High School College Acceptance Rates are Deceiving

Seemingly weird words coming from a K-12 counselor. I kept milling over a title for this blog – literally for about 20 minutes – trying to stay away from words like “unimportant” or “skewed data”. When a high school advertises that they have a high college acceptance rate, it doesn’t tell the whole story – or any story at all other than every single one of our students filed out at least one college application and was accepted into at least one college.

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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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Strengthening Student Resiliency

What is it? More so, why is it important? As a mental health professional, I find that resiliency is the key to everything. Resilient students are characterized by their ability to experience negative and positive emotions during times of difficulty or struggle. Resiliency is important, nay, imperative, for our students to develop and strengthen because it becomes the fuel that propels them through lives inevitable curve balls.

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Improving Student Engagement

Improving student engagement is really all about building strong teacher/student relationships from school day one. As an adult, if you think about the relationships you’re invested in - are they relationships where you feel there is an even amount of give and take? Do you feel that the other person supports you? Believes in your abilities and would go the extra mile for you? I bet you answered yes to all of those questions. This is normal human behavior; we invest more in people who invest more in us.  It’s a cycle, most definitely, but which comes first? Teacher investment or student?

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