Community Conversation Focuses on Education
A “community conversation” for Michigan citizens will focus on the future of education in the state.
The public discussion is scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday, March 15 in the Heather Room at Alma College. An additional, earlier session will be held at the Alma Public Library at 5:15 p.m.
The Center for Michigan, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that aims to “amplify the voices of ordinary citizens and find common ground solutions for a more prosperous future,” partnered with Alma to sponsor the Community Conversation event.
“I participated in one of these community conversations in January and then introduced the idea of hosting one here in Gratiot County to a group of Center for Responsible Leadership students,” says Anne Ritz, service-learning coordinator.
Alma plans to assemble a group of 25 to 50 people for this discussion on Michigan’s preK-12 education and student learning. During the conversation, participants have the opportunity to learn more about education-related issues and how they impact the students in the community.
Community Conversation also serves as an opportunity for those who attend to share success stories about what is working in local schools.
“It is important that local citizens all across Michigan have the opportunity to express their ideas, concerns and perspectives about the future of education in our state,” says Ritz. “These views are compiled and shared with our state legislators.”
Alma’s conversations will be among more than 250 structured dialogues taking place across the state this year. Altogether, participants are expected to include more than 5,000 local leaders and engaged citizens.
To RSVP, please call Sallie Scheide at (989) 463-7043, or e-mail at email@example.com. Visit http://www.thecenterformichigan.net for more information.
Posted: Thu, March 1st, 2012 at 4:07PM