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Sunday, September 10

Future of Education Summit

10 AM to 4 PM. In-person only.

Reinventing Learning Experiences: Evolving learning models and digital acceleration have created new opportunities to expand how students learn and educators work, including in environments where learning takes place anytime and anywhere. What does that mean for how schools are structured?  How do we support families and learning within the broader community? During this pre-conference session, we will collaborate around problems of practice and the ways in which we can overcome barriers to ensure every student succeeds.

Newcomers Reception

5:30 to 6 PM. In-person only.

Have you been in public media for less than three years? Come network with your fellow newcomers and mentors before the Public Media Awards Reception.


Thursday, September 14

Since 2003, WGVU Public Media and the Grand Valley State University College of Education and Community Innovation have worked in partnership to support K-12 student engagement across West Michigan. Focusing on innovative, experiential learning that fosters student connection to the local community and the wider world, universities and public media can be the convener, liaison, and window into the great work of educational partnerships.

We invite you to discover West Michigan and be part of exploring the unique educational partnerships in the community through one of two Experiential Learning pathways. Begin now by choosing your own adventure:

🌎 Submerge yourself in Environmental Stewardship

8 AM to 4 PM. In-person only. Additional $100.

Participants will explore how place-based education fosters connections between students and places, where students learn to care about the world around them by exploring their own ecosystem. Through hands-on experiences in West Michigan, participants will learn how place-based education uses an inquiry-based, learner-centered approach, and supports three important education goals: agency, equity, and community.

What to expect? Get a sneak peek! Due to boat capacity, space is limited. Register early!

🎨 Dip Your Brush Into maker Learning

8 AM to 4 PM. In-person only. Additional $100.

Participants will explore how learning through art, design, technology, and creative expression helps students to connect with content in a relevant way. Through hands-on experiences at West Michigan-based educational and community organizations, participants will learn more about how students develop their problem solving skills through tinkering, making, experimentation, and resourcefulness in equitable, learner-centered environments.

Due to bus capacity, space is limited. Register early!