Celebrating the spirit and resilience of Detroit’s students, parents and educators.

Can This Detroit Principal Help Her Students Learn Quickly Enough to Save Her School?

BY ERIN EINHORN, Chalkbeat Detroit Students were clearly hard at work when Principal Alisanda Woods stopped by her school’s sixth grade English class one morning last month. Some of the sixth-graders were working on a writing assignment. Others plugged away at a reading comprehension lesson, answering questions about an article they had read on conflict resolution. One child worked independently…

A Partnership Between Faithbased Leaders And Schools Is Valuable

Do you remember when the leaders of the church you attended as a child knew everything going on at the schools? How about when your local principal sat a few rows away from your family at church? This was our village: we shopped together, worshiped together, and were educated together. When you combine community and education, you have a plan…

Model D Highlights Hope Starts Here

Model D highlights the work of Hope Starts Here and how parents have been and continue to be included in the process of developing a new Early Learning sytem in Detroit. “This is an unheard of brainstorm to see what kids need,” Bradley says. “To parents it is monumental. They think, ‘Wow someone is actually listening to me, they are…

Education Plan Missing Honest Data, High Goals & Accountability

By Brian Gutman, Education Trust Midwest Every Michigan student – regardless of race, family income or disability status – deserves access to a high-quality education. Yet data on how well Michigan prepares students tells a very different story. As The Education Trust-Midwest has highlighted for years, across the board, Michigan students are far behind their peers. This is why the opportunity to…

SHE NEVER ATE HER LUNCH AT SCHOOL AND HERE’S WHY

She was quiet, completed all of her work on time, and followed the rules daily. Occasionally she laughed when the other children were being silly but at playtime she kept to herself. A pleasure to have in any classroom, teachers would love to duplicate her attitude towards learning. One day during summer camp I realized that she never ate her…

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