Michigan’s Power Players Come Together to Solve the State’s K-12 Education Problems

I had the opportunity to attend the Business Leaders for Michigan and The Center for Michigan’s 2018 Solutions Summit. For me, it was the statewide version of the Coalition for the Future of Detroit’s Children. That is a good thing. The agenda was good because it spent a little time on how Michigan became on of the worst states in…

Leveraging the Power of Data for Strategic Learning and Improvement

By Mary Grech A recently released report by The Education Trust-Midwest leveraged the power of comparative state assessment data to provide fresh insight on Michigan’s early literacy performance. The results were troubling and become more so, as we further explore the data.   The new report found that Michigan third-graders are the lowest performing students in the U.S. among states in…

The Times They Are A-Changin

Youth have a voice! It’s evident everywhere you go! They are speaking out! Raising fists and flags and signs, shouting “Give Us” whatever it is we need! When I was a youth (at risk of sounding old), children were seen and not heard. I recall my seventh grade teacher Mr. Barnicowski had a huge paddle over his classroom door. Engraved…

There’s Nothing Typical About Black Boys Behavior!

America’s got blood on its hands when it chooses to not address trauma in its misguided youth. . I recall doing a pop-up visit at my son’s school some years ago. Walking up the corridor I could hear what I thought was the gym and a group of children very loud and running around. It was my son’s 6th grade…

My Students, My Voice, My Impact

By Dr. Yolanda Bloodsaw, Principal of Old Redford Academy in Detroit As part of our ongoing efforts to close the equity gap between charter schools and traditional public schools, we invited charter parents, educators and advocates to participate in the 2018 Charters Make a Difference Initiative, giving them a chance to tell their charter success story at the capitol. Meet Dr. Yolanda…

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