The Dewitt Creativity Group is a united effort on behalf of the creatively-minded students at DHS to ensure continued innovation and expression in all forms.

AF Group to Host 2016 MCES


Michigan Creative Educators Summit 2016

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM (Central Time)
AF Group
200 North Avenue
Lansing , Michigan 48933
United States
877 - 563-4636
Phone: 5172814280 Email Us

Overview ​and ​Outline ​of ​the ​Michigan ​Creative ​Educators ​Summit: ​
As ​presented ​by ​Jeff ​Croley ​and ​Jason ​LaFay ​Co-Founders ​of ​the ​Michigan ​Creative ​Educators ​Summit ​and ​the ​Michigan ​Creativity ​Group ​

The ​2016 ​Creative ​Educators ​Summit ​will ​explore ​ways ​in ​which ​passion ​driven ​learning ​in ​K12 ​education ​is ​being ​strengthened ​by ​forming ​strong ​relationships ​with ​innovative ​businesses ​willing ​to ​provide ​unique ​learning ​experiences ​for ​students. ​A ​renewed ​interest ​in ​learning ​and ​discovery ​is ​emerging ​as ​businesses ​are ​working ​more ​closely ​with ​educators ​to ​better ​utilize ​and ​nurture ​student ​talent. ​Co-creating ​innovative ​programs ​provide ​unique ​learning ​environments ​while ​allowing ​both ​businesses ​and ​educators ​to ​work ​together ​to ​better ​serve ​the ​needs ​and ​interests ​of ​students, ​communities, ​and ​the ​state ​of ​Michigan.

By ​working ​collaboratively ​schools ​and ​businesses ​begin ​to ​increase ​student ​engagement, ​turn ​education ​into ​economic ​development, ​and ​improve ​the ​soft ​skills ​that ​standardized ​tests ​fail ​to ​measure. ​Throughout ​the ​day ​students, ​educators, ​talent ​developers, ​and ​business ​leaders ​will ​discuss ​unique ​learning ​opportunities ​and ​share ​stories ​of ​how ​they ​are ​changing ​education ​as ​we ​know ​it. ​

In ​order ​to ​better ​grow ​the ​talent ​pipeline ​in ​Lansing ​and ​beyond ​it ​is ​vital ​to ​expand, ​strengthen, ​and ​use ​one ​another’s ​networks. ​One ​way ​to ​do ​this ​is ​simply ​by ​merging ​the ​worlds ​of ​business ​and ​education. ​In ​doing ​so, ​new ​ideas ​will ​be ​explored, ​new ​solutions ​will ​be ​offered, ​and ​new ​models ​will ​be ​created. ​This ​synergy ​will ​reignite, ​transform, ​and ​empower ​people ​and ​organizations ​through ​increased ​exposure, ​project ​based ​learning ​opportunities, ​and ​embracing ​and ​maintaining ​a ​growth ​mindset ​in ​efforts ​to ​create ​social ​innovation. We strongly encourage teachers and/or other educators to bring 2-3 high school students with them. Cost for students to attend is free.To register for this great event, please go to (copy and paste link in your browser):



Time —Activity —Description

8:00 -8:30 - Arrival - Upon arrival attendees will be greeted by student artwork, poets, musicians, and improv troupe members who will provide a morning welcome while enhancing the overall atmosphere of creativity and innovation from the start

8:30 - 8:40 - Welcome and Introduction to the day
(Michigan Creativity Group and AF Group)

“Increasing awareness and building relationships between Michigan’s education system and businesses will lead to economic growth.”

8:40 - 8:45 - Introduction of Objectives for the Day-

Student Objectives:
Increase awareness of creative business options in Capitol Region
Connect with businesses and showcase skills with business community
Increase understanding of career opportunities in Michigan industries

Businesses Objectives:
Increase connection to Michigan’s talent pool
Share best practices, support education and understand talent supply
Nurture local talent to fill future opportunities

Together we will…
1. Build Awareness 2. Strengthen Relationships 3. Support Growth

Build Awareness: Stories of businesses and schools working together in innovative ways including experiences from Sparrow Hospital, Lansing BWL and the Insurance Leadership Academy at AF Group and Farm Bureau.

8:45- 9:00 - Sparrow Hospital - Jackie Thomas-Hall, Director of Diversity and Inclusion from Sparrow Health will showcase the great work they do providing job experiences for students in the Greater Lansing Area

9:00 - 9:15 - Lansing Board of Water and Light - Share information regarding the new apprenticeship program that encourages students to pursue careers in the skilled trades

9:15 - 9:45 - Updates from Three Innovative Insurance Leadership Academy Programs

Monique Colizzi Insurance/Business/Technology Instructor from Charlotte High School will share insight regarding running an insurance education program AF Group - Highlights from the High School Insurance Leadership Academy

9:45 - 10:00 - Break

Strengthen Relationships: The infrastructure exists for our region to create a strong talent pipeline. Businesses and schools are working together to strengthen these relationships for the long term.

10:00 - 10:15 - Stories from students reaching out to form long term partnerships with regional businesses to create win/win scenarios - Runway Lansing, Lion Blood Fashions, the Michigan Business Network, Old Town Commercial Association, Barnes & Noble. etc..,

10:15 - 10:30 -Dr. Paul Hernandez Lansing Community College’s Chief Diversity Officer shares his story of creating educational programs to assist at risk students

10:30 - 10:45 - Bob Thomas - Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the Young Entrepreneurs Academy

10:45 - 11:00 - A report from the Governor’s Talent Investment Board

11:00 - 11:15 - Introduction to afternoon activities

11:15 - Break for Lunch

11:15 - 12:15 - Lunch will be served by the culinary students from the Capital Area Career Center - These students, along with the help of Chef Corbett Day, started a food truck and catering business called “Fresh and Furious”

12:15 - 12:45 - Presentation of the “Innovative Education Awards” —There will be five recipients who will share a few words and provide a brief update following receiving the award

Dean Transportation: Kellie Dean's work with launching the Lansing Promise Scholarship and longtime supporter of the Michigan Creative Educators Summits

AF Group: for helping the Michigan Creativity Group to amplify the message and vision of the “Michigan Creative Educators Summit” while helping to bring businesses and schools together to promote cultures of innovation.

Ann Arbor Community High School: for giving cutting edge learning opportunities through partnerships with various organizations to students.

Battle Creek Mathematics and Science Center: for providing resources, models and connections for out-of-the-box STEM learning.

Everett High School New Tech Innovation Center for Learning: for breaking free from tradition and providing students another route to success which focuses on project based learning

12:45 - 1:10 Keynote Speaker - Bridget Mary McCormack, Michigan Supreme Court Justice and Co-Founder of the University of Michigan Law School’s Innocence Project

Support Growth: An interactive session including small group discussion and report out that answers several questions related to paving the way for new opportunities in the future. Educators, students and businesses will explore defined issues and offer solutions.

1:10 - 1:15 - Introduction, Instructions, and Transition into —
Group Discussion Questions and Action Plan Activity

1:15 - 2:15 - Group Activity ——Discussion Questions and “Idea Share” - This hour is dedicated to having great minds work side by side in efforts to share ideas and solutions to the discussion prompts below. Conversations will allow multiple voices and perspectives to be heard as students, educators, talent developers, and business leaders discuss, and even resolve, pressing issues facing both K12 education and business. It will allow for collaborative reflection not only on the past and present, but more importantly, pave the way for new opportunities in the future.

**Participants will be divided into five groups to discuss pressing issues while creating “Action Plans” which will provide solutions to the questions raised below:

1) What narratives or stories from the business world can assist schools in developing more well-rounded, productive members of society? What lessons might be drawn to inspire students and professionals facing similar learning challenges?

2) How can businesses help students to better utilize social media and other online platforms in a way that positively and professionally develops their learning? For instance, in what ways can students become aware of industry trends and other emerging best practices?

3) How can communities, including businesses prepare students to be high quality workers beyond career and college readiness? What are ways in which businesses can encourage individuals to be better citizens, contributors, and thinkers?

4) What role can the business sector play in bridging the gap between innovation in the "real" world and K-12 education? How do businesses employ learning spaces, technology, and teamwork to maximize potential and production while promoting creative problem solving?

5) If the current K-12 educational system were to be dismantled, what do you envision schools looking like in the future? In what ways could businesses provide educational experiences in lieu of the K-12 education system?

2:15 - 2:30 - Break, Sharing, and Networking

2:30 - 3:15 - Share Reflections and “Action Plans” discussed in group activity
Idea Share Session

3:15 - 3:25 - Michigan Creativity Group - A Few Words and Deliverables

3:25 - 3:30 - Extension of Gratitude and Closing Remarks AF Group and MCG

3:30 - Departure

***Other notable and valuable contributions to the day include***

Students from the DeWitt Improv Troupe and DeWitt Creativity Group will provide entertainment at the start of the day during arrival time beginning at 8:00a.m. and concluding at 8:30a.m.

Michele Strasz (Exec Director of the Capital Area College Access Network) will be offering advice to students and answering questions they may have about college programs and services

Samantha White (Community Business Development Manager at Barnes & Noble) will have a table full of useful resources and offering unique collaborative opportunities with Barnes & Noble

Rick Vallentine (Ingham ISD) will showcase the ‘Career Cruising” resource the ISD offers students

Past Michigan Creative Educators Summit venues include:
The Temple Club in Old Town
Lansing Community College West Campus
Michigan State University Kiva in the College of Education
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
The Lansing Center
Accident Fund Group

Past Recipients of the Michigan Creativity Group’s “Innovative Educator Award” include:
Mike Flanagan -State Superintendent of Schools
Matt Wandrie -Superintendent of Lapeer Community Schools and Innovation Center
Kim Mathiot -Michigan Department of Education and Supporter of STEAM programs throughout the state

Kate Fanelli - Math Accessibilty Specialist at Michigan's Integrated Mathematics Initiative
Bob Richards -Stockbridge High School and leader of their Underwater Robotics Program
Brad Wilson -Dreambition and Advocate of #MichED
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