Thursday, March 22, 2018

Dean Elizabeth Birr Moje and alumnus Luke Wilcox speak about improving education in Michigan


On March 22, Dean Elizabeth Birr Moje and SOE alumnus and 2017-18 Michigan Teacher of the Year, Luke Wilcox, were panelists at Solutions Summit: An Educated Michigan.

Bridge Magazine and Business Leaders for Michigan organized the half-day conference on Michigan’s education crisis. The event was covered by Detroit Public Television (DPTV). Major education authorities examined the problems and potential solutions to the issues facing Michigan schools.

The event included four panel discussions. Dean Moje was a panelist for the discussion of how to best support educators in the classroom, moderated by Bridge Magazine Reporter, Chastity Pratt Dawsey. Moje was joined by Ralph Bland, CEO and Co-Founder, New Paradigm for Education; Chandra Madafferi, Vice President, Michigan Education Association; and Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent, Detroit Public Schools Community District.

Luke Wilcox, Math teacher at East Kentwood High School, was a panelist for the discussion of key education issues for 2018 statewide elections and beyond, moderated by John Bebow, President and CEO, The Center for Michigan. Wilcox was joined by Dave Campbell, Superintendent, Kalamazoo RESA; John Rakolta, Chairman and CEO, Walbridge; Dan Varner, CEO, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit; and Eileen Weiser, Member, State Board of Education.

Elizabeth Birr Moje is George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Dean of the School of Education

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