college of education | fall 2001

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Robert Spencer
From the President
College of Education Alumni Association

Greetings from Erickson Hall, the home of Michigan State University’s College of Education. I’m Bob Spencer, privileged to serve as president of the College of Education Alumni Association this year. A graduate of the College of Education, I was well prepared to serve in my role as superintendent of the Lakeview School District in Battle Creek, Michigan. My predecessor, Dr. Janet Burns, superintendent of the River Valley Public School District, served as president for the past two years. Janet provided excellent leadership and plenty of energy while promoting the agenda of the college’s alumni association. Thanks, Janet!

The 2001–02 academic year at Erickson Hall is special. This is due to the varied and substantive agenda set forth by Dean Carole Ames and COE faculty members. Visionary leadership, an aggressive research agenda, and top-notch training for aspiring teachers and administrators have enhanced the COE’s reputation as a premier college of education.

Consider the influences of College of Education graduates on that reputation for excellence as they provide services in the nation’s schools. Each of us affects the reputation of our College of Education as we individually pursue our education-related careers. There is no better combination than the outstanding leadership at the college, top-notch students attracted by outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs, and graduates who provide quality professional services in the field. All of these areas combine to enhance the quality and reputation of our College of Education.

Additionally, the staff at the Office of k–12 Outreach in the college provides substantive learning opportunities for teachers and administrators and supports the effective use of instructional technology by teachers through Project TIME and a number

of other initiatives. In addition, the Education Policy Center fosters examination of significant public policy matters such as charter school quality and effects of raising standards and associated high-stakes testing. Good stuff!

MSU’s College of Education is truly an outstanding place: a direct reflection of the passion, vision, and expertise of those who practice their life’s work at Erickson Hall. It is truly a world-class college at a world-class university. I am proud to be a Spartan!

This year, we welcome new members to the Alumni Board: Dr. David Dieterle, president of the Michigan Council on Economic Education; Melody Glick, director of educational services at the East Lansing Public Schools; and Dr. Caryn Wells, principal at Grosse Pointe North High School. Welcome aboard!

The 2002 academic year is also special because it marks the fiftieth year for the College of Education: five decades of growth, research, and the pursuit of excellence—a great year for you to visit the campus. In February, attend the Technology Conference sponsored by the COE Alumni Association. Attend a conference sponsored by k–12 Outreach or Education Policy offices.

This is an excellent time to renew your COE Alumni Association membership and to reconnect with faculty and friends at COE functions. See you there!

— Robert Spencer

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