Category: Educators

Making the move to homeschooling was not a choice that we took lightly

By Kija Gray Making the move to homeschooling was not a choice that we took lightly. Truth be told, neither my husband or I graduated from high school. We had the knowledge and skill to do it, but we got bored with school, fell behind, and could not get back on track. The system failed us. It wasn’t a fit…

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…

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…

$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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