Detroit’s ‘Connected Futures’ Plan

Date: Wednesday, June 3
Time: 4-5 p.m.

Participants Include

Nikolai Vitti Superintendent, Detroit Public Schools Community District
Jerry Norcia President and CEO, DTE Energy
Nicole Sherard-Freeman Executive Director of Workforce Development, City of Detroit
Faye Nelson Director of Michigan Programs, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Moderator: Mary Kramer
Group Publisher, Crain’s Detroit Business;
Co-Founder, Detroit Homecoming
Could Detroit – on a smaller scale – do better than the big urban systems that have tried to pull off a one-to-one laptop/digital learning platform for school children? We’ll find out in the Connected Futures project, a $23 million corporate and philanthropy-backed effort to distribute 51,000 tablets and internet connectivity to K-12 students in the city.

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  • What remote learning has looked like in Detroit.
  • What Detroit school children and their families need most.
  • How Detroit business and nonprofit leaders pulled this effort off in three weeks.


  • Detroit Homecoming expats
  • Educators
  • Community activists
  • Business owners
  • Philanthropic community
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