Month: September 2016

The Hope

The Atlantic newspaper published a great article this week on Detroit Public Schools. What is so great about it you ask? It does not ignore the fact that DPS had a lot of struggles last year and that it has a long way to go this year.  But, the article speaks to the “hope” of improvement. The “hope” that a…

Before You Send a Student Home

I can honestly say that in my lifetime I have been sent to the principal’s office for misbehaving at least once when I was a kid.  I hated discipline in school, but I feared my mother more. However, I remember several times when I got in trouble and had to go to the blackboard and the teacher had me write,…

Detroit Youth Talk About What It’s Like to Grow Up in the City

By Siobhan O’Laoire, evaluation fellow at The Skillman Foundation This summer, we talked with Detroit youth to hear about their experiences of growing up in the city, and their perspectives on the current needs and challenges facing youth today. We visited parks and community centers in five different Detroit neighborhoods, speaking with a diverse mix of youth. So what did…

School Has One Year to Prove It’s Existence

Chalkbeat Detroit’s Erin Einhorn writes a great story about what it is like to be a school in Detroit that literally has to prove their worth within the next year or so. The school is Mumford Academy. It is part of Detroit Mumford High School and a process that has been developed to help students succeed in a very complex…

What Do You Do When A Teacher Has a Life in Their Hands

The picture above is Michelle Davis. She is a strong and loving DPS teacher. Pictured with her students, she gives 130% of her time and energy to her “babies”. Teachers like her and others have literally saved the lives of Detroit children for years. There are hundreds of stories of Detroit educators putting our children on the path to success.…