The programming for the Grading the Teachers conference is complete. The Specialized Reporting Institute will take place May 8-10 in Detroit at the Detroit Media Partnership.
This institute is funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, working with The Poynter Institute for Media Studies. It is being organized by the Michigan State University School of Journalism and The Education Trust-Midwest.
About 20 reporters from nine different states will attend the event, which seeks to help journalists understand and frame the quickly changing issues of teacher evaluation.
WEDNESDAY, May 8: The Big Picture
Location: DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 525 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, Mich., 48226
Registration and Reception, 2nd Floor
Keynote speaker: Suzanne Wilson, Ph.D., Chairperson, Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.
After-dinner option: A Detroit classic, Leo Derderian’s The Anchor
THURSDAY, May 9: Fact-Finding
Grab a coffee and roll at the Bearclaw in the hotel lobby
Board bus in front of hotel
McCollough-Unis School in Dearborn. Conversation about the challenges of teacher assessment with Principal Heyam Alcodray and other administrators
Arrive at Detroit Media Partnership, 615 W. Lafayette Blvd.
Lunch buffet in the DMP Academy
Keynote Speaker: Sandi Jacobs, Vice President, National Council on Teacher Quality, Washington, D.C
Amber Arellano, Executive Director, Education Trust-Midwest, Royal Oak, Mich.
Jennifer Hammond, Ph.D., Principal, Grand Blanc High School, and member of Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness
Heather Peterson, Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for 2012, biology teacher, Holt High School, Holt, Mich.
Participants propose topics for Friday’s open space sessions
Option for dinner: Coney Detroit!
FRIDAY, May 10: Day of Action and Commitment
Location: Detroit Media Partnership, 615 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, Mich., 48226
Coffee and bagels courtesy of the Detroit Media Partnership
Ethics of Reporting and What Evaluation Systems Tell Us
Scott Elliott, Education Reform Reporter, Indianapolis Star
Un-conference Breakout 1
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Un-conference Breakout 2
Lunch in the DMP Academy
Turning Ideas into Action
David Zeman, Director of Content and Communications, Education Trust-Midwest