Author archive for Chalkbeat Detroit

  • A bad kid turned school principal motivates students with life lessons she learned

    She said she draws on her past as a trouble-maker to relate to her students today. 

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  • Detroit district board votes to change name of ‘special education,’ but not everyone agrees it’s ‘exceptional’

    The state of Michigan has historically used the term “Special Education”

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  • ‘It opened everything up.’ How school home visits are changing relationships in Detroit

    Home visits by teachers and principals are popular across the country.

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  • Many Detroit educators have never worked in a high-performing school. This program imports coaches who have

    They’ve never seen an effective force of well-supported teachers working together…

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  • Betsy DeVos’s first Detroit visit featured Girl Scouts, robots, and talk of beluga whales

    The event was her first visit to Detroit as education secretary.

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  • Detroit teachers will finally get paid for their years of experience if agreement holds up with district

    “This is a major step for the district to fully recognize experience,” Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said.

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  • These students lost their school to a mold problem. Here’s how they’re doing in their new temporary digs

    -a bright blue banner indicates which door is for the 437 displaced children.

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  • In Betsy DeVos’ home state, a program that steers public dollars to private school students is under fire from the governor

    “This program diverts resources from core instruction that improves student outcomes,” Snyder asserted

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  • Three more Detroit schools added to state’s partnership agreement list

    “This is an effort to be positive, work toward solutions and to turn things around rather than be punitive…”

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  • How can Michigan schools stop skinned knees and conflict? Use playtime to teach students kindness

    “Recess was pretty chaotic, and it wasn’t very safe,” Principal Ashley Ogonowski said.

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