Dr. Judy Walton, Eastern Middle School principal, will present at the 79th Annual Michigan Council for Exceptional Children Conference: the Voice and Vision of Special Education. Her presentation is titled, “Can You Hear Me Now? Amplifying Student Voice” and will explain how student voice is crucial to special education and exceptional students. Student voice work provides spaces and opportunities for both educators and students to collaborate around the outcomes that hold promise for a student-centered focus. As political environments continue to clamor for school reform, the value and contributions student voice provides is paramount and should not be left out of our thinking, our policies, and our efforts to develop better teaching and learning. This presentation provides student voice research findings from Forest Hills Northern High School, Orchard View Middle School in Muskegon, and Detroit Country Day Upper School.
Dr. David Simpson, Northern Hills Middle School principal, presented at the annual Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association. His presentation titled, “Be Inspired to Innovate” helped principals learn about ways to move their school forward toward Deeper Learning and Project Based Learning (PBL) using a “hack” mindset. The session introduced principals to learning from Stanford d.school’s School Retool experience and helped them develop a mindset to become a catalyst for change using strategies in deeper learning and PBL.