarded to 10 states and the District of Columbia. Louann’s area of expertise involves educational reform policy, and she worked directly in the public policy world for 15 years before coming to WMU.     


Gary MironA new study by Western Michigan University researchers shows that privately operated education management organizations, or EMOs, now operate more than 30 percent of charter schools across the nation.

The new report, titled “Profiles on Nonprofit Education Management Organizations--2009-2010,” finds that while the growth of for-profit education management organizations has been slow, their nonprofit counterparts have enjoyed sustained and steady growth. The report was released jointly on Wednesday, Dec. 15, by the WMU-based Study Group on Education Management Organizations and the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
The report is one of two released in the past week by the study group at WMU and the National Education Policy Center. The second study, titled “Profiles of For-Profit Education Management Organizations,” finds that almost half of the public schools operated by for-profit EMOs have not met adequate yearly progress (AYP) benchmarks mandated under federal No Child Left Behind legislation.

Both studies were written by Dr. Gary Miron, WMU professor of educational leadership, research and technology and Jessica Urschel, a WMU graduate research assistant. The for-profit EMO report was co-authored by Dr. Alex Molnar, a professor at Arizona State University.


In a forthcoming publication of the Journal of Educational Research, Drs. Jeffrey Jones, Gary Miron, and Allison Kelaher-Young of the College of Education and Human Development report on “The Kalamazoo Promise and Perceived Changes in Teacher Beliefs, Expectations, and Behaviors.” High teacher expectations are an essential component of quality education, and are known to lead to positive outcomes for
students. Perceptions of change were accessed through interpretive interviews with principals, counselors, teachers, and through interviews and surveys with students in the school district. Educators and students report marked improvements in teacher attitudes and behaviors since the announcement of the Kalamazoo Promise. This paper discusses the implications of research findings and the potential of this scholarship program as a catalyst for systemic change in the district.


In May, Dr. Jeffrey Jones, assistant professor in secondary Belgiumeducation in Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies, and counselor education and counseling psychology students Bethany Warnaar and Joshua Bench, gave three presentations at the International Self-Determination Theory conference in Gent, Belgium. This prestigious forum was attended by motivation researchers from around the world. The presentations focused on how participation in community service can inspire a sense of self-determination and youth purpose. The presentations were a result of their applied developmental research study to understand how involvement in PeaceJam programming affects
youth experience. This experience was supported by the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Educational Studies; the
College of Education and Human Development; the Haenicke Institute for Global Education; the Office of the Vice
President for Research (FRACAA grant); and the Graduate
College.


Jiangang XiaDoctoral student Jiangang Xia of Educational Leadership was selected and attended the 2010 International Database Training Seminar in Washington, D.C. from August 23 - 25, 2010. This 3-day seminar was sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, on the use of 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). This seminar is open to advanced graduate students and faculty members from colleges and universities nationwide and to researchers, education practitioners, and policy analysts from state and local education agencies and professional associations. 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.


Dr. Jianping ShenDr. Van Cooley

Drs. Jianping Shen and Van Cooley received a five-year, $3.5-million grant in order to collaborate with 12 high-need school districts in Michigan to conduct Learning-Centered Leadership Development for 50 practicing and 50 aspiring principals, with each pair of practicing and aspiring principals recruited from the same school to facilitate the project activities. The proposed project intends to improve participants’ leadership and, ultimately, student achievement. Among others, the proposed project will validate a curriculum to improve principal leadership to enhance student achievement. It will not only benefit the participating districts, but also provide a validated curriculum for Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals, and Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association for state-wide training. WMU was one of the 14 grantees awarded under the 2010 federal School Leadership Program.


Doctoral student Jiangang Xia of Educational Leadership was selected and attended the 2010 International Database Training Seminar in Washington, D.C. from Aug. 23- 25. This 3-day seminar was sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, on the use of 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). This seminar is open to advanced graduate students and faculty members from colleges and universities nationwide and to researchers, education practitioners, and policy analysts from state and local education agencies and professional associations. 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.


Dr. Gary Miron, professor in Evaluation, Measurement, and Research, and Jessica Urschel, in Educational Leadership, Research and Technology, recently completed a study on school financing that looked at revenues and expenditures of 1,675 charter schools in 22 states in 2006-07. More information...


Jessaca SpybrookJessaca Spybrook, assistant professor of Evaluation, Measurement, and Research, received a 2010-11 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, which includes a $55,000 award.

This year, 20 fellows were selected from a competitive pool of more than 160 applications from scholars of education across the nation. The fellowships are administered by the National Academy of Education and support early-career scholars working in critical areas of education research.

Spybrook came to WMU in 2008. She is the principal investigator for a $300,000 project funded by the U.S Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences that is examining the changes in the methodology that occur between the design and implementation of field trials in education.


Dr. LenewayDr. Robert Leneway, associate professor of educational technology gave an invited opening keynote address to about 550 attendees at the national College Computer and Electronic Show (C2ES) in Madison, Wisconsin on June 9. His presentation, sponsored by Adobe, Inc. to college book store/campus computer store managers and campus computer product resellers, was entitled Serving the Rewired College Student in a Wireless World of Back-lited Books


Electronic Portfolio ContestCongratulations to graduate student Lori Willett for recognition of exceptional computer skills as part of the University's eighth electronic portfolio contest.


Drs. Van Cooley, Patricia Reeves, Jianping Shen, Jessaca Spybrook, and Gary Miron have been invited by the Michigan Department of Education to advise and assist with the State of Michigan's application for the federal Race to the Top Awards. The Obama administration is devoting $4.3 billion for states who are competing for these grants.


Research FairKelly Robertson and Diane Rogers, students in Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation, participated in the Research Fair at the Fetzer Center on April 9.

They are working with Dr. Chris Coryn on "Construct Validity of Race and its Impact on Research and Evaluation."



Gary MironDr. Gary Miron, professor in the Evaluation, Measurement, and Research graduate program, has been invited to serve on the Great Public Schools Indicators Advisory Panel. This panel of experts from universities across the country will focus on key state and school-level policies and practices that ensure that every child can succeed. The group will cover seven major topics ranging from school readiness to school accountability. The final set of indicators for Great Public Schools, as well as a set of related white papers, will be released in March 2011.


As Unemployment Rises, Where Are The Jobs? NPR reports: “As far as the Internet, the comment about the Internet, I - we talked about math skills earlier. I think there's a great future for people with mathematics and statistics skills because so many companies are now trying to take a more analytical approach. I mean, the advertising she mentioned, now there are math - you know, ad agencies that hire mathematicians to measure the effectiveness and efficiency of advertising. You know, the old joke about the businessman who says I know that 80 percent of my advertising is wasted. I just don't know which 80 percent it is.” Full Story...


Dr. Gary Miron, William J. Mathis, Elana Tornquist, and Jessica Urschel, completed the study "Schools Without Diversity: Education Management Organizations, Charter Schools, and the Demographic Stratification of the American School System." This report explores the highly debated question as to whether charter schools increase or decrease school segregation.


Jason DaveyJason Davey, a doctoral student in the Evaluation, Measurement, and Research program co-authored an article for the research journal Transfusion.  The title of the article is, "Paired crossover study of two plateletpheresis systems concerning platelet product quality and donor comfort."

 

 


Michelle Bakerson

Michelle Bakerson earned her doctorate in Evaluation, Measurement, and Research in December, 2009, after presenting her dissertation on the cognitive, social and institutional factors related to the retention of Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship Recipients. Michelle is an assistant professor of research and assessment at the University of Indiana, South Bend. 

 


Michael Kiella was elected in May of 2009 to the first Board of Michael BakersonDirectors of the newly formed Allegan (Michigan) District Library.  His committee appointments are to the Personnel, Finance, and Millage Committees.  The Allegan District Library is formed from the previous Allegan City library and serves the area bounded by the Allegan Public School District.  Michael is leading efforts to classify dimensions of merit in the creation of the library’s job-grade structure in his role as chair of the Personnel Committee. Michael was also recently re-elected by the Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society as alternate councilor for the ACS-National organization.  In addition to his role as alternate councilor, he is also the Section’s chair of the Legislative Action Network.



Gary MironDr. Gary Miron, professor in the Evaluation, Measurement, and Research graduate program in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology; has been invited to develop international indicators on school evaluation and school accountability for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.  He will present his initial work in Berlin, Germany, on March 11-13, 2010. After receiving feedback from OECD member states, data will be collected and the findings shared by OECD in 2011.  Last year, the OECD asked Dr. Miron to develop a comparable set of international indicators on School Choice and Parent Voice; the findings from this will be released in autumn 2010.

 

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