RISE Conference: Reaching for Innovation, Strengthening Education

Education and Professional Development Conference



In its decade of existence, for seven years in New York as WNET’s Celebration of Teaching & Learning and for three years under the auspices of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Washington, D.C., the Teaching & Learning (T&L) conference offered the national education community a unique opportunity to both celebrate teaching and advance the profession to benefit all students. One of the premier annual education conferences in the country, T&L brought together every year thousands of teachers, administrators, policymakers, researchers, college faculty, and others who care about education from all 50 states and nearly 20 countries to explore ways to shape the education profession in bold and innovative ways.


Former Speakers:

RISE reaches far beyond the K-12 world to feature speakers from a broad range of professions, including hundreds of luminaries from the education community including:

  • Bill Gates, who talked about the Common Core and engaged in a Q&A with George Stephanopoulos

  • Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who unveiled the Teach to Lead national initiative at T&L 2014, and came back a year later to provide an update on its progress

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning historians, such as Doris Kearns Goodwin and James McPherson

  • Talented musicians and entertainers, including Queen Latifah and Bobby McFerrin


RISE attendees will include teachers, school staff, administrators, community leaders and policy makers from across the country.



Thursday preconference educational sessions will be offered in locations around Detroit, including museums, local schools and other attractions ensuring visitors can make the most of their visit to America’s Comeback City. In addition to access to a multitude of education-focused exhibitors and networking meals, participants will be offered a full agenda including featured speakersworkshops, and keynotes covering:

  • Education Equity

  • STEM and the Workforce

  • Teacher Pipeline

  • Ambitious Instruction

  • School Safety & Climate

  • Community & School Partnerships

  • Healthy Lifestyle

  • "Problems of Practice"


Download Full RISE Fact Sheet Here

Randi Weingarten, AFT

RISE seeks to inject new energy and ideas into efforts to strengthen the education professions and our entire education system - locally, regionally and nationally.

Mayor Mike Duggan

RISE is about uniting thousands of hard-working, dedicated educators from across the country with other passionate supporters of our children to discuss ways to transform education to benefit all students.

Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent DPS

Join us and other RISE partners in exploring bold and innovative ways we can act to move closer to the dream of a high-quality education for each and every student.


To help shape the future of education by

discussing what is new and innovative

To connect and encourage a unique forum for educators,

administrators, advocates and policymakers

around education issues, ideas and best practices

To elevate the education profession for

the benefit of the students and the entire country