Monday, November 4, 2013

CEHHS Speakers Address Key Educational Issues

On Monday, October 21, at an event sponsored by the CEHHS Alumni Affiliate, State Representative David Knezek spoke to an audience of about 50 UM-Dearborn faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members regarding educational issues in Michigan.

Representative Knezek, who is an alumnus of the University of Michigan–Dearborn, provided a legislative update on a wide range of issues including the Common Core State Curriculum Standards, initiatives to boost funding for early childhood education, and state support for public postsecondary education institutions. The session included a lively Q&A period following the presentation.

On Wednesday, October 30, the CEHHS Research colloquium featured LaShorage Shaffer, assistant professor of education. She presented the findings of a comprehensive analysis of standards for the social-emotional development of young children that are promulgated across the 50 states.

In addition to her analysis of these published documents, she also shared findings obtained in interviews with key education personnel in selected states. Dr. Shaffer also identified implications of these findings for the development of policy in early childhood education and the design of optimal educational programs for young children.