Detroit Public Schools

Posted June 24, 2020

Any Plan for Safely Reopening Schools Must Address the Whole Child

The challenge of safely educating children in high poverty school districts during the pandemic is glaring. A recent analysis of Philadelphia showed many students essentially…

By Greg Harris

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Posted Oct. 20, 2017

VIDEO: This Detroit Teacher Uses Hip-Hop Literacy to Engage His Students and the Community

I began teaching at 22. Back in my hometown of Detroit and fresh out of college, I thought I had all the answers.…

By Quan Neloms

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Posted Nov. 28, 2016

I Want to Talk About What Betsy DeVos Isn’t Going to Do for Black Students

The school choice debate has perhaps never been more central to the national conversation than right now. With the NAACP’s recent call for a moratorium…

By James E. Ford

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Posted July 5, 2016

Here’s How ESSA Is Giving Students a Voice in Their Education

Administrators are quick to tell us how good their schools are but if we really want to know about their quality, we should ask the…

By A.J. Spitz

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Posted June 17, 2016

Scandals Don’t Just Happen in Politics, They Also Take Place In Our Classrooms

New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago and Los Angeles: These cities and countless others across the United States have dealt with scandals involving their public…

By Andrew Wilk

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Posted Mar. 17, 2016

Stop the Politics, These Are Our Schools

I am very much like other Latinas throughout this nation—proud of my Latino heritage, proud of how I grew up, and proud of the work…

By Maia Espinoza

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Posted Feb. 11, 2016

Here’s to Making Charter Schools Better in Michigan

Being from Michigan, generally, is a wonderful thing. Great people, Great Lakes, you get the picture. When it’s not so wonderful, however, is when you…

By Valentina Payne

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Posted Feb. 1, 2016

Gov. Snyder, Michigan Students Deserve Better

Ask anyone who has had a longer-than-five minute conversation with me: I love being from Michigan. We’ve got lakes for days, we’ve got the prettiest…

By Valentina Payne

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Posted Jan. 25, 2016

The Conversation This Teacher of the Year Is Tired of Not Having

Nate Bowling is not only the 2016 Teacher of the Year for the state of Washington but he's also one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year. He has written a piece for his blog, A Teacher's Evolving Mind, that will stop you in your tracks because of how painfully true it is. The Conversation I'm Tired of Not Having is a must-read. Ask yourself, would suburban schools ever be allowed to decay like what we saw in Detroit? Nope.…

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Posted Nov. 11, 2015

Detroit Parents Don’t Just Need School Choices, They Need Quality

A recent op-ed in The Detroit News included quotes from local parents, as well as polling data, showing that parents want more choices for their…

By Valentina Payne

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Posted Sep. 18, 2020

Black Excellence Does Exist and It Lives in Our Kids

I’m guilty of saying Black boys and girls are failing in school—a good chunk of us are. Going forward, I’m committing to correcting that language…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 17, 2020

Yes, White Teachers Still Need to Be Ready to Talk to Students About Race

“What’s the difference between a killing and a lynching?” The question popped up on my phone through the Google Hangouts app I installed in March.…

By Desiree Mitchel

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Posted Sep. 15, 2020

Kids Need to Write More. A Lot More.

Growing up with teachers for parents, my siblings and I were taught that writing is an indispensable skill. We attended rigorous schools and enrichment programs…

By Aigner Picou

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