Education Expo 2018

About the Education Expo

Metro Parent’s Education Expo drew more than 1,000 people to Cranbrook Institute of Science on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. The free event offered attendees the opportunity to interact with more than 40 exhibitors, enjoy a free lunch, take time seeing the science center and attend the first-ever Ed Talks. Responses from exhibitors and attendees was overwhelmingly positive: 85 percent of attendees rated the event 4  or 5 on a 1-to-5 scale.

What attendees had to say:

“I’ve always enjoyed taking my kids to the Education Expo. I think we’re very fortunate to have such an Event here in Southeast Michigan. I Hope it stay here Always. I love Cranbrook’s location the Best! You guys do an EXCELLENT JOB! You put your heart into it along with lots of work and organization!”

“I really enjoyed the event and found it helpful as a parent and a social worker. I learned valuable information and obtained several resources to utilize.”

“I attended one ED talk with Elena, nice touch. Lunch was marvelous.”

“The Exhibitors are always professional, encouraging and easy to engage with. They’re always willing to talk to you about their schools and answer questions. They take their time talking to you, giving you their devoted attention. I’m always pleased with the Educational exhibitors and their displays. Plus, the(y) talk to the children as well as the adults, explaining things about their schools and sometimes even asking how the children or parents are enjoying the Event. Love It! Will be back next year!”

Ed Talks: A new addition to the expo

While families made their way through the museum and visited exhibitors, some made their way to one or more of the following “Ed Talks” sessions. Ed Talks, which was a new addition to the expo this year, drew about 250 people to the sessions, which ran from 10 minutes to 45 minutes.

Our new Ed Talks, running throughout the afternoon in the Auditorium, offered a dose of educational advice and inspiration from local experts to help you give your child an academic edge. Plus, there was a panel on the state of education in Michigan and a Town Hall conversation with our partners at Bridge Magazine, Michigan’s award-winning source of news and analysis.

Here were the sessions (you can view them in the videos above as well) and links to stories or additional content related to them.

Fostering Your Child’s Inner Geek, presented by Gary Abud Jr., author and 2013-14 Michigan Teacher of the Year
The best way to ensure children’s academic success is to give them a love of learning. Find out how to spark kids’ passions, expand their horizons and tap into their inner geek, so their education goes full “STEAM” ahead.

17 things every Michigan student deserves (but isn’t getting)
10 keys to success for children with ADHD

Elena ReadsExpanding Your Child’s Reading Universe, presented by Elena, 10, of Farmington Hills, founder of

Kids need to see themselves in the books they read, but they also need to see different types of people as well. Connecting kids with books that embody diversity – racial, gender, socio-economic and more – can open their minds and their hearts.

Increasing Your Child’s College Savings, presented by Sal Vassallo, tuition financing consultant from MESP and Megan Megan Buonodono, operations manager for MET

College costs keep climbing, so how can regular families help their kids afford higher education and minimize long-term debt? Advice from two college savings experts.

The State of Michigan Education, panel discussion moderated by Chastity Pratt Dawsey of Bridge Magazine – featuring David Hecker, president of AFT Michigan; Sibyl Collins Wilson, president of the Michigan PTA; Amber Arellano, executive director of The Education Trust – Midwest; and Alycia Meriweather, deputy superintendent, Detroit Public Schools Community District

Did you know that Michigan’s schools are ranked in the bottom 10 states? If not, you’re not alone. Too few Michiganders know that our state is facing an educational crisis. And it’s not just underprivileged children who are underperforming compared to the rest of the nation, but also average- and higher-income students all across the state. Why? What can be done on a state-wide level? And what can parents do on an individual level to help their child? A panel of educational experts share their thoughts and suggestions.

Education Matters: A Town Hall, group discussion and question-and-answer session led by Amber DeLind of the Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine

The Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine brought their yearlong Michigan Truth Tour to Education Expo. As part of the tour, Bridge’s engagement team holds town halls, encouraging Michiganders to be heard and learn more about how to advocate for their children and families. 

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The sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors. Without them, we would not be able to make this event free to hundreds of families every year. Their generous support is invaluable.


More than 40 exhibitors throughout the museum brought awesome and interactive experiences to expo attendees.

Curricular exhibitors 

Extracurricular exhibitors


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