Consider volunteering for the upcoming national meeting! Panel Discussants and Roundtable Chairs are needed and are crucial to the success of the conference.

Persons interested in serving are encouraged to volunteer early. The portal for volunteers will remain open until August 31, 2021. After that date, program chairs and committees will be constituting sessions; chairs and discussants will be identified for their units’ paper sessions and roundtables.

For more information, go to

CREATE's Automated Analysis of Constructed Response (AACR) research group worked together with SimBio, a company that develops multi-media tutorials and simulated modules for undergraduate biology, in a research study.  AACR developed questions that were embedded into a SimBio learning module about Cell Respiration; then compared student performance pre/post module. The results showed that students from all institution types (geographically diverse institutions including two-year colleges, undergraduate institutions, and research-focused universities) included more scientific ideas in constructed responses (CR) after working through the tutorial. 

SimBio has just recently published an article on the study and findings - read it here

Read the artlce written by the AACR team and Eli Meir, lead by Juli Uhl, published in CBE-Life Sciences Education

Congratulations to everyone involved! 

The Journal of Science Teacher Education has released its most downloaded article of 2019, with 2098 downloads.

Joe Krajcik and Ibrahim Delen authored "The Benefits and Limitations of Educative Curriculum Materials" in 2017. Krajick is the Director of CREATE for STEM, a Lappan-Phillips Professor of Education, and recently named an MSU University Distinguished Professor. Delen is a former visiting scholar in CREATE and is currently an Associate Professor at Usak University in Turkey.

Congratulations, Joe and Idel!

Read the entire article.

We are delighted to share that CREATE director Joe Krajcik has been awarded the prestigious title of University Distinguished Professor! Congratulations, Joe! Your coworkers are so happy for you.

Read the article in MSU Today

Don't miss the new article by Sarah Maestrales, Xiaoming Zhai, Israel Touitou, Quinton Baker, Barbara Schneider, and Joe Krajcik that discusses how machine learning shows promise as a valuable alternative to human scoring on tests that measure three-dimensional responses.

For more information about the Journal of Science Education and Technology, go to


Three-dimensional learning (3DL) in STEM education is a model described in the National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education, a document outlining a research-based approach toward facilitating a coherent, in-depth understanding of the sciences for K-12 students. 3DL posits that teaching and learning of a scientific discipline should involve three features:

  1. disciplinary core ideas (the fundamental themes at the center of a scientific discipline),
  2. crosscutting concepts (ideas that span across disciplines), and
  3. scientific practices (the skills that scientists use to study and make sense of the world).

The 3DL for Undergraduate Science (3DL4US) project has adapted this framework for teaching and learning at the university level, with a particular emphasis on transforming introductory (“gateway”) courses in biology, chemistry, and physics. 

3DL4US has created an amazing - and entertaining - series of podcasts featuring many of our STEM colleagues at MSU!

List of Podcasts 

Learn more about project and team  


We appreciate all of you and the contributions you've made to CREATE for STEM. Best of luck as you move into the next chapters of your lives!

In case you missed it on April 2nd, please enjoy the recording of "Book Talk", hosted by Stanford’s Graduate School of Education’s Science in The City Research Group.

Dr. David Stroupe, Dr. Karen Hammerness, Dr. Scott McDonald, & Dr. Kirsten Mawyer were guests and discussed their new text that explores and challenges how we train modern science teachers. 

They raise the question: How are we using core practices to prepare modern science teachers for the rigors of teaching NGSS based science? “Preparing Science Teachers Through Practice-Based Teacher Education” explores how teacher educators across the nation are preparing science teachers through different methods. 

View the recording and the slide deck from the original presentation 






If you've never checked out the Sci Files, now is a great time to do so!

Our own Selin Akgun was featured on the February 22, 2021 episode! Selin shares her thoughts about doing research in an epidemic; she is a Ph.D. student doing research with the Multiple Literacies in Project-Based Learning team in CREATE. 

Check out the episode here!

Sci Files is Impact’s (WDBM, 88.9) podcast, hosted by Chelsie Boodoo and Daniel Puentes, featuring student researchers discussing what projects they are working on. Sci-Files airs new episodes every Sunday at 9:30 AM on Impact 89FM, and the episodes are available as a podcast the next day. You can find the archives of past episodes here. The interviews are fascinating and are worth a listen.

Sci-Files is a great source of the latest research happening at Michigan State University!


There is much concern about student's losing ground in school during the pandemic; this article discusses two projects, one housed in CREATE with design help from University of Michigan researchers, and the other, a literacy researcher at the University of Michigan works with a Co-PI from MSU's College of Education. Both research projects show promising results for Project-Based Learning!

This story originally appeared on MSU Today. Read the entire article here.

Read the full related news release and research briefs from Lucas Education Research.

Learn more during a free live event, “Learning We Need: The Case for Rigorous Project-Based Learning“, from 7-8 p.m. EST Feb. 22. Krajcik and Deborah Peek-Brown of MSU’s CREATE for STEM Institute will be among the featured speakers.

Dr. David Stroupe is part of a panel discussing STEM in K-12 and higher education, informal and after school learning, diversity & workforce issues that have implications for STEM education—and the work of the 117th Congress. 

For more information and to register, go to

Link to recording of the webinar. 


The President’s Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes MSU faculty that have a sustained record of creating innovative environments that enable student learning within and across disciplinary, cultural, and ethnic boundaries. Gerhardt’s student reviews certainly reaffirm that her focused, well-crafted lectures achieve this criterion.

Dr. Gerhardt has been instrumental in revamping MTH 124, a course that historically has had a high drop-fail-withdraw (DFW) rate. Along with her colleague, Benjamin Schmidt, retooling the class has led to an almost 50% reduction in DFW. 

Read the entire story here

(originally published March 12, 2019)

MSU's Physics Education Research Lab co-director Vashti Sawtelle has won the Spirit of Ability Award. The award "commemorates the empowering heritage of founders who saw beyond disabilities". They opened higher education to people whose disabilities were commonly perceived to preclude excellence.

Read the entire article here

The Outstanding Supervisor Award honors Michigan State University supervisors who have consistently demonstrated worklife sensitivity and support of the professional/personal needs of the employees in their unit. Members of the MSU community nominate a supervisor/administrator who supports the worklife (professional/personal) needs through positive leadership and managerial practices.

Dr. Julie Libarkin is a professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and leads the Geocognition Research Lab at MSU.  She has worked at MSU for two decades and oversees a staff of mostly students and researchers.  She clearly gets to know and support her staff on a personal level.  Many staff members wrote about how she saw them through the journey from undergrad to a graduate degree.  She exudes inclusion and makes it clear that all individuals have a place on her team and can play a significant role in the success of the lab.

Best wishes to Julie and to the team of staff people who nominated you!

(originally published on June 26, 2020)

Melanie Cooper, Lappan-Phillips Professor of Science Education, and James K. McCusker, Michigan State University Foundation Professor of Chemistry, each received a prestigious award from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Cooper received the 2020 Education Award from the RSC’s Education Division; McCusker received the 2020 Chemical Dynamics Award from the RSC’s Faraday Division. Both are professors in the MSU Department of Chemistry in the College of Natural Science.

Cooper was recognized for her outstanding accomplishments in designing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based chemistry curricula and catalyzing the careers of many chemistry education researchers.

McCusker received his award in recognition of his outstanding, innovative research on the dynamics of molecules, including spectroscopy, kinetics, or molecular interactions in the gas, liquid, or solid phase.

Read the entire article here.

For more information about Cooper and McCusker’s respective awards, careers and research and the Royal Society of Chemistry, visit here and here.

Research at Michigan's three research institutions @michiganstateu @umich @waynestate continues to find new ways to fight COVID-19. Learn more about the work being done in the URC #COVID19

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(originally published Oct. 15, 2020, in MSU Today)

Children’s television programming not only shapes opinions and preferences, but its characters can also have positive or negative impacts on childhood aspiration, says a new study from Michigan State University.

The study is the first large-scale analysis of characters featured in science, technology, engineering, and math-related educational programming. It was published in the fall 2020 edition of the Journal of Children and Media. Results revealed that of the characters appearing in STEM television programming for kids ages 3 to 6, Latinx and females are left behind.

“Children soak up subtleties and are learning and taking cues from everything; by age 5, you can see that they understand implicit biases,” said Fashina Aladé, lead author of the study and assistant professor in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. “With the recent proliferation of STEM television over the past five years or so, I wanted to see who was showing kids how to solve problems, who is teaching STEM foundations, and who is modeling what it looks like to engage in STEM.”

Read the entire article here


On Tuesday, October 27, we paid tribute to Toby Citrin, our public health colleague and partner in Health in Our Hands, at the American Public Health Association Virtual Annual Meeting. Toby passed away in January of this year from a chronic respiratory illness. A lawyer by training, Toby served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. An articulate advocate of the need to include community members’ input in public health programs and policies, Toby was honored in this session organized by the Community-Based Public Health Caucus of APHA by his colleagues in academia and in the community. The session was attended by about 75 colleagues, family members, and dear friends.

In his honor, the Toby Citrin Memorial Fund for Youth Researchers was announced to support the attendance and participation of youth researchers in future APHA conferences. To contribute, visit the GoFundMe site:


Article originally published January 19, 2017.

Thousands of jobs in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields of food, energy and the environment are going unfilled in the U.S. today. These applied biological disciplines are vital to our national and global security and economy, but graduate too few students to meet current and projected workforce demands.

A team of Michigan State University (MSU) researchers are working to recruit, nurture and graduate students who are prepared for these careers. They’ll do it with the help of a $1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics grant (S-STEM).

Read the entire article here

(originally published December 16, 2019)

Huey-Wen Lin, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering at Michigan State University, developed the new game app “Quantum 3” to get the general public and K-12 children involved in learning more about Quantum Chromodynamics, or QCD, a theory that governs the interactions of subatomic particles that form all stable matter.

The game allows you to build subatomic particles, learn about the mysteries of fundamental physics, and deploy antimatter to clear the way. The game has a premise similar to Candy Crush. You puzzle out the quantum properties of color, flavor, and spin. The main components of the game quarks and gluons are the smallest particles we know about often referred to as “fundamental” particles. 

Read the full article here.

Congratulations to CREATE Director Joe Krajcik, recipient of the 2020 McGraw Prize in K-12 Education. We are delighted! This is an extraordinary honor for an extraordinary science education researcher. 

The McGraw Prize was established in 1988 by the Board of Directors of McGraw-Hill to honor Harold W. McGraw, Jr., the former Chairman, and CEO, to honor his lifelong commitment to education, literacy, and learning. Since its creation, nearly 100 remarkable leaders in all fields of education have been recognized and celebrated, many of whom continue to play transformative roles today.

Link to the awards ceremony.

Read more about the McGraw Prize.

(article originally printed Sept 15, 2019)

Jane Zimmerman, mathematics education doctoral student and MSU math instructor, teamed up with Teena Gerhardt, associate professor of mathematics at MSU, to develop a new curriculum to help incoming freshmen interested in a STEM career master college algebra.

In the past, students with lower scores on their math placement test embarked on a non-credit-bearing pathway prior to enrolling in MTH103, or college algebra. Zimmerman and Gerhardt helped lead the effort to replace that course with a credit-bearing one they believe will result in increased student participation. Alongside the semester-long MTH103, Zimmerman and Gerhardt created a new, two-semester course, MTH103A, and 103B, to provide more time for students to master college algebra material.

Results were positive; pass rates increased and students showed improved test scores. 

Read the entire article here.

Learn more about the MSU Mathematics Department. 

Cryo-electron microscopy is becoming mainstream for studying molecular details such as the architecture of cells, viruses as well as nucleic acids, small molecules, and protein assemblies. Recent developments in microscope design and imaging hardware, automation, and advances in camera technology have greatly advanced the effectiveness of cryo-EM methods. We are now living in the area of the “Cryo-EM resolution revolution”. 

“The new Cryo-EM Core Facility makes available to MSU researchers the most powerful tool in biology since Next Generation DNA sequencing,” said Dave DeWitt, senior associate dean for budget, planning, research and administration in the MSU College of Natural Science. 

MSU hosted a symposium on October 4-5, 2019, which featured 12 speakers and drew researchers from several universities, including the University of Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Cornell, and Harvard.

Kristin Parent, Associate Professor, and J.K. Billman, Jr., M.D. Endowed Research Professor, is the director of the new facility, which is located near the corner of Bogue and Service Roads on the southeast edge of the MSU campus.


This session is dedicated to the memory of Toby Citrin, JD, who, among his many accomplishments, played a key role in starting APHA’s Community-Based Public Health Caucus and its affiliated National Community-Based Organization Network. 

Toby died in January 2020 at the age of 85, after a long career dedicated to advocacy for social justice through public health. Toby was well-loved by his colleagues in academia and in the community. On this 20th anniversary of the founding of the CBPH Caucus, we come together in this session to pay tribute to his life and work.

**To attend, you must be registered for the American Public Health Association Meeting.

This flashback is highlighting the 2020 STEM Video Showcase, which took place in May, 2020. 

If you missed this back in May, make sure to take a look now! Sponsored by NSF and TERC, this event provides a wonderful opportunity to learn about STEM education research happening around the country.

Make sure to filter your search so that you can see and support MSU submissions! 

You can watch all of the videos from this year's event, and visit the STEM FOR ALL MULTIPLEX which brings together all of the videos from 2015 - 2019. Read the article featured in College of Natural Science News  


Read the article featured in College of Natural Science News  



Reread, or enjoy for the first time, an article written by Sarah Galey (originally printed Apri 8. 2015).

The article makes the case that pitting STEM education against the humanities may hurt students' creativity, innovative thinking, and imagination. Fareed Zakaria, a well-known and respected journalist, shares his thoughts about focusing too heavily on STEM education at the expense of the arts, when balance may be the best solution for students and for jobs of the future.  

Read the full story.

On September 21, Joe gathered CREATE's research associates and the colleagues with whom they work most closely for a virtual appreciation event. The 11th official, national post-doctoral appreciation week was held September 21-25, 2020. 

We could not do what we do in CREATE without our wonderful post-docs! Please accept our gratitude for everything you do that pushes us forward in our efforts to advance STEM education research. 

Congratulations to Joe! We are so happy that Joe's relentless work to improve science education for all students is being recognized with this prestigious award.Image removed.

“I am honored to receive the McGraw Prize for innovation in education,” Krajcik said. “Throughout my professional life, I have been driven by a passion to work with teachers and other educators to create and explore learning environments that engage all children. I’m dedicated to helping ignite the joy and desire to learn in students in order for all of us to live in a knowledgeable, just and sustainable world.”

Robert E. Floden, dean and University Distinguished Professor in the College of Education, said Krajcik is an international leader in working with scientists, teachers and scholars, to produce “effective curriculum materials being adopted by school districts around the country.”

Read the full story at:

Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, more and more classrooms are moving partially or completely online. The shift is creating many changes in the ways we think about learning; teachers in particular are having to adapt quickly in order to engage students virtually. The challenges of doing so were a main topic of discussion during Health in Our Hands’ professional learning workshop, which took place virtually at the end of July.

For those who may not be familiar, Health in Our Hands (HiOH) is a project led by CREATE for STEM, in association with several other education, health and community partners from the Flint/Genesee area. Using the science curriculum developed through the HiOH project, students learn about gene-environment interactions, natural selection, and evolution. Most importantly, they learn about these concepts by applying them to important community health issues that affect their lives, such as diabetes and addiction. For their final project, students conduct an action research project to improve their school or neighborhood to help prevent or reduce diabetes and addiction. Students present the results and recommendations at a Youth Health Summit to their peers, family and community. CREATE for STEM received funding for this project from the Science Education Partnership Award, National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

As an important part of implementing the curriculum in classrooms, the HiOH team has led professional learning (PL) workshops and seminars for participating teachers for several years. However, the workshop this summer marked the first time the PL was presented completely online. During the PL, the HiOH team led by research associate Consuelo Morales tried out many of the same virtual learning strategies with the teachers that they can use with their own classes, using technology such as Zoom and Jamboard.

“Hosting the workshop virtually really gave us insights into the challenges teachers are dealing with right now,” says Morales. “Almost all of the districts that currently use the HiOH curriculum are teaching remotely this semester, making these discussions an essential component of the workshop.” Many of the discussions included space for teachers to ask questions and strategize together about ways to approach the HiOH curriculum and their lessons in general, learning to use technology as a tool rather than a hindrance.

Despite the move to an online forum, the number of districts represented for the four-day workshop was even higher this summer than previous years. Teachers resoundingly said that they appreciated the opportunity to work through curriculum virtually and try out new strategies for teaching online.

When asked what she liked best about the PL, Ashley Booker, returning 8th grade teacher from Atherton Community Schools responded, “Seeing the curriculum in action and the facilitators! I was able to see the curriculum and how it's going to be enacted. Since we will start online this fall, we will be troubleshooting as we go. So, I appreciate the follow-up Professional Learning Community sessions.”

As teachers start using the HiOH curriculum in their classes this fall, the HiOH team will continue to host bi-monthly virtual learning sessions. These will give teachers an opportunity to discuss their experiences with HiOH in class, figure out what’s working and what isn’t, and build upon their understanding of the content as they move forward through the curriculum. It’s unclear how long classrooms will have to remain remote, but with supportive virtual learning opportunities like these, the future of online learning is bright.

HiOH is a project lead by the CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University in collaboration with the Health in Our Hands-Flint/Genesee Partnership: Community Based Organization Partners of Flint, CRIM Foundation, Flint Community Schools, Atherton Community Schools, Genesee County Health Department, Genesee Intermediate School District, Genesys Health System, Greater Flint Health Coalition, Health Alliance Plan, Michigan State University (Human Medicine & Extension) and the University of Michigan-Flint (Discovering PLACE).

(written by Katherine Stark)




(Originally printed in MSU Today Dec 19, 2013)

Michigan State University is partnering with global tech giant Wipro Ltd. to help meet the demand for math and science teachers who will be leaders in America’s urban school districts.

Faculty members in the College of Education will use a $2.8 million, multi-year grant from the India-based company to offer a unique fellowship program to more than 100 teachers, starting this summer in Chicago.

“There is a critical shortage of excellent math and science teachers nationwide and even more so in urban school districts,” said project co-leader Sonya Gunnings-Moton, assistant dean in the College of Education. “We need leaders among teachers who can build not only their own capacity to improve learning, but also the capacity of their colleagues.”

The Wipro STEM Fellowship Program will include coursework leading to a Graduate Certificate in STEM Teaching and Leadership. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. All expenses will be covered for participants, who must commit to continue teaching in an urban school for at least two years.

Participants will be expected to implement innovative teaching strategies in their own classrooms and develop professional learning communities through which fellow STEM teachers in their school can share ideas and support one another.

“This program is designed to develop each of these teachers into catalysts of change in disadvantaged communities of urban areas,” said Anurag Behar, chief sustainability officer for Wipro.

Read the entire article

Punya Mishra, professor of educational psychology and educational technology, is co-director of the fellowship. Assistant Professor Leigh Graves Wolf also is assisting.

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Punya Mishra & Nicole Geary & Andy Henion

Don't miss this issue! September's newsletter offers resources from WestEd, K-12 Alliance, CREATE for STEM - and more. We are so excited that 'Why do I see so many squirrels, but I can't find any stegosauruses?' for 3rd grade, has been awarded a 'high quality NGSS design badge'! 

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(originally published March 26, 2013)

Melanie Cooper was installed as the first Lappan-Phillips Professor of Science Education in the Michigan State University Department of Chemistry.

Cooper comes to MSU from Clemson University, where she was an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. She is jointly appointed in the departments of chemistry and teacher education, and in the CREATE for STEM Institute. Cooper received her B.S, M.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Manchester, England. 

Read the entire article here.

Lynmarie Posey, professor of chemistry, was selected as associate dean for undergraduate studies in the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Natural Science (NatSci), effective Aug. 16.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to engage with the entire NatSci community in efforts to promote the success of all undergraduate students,” Posey said. “These efforts are more important than ever as we face the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19. I am especially interested in supporting initiatives to enhance curricular coherence, promote faculty adoption of evidence-based approaches to instruction and prepare students to engage in fulfilling careers.”

Read entire article here.

(originally printed January 11, 2019 in MSU Today)

What happens when a cover boils a measured article down to this provocative headline?

National Geographic’s March 2015 cover story provided a thoughtful discussion around the question of “Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?” The actual cover, however, simply said “The War on Science.”

There are books to tell readers “who’s waging it,” “why it matters,” and “what we can do about it” and many opinion articles and editorials in reputable publications describing its battles. Communication experts have long expressed concerns that framing an issue as a conflict might make finding a reasonable path forward harder by suggesting that people need to choose sides and vanquish their opponents in order to succeed.

Read the entire article here.

MSU's John C. Besley, Ellis N. Brandt Professor of Public Relations; Bruce W. Hardy, assistant professor of communication and social influence, Temple UniversityMeghnaa Tallapragada, assistant professor of strategic communication, Clemson University; and Shupei Yuan, assistant professor of public relations, Northern Illinois University, wrote this piece for The Conversation, an independent collaboration between editors and academics that provides informed news analysis and commentary to the general public. See the entire list of articles written by MSU faculty for The Conversation.

Isabella Ginnett, an Honors College sophomore majoring in physics and advanced mathematics in the College of Natural Science, is MSU's 47th Goldwater Scholar.

Goldwater Foundation seeks scholars committed to a career in science, mathematics, or engineering who display intellectual intensity and who have the potential for significant future contributions in their chosen field. Those students are awarded funding for undergraduate tuition and living expenses.

For the 2020 competition, 1,343 outstanding undergraduates were nominated by 461 institutions. Ginnett was one of 396 scholars selected. The funding for these awards is a collaboration between the U.S. Congress and the Department of Defense’s National Defense Education Program.

Read the entire story at

(Originally published March 30, 2020)

An innovative, internationally developed system to help advance science learning and instruction for high school students, this book tells the story of a $3.6 million research project funded by the National Science Foundation aimed at increasing scientific literacy and addressing global concerns of declining science engagement.

Studying dozens of classrooms across the United States and Finland, this international team combines large-scale studies with intensive interviews from teachers and students to examine how to transform science education. Written for teachers, parents, policymakers, and researchers, this book offers solutions for matching science learning and instruction with newly recommended twenty-first-century standards. 

Barbara Schneider is a professor of education and sociology at Michigan State University. Joseph Krajcik is professor and director of CREATE for STEM at Michigan State University. Jari Lavonen is a professor of physics and chemistry education and department head at the University of Helsinki. Katariina Salmela-Aro is a professor of educational sciences and psychology at the University of Helsinki. Margaret J. Geller is a senior scientist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Available at Yale University Press 

Science Gallery Detroit, launched in summer 2018, is a collaborative initiative between Michigan State University and Science Gallery International with a $1 million grant from its founding partner, MSU Federal Credit Union. Currently, the Science Gallery Network consists of seven locations worldwide: Dublin, London, Venice, Bengaluru, Melbourne, Rotterdam, and Detroit, which is the first city in North America to have its own Science Gallery. Science Gallery is an award-winning international initiative pioneered by Trinity College Dublin that delivers a dynamic new model for engaging 15- to 25-year olds with science and art.

Click here to read the article in MSU Today.

To learn more about the Science Gallery, and the upcoming exhibit FuturePresent, click here.

A College of Education graduate course was named "Best Fully Online" at MSU! Learn more about our award-winning courses:

"There is a fine line between science and advocacy, and if the research community strays too far away from it on either side, it risks either isolating itself from meaningful political discussions or discrediting itself as a body of unbiased experts."

This topic is as timely today as it was over three years ago.

Revisit the full article here in the College of Education's Green & Write column from April 5, 2017. 

CREATE is saying goodbye to Dr. Xiaoming Zhai, who will be starting a new position as Assistant Professor of Science Education at the University of Georgia. We are sad to see him leave but are excited for him in this new opportunity. Xiaoming worked with the Automated Analysis of Constructed Responses (AACR) project since late 2018 and has been a wonderful colleague. His constant smile and cheerfulness will be missed.

Congratulations on your new position and best wishes to you and your family in your new home!

Michigan State University’s future STEM Teaching and Learning Facility will be the first in Michigan to use an innovative wood product, rather than concrete and/or steel, for its load-bearing structure.

Known as mass timber, this framing style uses large solid or engineered wood. The $100 million facility will be constructed of glue-laminated wooden columns and cross-laminated timber, or CLT, a relatively new product for the floors and ceilings.

“As a leading public research university, MSU has the fantastic opportunity to showcase these innovative and sustainable construction methods in the state of Michigan,” said Satish Udpa, MSU’s acting president. “I am delighted to see university operations, including building construction, pull from our state’s history as a lumber leader, and mesh with the engineering capabilities of advanced materials.”

Read the entire article here.

Read the opinion article by Marc Brackett, Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, a professor in the Yale Child Study Center and author of the book Permission To Feel.

Mark Cannizarro is the president of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators in New York City.

Scott Levy is the executive director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence in the Yale Child Study Center.

This story is part of an EdSurge Research series about how school communities across the country are connecting research and practice. These stories are made publicly available with support from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. EdSurge maintains editorial control over all content. (Read our ethics statement here.) This work is licensed under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

(Originally published in the College of Education News, May, 2017)

Michigan State University faculty member David Stroupe was recently honored for his innovative research in science teaching by the field’s leading organizations.

The National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) presented Stroupe with the 2017 Early Career Research Award at the annual conference in April. This honor is granted to a researcher each year who shows the greatest potential to make outstanding contributions in science education within seven years after completing the doctoral degree.

One of the other three articles selected in the initiative, a partnership with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), was co-authored by fellow MSU College of Education faculty member Amelia Wenk Gotwals. She was recognized for her article with MSU graduate Hayat Hokayem: “Early elementary students’ understanding of complex ecosystems: A learning progression approach.”

The Research Worth Reading awards were presented to Gotwals and Stroupe on April 24.

To read the full article click here.

We are so very excited for Lora, who passed her defense this week with flying colors. 

Her committee members were Dr. Joseph Krajcik, Dr. William Schmidt, Dr. Melanie Cooper, Dr. Gail Richmond, and Dr. Mark Reckase. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Kaldaras!

With a little creativity, students can still take part in science experiments and discussions while learning at home.

Read the full article here, from Edutopia, the George Lucas Educational Foundation. 

This is an interesting article on the future of foundation funding published in The Conversation on June 22, 2020.

Five prominent private foundations announced on June 11, 2020 that they would increase their grantmaking by more than US$1.7 billion over the next three years “to help stabilize and sustain a nonprofit sector facing devastating economic effects due to the global pandemic and the epidemic of social injustice.” We asked legal scholar Daniel Hemel, to help readers understand this move.

To read the full article, go to


With your support, over 1,000 people registered for our recent forum for school leaders on addressing racial violence and anti-Blackness in Michigan schools. I want to thank our esteemed panelists and COE superstars Drs. Dorinda Carter Andrews, Alyssa Hadley Dunn, and Jada Phelps-Moultrie again for their timely and enriching comments. Since the event, many of you have asked to be notified when the video of the event is released. I am pleased to announce that the video recording (with captions) of the "Rising to Our Responsibility" forum is now online!  Please feel free to view and share it from here:


Dr. Carter Andrews shares important thoughts for school leaders considering making statements in support of BLM:

Dr. Hadley Dunn runs an AMAZING Facebook group on “Teaching on Days After” that is a wealth of resources:

Dr. Chambers hosted this podcast for school leaders combating hate after the 2016 election that remains relevant today:

Dr. Phelps-Moultrie offers ideas for talking about Black History Month all year round:        

Dr. Chambers talks about her research on supporting high-achieving Black and Latinx students in white-normed school spaces:

We look forward to hosting events like the “Rising to our Responsibility” forum in the future and will keep you informed about these and other events in the MSU College of Education.

Remember, what happens next depends on what YOU do now.

All the best,


Dr. Angie Kolonich, CREATE's Director of Professional Learning, has written a blog about her work with an MSU colleague, Dr. Cristie Poitra, Interim Director of the MSU Native American Institute. The two have recently published a workbook titled "Honoring the Whole Student: Developing Space for Native American Students in STEM by Supporting Complex Identities". 

The workbook responds to broad-sweeping deficit narratives about Native American students by providing STEM faculty with reflection activities specifically centered on asset perspectives. Angie and Christie invite you to read through the workbook and share your thoughts on this survey. They would appreciate all feedback!

Read the entire blog here.

We are so excited to announce the publication of "Preparing Science Teachers through Practice-Based Teacher Education", a new book co-edited by our own Dr. David Stroupe, along with colleagues Dr. Karen Hammerness (American Museum of Natural History) and Dr. Scott McDonald (Penn State College of Education). 

Read more and pre-order a book here:

Congratulations, David!

Today, April 16, NGSS turns seven years old! Join the virtual celebration tonight at #NGSSchat at 9:00 pm EST.  

#NGSSchat is the official twitter account for NGSSchat - a twitter chat focused on helping share ideas and host discussions around NGSS implementation. Join the conversation!


Dr. Joe Krajcik and Dr. Barbara Schnieder are bringing a sense of wonder to student learning of science, and revolutionizing how teachers help facilitate that 'wonderment' to get students excited and engaged with science.

Read the MSU Today feature about two of Dr. Krajcik and Dr. Schneider's funded projects, Crafting Engagement in Science Environments (National Science Foundation) and Multiple Literacies (George Lucas Educational Fund), both focused on turning the way students learn on it's side. Rather than memorizing facts and hearing about science, the students are doing science, through questioning, sharing ideas, working with each other, and being actively engaged in "figuring out". Research is showing that students are more interested in and excited by what they are doing when learning in this way; teachers - although this is a new method of teaching - are learning to prompt their students to think and question, and feel a sense of freedom from simply reciting from textbooks. 

You will not want to miss this!

CREATE communications team member Katherine Stark is happy to share that her brother, Timothy Stark, was recently featured on NGS Navigators! After graduating from the College of Education at Michigan State University, Timothy became a high school mathematics teacher. Here, he shares ideas about how he has incorporated teaching for social justice with an eye toward All Standards, All Students.