1. Who may attend the Summit?
The Summit is open to teachers, school building and district staffers and administrators, policymakers, board members, parents, students, community leaders, advocates, activists, academics, members of the media, and anyone interested in the betterment of urban schools. Those affiliated with public, private and parochial schools are all welcome.
2. What’s the purpose of the Summit?
To spotlight urban education successes, to explore ways in which Eastern Michigan University can continue to support urban educators, and to give attendees a unique networking opportunity.
3. Can I register on-site?
No. Registration must be completed via the online registration form. NOTE: registration is strictly limited to 240.
4. Is there a cost to attend the Summit?
No. Eastern Michigan University is covering all costs of the Summit.
5. Who can present at, speak at, or lead a Summit breakout session?
Anyone affiliated with or who has a stake in urban schools. This includes teachers, administrators, academics, parents, students, and community leaders. The only expectation is that sessions be essentially positive in nature.
6. Will there be vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or other food options available at the Summit?
Once registration is complete, registered attendees will be asked via email if they have any special food requests. We will pass those requests on to the Summit food caterers. We will then notify the requesters of available accommodations.
7. Will there be any follow-up to the Summit?
Yes. EMU is committed to listening to urban education voices and responding. Based on what is learned at the Summit, there will be an ongoing series of EMU-sponsored "mini-Summits", during which Summit themes, proposals, initiatives, etc., will be further explored and acted upon. All Summit attendees will be notified via email of the mini-Summit opportunities.
8. What's a Summit "session host"?
A session host is someone who is willing to introduce speakers/ presenters to breakout session attendees. Hosts will also keep time during sessions. Information on speakers and presenters will be provided to hosts in advance.
9. What about technology?
Summit attendees will be given guest access to EMU Wi-Fi. Summit presenters will be contacted well in advance regarding their technology needs. Note that digital projectors will be available in each breakout session room.
10. What about accommodations for those with disabilities?
EMU strives to make the campus and campus events highly accessible to those with disabilities. (The EMU Student Center is barrier-free.) Feel free to contact event planners regarding any special needs.
11. Can I get SCECH credit?
We are presently in negotiations to arrange for SCECHs for Michigan K-12 teachers. Contact Michael McVey (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like updates on the availability of SCECHs.