As DPS re-images, please keep student emotional growth in mind

I was reminded this morning, as a tweet came across my newsfeed from “DPScommunityDistrict”, and I went “who?” that DPS is currently re-structuring, re-imaging and I hope, re-evaluating how Detroit’s learning communities deliver education to students in the city. It’s a tough job for education leaders trying to hold together a system that has been pulling apart at the seams for many years. I choose to see this time in Detroit’s resurgence as an opportunity to be a model for education reform – I want DPSCD to be the example people use to when they talk about successful students, prepared for higher education, career path and LIFE. I want the spot light that is hot and centered on restaurant growth in the city, to shine brightly over public education, I want New Detroit Teachers in the city to be able to say with pride, I teach in Detroit, come look at what we’re doing. The fact that this new district allows for un-certified teachers doesn’t give me a lot of hope…

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Be the change you want to see; Eaton Academy Review

Bright classrooms and engaged students working in all different types of environments is what our very own General Counsel turned Special Education Paraprofessional, Terri Renshaw, experienced when touring Eton Academy earlier this month. Ms. Terri along with several other members of the Children Services Network toured Eton Academy in Birmingham to get a feel for their new and improved “digs” and to learn more about how this unique campus in the suburbs of Detroit is educating kiddos with “Learning Differences.”

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Strategies That Nurture Introverted Student

We can all acknowledge that the school environment is built for students who have more extroverted tendencies. Even the expectations that we have for students in the classroom lean heavily towards extrovert learning styles – class participation, group activities, seating arrangements. Students who are more introverted tend to thrive when they are able to spend time reflecting, internally, about their own thoughts and ideas. Introverts have nervous systems that react more to everything that is going on around them – which is incredibly exhausting.

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