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May 4, 2018
Week in review: Would ‘special education’ by any other name be the same?
Most educators working in urban schools know that many of their students face challenges at home. But a $3 million grant from…
May 3, 2018
Detroit district board votes to change name of ‘special education,’ but not everyone agrees it’s ‘exceptional’
The Detroit board of education wants to change the name to give special needs students more "dignity."
Proceeding with caution
April 30, 2018
A controversial joint bus route for Detroit district and charter schools hits a speed bump
A city effort to create a shared bus route that would transport children to both district and charter schools in Detroit is getting some extra scrutiny from the Detroit school board — even asbut the cost could be coming down for participating schools.
April 27, 2018
Week in review: How to build a successful school if you’ve never worked in one
We took an inside look this week at a new program that aims to tackle one of the major impediments to creating great…
Getting from good to great
April 26, 2018
Many Detroit educators have never worked in a high-performing school. This program imports coaches who have
The program brings advisors into Detroit schools to provide intensive coaching to principals, assistant principals, deans and other top administrators. The coaches work with school leaders together as a team to collectively create improvement plans, then work to implement them.
April 25, 2018
Eight things to know about Detroit’s big math and reading curriculum shift
Here’s what we know about the new materials and what we’ll be watching for in the months ahead.
April 24, 2018
Detroit district adding grades K-2 to summer school to help youngest students boost reading scores
For the first time in years, the Detroit district summer school program will start in kindergarten. District Superintendent Nikolai Vitti recommended…
April 24, 2018
As a global robotics competition descends on Detroit, few local students are included — for now
“Robotics coming to DPSCD high schools in the fall,” Vitti wrote in a tweet Monday afternoon. “New programming. Stay tuned!”
more money fewer problems
April 20, 2018
Detroit teachers will finally get paid for their years of experience if agreement holds up with district
Good news for Detroit district teachers stuck at a low pay level: The finance committee of the school board Friday recommended an agreement…
What's in a name?
April 18, 2018
Detroit has schools named for a slaveholder, a convicted former politician, and a Trump cabinet member. Here’s how that might change.
Despite the passion fueling the debate over renaming schools like the Ben Carson High School of Science and Medicine, members of the Detroit…
April 17, 2018
The Detroit district’s first homework policy is in the works. See how much homework it recommends your child do every night.
Detroit students who are drowning in homework — or unable to complete it because of challenges at home — could soon find relief in a…
April 16, 2018
Let’s solve the right problems for Detroit’s students with disabilities — not recycle old ones
I’ve spent 25 years both studying and actively trying to improve schools for students with disabilities. Segregated settings aren't the answer.
April 13, 2018
Week in review: Getting over that ‘F’ on the Nation’s Report Card
The reports early this week about Detroit’s last-place ranking among big city school districts on a national exam is…
a temporary home
April 12, 2018
These students lost their school to a mold problem. Here’s how they’re doing in their new temporary digs
Five school buses line up outside the closed Palmer Park Preparatory Academy on Thursday morning. Hundreds of elementary students, in a flurry of…
a new standard
April 11, 2018
Facing dead-last national test scores, Detroit district approves new teaching materials
The Detroit school board Tuesday adopted a new, $7.1 million curriculum that Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says is a key part of his plan…
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