NDSG meets in Detroit in 2013




NDSG Moving Forward

February 16 – 18, 2024

Detroit, Michigan


The NDSG began in 1972, when Vito Perrone, then Dean of The Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of North Dakota, brought together educators from many parts of the U.S. to discuss common concerns about the accountability of schools and assessment of children.  Since then, the group has continued an ongoing seminar on democratic possibilities in U.S. and world education, branching out to include related issues such as racial tensions in schools and classrooms, issues of culture, class and gender, social justice and activism, but always returning to the themes of accountability and assessment.

Volunteers are organizing this year’s annual meeting in an open format, driven by the theme: “NDSG Moving Forward.”  We invite you to participate in visioning and co-creating the shape and direction of the North Dakota Study Group in the years to come.


When: The meeting will be held at 5:00 pm Friday, February 16, through noon Sunday, February 18, 2024.

Where: The meeting will be held in Detroit, Michigan. The tentative location is the Eastside Meeting Place at 343 Piper Bl, Detroit, MI 48215. The meeting location may be moved depending on the number of participants.

Costs: There is no cost to attend this year’s meeting. Rather than asking participants to pay for a registration fee to attend the meeting, we are asking that participants be ready to share in the other costs of attending (transportation, lodging, meals).

Housing: Depending upon the number of people interested in attending the meeting, renting a house or grouping of hotel rooms can be organized. Participants should plan to help with the cost of housing. Those who wish to make their own housing arrangements are welcome to do so.

Food: Meals will be communal affairs, either ordered or enjoyed out.

Transportation: Housing will be arranged so transportation needs will be minimal (i.e., short rides). The biggest need for transportation will be from the Detroit Metro Airport. Depending on the number of participants and arrival/departure schedules, we will use a shared document to help arrange for ground transportation to minimize costs.

Registration this year is informal. Please contact David Wasserman via email to indicate your interest and for inquiries.