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

Mayor Mike Duggan

Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent DPS

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