Detroit Institute of
Arts hosts Teachers for Workshops designed to identify
opportunities for their students to impact Detroit’s future
Local teachers will be heading to the Detroit Institute of
Arts (DIA) July 8–11, 2014 to take part in an innovative
project called Detroit 1933–2033: Reimagining Detroit (D33).
The workshop originated as a classroom project created by
Detroit-area teacher June Teisan, the 2008 Michigan State
Teacher of the Year, and is part of a national professional
development initiative spearheaded by the Pearson Foundation.
The event provides a unique opportunity for teachers to participate
a national initiative of the Pearson Foundation’s New Learning
Institute (NLI) involving thousands of teachers. MASHCamps
feature hands-on workshops, regional partnerships and many of
the teacher resources featured on the new learning platform
D33 presents teachers with real-world challenges that require
them to work together to solve. Teachers will tour icons of
Detroit’s past and present, interview residents and change
makers and work with leaders in a variety of fields. At the end
of the project, the teachers will present their ideas to an
audience of experts and peers.
On Wednesday, July 9 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, the DIA, the
Network of Michigan Educators and the Pearson Foundation’s New
Learning Institute will present a panel of experts to talk about
how teachers can work together to identify and develop
opportunities for their students to have an impact on Detroit’s
On the panel are: John Gallagher, Journalist, Detroit Free
Press; Robin Boyle, Wayne State University, Chair of Urban
Planning & Development; Jeff Sturges, Founder of Mt. Elliott
Makerspace; Justin Thompson, Co-founder of Brush Park BMX;
Austin Black, Real Estate Broker; and Leslie Smith, President
and CEO, TechTown Detroit.
For more information about this and other MASHCamps, visit