Tag: Detroit

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…

I Guess We Got the State of Michigan to Reconsider ESSA

On the same day that we posted a blog urging the state of Michigan to reconsider their ESSA plan, the state’s lieutenant governor, Brian Calley, pushes for a rework of the state’s ESSA plan that was submitted by state superintendent Brian Winston. Is it a coincidence? Who knows. But we will take it. The movement would add more accountability and…

Why Shopping for Schools Must be Strategic—Especially When the School You Love Is Closing

Six weeks into the new school year families filled the gym at Aisha Shule/W.E.B. DuBois Preparatory Academy—despite knowing the school would be closing. It was four years ago and I was part of a team of AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers asked to come to a school choice fair being held at the school. In our role as support for families, we…

The Skillman Foundation Celebrates MI Educators

By Chanel Hampton The Skillman Foundation has done a great job of reaching out to Detroit area teachers and telling their stories. They have spent the last couple of months collecting and telling the stories of some of the hardest working educators in our community. One important story is Chanel Hampton. — Lola Mae and Joe Harris, my grandma and…

Morning Pick-Me-Ups: Students Need Them Too

Let me start with a confession: 40 percent of the time I am fussing at my daughter on the way to school. It may not be all bad fussing! You know, things like, “Did you get your homework?” “Where’s your bow tie?” “Why did you wear that shirt?” “When you get home don’t forget to…” Blah, blah, blah! I really…

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