Engaging in Educational Policy Issues

Written by: Donald Heller

Primary Source: The Dean’s Blog

Last week, the College of Education launched its new educational policy blog, Green & Write.  The blog, coordinated by faculty member and educational policy expert Rebecca Jacobsen, focuses on four main topics:

  1. Teacher quality;
  2. Common Core and curriculum standards;
  3. Student accountability and assessment; and
  4. Governance and finance issues.

The purpose of the blog is articulated here:

The pace of change in education today is swift. Trying to keep up, even for those who make education reform their main business, is a challenge. With the collective expertise at the College of Education at Michigan State University, we can help those working to understand the latest reform efforts. Green & Write provides a forum for our faculty to share insights, grounded in some of the best education research available, with a broader audience.

Contributors to the blog will be our faculty and doctoral students who have expertise in these topics.  There are already 12 posts published across the four topics, so we hope you’ll take the opportunity to check it out.

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Donald Heller
Donald E. Heller is Dean of the College of Education and a professor in the Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University. Prior to his appointment in January, 2012, he was Director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education and professor of education and senior scientist at The Pennsylvania State University. He also has held a faculty appointment at the University of Michigan. His teaching and research is in the areas of educational economics, public policy, and finance, with a primary focus on issues of college access and choice for low-income and minority students. He has consulted on higher education policy issues with university systems and policymaking organizations in California, Colorado, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Washington, Washington DC, and West Virginia, and has testified in front of Congressional committees, state legislatures, and in federal court cases as an expert witness. Before his academic career, he spent a decade as an information technology manager at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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