Category: Educators

$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…

Libraries, Laundry and Lots of Fun

All evening long a little boy with the cutest curly afro ran up and down the aisle of the laundromat. His energy level was one not for the faint of heart. Ms. Q, as families call her, entered the laundromat greeted by him enjoying the view from the floor. Libraries Without Borders, Laundry Cares and Brilliant Detroit have given families access to…

Class Is In But Where’s The Teachers?

Michigan has one of the largest absentee rates  in the country for both Public and Charter School Teachers. ■In Michigan, 24.7 percent of traditional public school teachers are chronically absent, compared to 12.4 percent of charter school teachers. Eleven other states have similar discrepancies. “In their introduction to the report, Fordham’s Michael Petrilli and Amber Northern ask: “Why would we…

Detroit Teacher Uses Hip Hop to Teach Literacy to His Students

Just when I’m down on the education machine, politics and the world in general. As being a place that will suck our souls dry. From time to time I come across a person or a story that reminds me that there are people in this world who want to just help their fellow man. The story of Quan Neloms is…

Detroit’s State of the Schools

Detroit School Talk was present at Detroit’s very first parent driven State of the Schools  sponsored by 482Forward. We asked parents, community leaders, teachers and students “What are your thoughts about tonight’s  event?” The responses were mixed, some felt an open and honest conversation was refreshing. Others hoped for more and thought it mimicked the same old battle of Charter Vs. Traditional…

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