Month: December 2017

Parent Advocacy, Engagement, Outreach, Yada Yada Yada!

What qualities should and shouldn’t we have when considering ourselves advocates, liaisons, engagement or outreach managers for parents and community? You know, we all have names for it. As a matter of fact, most of the organizations in the city of Detroit have a position listed for someone who connects with community and parents. Seems to be a growing trend.…

Don’t Make Us Choose Sides, Parents Just Want Good Schools Not A War

Take all kids out of charter schools. Close them down and require those students to attend their closest public school, no matter how far the distance, how full the classrooms and how low-performing. Hop on a bus more than 25 minutes to attend the closest highschool near you and sit at the back of the class on the floor. Children…

How Can Grosse Pointe School Board Member Talk About “Charter School Segregation.”

It is interesting (and surprising!) that Grosse Pointe School Board member Christopher Profeta tweeted, “US charter schools put growing numbers in racial isolation.” Which means charter schools are the cause for segregation in urban America. That is a lot coming from a school district that is predominantly white and does not allow Detroiters to attend his school district. The Grosse…

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…

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