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This year's final CEO Faculty Forum on Outreach and Engagement showed how the performing arts can be a powerful agent of change. Faculty and students from the School of Music Theater and Dance shared successful school-wide and student-run initiatives at the April 12 event.
CEO Program Manager Adam Skoczylas was the individual winner of President Schlissel's Staff Innovation Award.
A recent article from Bridge Magazine profiles Kenwood Elementary in Cadillac, Michigan. There, low-income students have been outperforming other low-income students in the state. The progress Kenwood elementary made can happen across the state with a mindset shift that includes supporting teachers in the ways that will have the greatest impact and meeting students where they are at while holding them to grade level expectations so they can realize their potential.
The upcoming Faculty Forum on Outreach and Engagement will be focused on leveraging the performing arts as an agent of change.
On March 21st, the Wolverine Express visited Detroit Edison Public School Academy (DEPSA) Early College of Excellence, marking the program’s sixth school this academic year.
On March 15th, CEO held its fourth Faculty Forum for the academic year; the community gathered for a discussion about National Science Foundation (NSF) grants. This conversation was led by Dr. Suzanne Iacono, PhD, Head of the Office of Integrative Activities (OIA) at the NSF and was co-sponsored by the U-M Office of Research.
Dr. Suzi Iacono currently leads the Office of Integrative Activities at the National Science Foundation. She received her PhD from the University of Arizona in information systems and MA and BA from the University of California, Irvine, in social ecology.
The shortage of high school counselors is among the pressing issues facing the education system today. In Michigan, there are currently 729 students to every counselor, straining students’ access to guidance and resources.
On March 7, the University Outreach Council convened for a discussion on K-12 educational outreach being conducted by U-M student organizations. Representatives from MUSIC Matters and the American Chemical Society (ACS) POLY/PMSE student chapter shared their experiences about connecting with youth through various outreach programs.
"Even if we commit the proper funding to support Michigan schools and teachers, we will not be successful until we change perceptions of the work of teaching. … Very few people want to work at unstable jobs for low pay, with little training or support, while experiencing a lack of community trust and respect. We cannot expect professional quality from people we do not treat as professionals," said Elizabeth Birr Moje, dean and professor of education.