Scorecard on American Public Schools: How Do We Really Fare in International Comparisons?

Monday December 18, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event will be recorded

Public education in the United States has a bad reputation—in the US, that is. A somewhat different picture emerges when the American public school is compared to educational systems of other nations around the globe. Based on two international large-scale studies and our own research at the University of Michigan, this talk will illustrate the strengths of American public schools that are often forgotten in the public debate.

Kai S. Cortina is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Michigan. His major research areas include learning motivation in school, improving teaching practice, and the long-term effects of schooling over the life course. As an expert in quantitative methods, he was repeatedly involved in international studies on school achievement and student learning.

This program is part of the "Exploring the Mind" series and is a partnership with The University of Michigan Department of Psychology.

Sensation Stations

Friday January 12, 2018: 10:30 am to 11:15 am -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for age 10 months–2 years

Drop in for sensory fun!

Young children can engage their senses by scooping, pouring, shaking, and sorting a variety of materials, and will learn about colors, shapes, textures, and sounds!

University Admissions & TOEFL/IELTS for International Families & Students

Saturday January 27, 2018: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult

International families and students have many questions about applying for undergraduate and graduate studies in the United States. What are the English language requirements? Do I need SAT, ACT, GRE, or GMAT scores? Do I need to write an essay or a personal statement?

During this presentation, Michigan Language Center (MLC) staff will teach participants about the admissions process and language requirements for American universities, looking specifically at the admission process and requirements for nearby schools such as Concordia University (Ann Arbor), Eastern Michigan University, and the University of Michigan.

Sensation Stations

Monday February 12, 2018: 10:30 am to 11:15 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for age 10 months–2 years

Drop in for sensory fun!

Young children can engage their senses by scooping, pouring, shaking, and sorting a variety of materials, and will learn about colors, shapes, textures, and sounds!