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 RISE Today – Issue 2


What to Expect When You Arrive

Sunday, January 5th

In baggage claim, look for AZA event staff to assist you with finding our shuttles. They will be in purple button down shirts and will hold a custom sign with our logo and conference name.

Buses for the MHSE/CTB meeting run on Sunday from 10 am until 6 pm. If your flight arrives outside of this schedule, please refer to the “Travel” tab on our website for transportation options.


Travel Adjustments

American Express automatically updates our meeting planners when you make a reservation and/or schedule a change. The shuttle manifest is generated from this information. Therefore, when making any change to flights, be sure to do so within the “group travel” department of American Express.


If your plans change on the day of travel (e.g. you miss a connection due to a flight delay), please contact our AZA coordinator directly:

Tosha Fullerton | Program Manager | 602-722-9534

There is no need to call for typical flight delays, as AWG will track this information directly with the airlines. Place calls only for flights that are completely redirected, or cancelled and rescheduled. You can also call Jan McShea, MHSE travel coordinator for this meeting, at 614-204-7338


Opening Night Reception – Sunday, January 5th

As the sun sets, we begin our journey… 

Join us for a fun and casual opening night reception on Sunday evening in the lobby, lounge, restaurant and patio of the beautiful Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort. Wild Horse Pass was designed to be an authentic representation of the Gila River Indian heritage and culture and, as such, the architecture, design, art and legends of the Akimel O’otham and Pee Posh tribes are celebrated in every detail imaginable, indoors and out. It is the perfect setting to welcome you to Arizona and begin our week.

We will gather as one team to reunite (for some), to introduce ourselves as counterparts, and to welcome new colleagues to the MHE family. Enjoy a variety of food stations, drinks and plenty of places to eat and visit under the evening sky or indoors. Whether inside the lobby lounge,in the Ko’Sin restaurant, on the patio/lawn or cozied up outside next to the fire – plan for a relaxed and free-flowing evening.


What to Expect on the Agenda

Monday, January 6th

MHSE and CTB will join forces on Day One.

All reps, consultants, and managers: come prepared with your business plan and laptop to collaborate with colleagues on a real-life selling solution that includes product, assessment, professional development, and technology. After a brief overview of solution selling, you will work with your team to research and create the real-life scenario, then present your solution to the Solution Tank judges. Communication and creativity will be key to winning a fabulous prize for your whole team!

Tuesday, January 7th

On Day Two, all MHSE attendees (K-12 Core and SSG) will go through the same rotations, with the exception of Contemporary and Time to Know who will begin their dedicated breakouts. Prepare to hear from Marketing and Product Development about the educational market transformation and how MHE is positioning to respond to recent changes.

For these sessions and all product training sessions, attendees should visit the “Training Support” tab to do any required pre-work. 

Wednesday, January 8th

On Day Three after a joint general session, MHSE reps and consultants will break out into smaller groups for specialized training in specific product areas. (K-12 reps/consultants should contact your manager if you have not been given instruction for Day Three training.) After three rotations, all MHSE employees will join your regions to discuss sales strategies that work in an organized sharing of success stories with one another.

Thursday, January 9th

Day Four will be similar to Day Three. We will start out with a general session where CTB will present PARRC and Smarter Balance in a joint general session, followed by two rotations of product training in the morning, and by regional meetings in the afternoon. We will close the day with a joint general session and an evening celebration as one team.



MHSE Sales Reps and Consultants should visit the “Training Support” tab on the NSM website as soon as possible and begin any pre-work activities necessary for your product track.

NOTE: If you are K-12 rep/consultant/support rep, check with your manager to see what product line they have assigned you to for Day Three and Day Four product training sessions.


What to Do with Your Evenings Free…

Monday and Wednesday evening are open for you to enjoy the area. A free shuttle runs to the hotels and major attractions continuously 24 hours a day. 

Monday Evening

Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino
Next door to the Sheraton WHP, and where a number of our colleagues will be accommodated during the meeting, is the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino. The WHP Casino has Vegas style tables and slot machines, restaurants, clubs and shopping.

2014 VIZIO BCS National Championship Game
Enjoy the title game at the WHP Casino or there are also several great sports bars in the Chandler area:

Zipps Sports Grill Coach and Willie’s Sidelines Tavern & Grill
3950 W Ray Rd 1 E Boston St 2980 S Alma School Rd
Chandler, AZ 85226 Chandler, AZ 85225 Chandler, AZ 85248
(480) 782-8877 (480) 776-6240 (480) 792-6965

Not a football fan?
You might consider the nearby Chandler Outlet Mall or a spa appointment at Aji Spa where MHE guests will enjoy a 10% discount on service/treatments.

Wednesday Evening

On Wednesday, January 8th, we will facilitate an optional dine-around. This is chance for colleagues/groups/districts to join together to enjoy a nice meal and network. We will supply shuttles to three nearby areas in Phoenix that have multiple dining options clustered together (Chandler Mall, Biltmore and downtown Scottsdale).

Groups will make reservations on your own, but need to inform the logistics team with their plans so that ample bus coverage is available. Talk now amongst your group and stay tuned for additional information!



Meals and breaks are provided with as much consideration as we can to accommodate multiple dietary restrictions and styles, all while staying within budget (not a small feat with a group this large!). We know that we have a fairly significant number of health conscious attendees and every effort has been made to make a healthy option available at all meals. We are also aware that some travelers have specific tastes or preferences that we cannot always accommodate. If you follow a specific diet, you may find that packing your own special snack, brand of flavored tea, package of oatmeal, etc. brings you some needed comfort while on the road! 

Special Meals: The hotel will prepare an amount of vegetarian choices and meals for dietary restrictions (allergies, such gluten, shellfish, etc.). These needs have been recorded from your meeting registration. Ask your table server for the vegetarian/special option when the day’s selection does not meet your specific restriction or food allergy…but please understand that special and individual orders cannot be accommodated for a group this size. If you simply cannot eat what is offered that day, there are several options for dining on property and also a Starbucks near the meeting space. 



Be sure to visit the meeting Chat Room to talk with our planners and colleagues about upcoming plans for NSM 2014!



Our conference support staff will be in uniform throughout the week so we can be easily identified. Look for us in burgundy/red shirts with the McGraw-Hill logo. We’ll be located in the hallways during transition times and at the information desks to answer your questions or help with logistics. We’re here to help! 



We will have a Cyber Café set up in the conference center where you can access the McGraw-Hill website wirelessly 24 hours a day.

The high-speed connection gives users access to the Intranet and Internet, VPN, T&E Reporting, Outlook for e-mails and the Web. Guests can visit the Atos helpdesk staff for troubleshooting and connection problems throughout the meeting. Members of other various support teams will also be available during conference hours to answer your questions: SFDC, CSOM, ALEKS

Visit us in Kave Ballroom One all week from 7 am – 5 pm 



Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving Time. This means that Arizona never changes its clocks like most of the rest of the country. From the last Sunday in October to the first Sunday in April, Arizona is:

1 hour ahead of the Pacific Time zone (California and Nevada)
1 hour behind the Central Time zone (Texas and Illinois)
2 hours behind the Eastern Time zone (New York and Ohio)


The countdown is on – see you in Phoenix!