Women of Faith Show Support for DPS Students #DPS #Detroit #TellUsDetroit

Rosemary Moore, 1st Lady of Greater Southern Baptist Church signs a large poster-size first-ever public pledge to be present on opening day of school and invest in long term partnerships with local schools. (Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – More than two dozen Ministers’ Wives joined together Saturday morning to sign a first-ever pledge to support DPS schools on the First Day of Teaching and Learning, and invest in long-term partnerships with schools. A breakfast was held at Detroit International Academy to earmark the-is important event.

Each of the attending guest signed a large poster-size first-ever public pledge to be present on opening day of school and invest in long term partnerships with local schools. The pledge was signed following at Detroit International Academy, DPS’ and Michigan’s only all-girls public K-12 school. Another example of the women’s group commitment to stay involved in the 2012 Enrollment and Successful Opening of Schools Campaign.

Saturday’s event is the first public kickoff of Detroit Public Schools’ month-long campaign, which includes hundreds of school-based events showcasing programs and community partners, an intensive neighborhood by neighborhood grassroots campaign, a week packed with popular citywide events including the annual Woodward Ave. Back-to-School parade, and brand new partnerships with faith-based organizations.

The campaign lasts now through the first day of school on September 4. Go to www.detroitk12.org/DPSWEEK



DPS @Detroitk12 kicks off back to school readiness campaign #DetroitPublicSchools #TellUsDetroit

Campaign promises to be the most grassroots to date through intensive door-to-door canvassing, new initiatives to involve faith-based organizations for a new DPS Church Sunday event and pledge, special outreach to DPS’ largest ethnic groups, and a focus on individual school/community campaigns

DETROIT – Hundreds of school-based events showcasing programs and community partners, a month-long intensive neighborhood by neighborhood grassroots campaign, a week packed with popular citywide events including the annual Woodward Ave. Back-to-School parade, and brand new partnerships with faith-based organizations including a pledge of support from ministers’ wives associations, highlight Detroit Public Schools Summer Enrollment Campaign efforts beginning today through the first day of Teaching and Learning, September 4th.

“It’s critically important that we raise more awareness than ever before about the importance of the start of the new school year, exemplary attendance for all students, the essential value of parental involvement, while communicating our new programs and services to everyone inside and external to Detroit Public Schools,” said Emergency Manager Roy S. Roberts.

DPS will be showcasing new programs and three brand new schools, new initiatives to put technology in the hands of students and their families at home, new Individualized Learning Maps for children, and parent involvement programs, transportation, healthy meals and safe routes to schools. New opportunities for alumni to become involved will also be introduced.

Throughout the month, Detroit Parent Network parent organizers, volunteers and partners will work with new families looking for school choices, young families with new PreK and kindergarten students, parents affected by school transitions, and families whose children attend DPS’ 12 schools in southwest Detroit.

DPS’ new “Detroit Rising College Preparatory Schools” will be specially featured. This fall at nine DPS schools, decisions about hiring, curriculum and budget will all be made at the school level. These schools have a commitment to work with parents to ensure each child graduates from high school and goes on to college or technical school. They also feature small class sizes, a college prep curriculum, school uniforms and strong discipline to ensure safe, orderly schools that support learning. The nine schools, including the small schools at Cody and Osborn, Ben Carson, Detroit Collegiate Prep and DSA, are self-governing, where key decisions are put in the hands of the principal and teachers who know each child best.

A highlight of the month will be “Detroit Public Schools Week, Presented by Comcast” including:

DPS Church Sunday – August 19
25+ faith-based supporters spread a positive back-to-school message!

Dressing of the Spirit of Detroit Statue – Monday, August 20
Spirit of Detroit Statue: Dressed in an authentic “I’m In!” T-shirt August 20 – September 4.

Taste of DPS Multicultural Day – Tuesday, August 21
Participants can enjoy foods, sights and sounds from various cultures representing DPS! The event will be 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Davison, Earhart, Gardner and Garvey.

DPS/Comcast Back-to-School Parade, downtown – Wednesday, August 22
ALL DPS schools will participate in the DPS/Comcast Back-to-School Parade, downtown, coordinated by The Parade Company. It will include the DPS All-City Marching Band, alumni marchers, school step teams, parent marchers and more! Step-off is 11 a.m. at Grand Circus Park, Woodward at Adams. Limited backpack vouchers and uniform vouchers from Forman Mills will be passed out and redeemable at the All-Schools Open House!

Detroit Branch NAACP-DPS-Black Family Development, Inc. Back to School/Stay in School Education Day – Friday, August 24, Delores Bennett Park, New Center area
Hundreds of students will receive school supplies, food, and entertainment.

All-DPS Schools Open House and Alumni Celebration – Saturday, August 25
All schools will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with giveaways, opportunities to meet staff, program showcases, and more! A “DPS Pride” incentive will be available for the first 1,000 alumni at schools!

The Saturday, August 25 All-Schools Open House builds upon the successful first open houses held at all Detroit Public Schools during the earlier Open Enrollment period in March at which 5,000+ guests participated. Recent surveys reinforce the influence that personal visits to schools and testimonials from other parents are among the strongest influencers for parents choosing schools. New for the August 25 Open House, all alumni are being encouraged to visit their alma maters that day, with the first 1,000 DPS alumni at schools receiving a new DPS Alumni Pride license plate holder.

As an example of the depth of support from community associations, corporations, non-profit and service groups, fraternities and sororities, 100 or more ministers’ wives will sign a public pledge to be present on opening day of school and invest in long term partnerships with local schools, during a new event being held as a brunch on Saturday, August 18 at Detroit International Academy, DPS’ and Michigan’s only all-girls public K-12 school.

The district will send information home to all households in the city and provide additional informational cards, flyers, and magazine inserts. New social media and video contests will be announced. Giveaways including T-shirts, wristbands and fans will take place at stops along the route for the DPS Blue Enrollment Van, which is scheduled to visit dozens of block parties, reunions, cook-outs, and sponsored back-to-school events during August.

“It’s a new day in Detroit and anything is possible!” Roberts said. “Detroit Public Schools has never been more focused than the present at making sure that no child is denied access to a high quality education.”


American Federation of Teachers hold 2012 Convention in Cobo Center #AFTCOVN2012 #TellUsDetroit #TellUsUSANewsNetwork

The AFT convention in Detroit, its first one here in several decades, has so far drawn 2,350 delegates from across the country. The convention began Friday and runs through Monday. (Photo by Scott Sullivan/Tell Us Detroit)

By Angelina Czarnecki/ Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – Cobo Center Hall was filled with over 3,000 delegates for the American Federation of Teachers 2012 convention . Those representing were teachers, paraprofessionals, school-related personnel, higher education faculty, government employees, and healthcare workers.

For the first day of the convention AFT President Randi Weingarten presented “solution driven unionism,” a redefinition of unionism that advances solutions focused on members. Through this process members may work together to solve key issues facing their community.

“For me, solution driven unionism took root when I saw our members in the ABC Unified School District in Southern California commit to a unionism that focuses on solving problems, not on winning arguments. It unites those we represent and those we serve, and in so doing, it ensures that we don’t merely survive, but we succeed” AFT President Randi Weingarten in her keynote address.


Highly noted speakers featured at the event included Vice President Joe Biden, columnist for the New York Times Charles Blow, NYU historian of education and best selling author Diane Ravitch, UAW President Bob King among many others. Speakers addressed the issues holding back our school systems within the city of Detroit and nation wide. These individuals are striving for higher quality education systems, working to fight for an end to the fixation on high-stakes testing, and preparing students for work. AFT’s annual convention aims to solve these issues, and create a better learning environment for teachers, and students.

The AFT represent 1.5 million pre-K through 12th grade; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.


Mumford High School Demolition Underway #MumfordHS #DPS #TellUsDetroit

Wrecking crews continued tearing down the old Mumford High School in Detroit today, making way for a new $52 million campus set to open to students in the fall. (DPS Photo)

Construction of a new $52.1 million high school nearly complete on the Wyoming Street campus

DETROIT – Demolition started today of the 63-year-old former Samuel C. Mumford High School on the campus located at 17525 Wyoming Street in northwest Detroit. It will take demolition crews approximately nine weeks to level the 240,273-square-foot Art Deco style structure that was built in 1949.

Construction of a new $52.1 million facility is nearly complete on the former athletic field and will open this fall. A new football and track and field area will be constructed on the grounds of the old high school after demolition of the structure is complete.

Construction of a brand new Mumford school and demolition of the old building is part of the $500.5 million DPS Capital Improvement Program Detroit voters approved under Proposal S in 2009.

Detroit-headquartered 1 Way Service, Inc. was awarded the contract to abate and demolish the former Mumford High School.

The DPS Capital Improvement Program is in the third and final year of construction, demolition and improvement projects. Demolition at Robeson and the old Mackenzie schools began this summer. The program also included demolition of seven other closed schools including the old Earhart, Chadsey, Munger, Gompers, Finney, Martin Luther King Jr. schools, and Cass Tech.

Program manager for the Bond Construction Program is Walbridge Joint Venture, which includes Brailsford & Dunlavey, Walbridge, and Fanning Howey.

Detroit voters approved Proposal S in November 2009 which enabled the district to access $500.5 million for school capital improvement projects. The improvement program also includes technology upgrades and security initiatives being funded with Proposal S dollars. To comply with federal guidelines, all bond dollars must be spent within three years and all projects must be completed by September 2012.


DPS kicks off brand new Family Summer Academic Olympics! #DPS #SummerAcademicOlympics #TellUsDetroit

Weekly academic activities and workbooks for all ages to take home beginning next week include Rockin’ Readers Tuesdays, Family Field Day Wednesdays and Math Made Easy Thursdays

DETROIT – Detroit Public Schools is catching the Olympics spirit by engaging families to be a part of the brand new DPS FAMILY SUMMER ACADEMIC OLYMPICS, a new summer learning contest and campaign.

The contest consists of weekly academic activities and take-home workbooks for all ages. The weekly activities begin July 16, 2012. Themes include Rockin’ Readers Tuesdays, Family Field Day Wednesdays and Math Made Easy Thursdays. A DPS summer reading list and other activities also will be incorporated into the contest and can be found at http://www.detroitk12.org/SayImInToSummerReading

Families will track points to win the GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE medals at the culminating event in August and win incentives like Family Fun Packs, gift cards and a surprise grand prize for families that take home the GOLD medal.

“As one of many strategies to empower parents to play a lead role in their children’s education, we are introducing the Summer Academic Olympics as a tool parents can use to fight brain drain, and maintain and strengthen math and reading skills over the summer!” said Sharlonda Buckman, CEO of the Detroit Parent Network.

Registration will occur Tuesdays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in any DPS Parent Resource Center. During that time, families will receive an overview of the DPS FAMILY SUMMER ACADEMIC OLYMPICS program. For locations, go to http://www.detroitk12.org/parents . A marathon team of parents and Detroit Parent Network organizers kicked off the program Thursday July 12 at the Ludington Magnet Middle School Parent Resource Center, which was decked out in red, white and blue for the occasion. The group announced the details of the DPS FAMILY SUMMER ACADEMIC OLYMPICS and then lit the ceremonial Olympics torch.


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