The skills our students need to be successful are in a period of significant transition; as Michigan’s economy continues to transition from a manufacturing base to an information and service-based industry, we want to ensure that creativity, flexibility, and collaborative skills take center stage in our classrooms. Reaching out to stakeholders in our communities, including businesses, community organizations, and parents is more important than ever; we want to develop new skills and mindsets within our students without losing long held practices that have helped prepare Michigan students for a wide range of opportunities. New partnerships must be forged, and existing partnerships must find ways to transform into more 21st century relationships in which all parties have a strong voice.

Thankfully, we had Jason Lafay and Jeff Croley, founders of the Michigan Creativity Group, to help guide us through a conversation that helped shape some of the questions and concerns we must address in forming new partnerships among schools, communities, and business.

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