Message from the President


Dear Friends,

Serving the people of our state will always be a central component of the University of Michigan’s public mission. We are proud that our impact extends to virtually every K-12 classroom in our state.

In addition to training teachers and producing influential research, U-M develops education partnerships in many Michigan communities.

For instance, our School of Education’s TeachingWorks initiative fosters skillful math teaching in partnership with the Jandernoa Foundation, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, Kent Intermediate School District, and Grand Valley State University. You can read about how Mike and Sue Jandernoa’s recent gift will benefit our state’s students and teachers in this edition of Michigan Impact.

More than 1,000 teachers in schools across the nation – including ones in Ann Arbor, Holland and Northville – are using the online Big History social studies course developed by U-M professor Bob Bain and international partners. This free course departs from a traditional linear approach to teaching history. Instead, students learn how all facets of natural and human history are tied together, from the Big Bang to the contemporary world.

Faculty in our highly ranked School of Education have also developed free Literacy Essentials Modules to provide coaching and share best practices with classroom teachers throughout Michigan.

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