Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle
This year Detroit Public Schools is offering more choices, earlier than ever, during a new Open Enrollment Period now through April 16.
Individual schools include those neighborhood schools showcased by Excellent Schools Detroit as among the best in the City, as well as new schools and college preparatory programs with curriculum focusing on science, medicine and performing arts.
DPS also offers multilingual education programs, Public School League scholar-athlete programs and Parent Resource Centers.
Districtwide, DPS will create an Individualized Learning Plan for each student and academic blueprints for every parent, and will provide Netbooks for home usage to all students in grades 8-12.
Wrapping up the school assignments for current students early will ensure a smooth start to the new school year including the placement of a teacher in front of every child on the first day of school, states DPS Emergency Manager Roy Roberts.
Rather than continue to support underutilized buildings, DPS consolidated schools to allow resources to be delivered to a smaller group of high quality schools. In a number of cases, high achieving programs will move to newer, larger facilities to allow programs to expand and serve more students.
"We are embarking on a bold and ambitious journey with new educational models that will return this City to its rightful place as the world class leader in public education," Roberts said.
With regard to the new Individualized Learning Plans, DPS Superintendent of Academics Karen Ridgeway said, “These learning plans will be automated and built electronically from
existing data systems, using test scores from the Michigan Merit Exam, MEAP, and benchmark assessments as well as other data, such as attendance.”
The district offers free breakfast, lunch and a snack, and provides services for children
with special needs. Parent involvement is strongly encouraged and supported.
More information is available in a brand new newsletter tab inserted first in Wednesday's editions of the Michigan Chronicle and the Michigan Front Page. For enrollment information, call (313) 240-4377 or visit detroitk12.org/enroll
Last Updated on Monday, 19 March 2012 10:27
Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) recently announced its annual “Classical Roots” Celebration will be dedicated to the late Dr. Arthur L. Johnson, who was the founder of the event and was recently made a lifetime board member of the DSO. This much-anticipated black-tie celebration raises awareness about the contributions of African-Americans to classical music and supports increased opportunities through special programs, such as the DSO’s African-American Orchestral Fellowship Program, a mentoring opportunity for young professional musicians. The “Classical Roots” Concerts on Friday, March 16, at 10:45 a.m. and Saturday, March 17, at 8 p.m. will also honor the late African-American composer Hale Smith.
“I am excited about the outstanding evening and musical program planned for this year’s “Classical Roots” Celebration. The evening will feature amazingly talented musicians and we will be treated to a new composition by one of the most exciting young artists of our time, Daniel Bernard Roumain. I am also proud that we will take time to pay tribute to the memory of my husband, Arthur Johnson,” said “Classical Roots” Chair Chacona W. Johnson.
The Celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Max M. Fisher Music Center with a strolling dinner in The Music Box featuring performances by the DSO Civic Jazz Ensemble and the Detroit Children’s Choir, followed by the “Classical Roots” concert at 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall. Following the concert, guests are invited to a dancing and dessert afterglow in the Atrium and The Music Box featuring DJ Global. The DSO will be led by guest conductor André Raphel and will feature performances by soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme and the Brazeal Dennard Chorale, led by Augustus O. Hill. The concert will also feature the DSO Premier of “Dreamers, Dancers and Presidents” by Daniel Bernard Roumain. Co-chairing the “Classical Roots” Celebration are Chacona W. Johnson and Herman B. Gray, M.D. with the support of more than 30 other Detroit-area citizens and corporate leaders. The Celebration is sponsored by JPMorgan Chase.
“I am honored to co-chair, along with Chacona Johnson, the DSO’s Classical Roots Celebration, an evening to witness divine musical talent, well-deserved recognition and a special tribute for a very special man, the late Arthur Johnson. This is an important celebration of classical African-American music, with proceeds going to support African-American music development. It will be an evening to relish and cherish and I am truly looking forward to it,” said Classical Roots Co-Chair Dr. Herman Gray.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 March 2012 14:30
Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle
15 Detroit schools make up initial EAA roster
At a special joint meeting Tuesday, the Education
Achievement Authority (EAA) of Michigan Board of Directors and
Executive Committee approved the assignment of 15 Detroit Public
Schools as its initial member schools to open in September.
Chancellor John Covington describes the EAA of Michigan as, "A
different system for a different outcome. It is our goal to create a
new model for education within the state of Michigan."
"The existing educational structure in this country was
designed to accommodate an agrarian society 150 years ago," Covington
said. "The old model simply does not fit a 21st Century digital
society. The EAA is a new model for students, teachers and parents to
fit a new century. We are fundamentally changing the paradigm for
teaching and learning in Michigan."
The EAA of Michigan is a new statewide system of schools
starting in Detroit that will assume operation of the lowest 5 percent
of the Persistently Lowest Achieving (PLA) schools as defined by the
Michigan Department of Education in the state of Michigan over the
next three years.
The concept for the EAA of Michigan was announced in June, 2011 by
Gov. Rick Snyder and Detroit Public Schools (DPS) Emergency Manager
Roy Roberts. It was formally created in August, 2011 through an
inter-local agreement between Eastern Michigan University (EMU) and
DPS. The EAA of Michigan has an 11-member board with seven members
appointed by Snyder, two by DPS and two by EMU.
Covington said the nine elementary and six high schools assigned to
the EAA will be radically transformed to address stifled student
achievement in these schools.
"For the first time, students in direct run schools will be organized
by their instructional level rather than by the number of years they
have been in school," Covington said. "They will progress based on
their individual mastery of subjects rather than the number of days
spent in the classroom.
"EAA of Michigan will take low performing schools and build a
portfolio of high performing schools. These schools will feature a
flexible schedule; a rigorous curriculum aligned to state, national
and international standards and increased school-site autonomy to make
decisions necessary for students to succeed. We are designing a new
approach to education from the ground up."
The nine elementary/middle schools that will be part of EAA are:
Brenda Scott Elementary/Middle
Mary M. Bethune Elementary/Middle
The six high schools are:
Central Collegiate Academy
Denby High School
Ford High School
Mumford High School
Pershing High School
Southeastern High School
Covington said students who currently attend schools that
have been assigned to the EAA of Michigan will automatically become a
part of the new school system. Families will have the choice to
transfer to a different school if they so desire and have complete
information on the options available to them. Students from other
schools may also enroll in EAA schools if they desire to be a part of
the new education model.
A full schedule of meetings is planned to assure that
parents are fully informed about all the options available for their
children. Parents will receive a special package in the mail in a few
days with meeting dates and times. In addition, parents can call the
EAA Parent Information line at (313) 456-2278 or visit
for more information. Covington said parents
will have a voice in the future of their child's school, including
participation on School Reinvention Teams (SRTs) where they can
provide direct feedback and guidance. Open enrollment will take place
March 15-April 16, 2012.
"Students will be free to apply to the school of their
choice during open enrollment," Covington said. "The goal is to
increase high quality options for students so that they can find the
best fit for them."
Within EAA direct run schools, as students master subject matter
at one level, they will advance to the next level of learning
regardless of the number of days they have spent in the class. Thus,
advancement is based on their mastery of materials, not the number of
days they have spent in class. Students who require extra time to
complete materials will not have to start over at the beginning of a
new school year but will be able to work from their prior achievement
"The EAA of Michigan is designed to empower teachers to
succeed by giving them a professional work environment under which
they will have the autonomy, support and empowerment they need to
dramatically raise student achievement," Covington said.
He said teachers will have access to:
· timely and meaningful student data
· best instructional practices
· time to collaborate with others
· time to teach and re-teach until students master content and skills
· an institutional structure of continuous improvement that supports
· multiple pathways to teacher certification
· timely meaningful professional development tied to student needs
as shown by data
· pay incentives.
Covington said the EAA of Michigan schools will incorporate components
of school transformation efforts being implemented around the country
including in the Chicago Public Schools, in post-Katrina New Orleans
and in Denver, Colorado. He and his staff hosted 12 strategic planning
meetings in communities around the state from December 2011 to
February 2012, to obtain input for envisioning schools of the 21st
Century. More than 700 educators, parents, community leaders, clergy,
business leaders and concerned citizens provided input on how the new
system should operate and functions. In addition, a statewide
strategic planning student forum hosting 100 students was held in East
Lansing, Michigan on the campus of Michigan State University in
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 March 2012 11:41
Category: Community Written by Chiara Clayton
I am proud to be a community representative for the American Cancer Society (ACS). ACS is the leading cancer-fighting organization in the country. Last June, at the Relay for Life of Detroit over 700 people came together as a community on the campus of Marygrove College with one common goal – to fight back against cancer and to celebrate the collective victory of local cancer survivors. We raised over $100,000 to support the fight against cancer.
On Thursday, March 22, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Detroit will officially get under way as event volunteers and participants gather for a kickoff party at the Frederick Douglass College Prep High School (formerly Murray-Wright High School), 2001 West Warren. I’m inviting all Detroiters to attend this kickoff celebration to learn more about the 2012 Relay For Life of Detroit and how they can become part of an exciting event that will pave the way to a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Registration and refreshments are from 6:30 to 7 pm and the program is from 7 to 8 p.m.
Relay For Life is ACS’s signature event, dedicated to increasing awareness and raising funds to fight cancer. Teams of family, friends and coworkers camp out overnight, taking turns walking the track. During the event, participants and visitors will have a chance to celebrate the victory of area cancer survivors during the Survivors Lap at 10 a.m.; remember those we have lost to the disease during the poignant Luminaria Ceremony at 10 p.m.; and participate in the Fight Back Ceremony at 3 p.m. that gives everyone a chance to proclaim their way of taking action against the disease.
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community.
We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.
As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year.
To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org. Donations can be made to the Relay for Life Detroit by visiting www.relayforlife.org/detroitmi. Teams and survivors can also go to the site to register.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 March 2012 14:12
Category: Community Written by Nicole Black
Onward Christian Soldiers, Missionary has expressed her concern about aggressively confronting the onslaught of issues we are facing in this day and time. Missionary is on the forefront to protect our community from indifference and injustice. Chairing this years celebration is Hon. Kevin Robinson, Co-chair is Hon. Prentis Edwards Jr. This years event will be held on Saturday, March 17TH, 2012 at 6:00 P.M. at the Hotel St. Regis 3071 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit MI 48202
For ticket information please call Monique Marks 313 363-1707 or Michael Van Tull 313 283-2572.
Photo: Local Judges Honor and Congratulate Missionary Hattie B. Humphrey on celebrating another spirit filled year of doing service in Detroit. (then reprint the language from last weeks ad)
Seated: Hon. Katherine L. Hansen, Missionary H. B. Humphrey, Monique Marks
standing: Hon. Linda V. Parker, Hon. Gershwin A. Drain, Hon. David S. Robinson Jr., Hon. Kevin F. Robbins, Hon. Lawrence S. Talon, Hon. Prentis Edwards, Jr., Hon. Edward Ewell Jr., Hon.Donna Robinson Milhouse
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 March 2012 17:47
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