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Meet the powerhouse panel for our March 22 Michigan Education Summit

How did Massachusetts achieve its No. 1 ranking in K-12 education? How did Tennessee zoom past Michigan in student achievement? What needs to be done to improve student success in Michigan? Join us to March 22 to discuss the possibilities.

Don’t miss Solutions Summit: An Educated Michigan, a half-day morning conference on Michigan’s education performance crisis and what to do about it. Co-hosted by Business Leaders for Michigan, the event will feature education experts, lessons from other states and urge residents to consider the critical state of our education system as we move into the election season.

This event will also be livestreamed by Detroit Public Television here or viewed on Facebook live via Bridge’s Facebook page.  The event is free, but you must RSVP to guarantee your spot.

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Featured speakers include:

Bridge Magazine Data Reporter Mike Wilkinson, Education Trust Midwest’s Amber Arellano, education innovator, University Prep Schools founder, and American Promise Schools co-founder Doug Ross, and Public Sector Consultants’ Michelle Richard will discuss the alarming state of K-12 education in Michigan

Business Leaders for Michigan’s Jen Nelson presents findings of their PricewaterhouseCoopers report on how Michigan’s education system stacks up to other states, while Tennessee education policy leaders David Mansouri and Marc Hill will talk how their state zoomed past Michigan, while Massachusetts education policy leaders Paul Reville and Linda Noonan became the nation’s best at K-12 education, while Michigan fades.

Business leader John Rakolta of Walbridge, Kalamazoo RESA Superintendent and education reform advocate David Campbell, State Board of Education member Eileen Weiser, Goodwill of Greater Detroit CEO Dan Varner, and 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year Luke Wilcox discuss key issues for improving Michigan’s education system in 2018 and beyond. 

Chandra Madafferi, Vice President of the Michigan Education Association, Detroit Public Schools Community District Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, CEO and Co-Founder of New Paradigm For Education Ralph Bland, and UM School of Education Dean Elizabeth Birr Moje will discuss how to best support teachers in the classroom.

When: Thursday, March 22 from 8:30 to 12:30 pm

Location: The General Motors Auditorium at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit. 

Continental breakfast and lunch included. Admission is free, donations welcome at the door.

If you require any accommodations as an attendee of these Summits, please contact Engagement Director Amber DeLind.​

This Summit is one of four policy conferences the Center and Bridge will be hosting as a kickoff to our 2018 Michigan Truth Tour. These summits will identify and outline potential solutions to the state’s most pressing issues, amplify expert discussion of those public issues, give the audience an opportunity to ask questions of these experts, and set a fact- and data-driven tone for the 2018 statewide elections.

Don’t wait, seating is limited. Reserve your seat today!


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