Category: Community Written by Amber Bogins
The third class of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellows, announced today, will bring both cutting-edge preparation and real-world expertise in math and science to Michigan's high-need urban and rural schools. (See attached list of bios and factsheet on the 2013 class of Fellows.)
This year's 51 WKKF-WW Michigan Teaching Fellows—among them an engineer who helped design a semi-autonomous car, an ornithologist who teaches at a local nature center, a professional pilot, a college economics instructor and more—will each receive $30,000 to complete a specially designed, cutting-edge master's degree program based on a year-long classroom experience. In return, Fellows commit to teach for three years in Michigan's high-need urban and rural secondary schools
The 2013 class is the third group of Fellows named in Michigan for this program, launched by the Kellogg Foundation in 2009 with $18 million in support and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation in Princeton.
The program ultimately will provide more than 100,000 students with the level of instruction they need to contribute and thrive in Michigan's rapidly changing economy and workforce. Numerous studies have demonstrated that students in high-need schools are significantly less likely to have access to such teachers, particularly in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math). "The research is clear – the most important factor affecting the quality of a student's education is the quality of the classroom teacher. Beyond that, effective educ ators can make a powerful and lasting impact on students in ways that can't be measured by test scores and report cards," said Sterling Speirn, president and CEO of the Kellogg Foundation.
Campuses working with the Fellows include Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and Western Michigan University. These universities partner with local school districts where Fellows learn to teach in real classrooms from the beginning of their master's work, just as physicians learn in teaching hospitals. The nine partner districts for these clinical placements, up from seven last year, including Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, Detroit, Godfrey-Lee, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Wyoming and Ypsilanti.
"Michigan's economic future will be driven by the STEM fields," said Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. "Getting strong math and science teachers into Michigan's high-need schools means both creating opportunities for the young people who most need them and building the state's workforce. There's no greater need in Michigan education today, and we think these Fellows will do a tremendous job in helping to meet that need. They are amazing people, and they will change tens of thousands of lives."
Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2013 10:11
ST. JOSEPH MERCY OAKLAND’S MICHIGAN BARIATRIC INSTITUTE INVITES THE PUBLIC TO FREE EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland's (SJMO) Michigan Bariatric Institute (MBI) will host a free educational seminar focusing on bariatric surgery options at 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday,
Aug. 7, 2013, in the hospital's Franco Communications Center, 44405 Woodward Ave., Pontiac.
Entitled, "A Minimally Invasive Surgical Approach to Treating Obesity," the seminar will feature an overview of the bariatric surgery program and the types of procedures it offers, as well as a question and answer session.
Speakers include general and bariatric surgeon and SJMO Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery Jacob Roberts, DO; and MBI Program Director and former bariatric patient Paula Magid.
In the area of Bariatric Surgery, Dr. Roberts specializes in laparoscopic (i.e., minimally invasive) surgery procedures: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery, Adjustable Gastric Banding and Sleeve Gastrectomy. He also is interested in minimally invasive/advanced laparoscopic surgery including: Cholecystectomy, Hiatal Hernia Repair and Nissen Fundoplication, Incisional and Inguinal Hernia Repair, Splenectomy, Gastric Resections, Colectomy, Appendectomy and Anti-Reflux Surgery.
Dr. Roberts received his medical degree at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and was chief resident at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Oakland Center in Madison Heights, Mich.
He completed his fellowship training at the Chicago Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, Ill. Dr. Roberts also is board certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Roberts is on the SJMO medical staff as a general and minimally invasive bariatric surgeon. He performs surgeries at SJMO and at St. Mary Mercy Livonia, both Saint Joseph Mercy Health System member hospitals.
Surgeons at MBI are experienced in advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques, including Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy and Adjustable Gastric Banding. Laparoscopic bariatric surgery results in minimal pain, less scarring, shorter hospital stay and recovery time. Weight loss of about 70 percent of excess body weight can be anticipated within the first year and maintained.
The MBI program provides a comprehensive approach to the bariatric surgery experience, including:
• Team of specially trained registered nurses, registered dieticians, behavioral specialists and exercise physiologists to assist the patient through the weight reduction process
• Free educational seminars
• Comprehensive pre-surgical classes
• Post-surgical follow-up visits
• Monthly support group
The public is welcome free of charge.
To register for the educational seminar or for more information, call 877-Why-Weight (877-949-9344).
Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2013 10:05
Category: Community - Original Written by RJ Barnhill
ARISE Detroit! is partnering with Detroit Public Schools for the organization's seventh annual Neighborhoods Day on Saturday, August 3. Businesses and organizations are being encouraged to adopt a school and help beautify it for the upcoming school year.
Thirty-five Detroit Public Schools are participating in this year's event. Each school has developed its own wish list and project request. The community service projects being requested include painting, planting gardens and flowers, repairing sports fields, mowing lawns, plumbing repairs, boarding up nearby vacant homes, and much more. The complete list of school requests, along with the number of volunteers needed for each school, can be found at www.arisedetroit.org.
"We are pleased to include Detroit Public Schools again this year in our event that demonstrates pride in our city," said Luther Keith, Executive Director of ARISE Detroit! "Children need a safe and inviting learning environment, as well as clean and safe routes to school. Volunteers who adopt a school will make a major difference in the lives of our young people."
The Skillman Foundation President Carol Goss is serving as this year's honorary chair for ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day. The Skillman Foundation has invested millions of dollars in programs that work to improve neighborhoods and schools.
"Neighborhoods Day provides an opportunity for all Detroit residents to demonstrate what our city means to them. It is their chance to get involved in Detroit's comeback and its future," Goss said. "Participating in this year's event is more important than ever, considering the financial challenges our city is facing."
ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day attracts thousands of participants. To date, more than 140 community service and improvement projects and other events are being planned for August 3rd in neighborhoods throughout Detroit. The activities include cleanup projects, building new housing, back-to-school fairs, garage sales, community art displays, church programs, health fairs, youth concerts, parades, anti-crime events, and volunteer recruitment. Local block clubs, churches, associations, businesses, and community groups select the activities for their neighborhoods. ARISE Detroit! assists in the organization and promotion of the events.
This year's title sponsor for Neighborhoods Day is Quicken Loans. More than 1,000 of the company's team members will be volunteering on August 3rd. Other sponsors are: Meijer, Comerica Bank, PNC Bank, MGM Grand Detroit, DMC Sinai Grace, Detroit Media Partnership, The Michigan Chronicle, Radio One, WWJ Radio, The Kresge Foundation, The Skillman Foundation, LISC, Henry Ford Health System, Health Alliance Plan, Metro Property Group, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Blue Cross Blue Shield, FirstMerit Bank, Comcast, Whole Foods, Dunkin' Donuts, People Movers, Greeningdetroit.com, and CVS/Caremark.
Groups that want to adopt a school should e-mail their contact information to
For more information on Neighborhoods Day, go to www.arisedetroit.org or call 313-921-1955.
About ARISE Detroit!
Funded by the Kresge Foundation and other supporters, ARISE Detroit! is a coalition of more than 400 non-profits, churches, community groups and organizations. ARISE Detroit! recruits volunteers and promotes events and programs on behalf of local community groups working to improve the quality of life in Detroit. For more information, visit www.arisedetroit.org or call 313-921-1955.
Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2013 09:38
ST. JOSEPH MERCY OAKLAND AND MERCY HOME CARE CONDUCT SUPPORT GROUP FOR STROKE SURVIVORS AND CAREGIVERS
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO), in collaboration with Mercy Home Care, will host a support group for stroke survivors and caregivers at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at the Woodward Professional Building, across from the main hospital, 44428 Woodward Ave., Pontiac. Attendees should enter the building at the Rehabilitation Entrance and proceed to the lower level.
Topic for the support group meeting is "Ask a Stroke Nurse. Open Discussion with a Panel of Stroke Nurses," presented by Heidi Warrington, RN, BSN, Clinical Education Specialist and Neuroscience Registered Nurses.
The support group will focus on:
• Understanding stroke recovery, rehabilitation and how to prevent a recurrence of stroke
• Sharing experiences with other survivors and providing mutual support
• Promoting independence and improving performance of daily living activities
• Providing a forum where caregivers and family members can share their experience and support each other
• Offering information to patients on how they can restore their quality of life despite losses and disabilities caused by stroke
The support group is conducted and supported collaboratively by SJMO and its Rehabilitation Services and Neuroscience Departments, Faith Community Nursing and Mercy Home Care.
The public is invited free of charge. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 248-858-3295.
Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2013 09:47
Category: Community Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Monday, Governor Rick Snyder is expected to announce the appointment of the new Emergency Manager for Detroit Public Schools.
Detroit Public Schools current emergency manager Roy Roberts says that Jack Martin is expected to assume the position. Roberts announced earlier this year his intentions on stepping down from the EM position.
Stay tuned to MichiganChronicle.com as this story develops.
Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2013 08:53
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