Program set for Specialized Reporting Institute

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

6 p.m.
Registration and Reception, 2nd Floor

6:30 p.m.

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

8:45 a.m.
Grab a coffee and roll at the Bearclaw in the hotel lobby

9:15 a.m.
Board bus in front of hotel

10:45 a.m.
McCollough-Unis School in Dearborn. Conversation about the challenges of teacher assessment with Principal Heyam Alcodray and other administrators

11:30 a.m.
Arrive at Detroit Media Partnership, 615 W. Lafayette Blvd.

Lunch buffet in the DMP Academy

12:30 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Sandi Jacobs, Vice President, National Council on Teacher Quality, Washington, D.C

1:30 p.m.
Tweet Break

1:45 p.m.
Amber Arellano, Executive Director, Education Trust-Midwest, Royal Oak, Mich.

2:45 p.m.
Jennifer Hammond, Ph.D., Principal, Grand Blanc High School, and member of Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness

3:45 p.m.
Tweet Break

4 p.m.
Heather Peterson, Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for 2012, biology teacher, Holt High School, Holt, Mich.

5:30 p.m.
Participants propose topics for Friday’s open space sessions

7 p.m.
Option for dinner: Coney Detroit!

FRIDAY, May 10: Day of Action and Commitment

Location: Detroit Media Partnership, 615 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, Mich., 48226

8:30 a.m.
Coffee and bagels courtesy of the Detroit Media Partnership

9 a.m.
Ethics of Reporting and What Evaluation Systems Tell Us
Scott Elliott, Education Reform Reporter, Indianapolis Star

10:15-11:15 a.m.
Un-conference Breakout 1

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Un-conference Breakout 2

12:15 p.m.
Lunch in the DMP Academy

1 p.m.
Turning Ideas into Action
David Zeman, Director of Content and Communications, Education Trust-Midwest

2 p.m.
Wrap up

3 p.m.
Class dismissed