Meet the powerhouse panel for our March 23 Michigan Education Summit

Michigan students are sliding further and further behind their peers nationally. What will it take to improve K-12 education 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 Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, the event will feature ideas from education experts and opportunity to share feedback and ask questions on these ideas.

Registration for the event is $25. Reserve your seat todayThis event will also be livestreamed with the technical assistance of WGVU via Facebook live on Bridge’s Facebook page.

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Featured speakers include:

A keynote address and Q&A with Meijer Vice Chairman Mark Murray on education reform.

Education Trust Midwest’s Amber Arellano and Bridge Senior Writer Ron French will discuss the alarming state of K-12 education in Michigan.

Talent 2025’s Kevin Stotts, Education Trust Midwest’s Amber Arellano, Grand Valley State University President and member of Governor Snyder’s 21st Century Education committee Tom Haas, Kalamazoo RESA Superintendent and education reform advocate David Campbell, and Business Leaders for Michigan’s Tim Sowton will discuss what’s being done to address Michigan’s education crisis.

State Board of Education member Eileen Weiser, former Ottawa ISD Superintendent and education advisor to Governor Snyder Karen McPhee, Grand Lakes Education Project’s Beth DeShone, State Representative Daniela Garcia, and Chandra Madafferi, Vice President of the Michigan Education Association will all discuss key issues for Michigan’s education system in 2018 and beyond.

When: Friday, March 23 from 8 am-11:30 am

Location: New Vintage Place in Grand Rapids

Continental breakfast included. Registration fee is $25.

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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sam melvin
Tue, 03/13/2018 - 9:53am

could it be that children "donot get "breakfast" in school..LIKE in this conference open with WHO got the $ 80 million?

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 9:27am

Interestingly, Diane Ravitch just today had a, not very flattering, blog about one of the presenters at the conference.
And on Monday AEI released this report acknowledging that standardized multiple choice tests measure students demographics much more than they do academic achievement.
And for some humor on the subject,

Ed Haynor
Wed, 03/21/2018 - 7:34pm

This post by Bridge Magazine, regarding the “powerhouse panel” is one of the reasons, Michigan citizens haven’t been enlightened regarding what is needed for student success. The persons featured at this education summit, are the same-o, same-o; therefore, nothing new. The same old ideology and failed ideas for the past 20 years, regurgitated over and over and . . . Heck, you might just as well have asked Betsy DeVos to attend, since she politically controls many of your presenters.

If Bridge Magazine was truly interested in ideas that might shape the educational future of young people, why weren’t teachers, counselors, advocates of families and the poor, religious leaders, psychologists, and child advocates, to name a few, the focus of this summit? They’re the ones on the front lines who could actually offer some insight on what’s going on in society, that might assist those supposedly, state-wide decision makers, regarding educational improvement of our young people.

Actually, those featured as speakers at this summit should be required to attend a future summit hosted by Bridge Magazine with those on the front lines, who really know what’s going on that your presenters might learn from; those without ideologic and political bias, and of course Betsy DeVos need not apply or be in attendance.