Faculty members in the Michigan State University College of Education work with educators, schools and school districts to improve student outcomes through a variety of research and professional development projects. The college places a high priority on outreach in urban areas.
K-12 Outreach initiatives support the College of Education’s commitments to internationalize education, improve education in urban communities and respond to the changing needs of high-priority schools in Michigan.
Support for beginning teachers and their instructional coaches
Michigan State University provides support for teachers during their first few years on the job through a comprehensive website of resources called ASSIST and the Launch into Teaching program, a successful school district-based model for teacher induction available nationwide. Launch into Teaching also prepares instructional coaches to improve teacher effectiveness and enhance student achievement.
Institute for the Study of Youth Sports
The Institute for the Study of Youth Sports is nationally known for conducting research and service projects that focus on maximizing the benefits of youth sports and physical activity. Faculty and students often partner with schools and organizations such as the Michigan High School Athletic Association to offer programs and share findings on key sports-related issues with athletes, coaches and parents. The institute also offers continuing education credits through a set of online courses for K-12 faculty coaches across the country. The courses are provided by the American Sport Education Program (ASEP).
K-12 Partnership at Kellogg Biological Station
Teachers from 11 rural school districts in southwestern Michigan receive ongoing support for teaching inquiry-based science, particularly within the context of environmental literacy, through the K-12 Partnership program based at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Biological Station. College of Education Professor Charles (Andy) Anderson is co-director.
College Ambition Program
Michigan State University researchers are working in partnership with two mid-Michigan high schools to develop an effective school-wide model for preparing students for careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) areas. The College Ambition Program (CAP) focuses on helping students gain interest and realistic expectations about the types of education and experiences needed to pursue technical occupations.
LATTICE (Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education)
LATTICE provides opportunities for practicing K-12 educators throughout mid-Michigan to collaborate with international students and scholars at Michigan State University as they integrate global perspectives into their classrooms.