SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) — From Hull, England to Maryland, Oregon, Hamtramck, Roseville and Detroit, The Engineering Society of Detroit Institute will bring together leading experts from throughout the country and the United Kingdom to share best practices in education, police, the courts, community revitalization, and more.

This will take place during a two-day event on Wednesday, November 14 and Thursday, November 15, 2013 at ESD’s headquarters in Southfield.

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Unique about this event is the fact that it will bring together experts from business, academia, labor and government in a collaborative effort to identify successes, failures and challenges in not only preparing students for the careers of the future, but also in finding ways to provide them with supportive, safe and sustainable communities to help them succeed. All of the presenters have implemented or were part of turnaround plans that help change their schools and communities.

This special event is part of the ESD Institute Next Community Initiative designed to revamp a community from distressed to vibrant. At the end of the two-day event, the Institute will put together a plan of action to implement in an already approved distressed community in Michigan.

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Experts presenting at the event include:
• Beverly Brown, Education Consultant, Michigan Department of Education
• Tim Connors, State Court Judge, Washtenaw County Trial Court
• Bern Dempsey, Executive Director, Wayne Mediation Center
• Dave Duggar, Director, Early College Alliance, Eastern Michigan University; Director ofEducational Options, Washtenaw Intermediate School District
• Chuck Hadden, President and CEO, Michigan Manufacturing Association
• Naheed Huq, Leader, Plan Implementation Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments
• John MacDonald, Lead Consultant, Hull Centre for Restorative Practices, Hull, England (First Restorative City in the World)
• Robert McBroom, Instructional Resource Center Administrator, Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology
• Julie Matuzak, American Federation of Teachers
• Andrew Raupp, Founder/Director, Initiative Science,
• Rhonda Richetta, Principal; City Springs Elementary School—Baltimore, Maryland
• Chris Salata, Attorney, Varnum
• Barry Stern, Senior Fellow, Haberman International Policy Institute
• Maria Vaz, Provost, Lawrence Technological University

For more information about this event, please visit or contact Della Cassia at (248) 353-0735, ext. 112 or

Founded in 1895, ESD is a multi-disciplinary society uniting engineering, scientific and allied professions to enhance professional development and foster excitement in math and science to produce our next generation of leaders. Serving this generation of engineers and fostering the next. For more information, visit

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