Battle Creek event to discuss early childhood education this week


An event to discuss early childhood education and leadership will be held in Battle Creek.

The “Engage Battle Creek” event, hosted by Michigan State University’s Political Leadership Program, will be held from 1-5 p.m. Friday at McCamly Plaza Hotel, 50 Capital Ave. S.W. It is free and open to the public.

“We’re inviting an authoritative group of panelists to talk about early childhood education and its impact,” said Matt Grossmann, director of MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. “That will be followed by roundtable discussions exploring community engagement, personal and elected leadership roles and where to look for more information about education and leadership.”

Several speakers are expected to participate in the panels and roundtables: Erika Burkhardt, Calhoun Intermediate School District assistant superintendent for early childhood services; Jerry Johnson, Calhoun ISD assistant superintendent for legislation and education policy; and Sean McCann, former state representative and executive director of the Kalamazoo Friends of Recreation.

Those who wish to attend can register at http://ippsr.msu.edu/political-leadership/michigan-political-leadership-program-mplp/mplp-public-engagement.

The event is funded by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, one of the leaders of the B.C. Vision initiative. The community project has identified early childhood education as one of its top priorities.

MSU’s bipartisan leadership program, founded in 1992, selects 24 fellows each year to undergo public policy and leadership training. More than 600 have gone through the program, with nearly half serving in appointed or elected positions.

More information about the program, including how to apply, can be found here.

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