Tag: Teachers

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…

The Coach I Want for Our Littlest Teams: Alicia Williams

Strategically setting up classrooms, teaching intentionally and assessing where each child is on an ongoing basis can be overwhelming without the right coach. Yet without this support, teachers can inadvertently become babysitters instead of the educators our earliest learners deserve. Which brings me to this month’s Face of The D. Alicia Williams has dedicated her life to become her teacher’s…

Dear Betsy DeVos, Your Key to Public Schools is Parents and Students

Dear Ms. DeVos: I am pretty sure what happened the other day when, as the new U.S. education secretary, you tried to tour a public school and were met by protesters, was seen as wrong in the eyes of many of those who feel you need to know what is needed in public schools. Of course you need to know as…

My First Teacher Is #MyBlackHistory Hero: My Moms

When I think about Black History, I think about the history of my family. My mother, Mattalyn Love Jones, fondly referred to as “Moms,” is one of the strongest women I have ever met. At 68, she’s going strong. She raised two hard-headed boys to be two productive men, both graduates of Detroit Public Schools. Like her mother, she believed…

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