The luncheon panel was held Nov. 16 at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Mich.

Panelists for the event were:

  • Glen Taylor, co-founder of WAY (Widening Advancements for Youth), a nonprofit program operating in more than 100 Michigan school districts that specializes in helping schools re-engage at-risk students.
  • Dr. William Skilling, superintendent of Oxford Community Schools, an Oakland County district that is adding programs, expanding curriculum and leveraging new technology, all in the face of funding reductions.
  • Heather Staker, a senior research fellow for the Innosight Institute, a nonprofit think tank devoted to applying the theory of “disruptive innovation” to problems in the public sector.
  • Michael Van Beek is director of education policy at the Mackinac Center and author of “Virtual Learning in Michigan’s Schools.”