Improving urban education the focus as experts from across Michigan hold summit at Eastern Michigan University Saturday, Nov. 14

Nov 13, 2015, 09:00 ET from Eastern Michigan University

YPSILANTI, Mich., Nov. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- What's working in our Michigan urban schools? What successes can be built upon? What are the most important needs?

An urban education summit, to be hosted Saturday, Nov. 14 in the EMU Student Center by faculty at Eastern Michigan University, will seek to answer such questions.

The "EMU Education Summit, Building Strong Urban Schools," will showcase positive urban school initiatives, programs, projects and approaches, and will offer all with a stake in urban schools the chance to network, share ideas, and to be inspired.

"We are excited to be hosting educators, state leaders, university faculty, and other interested individuals as we all learn more about what is working in urban schools today," said Kim Schatzel, interim president, provost and executive vice president at Eastern Michigan. "Eastern Michigan University seeks to be at the heart of improving urban education in Michigan. I hope the conference provides a renewed confirmation of the legacy of collaboration between urban schools and EMU."

Mike Sayler, dean of the EMU College of Education, noted that broad level of expertise participants will bring to the Summit.

"We know that the sum of our knowledge and enthusiasm for quality urban schools is much more than the parts each of us brings individually," Sayler said. "We hope the friendships and collaborations we form or enhance during the Summit will facilitate on-going collaborations in improving urban education."

The themes of the Summit were developed from two focus groups with urban educators this summer, one in Detroit and another in Ypsilanti.

The Summit will include a presentation by Liz Sirman, an educator and district coordinator of the English Language Learner Program for Ypsilanti Consolidated Schools, who this fall was named inaugural EMU Urban Teacher of the Year.

Following that will be 18 breakout sessions, which will include topics such as discussions with student ambassadors, how one school successfully supports student achievement, and teaching with cultural competency.

About the EMU College of Education
Founded in 1849 as the first "normal school" west of the Alleghenies, Eastern Michigan is one of the largest producers of educational personnel in the country. The College of Education at EMU provides outstanding leadership in education. Its graduates are highly sought by school districts and other employers, and the college's alums have achieved outstanding success.

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