Month: February 2017

Keeping Kids Off the Streets and a Future in Their Pockets

A couple of days ago, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan with his support team and community leaders launched the new Youth Career Center. Its mission is to help solve the issue we always talk about, but do little to solve. Youth Employment and Training. This is not just an opportunity to make some money. But kids have an opportunity to improve…

Natalie Fotias’s Thoughts on School Closures

The Skillman Foundation’s Natalie Fotias writes a great piece on the issue of the pending Detroit school closures. As a school choice advocate, some people assume I would support school closures. Far from it. Because I love my city. Closing a couple of dozen DPS schools would destabilize communities. Communities of parents that can’t take their children to charter or…

The Family Portrait Photos Don’t Reveal

July 31, 2016: Standing on the front lawn, family safe, pet safe, watching firefighters fight to save our home. I was grateful our lives were saved but in fear that our history would be lost once again. All I could think was where were our family photos? I stored them strategically in large green totes in the basement. They were…

The Coach I Want for Our Littlest Teams: Alicia Williams

Strategically setting up classrooms, teaching intentionally and assessing where each child is on an ongoing basis can be overwhelming without the right coach. Yet without this support, teachers can inadvertently become babysitters instead of the educators our earliest learners deserve. Which brings me to this month’s Face of The D. Alicia Williams has dedicated her life to become her teacher’s…

Detroit Families Deserve to Know How Our Kids’ Schools Are Doing

Yesterday, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) released its draft plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the federal law that replaced No Child Left Behind. I can say that state Superintendent Brian Whiston assembled a diverse group of organizations to participate in a working group tasked with giving MDE their ideas and recommendations on what should or…