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    ECET2 Michigan

    Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers in Michigan

  • Convening Agenda

    What's taking place, at a glance.

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    Morning Sessions


    7:00 - 8:00 Doors Open, Registration Begins, Networking Breakfast

    8:00 - 8:15 Opening Remarks: Brian Langley

    8:15 - 8:30 Cultivating a Calling Keynote: Jay Gross

    8:30 - 9:00 Colleague Circle I

    9:00 - 9:15 Networking Break & Social Media Lounge Experience

    9:15 - 10:15 Breakout Sessions: LEAD

    10:15 - 10:30 Networking Break & Social Media Lounge Experience

    10:30 - 11:30 Colleague Circle II

    11:30 - 12:00 Teacher Leadership Panel Discussion

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    Afternoon Sessions


    12:00 - 12:15 Cultivating a Calling Keynote: Marcia Bonds

    12:15 - 1:00 Networking Lunch

    12:45 - 1:00 Remarks From Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley

    1:00 - 1:15 Fine Arts Showcase

    1:15 - 1:30 Networking Break & Social Media Lounge Experience

    1:30 - 2:30 Breakout Sessions: COLLABORATE

    2:30 - 2:45 Networking Break & Social Media Lounge Experience

    2:45 - 3:30 Colleague Circle III

    3:45 - 4:45 Breakout Sessions: GROW


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    Evening Sessions


    4:45 - 5:25 Networking Break with Hors D'oeuvres & Cash Bar

    5:30 - 5:45 Remarks From State Board of Education President John Austin

    5:45 - 7:00 Celebratory Dinner

    6:30 - 6:45 Cultivating a Calling Keynote: Rick Joseph

    6:45 - 7:00 Closing Remarks

  • ECET2 Comes to Michigan!

    December 7, 2015


    Expanding Networks of Teacher Leaders 


    It's not a conference.

    It's a community.

    What is ECET2?

    Led by teachers, for teachers, Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) is a national event created and made possible by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This convening aims to inspire and empower teachers across the country to grow, collaborate, and lead in a variety of ways to effect change in their classrooms, schools, districts, communities, and in the teaching profession. 


    The belief behind ECET2 is that teacher leadership is critical to transforming student outcomes and strengthening the teaching profession. Even promising teachers, however, can have a hard time exercising that leadership. On a daily basis, teachers face challenges such as declining morale, feelings of isolation, and a sense of frustration that much of their potential remains untapped by their schools and districts. ECET2 seeks to respond to these challenges by connecting teachers to one another through national and regional convenings that are focused on teacher leadership and innovative instructional practices. 

    Find out what teachers have to say about ECET2 here!

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  • Why ECET2MI?

    Michigan is a large state with diverse regional demographics. There are many professional associations, including some unofficial grassroots professional learning networks around the state, but no statewide entity that supports teacher leadership in a targeted way.


    In the metropolitan areas, there are some resources and opportunities for teachers to engage in leadership development, participate in professional learning networks, and assume roles as teacher leaders; however, in much of the state, teacher leadership is stagnant or non-existent due to a lack of access to opportunities. This leads to an uneven distribution of teacher leaders across the state.


    ECET2 Michigan aims to ensure that teachers leave with tools, best practices, and a network they can tap for advice, feedback, and strategies. The goal is for teachers to return to their schools and districts inspired and empowered to grow, collaborate, and lead in ways that strengthen the teaching profession and improve student outcomes. How teachers choose to put these new skills to work will vary. Ultimately, the goals of ECET2 Michigan are to help teacher leaders grow, collaborate, and lead.

  • Nominations Are for ECET2MI are CLOSED.

    Thank you for your interest in nominating an educator to attend ECET2MI.

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    Save the Date

    December 7, 2015

    Kellogg Conference Center

    East Lansing, MI

    7am - 7pm

  • ECET2 Michigan Organizers

    These are the educators making the ECET2 Michigan convening a reality

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    Gary Abud, Jr.

    Grosse Pointe North High School STEM Teacher & 2014 Michigan Teacher of the Year

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    Melody Arabo

    Walled Lake Consolidated Schools 3rd Grade Teacher, Leadership Developer, and 2015 Michigan Teacher of the Year

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    Katherine Bassett

    CEO for National Network of State Teachers of the Year and 

    National Board Certified Teacher


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    Kristine Butcher

    Middle School Language Arts Teacher & At-Risk Student Coordinator in Clarkston Community Schools

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    Kelley Cusmano

    Rochester Community Schools High School English & Leadership Teacher

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    Heather Gauck

    Grand Rapids Public Schools

    Resource Teacher K-4, Lead Michigan Educator Voice Fellow 2015, PBS Digital Innovator 2015

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    Sarah Giddings

    Washtenaw Alliance for Virtual Education Instructor, Advisor, & Curriculum Coordinator, National Board Certified Teacher, and 2015 National Hope Street Fellow

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    Jessica Hansen

    Executive Assistant and Research Manager for the National Network of State Teachers of the Year

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    Tina Harma

    South Lyon Community Schools Third Grade Teacher and National Board Certified Teacher

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    Peter Haun

    Oak Park Schools English Teacher & Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council Member

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    Rick Joseph

    Birmingham Covington School 5/6 Grade Teacher, National Board Certified Teacher, and

    2016 Michigan Teacher of the Year

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    Alex Kajitani

    2009 California Teacher of the Year & The Rappin' Mathematician

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    Jennifer Ladd

    West Bloomfield School District Fourth Grade Teacher

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    Brian Langley

    Novi Community Schools Science Teacher and 2007 National Milken Educator

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    Emily Pohlonski

    Novi Community Schools Science Teacher and National Board Certified Teacher

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    Matinga Ragatz

    Professional Learning Consultant for CBD Consulting, 2009 MACUL Outstanding Technology Using Educator, and 2011 Michigan Teacher of the Year

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    Andrew Steinman

    Educational Technology Consultant for Kent ISD & 2015 MACUL Outstanding Technology Using Educator

  • ECET2MI Partners

    These amazing organizations are making it possible to celebrate teaching in Michigan!

    Learn more about their work and give them a shout out!

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  • Contact Us

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