Author: Bernita Bradley

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…

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…

Police Officers Know Best?

Two encounters with police officers left me and my daughter speechless. Monday: My daughter’s health class had a guest, an officer of the law who gave a presentation on driving safety tips. The basic message was, “it’s in your best interest if you just be a good citizen and follow these recommendations.” Here’s what the officer said: Keep your hands…

$50,000,000, Hope and Advocacy For Detroit Earliest Learners

Where does hope start in a city like Detroit where 14 percent of third graders read at grade level and 60 percent live in poverty?” It starts with a cohesive collaboration of community leaders, community foundations, educators, lawmakers, and parents. That’s the heart of the citywide initiative called Hope Starts Here, which heard from all of us for a full…

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