Richard Lower

Director, Office of Preschool & Out-of-School Time Learning

Richard Lower is Director of the Office of Preschool and Out-of-School Time Learning at the Michigan Department of Education. Richard is responsible for the administration of the state’s publicly funded preschool program, the Great Start Readiness Program, and out-of-school time and summer learning programs, with particular focus on community-based organizations as providers. In addition, he supports the department’s early childhood and out-of-school time workforce initiatives. Prior to joining the department in 2008, Richard served as Executive Director of the Michigan Head Start Association and has also worked in the non-profit sector focused on children, youth and family budget, policy, and program development.

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Day 2
September 21, 2023
10:15 am

Hot Topic Session: Building a Better World for Michigan Kids

21 September

Learn about new programs and activities aligned with Michigan’s Top 10 Strategic Education Plan from leaders of the Michigan Department of Education to help district leaders improve outcomes for students. Participants will learn about efforts to increase the numbers of certified teachers in areas of shortage, improve early literacy achievement, expand early childhood learning opportunities, and improve student mental health. This engaging, hot topic session will also discuss new budget items and statutes that address adequate and equitable school funding, transportation, and universal school meals.

Dr. Sue Carnell, Chief Deputy Superintendent
Dr. Delsa Chapman, Deputy Superintendent
Dr. Diane Golzynski, Deputy Superintendent
Dr. Michele Harmala, Deputy Superintendent
Dr. Michael F. Rice, State Superintendent,
Richard Lower, Director, Office of Preschool & Out-of-School Time Learning
Rané Garcia, Director, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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