What Matters: A Thriving Community

Registration for What Matters is now closed.  Logistics and information for registrants can be found below.

Thank you for registering for What Matters: A Thriving Community! We are so excited to welcome our guest panel from Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) in Boston and learn with you next Wednesday, May 1 at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St, Raleigh.

With the City of Raleigh readying itself to welcome tens of thousands of teachers from across the state at the Teacher’s Rally, we want to provide you with all the information you need to make your visit and attendance at What Matters this year as smooth as possible. 

Registration Information

If you are attending an opening session:
– What Matters opening sessions are sold out and will require a paper ticket to enter this year. If you selected to attend an opening session when you signed up for What Matters, you may pick up your name badge, program, and ticket at registration located at the main entrance of the Raleigh Convention Center beginning at 9 am.

If you are attending the lunch discussion only:
– Registration for lunch will open at 11 am at the main entrance of the Raleigh Convention Center.

Event Timeline

9 am – Opening Session registration opens
10 am – Opening Sessions begin
11 am – Luncheon Registration opens
11:30 am – Ballroom doors open
12 pm – Lunch Discussion begins
1:45 pm – Program concludes

Traffic Information

As we have previously communicated, the Teacher’s Rally is also being held in downtown Raleigh on the morning of May 1. This will likely increase traffic in and around the area. To stay up to date on traffic the morning of the event, we suggest that you tune in to WRAL 101.5 FM or follow them on twitter.

Potential Road Closures

Definite details surrounding the Teacher’s Rally have not yet been released, but we know that the potential for road closures on Fayetteville Street from Duke Energy Center up to the Capitol Building, and on Salisbury Street from Duke Energy Center to the 700 block (in front of the Raleigh Convention Center) are highly likely. We suggest that you safely utilize a traffic/GPS app to stay on top of road closures as they become available if you have access to one.

Complimentary Foundation Bus Transportation

Because of the likelihood of traffic and parking challenges, the Foundation has decided to offer complimentary round-trip bus service to the event from our office at 800 Park Offices Drive, Research Triangle Park. We will have two buses for this service. The first bus will leave RTP at 8:45 am, to arrive in time for opening sessions, and the second bus will leave RTP at 10:45 am, to arrive in time for the luncheon. Both buses will depart after the lunch program from the Convention Center at 2 pm to head back to RTP. If you are interested in reserving space on either bus, you must contact Alex Franklin at alexandria@trianglecf.org or 919.328.4002. There is limited seating, and it is first-come, first-served.  

Parking & Other Transportation Options

– Because of the increase in activity expected on May 1, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with all of the parking options available to you. Click here to view the official Downtown Raleigh parking map. The Convention Center suggests these parking lots, as they are close to the event, but cannot guarantee availability, especially due to potential road closures.

– If you choose to employ Uber or Lyft to get you to and from the Raleigh Convention Center, please be aware that drop-off and pick-up will not be available by the main entrance, and you may need to choose a location on Dawson Street for your driver.

– GoRaleigh Bus Service has a free downtown bus loop, click here to view the schedule and map, and to stay up to date on any shift changes due to road closures. 

– We encourage you to carpool/ride-share when possible, if you choose to drive yourself. 

Childcare Needs

Most of the region’s local after-school centers and camps have opened because of the Teacher’s Rally on May 1. If you are in need of childcare due to school being cancelled, we suggest that you contact your local childcare provider to see what they are offering, or click here to view track-out camps compiled by Carolina Parent Magazine.

We look forward to seeing you next week as we explore what it will take for everyone to thrive! Please let us know if you have any questions in the meantime and thank you for choosing to be with us on May 1. Click here to view the full event details.