Join Bridge Magazine at a fall reader appreciation event

Join us at Subbing Out Teachers: A Solutions Summit on Nov. 7 at the Michigan Center in Lansing Community College.

To express our appreciation to readers, we'd like to invite you to join us at one or more upcoming Bridge events. At these receptions, you'll have an opportunity to speak with members of our reporting team, meet fellow Bridge readers and learn more about our Bridge membership program. 

See details for each event below and register by clicking the links. Space is limited, so RSVP today!

Oct. 24: Water summit and reception in Grand Rapids 

Thursday, October 24, 4:15 to 5:15 pm: Pre-water summit member reception in Grand Rapids. RSVP here

Immediately preceding the Center for Michigan’s Your Water, Your Voice summit in Grand Rapids, members of the Bridge team will take your questions about what’s coming next from Bridge and hear your ideas for future coverage. 

The summit runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and will focus on issues ranging from infrastructure to PFAS. If you haven't registered for the Drinking Water Summit, RSVP here.

In attendance: Capitol reporter Riley Beggin, Center for Michigan president and CEO John Bebow. 

Nov. 7: Subbing Out Teachers, a Lansing Solutions Summit  

Thursday, Nov. 7, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Michigan Room at Lansing Community College. RSVP here. Doors open at 5 p.m. and a light dinner will be served. 

In Michigan, more than 2,500 public school classrooms are led by long-term substitutes, rather than certified teachers, impacting up to 50,000 students across the state. That’s a tenfold increase over the number of long-term subs in 2012.

Bridge Magazine broke the story and now wants to give you an opportunity to weigh in at an event in Lansing.

What drove this exponential rise in reliance on long-term substitutes? Does it have an impact on student achievement? Where should we go from here?

These questions and more will be tackled by school administrators, education professionals and experts in panels moderated by the Bridge Magazine reporters who broke this story.

After the panels, it’s your chance to have your voice heard. What you share with us will be incorporated into a Substitute Teacher Citizen Agenda, a report we will deliver to the state legislature to amplify resident ideas about what should be done to address the rising reliance on long-term substitutes.

PANEL 1 -- Tracking the Trend: How Long-Term Subs Rates Exploded and Why that Matters

Moderator: Mike Wilkinson, Bridge Magazine data reporter


  • Dr. Elizabeth Birr Moje, Dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Education
  • Doug Pratt, Director of Public Affairs, Michigan Education Association

PANEL 2 - No Substitutions: Real Solutions for Michigan's Reliance on Long-Term Subs

Moderator: Ron French, Bridge Magazine education reporter


  • Dr. Nikolai Vitti, Detroit Public Schools Community District superintendent
  • Dr. Robert Kimball, Grand Valley State University’s Associate Vice President for Charter Schools
  • Dr. Pamela Pugh, vice president, State Board of Education

Nov. 16, U-M vs. MSU tailgate, Ann Arbor 

Saturday, Nov. 16, Ferry Field, University of Michigan. Time TBA, as game time has not yet been announced. RSVP here

Wear your team's colors and join us before the big game! Bridge reporters and staff will be in attendance, and we have a 20' x 20' tent on Ferry Field, just a short walk from Michigan Stadium. We'll provide plenty of appetizers and soft drinks and a DISH package and TV to watch the day's games.

In attendance: Capitol reporter Riley Beggin and public engagement reporter Allie Schmidt

We look forward to seeing you at one of these great events. If you have questions, contact Bridge membership director Amber DeLind at

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