The SEMIS Coalition facilitates school-community partnerships to develop students as citizen-stewards of healthy ecological-social systems. — SEMIS Mission Statement

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2nd Annual Community Forum

May 14, 2012 | 4-7:30 PM
The University of Michigan – Dearborn
School of Education, Fairlane Center
19000 Hubbard Dr, Dearborn, MI 

Registration Due by Monday, May 7th!

We ask that each school register how many students they will bring to present and give an estimated number of guests from your school (i.e. other students, and parents).

Register Your School:  Registration Form

Student Leadership Congress (1:00 – 4:00 pm)

This year we are launching a Student Leadership strand of our SEMIS work.  As part of May 14th, we will engage students from each school in a series of activities with the goals to:

  1. get to know each other by sharing what they’ve been involved in at their schools,
  2. share what they care most about in their communities, and
  3. envision together what they think they’d like to do both locally in their own area but also as a larger group in SE Michigan.

Teachers are asked to identify 3-5 students (could be the same students presenting at the Community Forum but not necessarily) who you believe would be good candidates to be involved both in the launch activities but also in a series of follow-up activities over the next year.  We envision perhaps two other meetings over next year that will bring this group together again to plan and engage in some form of action together.

Community Forum: 4:00-7:30 pm

We have scheduled this Forum for late afternoon/evening  to include as many parents, teachers, and other community members as possible.

School Presentations

We currently have 8 portfolios ready to present (or close!).  We have room for a total of 10 ten-minute presentations. These presentations will be made with a small group of students who will help teachers present a portion of your project portfolio.

If you are just beginning the portfolio process but you are still interested in sharing, you can still present by doing a 5 minute “ignite” presentation.

 All presentations should focus on a particular project, keeping in mind this event is meant to highlight the exciting work you are doing.   You must register your group to participate, and current student consent forms must accompany your registrations for any students who are in the portfolio, as well as those who are presenting.  An email will come soon with specific registration information.

What You Need to Know to Plan for the Community Forum with Your Student

A) Presentations should address the following three questions:

  • What is the project all about? (What did you do and learn?)
  • How is this project related to your school’s essential question?
  • What is the impact/implications of the project for the school and community

B) Presentation Logistics:

  • 10 Minutes per school
  • Include both teachers and students in the presentation.
  • We encourage teachers to work with a small team of students – up to 5 Students
  • We encourage you to practice ahead of time. We are also looking into having space available to teachers and students to practice from 12-1:00 pm prior to the Student Leadership activities.
  • Please let us know of any AV equipment you will need at least ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE (May 7th)!

C) We encourage you to use a part of your portfolio; however, school presentations can be created in any format. For example:

  • Performance
  • Picture slide show with narration
  • Present a video, PSA or short film that students created
  • Speeches
*If you have a different kind of performance or vision in mind, please contact us to talk about how we might accommodate your ideas. This might include filming something ahead of time and having a smaller group at the event to present it.


Full Day Schedule (Student Leadership and Community Forum)

  • 1:00-1:30   Arrival and Introduction
  • 1:30-4:00  Student Leadership Activities
  • 4:00-5:00 Dinner, Socializing, Exhibition and Community Partner Demos
  • 5:00-5:25  Opening Ceremony
  • 5:30-7:25  School Presentations (10-15 minutes each)
  • 7:30-7:45   Closing Ceremony, Certificate Presentations


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