Category: Community - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle
The Education Achievement Authority has announced that the most recent assessment test scores show “phenomenal” progress in students of the state-run district.
Students completed the third round of Scantron Performance Series tests in late April and early May. The results showed that 56 percent of students already have achieved one or more year’s growth in reading and 44 percent have achieved two or more year’s growth. In math, 65 percent of students achieved one full year’s growth and 48 percent achieved two full years’ growth.
“The scores are phenomenal and impressive,” said EAA Chancellor Dr. John Wm. Covington.
“Students have responded enthusiastically to the new blended, student-centered approach to education. They are showing they want to learn and can learn given the right environment. They are closing the educational gap.”
Covington said students in EAA schools started out the year behind, so it makes sense to measure growth rather than benchmarks.
EAA students use levels instead of grades for placement. They work through a student-centered platform where they can move on to the next topic once they prove mastery.
“My math and reading scores have improved and it makes me feel like I’m really learning,” said Jordan Cook, 11, a student at Brenda Scott Elementary/Middle School. “I like being able to work at my own pace.”
Trumeia Smith, 12, a student at Nolan Elementary/Middle School, agreed with Cook.
“I get to move on to a new level without having to wait for the rest of the class. I like student-centered learning and I think it has helped me a lot.”
The most recent assessments show progress in students since earlier testing in January and February. Those results showed 27 percent had achieved one or more years of growth in reading, and 22 percent had achieved at least one year’s growth in math.
Covington explained that the tests, which are taken on computers, alter the level of the questions based on the student’s answers. If the student is answering all questions correctly, the questions start to become difficult. However, if the student is struggling to answer questions correctly, it lowers the level of difficulty.
“The assessments allow teachers to meet the students where they are at,” Covington said.
He continued, “The schools admitted into the EAA were in the lowest of the 5 percent of Persistently Lowest Achieving schools in the state. This new data shows that these students are learning. These schools have gone from a pattern of failing children to educating children.
“Students are catching up. We are working to get as many students at grade level and to make sure students who need more time are getting the attention needed. We definitely are seeing a paradigm shift in how education is experienced in Detroit.”
Last Updated on Monday, 10 June 2013 01:12
Category: Community - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Farbman Group and Jackets for Jobs
partner to collect 1,000 suits in five days,
unemployed job seekers benefit
Farbman Group recently announced that the full service commercial real estate firm has partnered with Jackets For Jobs to launch Drive To Thrive, an effort to collect more than 1,000 gently used business suits, beginning Monday, June 17, and continuing through Friday, June 21. Individuals are invited to drop off gently used men’s and women’s suits at the Detroit and Detroit-area Farbman Group office properties detailed below.
Jackets For Jobs is a Detroit-based non-profit organization that helps provide career skills training, employment etiquette and professional clothing to job seekers. The organization relies on clothing donations such as Drive To Thrive to ensure it has the inventory to appropriately dress its clients for work, many of whom leave its shop to go directly to an interview.
“We invite our business colleagues and neighbors — thousands of whom come through the doors of our properties every day — to join us in this effort,” said Andy Farbman, CEO of Farbman Group. “Together, we are helping to provide one of the resources needed so that individuals feel and look their best while seeking to re-enter the workforce and, ultimately, thrive. For those who are cleaning out their closets during the change of season, it’s a perfect time to consider donating to this award winning program.”
Clothing donations should meet these guidelines: All clothing must be clean, dry-cleaned, washed or ironed and on a hanger, ensuring it will arrive at Jackets For Jobs without wrinkles. Clothing must be in good condition, with no stains, moth holes, buttons missing, rips or tears, or broken zippers.
Clothing must be in current style and suitable for the workplace. Basic colors such as black, brown, navy and white are in great demand, but others are welcome. In addition to suits, jackets, shirts and dresses, accessories such as shoes, belts, jewelry, handbags and unopened cosmetics are also greatly appreciated. The organization has a special need for coats, umbrellas and plus-sized suits for women and big and tall suits for men.
Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Tax receipts are provided by request at each buildings management office unless otherwise noted. Drop-off boxes are provided in the lobby of each building.
Drive To Thrive is part of Farbman Cares, Farbman Group’s commitment to corporate citizenship. Farbman Group is committed to the well-being of its employees, clients and community and strives to be good and caring corporate citizens and to leave the world a better place through its efforts. Past Farbman Cares initiatives have included school supply and canned food drives as well as participation in bake sales and fundraiser walks.
Jackets For Jobs is a non-profit organization that helps low income women and men make the transition to work by providing professional business attire and career counseling. Since opening its doors in 2000, Jackets For Jobs has helped over 14,000 individuals with employment, including over 1,000 people in 2012. The organization has been supported and applauded by ABC’s “The View,” NBC’s “Today Show” and Oprah Winfrey’s O magazine. A highlight of the organization was the honor of ringing the closing bell on the NASDAQ. The organization is also proud to be in charitable partnership with TJ Maxx. More information about Jackets For Jobs is available at www.jacketsforjobs.org or by calling (313) 579-9160.
Founded in 1976, Farbman Group/NAI Farbman is a leading full-service real estate organization handling all facets of real estate transactions, from property management and leasing to acquisition and disposition. Today, Farbman is one of the largest and most respected full service organizations in the Midwest. The firm manages more than 20 million square feet of office, retail, multi-family and industrial space throughout Southeast Michigan, Illinois and Florida and is recognized as a leading commercial management and brokerage firm by clientele. For more information, please visit www.Farbman.com and www.NAIFarbman.com.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 June 2013 10:00
Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 16:02
BLACK MUSIC MONTH CELEBRATES WITH GOSPEL MUSIC CELEBRATION FUNDRAISER HONORING 50-YEAR RADIO LEGEND SAM WILLIAMS
Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Proceeds to Benefit Local Veterans Organization
FLINT - For over 50 years Sam Williams has earned his stripes in radio and will soon be recognized for his broad career on the airwaves. The Sam Williams’ Sunday Morning Gospel Show is touted as the longest running and highest-rated radio program in Flint. On Saturday, June 15th, Alternative Veterans Solutions will present a Gospel Music Celebration Honoring Sam Williams beginning at 6 p.m. at The Whiting in Flint, MI. Tickets are $30.
Up to 1,500 local government and community leaders, dignitaries, church clergy and their congregations along with citizens and guests from the Flint, Saginaw, Pontiac and Detroit areas will convene for this one-of-a-kind, highly anticipated fundraiser celebration honoring Sam Williams.
This long-awaited tribute presented by Alternative Veterans Solutions, will be a riveting gospel concert and awards ceremony featuring local church choirs, quartets, praise dance and mime groups and more. There will a special guest performance by the sensational Gospel Music Recording Artist and Composer J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise singing popular hits such as “After This,” and “I Am.”
MESHELLE, known as “The Indie-Mom of Comedy,” who pioneered the role of “Michelle” portrayed by Kimberly Elise in the film adaptation “Woman Thou Art Loosed” written by TD Jakes and Terry McFadden, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for the musical celebration. Flint native Emuell Tedford will serve as the musical director.
Other gospel music performances will take place featuring local and nationally-acclaimed individual and group talent some include:
· The Shepards (est. 1968) - The Shepherds recorded “Live In Durham NC” on Worldwide records in 2000; Amen records in 2002 and recorded “Trilogy Live in Augusta GA” where the CD placed them on the billboard top 40 again landing at # 20. “New Beginnings” is the first CD release on their new label Strawberry Vinyl Records.
· Albert Strickland & Cho'zen - The Flint-based choir and former 2012 contestants
in the Verizon How Sweet the Sound – gospel choir competition. The group will celebrate its 20th anniversary this month.
· Local Pastor Tonya Bailey of Hand of God Ministries will deliver a rousing musical performance during the Gospel Music Celebration event. Pastor Bailey will soon release her new CD in 2013.
In addition to the Gospel Music Celebration, the inaugural Sam Williams Gospel Music Hall of Fame Award will be given during the event. The hall of fame award will be distributed annually to a notable community leader, pastor, musical director or outstanding choir who has contributed significantly to the gospel music industry. Ebenezer Mime Ministry and Grace Emmanuel Praise Dancers will also perform during this spectacular tribute.
Proceeds from the Gospel Music Celebration Honoring Sam Williams will go towards the Alternative Veterans Solutions, a local nonprofit organization, founded in 2010 to assist veterans
returning home from active duty, homeless veterans and those at-risk of becoming homeless by providing basic amenities and help to connect those individuals with the training, education, counseling and rehabilitative services they need.
Tickets are available at The Whiting Box Office Ticket Center located at 1241 E. Kearsley, Flint, 810-237-7333; and the Music Planet, 517 W. Carpenter Rd., Flint, 810-787-0099. If you would like to become a sponsor, or place an ad in the program book, contact 313-402-5722.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 June 2013 10:46
Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle
Potential partners are invited to Michigan State University Detroit Center as the EAA seeks services and products in a variety of areas.
The Education Achievement Authority of Michigan (EAA) will host a Partner Fair on Thursday, June 13 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Michigan State University Detroit Center. Any organization or individual which aspires to do business with the EAA is welcome to attend the event.
The Partner Fair will begin with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. with opening remarks starting at around 8:30 a.m. There will be an overview provided of the EAA and its operations at 9:30 a.m. after which the fair will break into sessions.
The fair will provide organizations and individuals with a chance to speak to EAA administrative staff, who will be present to answer any questions and provide additional information on the EAA and its operations. There will also be opportunities for pitching.
"We welcome anyone to attend the Partner Fair to learn about working with the EAA," said EAA Chancellor Dr. John Wm. Covington. "It is a great and equitable way to meet with all businesses or individuals interested in being a part of our mission."
The EAA is seeking a range of products and services in several areas including: communication, marketing and public relations; curriculum and instruction; human resources; finance and operations; behavioral interventions and wrap around services; public safety and security; and technology.
About the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan
The Education Achievement Authority of Michigan is a new statewide system of schools that will operate the lowest performing 5 percent of schools in Michigan not achieving satisfactory results on a redesign plan or that are under an emergency manager. It is designed to provide a new, stable, financially responsible set of public schools that create the conditions, supports, tools and resources under which teachers can help students make significant academic gains. It began operating its initial schools in the 2012-2013 school year.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 20:33
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