Collective Impact Live!
Thursday, May 5 • 1:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Pre-registration is required; registration is $65 and includes transporation, box lunch, afternoon program, and evening event at Stepping Stones Museum for Children (Norwalk's Ultimate Block Party). Buses will depart the hotel promptly at 12:00 p.m. for Norwalk Concert Hall at City Hall.
For more than two centuries, town meetings have been a strong New England tradition that bring community members together to raise awareness, present ideas, voice opinions, and create resolutions to take action on critical issues. Collective Impact Live! will give InterActivity attendees a glimpse of New England civic engagement, and specifically the ownership that Stepping Stones has proudly taken through their approach to collective impact. Programming will offer InterActivity attendees the chance to participate in an interactive half-day of of collective impact at City Hall in Norwalk, Connecticut to leverage the expertise and resources of children's museums with other community partners to close the achievement gap together. At the evening event, InterActivity attendees will meet Norwalk children and families, engage in interactive activities to prevent summer learning loss, and enjoy dinner and drinks with colleagues in the Celebration Courtyard.
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Collective Voices
The afternoon will begin with performances and presentations by uplifting voices, from youth to scholars, who will provide inspiration and expertise on strategies for achieving collective impact and closing the achievement gap.
2:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Coffee Break
2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Town Meeting: Closing the Achievement Gap
Building on the energy from the Collective Voices, the town meeting will continue the dialogue on closing the achievement gap. Together with an esteemed panel of thought leaders, guest experts and innovators, town meeting participants will build the case for closing the gap in the short and long term, citing best practices, valuable data, and a large dose of community wisdom. Participants will be asked to contribute their collective insight and programmatic expertise in an effort to draw some conclusions and achievable goals for the field as a whole.
4:45 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Stepping Stones Presents Norwalk's Ultimate Block Party
To top off the day, participants will take a short ride to Mathews Park where ACM, Stepping Stones Museum for Children, the Ultimate Block Party, Norwalk ACTS, and other early learning champions present Norwalk's Ultimate Block Party—an example of how children's museums can galvanize their communities via collective impact to reach and support children and families. Open to the public until 8:00 p.m., this one-of-a-kind evening event will shine a bright spotlight on the power of play. Throughout the museum and park, the block party will feature playful learning experiences intentionally designed to prevent summer learning loss. Food and drinks will be provided for InterActivity attendees and the museum will stay open for attendees through the entirety of the event.