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In partnership with the Michigan Science Center and sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund, the District will host its annual back-to-school event DPSCD Day!
Admission FREE! Register for your ticketshere
Dont miss this exciting back-to-school event with a special surprise guest, games and prizes throughout the day (while supplies last)!
There will be FREE immunizations and additional health services onsite.
Exceptional Student Education services (formerly known as special education), translation services and enrollment opportunities will be available onsite for you to learn about DPSCDs 106 schools and our unique programming to fit your childs needs.
FREE parking and shuttle transportation will be offered at Ben Carson High School and the DPSCD Support Services Complex at 1425 E. Warren Avenue, less than a mile away from the Michigan Science Center.
Be sure to get your FREE tickets today by registering at:
DPSCD Pop-up Enrollment Centers will launch Monday, July 30, 2018, to service DPSCD families and students.
DPSCD has partnered with the DHD Immunization Department to provide immunizations at pop-up enrollment centers.
Pop-up Enrollment Centers will openfive locationsto serve communities throughout Detroit. For four weeks, you will have opportunities to meet with enrollment specialists and discuss your childs (or childrens) specific needs. Whether it is Exceptional Student Education (ESE) services (formerly known as special education), art and music programming, or finding a school to fit your childs athletic interest, DPSCD enrollment specialists will be here to serve your family to ensure your child receives whats needed to be in school on time on the first day. For more information please call, (313) 240-4377.
The Detroit Health Department will provide immunizations to children (birth to 18 years old) at severalDPSCD Enrollment Centers. Avoid the line and fast-track your familys service by calling the Immunizations Team today at .
The pop-up enrollment centers are open Monday Friday beginning Monday, July 30 and ending Friday, August 24. The centers are open from 10 a.m. 6 p.m.Please note the important change regarding the Charles Wright Academy location for the week of July 30.
1.*Charles Wright Academy of Arts and Science
(Gompers Elementary-Middle School will serve as a West Location July 30 Aug
3. On Monday, Aug. 6 the normal location will resume at Charles Wright
Academy for the remainder of the month.)
2. Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School
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2. Select an Interpreter: For Spanish, press 1.
For all other languages, press 2, and enter the 2-digit language code (See chart below).
3. Enter the 4-digit account: 1980 Detroit Public Schools
The live agent will ask for: Callers first and last name Department OFFICE OF ENROLLMENT
Ask the first person who answers (interpreter or call coordinator) to place the call.
(Only use if interpreter is unavailable at primary number above)
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DPSCD recently launched The Parent Academy a program that promotes parental involvement that supports student and family success. Expected to serve over 7,000 parents and caregivers, The Parent Academy offersFREEclasses, training and workshops in schools, libraries, community centers and faith-based institutions across Detroit. The mission of The Parent Academy is to provide the necessary tools and skills to build capacity and confidence in parents in order to support students academically, socially and emotionally.
The Parent Academy focuses on three key pillars:
workshops and activities that provide strategies and tools for parents to support academic achievement at home and in school
Personal and Professional Development
workshops that build confidence while addressing basic needs, employment, family support, financial literacy and goal setting for the healthy development of families
workshops for parents and caregivers to build and increase their effectiveness in advocating and leading on behalf of children
If you are interested in attending a workshop, please review The Parent Academy 2018 Summer Course Catalog and submit your contact information to begin the registration process.
All Parent Academy courses are free of charge and designed for parents, caregivers and community members. Students are welcome to attend along with their families if appropriate. Dates, times and locations are accurate at time of publication; courses listed in this guide are subject to change.
For questions or assistance with registration, call 313.873.7490 or emailparent.
DPSCD Parent Teacher Home Visit Program
MLK grad earns $2 million in scholarships, recognized by Superintendent and Board of Education
During the July 10 Board of Education meeting, Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School graduate Alana Burke was honored for her continued demonstration of DPSCDs core value ofexcellence, which states, Be relentless in your pursuit of greatness. Be bold and innovate. Learn from your mistakes. Hold yourself and others to high standards.
Ms. Burke earned $2 million in scholarships and grants from 20 colleges, graduating high school with a 4.2 weighted GPA, ultimately accepting a full-scholarship to the University of Michigan Ann Arbor where she plans to major in Womens and Gender Studies.
Her accomplishments were credited from a strong community, including all her teachers, counselors and her principal, Dr. Deborah Jenkins.
During her high school career, Ms. Burke remained active in a variety of extra-curricular activities and attended a prestigious summer journalism program at Princeton University.
Congratulations, Ms. Burke on your achievements!
Devonte King, a 2010 graduate of Detroit School of Arts (DSA), who is featured in DPSCDs new branding commercial, reflects on his high school experience, fondly noting his mentors who influenced him during times of adversity.
As a Morgan State University graduate and current DSA volunteer, Devonte remembers when DSA Founder and former Principal Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton helped him through the passing of his mother during his sophomore year.
Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton was also my moms high school theatre coach while she was in high school, said Devonte. Dr. Davis-Cotton implemented an attitude of excellence not only within me, but to all of the staff and students that had a chance to experience her presence.
Devonte points out that when his mom passed away it became his inspiration for helping others.
My mom helped so many people, and I saw firsthand that your presence and positive impact can truly changes the lives of others.
Its no surprise that Devonte actively sought out opportunities to give back to his community after he graduated college and moved back to Detroit.
My goal is to create a bond that promotes a positive impact with the people I help, he stated. I love the energy at DSA. There is so much opportunity for creativity and growth inside that building. You can tell just by walking in.
Today, Devonte works at the Wayne County Department of Public Services where he assists in the development of media projects, and volunteers as much as possible in his spare time. His advice to students interested in pursuing the arts:
Stay focused and your dedication to your craft will make room for you in ways that money cannot.
Detroit Public Schools Community District superintendent reveals new brand, signaling a new phase in urban education reform for Detroits public education system
DETROITJune 21, 2018 Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti announced today the Districts new branding campaign, which includes a new logo and tagline, Students rise. We all rise. Ending the school year on a high note, students, families and community members joined Dr. Vitti and members of the Board at Nolan Elementary-Middle School for the official announcement and last day of school celebration. The District will use DPSCDStudentsRise to share on social media channels.
We recognized that after developing and implementing our new strategic plan, we did not have an aligned brand identity. This was an opportunity to ask the community for feedback on what represents the best educational experience for students, teachers, staff and families, said Dr. Vitti. There was a common thread students first. Our brand reflects a new vision, commitment, and opportunity to prioritize students and traditional public education in Detroit in alignment with our strategic plan.
More than 800 community members, teachers, principals, and families provided their vision of what DPSCD represents as a new brand was considered. It was evident in the feedback that there is still passion and hope that the school district will rebuild itself to restore the pride it had.
In addition to the logo and tagline, DPSCD unveiled its highly anticipatedmarketing commercial, featuring its students, teachers, principals, community members, schools, and Cass Tech alumnus/Rapper Big Sean.
This rebrand is one of many initiatives Dr. Vitti rolled out under a newly elected board.
This year we focused on analyzing and building systems and processes, engaging stakeholders, and working toward improving teacher pay and equity, said Dr. Vitti. As we build upon our momentum entering into year two, we will begin implementing the reform and initiatives driven by our strategic plan and new budget priorities at scale for critical areas such as arts and music, student programs, expanded professional development, enhanced technology, and new curriculum aligned to grade level expectations.
DPSCD thanks its partners who supported the rebranding project: BLVD Content and Real Integrated, marketing and strategy firms; Detroit Public Schools Foundation, which awarded the District a $20,000 grant; and iHeart Media/WJLB.
The District will continue to celebrate its transformative brand through events and promotions this summer and throughout the 2018-2019 school year. To learn more about DPSCD and enrollment opportunities, . Stay up-to-date on events and news by liking us onFacebook, or follow us onTwitterandInstagram.
About Detroit Public Schools Community District
Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) is Michigans largest public education system. It is governed by a locally-elected, seven-member board with Dr. Nikolai Vitti serving as superintendent. The Districts mission is to provide every student with a beneficial and rightful educational experience, preparing students to be career and college ready, and qualified to compete in the global market. The District has 106 schools and educates 50,000 children. For more information, visitdetroitk12.org.
begins for staff on Monday, June 25
begins for students on Tuesday, June 26
Students in K-5 buildings are in session from 8:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.
6-12 grades are in session from 8:30 a.m 12:30 p.m.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding summer school, please call the parent hotline at (313) 240-4377
Congratulations are in order for Renaissance Senior Kahlid Ali, who recently received the Wayne State University Med-Direct (Wayne M.D.) scholarship.
Wayne M.D. is a unique program that guarantees admission to Wayne States School of Medicine and Irvin D. Reid Honors College for 10 students each year. The program emphasizes mentoring and research by giving students the opportunity to become part of the School of Medicine community during their undergraduate studies, leading to M.D. or combined M.D. /Ph.D. degree programs at WSU.
During his academic career at DPSCD, Kahlid has earned many awards and accolades which lead him to receiving the prestigious scholarship. Not only did Kahlid graduate in the top 3 percent of DPSCD seniors, but he was an active mentee in the Pathway to Excellence program at the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity; he has traveled to Nicaragua with to help build schools in poverty stricken communities; and Kahlid served as the team captain for the Renaissance High School robotics team.
In May, Cody Medicine and Community Health Academy social studies teacher Michelle A. Shorter, was named the 2018 Fred Martin Educator of the Year at the Coleman A. Young Foundation (CAYF) Annual Awards Experience. Ms. Shorter was nominated by two of her students, and received this prestigious award which honors Detroit education professionals who go above and beyond the call of duty to provide quality developmental experiences to Detroit youth.
The Coleman A. Young Foundation further acknowledges Ms. Shorter because she exemplifies the leadership characteristics and spirit of the late Mayor Coleman A. Young, by going the extra mile, motivating students to achieve their potential, helping them overcome obstacles and challenging them to reach their goals.
Congratulations, Ms. Shorter and thank you for your dedication and service to our students.
Ralph Godbee will serve as the new Chief of Police for Detroit Public Schools Community District appointed by Superintendent Nikolai Vitti.
Godbee retired from the Detroit Police Department as Chief of Police.
Godbee served as a Detroit police officer for 25 years climbing through the ranks of command until he was appointed Chief of Police for the largest urban City in the State of Michigan. Following his retirement, Godbee pursued a calling to the ministry and he is also an adjunct professor at Wayne County Community College District where he provides instruction in the field of Law Enforcement Administration, Criminal Justice Department.
Serving Detroits citizens in law enforcement was a life-long dream. I grew up in Detroit and I attended a DPS school and now I can give back. Im here to serve and incredibly grateful to compete with highly qualified individuals to attain this position. But I know the real challenge will be protecting students, forging strong partnerships and connecting with the community we serve. I am excited about the direction under the leadership of Dr. Vitti and I look forward to participate in the transformation of the District, said Godbee.
This appointment is in alignment with the Districts strategic plan to transform the culture so that students, families, community members and staff feel safe, respected and connected.
The district wanted a leader who did not need to learn on the job and could immediately drive a reform agenda where officers see themselves as student advocates and servants to the community, not just traditional police officers. We also were searching for a candidate who had a connection in, and to, the community so the district can engage parents and the city at a higher and authentic level to rally the community to ensure that our students are safe and can focus on their education. We believe that individual is Ralph Godbee. We acknowledge that there were some unfortunate personal mistakes made in the past.However, after speaking to him directly about those incidents, and looking him in his eyes as we discussed it, he has taken ownership of those mistakes and knowing over a decade has passed since they occurred, he, like all individuals, should have a second chance. His previous service to the city warrants that opportunity, said Superintendent Vitti.
Godbee will oversee the Districts Police Command Center and ensure all campuses are monitored and patrolled as students arrive, attend and depart from school. DPSCD is the only full-service police agency in the state that provides 24-7 service to its schools.
The impending rollout of the Parent Teacher Home Visit Program (PTHVP) by the Detroit Public Schools Community District took Tiffany Kirksey completely by surprise. I was shocked, she says. I hadnt heard of teachers doing home visits since way back when I was in school.
Tiffany follows this statement with a wry laugh which echoes through the walls of Nolan Elementary. She leaves the exact number of years that have passed since way back when, a mystery.
Tiffanys three childrenages 10, 9, and 6all attend Nolan, where they are star students. Much of their success is owed to their parents unique engagement with the school. Tiffany is an involved volunteer at Nolan as a Parent Action Leader (PAL, a parent volunteer that works to engage other parents), and the childrens father, Keith Tye, is an employee with the district as a custodian. They were among the first to find out about the program, and quickly agreed to participate. Although Tiffany and Keith were excited to be involved, they were also a bit nervous about what they might have gotten themselves into.
I thought it was a good idea, but honestly, I was still a bit skeptical, Keith shares.
Tiffany is very familiar with that skepticism. As part of her PAL role, she was asked to help recruit parent participants for the PTHVP. A lot of the parents she talked to were uncomfortable with the idea of opening up their homes. Others worried that the PTHVP was really about investigating parents, not engaging with them. However, providing clearer details about the programs requirements, and its goals, helped to lessen those fears.
In particular, many parents became more open to participating once they knew that the visits can be held at the park, library, or even a local restaurant in addition to the home, just somewhere off-site from the school.
The same details that Tiffany provided to other parents, helped her and Keith to overcome their own anxiety about participating. By the time their first visit came around, her biggest concern was making sure she was a good hostess.
Oh my God. I was a mess, she says with a laugh. I cleaned up and everything, but then Im thinking Ok the house is clean, but what else do I need to do? Am I supposed to cook for them? I wanted to make a good impression.
Thankfully, the teacher participants who visited Tiffany and Keith were determined to make a good impression, too. And they did; when asked to sum up their experience with the PTHVP in one word, Tiffany chose Awesome. Keiths word was Excellent. The parents shared that the program has resulted in better communication with their childrens teachers, stronger relationships with them, and increased awareness of what is going on in their childrens classrooms.
More importantly, they can see that their children experienced the same outcomes. Being able to interact with their teachers outside of a school setting increased their comfort, resulting in them being more engaged as students.
My advice to parents is to give the program a chance; just check it out, Keith says. Because its not about us, its about the kids.
For more information on PTHVP, please contact the Office of Family and Community Engagement by phone (313)873-7490 or by email parent..
As the director of Army Instruction for the Districts JROTC program, Colonel George S. Pettigrew lives up to the mission of motivating young people to become better citizens.
The 41-year United States Army veteran grew up in the foster care system in Chicago and accredits many in his past to motivate him. I would not be where I am now had it not been for my teachers, counselors and principals in school. They embraced me and gave me support and guidance and now Im able to do the same thing for students around the District, stated Pettigrew.
In 2009, after a host of tours and travels that took him across the globe, he received a call from his mentor while in Iraq who convinced him to come to Detroit to teach students what he had learned in the Army. He served as a senior Army Instructor at Cass Tech for five years before he transitioned to the director of Army Instruction.
Currently he acts as an administrator, taking care of day-to-day responsibilities including accountability of instructors, developing curriculum for instructors and ensuring the JROTC program meets requirements for accreditation.
Not many would disagree that his years of service and dedication to our country has been duty enough, but Pettigrew insists on doing more. He credits a strong spiritual background and finally being placed with a nice foster family to grow up with who endeared him to want to do the best he can for his fellow man.
He recently established a foundation with the goal of helping youth adapt in society and assume their place in the global economy as well as assisting veterans develop skill trades and providing housing for homeless veterans.
Colonel Pettigrew, we salute you as exceptional talent to our students and society.
Nikebia Brown-Joseph was born and raised in Detroit, and is passionate about helping her community. Nikebia, a junior at Michigan State University majoring in social work, joined DPSCD as an intern through the universitys InnovateGov program and spent the summer working in the Districts Enrollment Department at the Fisher Building.
As an alumna of Bagley Elementary and Detroit International Academy, Nikebia sought out the InnovateGov program in hopes to learn more about how she could use her degree to help children and families right here in her home town.
Working here was really cool because I saw specific jobs I could go into after college, said Nikebia. Im thinking of going into social work at the school-level because its an intersection between community and youth, and those are the two things I care most about.
Nikebias DPSCD experience is unique because she has experienced the District from a student perspective during a time where the District was under emergency management, and as an evolved District, with an elected school board and superintendent for the first time in nearly a decade.
Everyone at Central Office really does put students first, said Nikebia. Everyone Ive met is dedicated to serving the students of Detroit, from the superintendent to assistant staff they are all working on behalf of our students and families.
As one of several InnovateGov interns at DPSCD, Nikebia was able to create and own an enrollment project with her fellow InnovateGov intern partner Blair Baker. Their creation of an online system could help streamline the admissions process for students interested in applying to DPSCD examination high schools.
Nikebias leader and Executive Director of Enrollment Kisha Verdusco, knew her interns could help make a lasting impact on their department, and they did. From engaging with community organizations to helping assess school needs, the interns left with skills they will be able to use in their careers moving forward.
It was a pleasure working with Nikebia and Blair this summer, said Kisha. They made a real impact across all of our departments work streams, but the biggest was their contribution to the examination high school admissions process, which was the focus of their culminating project. As DPSCD alumni and native Detroiters, they also brought a unique perspective to their work and were living proof that DPSCD is providing a world-class education to its students.
Nikebia added, Im really happy with my experience. This internship at DPSCD was important to me because it was in Detroit, and I was able to tie what Ive been learning in school and apply it on a larger scale.
New leader of Exceptional Student Education (ESE): Welcome Lohren Nzoma
Senior Executive Director of Exceptional Student Education Lohren Nzoma
The District is delighted to announce the recent hiring of Lohren Nzoma. The former assistant director of special education at Ann Arbor Public Schools, was originally recruited as director of gifted and talented for DPSCD in May and recently transitioned to senior executive director of Exceptional Student Education in July.
In her new role, Lohren will help teachers create programs for student with exceptionalities, which includes exceptional students and those with disabilities.
As the department formerly known as Special Education, transitions to ESE, Nzoma is particularly focused on the overarching goal: building capacity through best practices to improve student outcomes. She explains, We have to give students every opportunity to be successfulengage in the curriculum, understand the curriculum the best they can. Increase the opportunities, enhance the opportunities and make sure they have the opportunities.
In describing her passion, she notes that while shell always be an educator, shes also a learner. I relish in the fact that everybody has something to teach you and students with exceptionalities, are no different, she says. Its what you put into them and how you approach them. We get to cultivate what their life experiences look like which ultimately shapes the type of folks they are and how they become contributing members of society. Thats up to us and I have nothing but passion about that.
Welcome to the DPSCD family, Lohren and thank you for committing to embracing the rise of all of our students inclusive of all of their gifts, talents and abilities.
Spanish teachers travel across the globe to bring lessons back to the classroom
From left to right: Zachary McCullough, Spanish teacher at Mumford High School; a local from the village Triunfo de la Cruz; Brian Peck, Spanish teacher at Osborn High School
For most teachers, when the last bell of the school year rings, its the start of a long-awaited summer vacation, but not here at DPSCD, our teachers keep on giving and sacrificing for our students.
Brian Peck and Zachary McCullough, Spanish teachers from Osborn and Mumford, respectively, are spending their summer in Central America as fellows for Fund for Teachers. They are immersing themselves in the Garifuna village of Triunfo de la Cruz, Honduras to learn about the Afro-Latino culture and language with the goal of creating a novice Spanish novel and videos for student learning. Their hope is to create more Afro-centric resources in the Spanish teaching community across the country and possibly collaborate with Garifuna Hondurans for a DPSCD student exchange in 2019-20.
According to Peck, the experience of traveling with another Spanish teacher has been enriching. We are brainstorming all the time about resources and opportunities for our students. We have been warmly welcomed by Triunfo de la Cruz, and are building relationships that will definitely engage our classes.
In addition to the novel about a Garifuna youth grappling with their identity, they are also creating a documentary and short video to accompany the book to help their students understand the struggle for human rights both in Garifuna communities and at home.
They hope to visit next year and bring students with them to continue the study and link tourism and finance pathways at Osborn with the Garifuna-owned businesses as well as with Mumford career pathways.
To both Peck and McCullough, the experience may be sacrificial, yet its still too important when one considers what their students stand to gain from building an intercultural exchange with Garifuna communities.
I am not satisfied with the status quo of the inequalities in our own country and abroad; and so I am determined to keep learning and reflecting. I want to help my students do the same and hopefully arrive at some practical actions we can take, expressed Peck.
Thank you to Brian Peck and Zachary McCullough for exercising the Core Value of Students First and being a valuable part of a transformative culture for DPSCD students.
DPSCD mom finds success and achievement through Parent Academy
Trenikia Bloodshaw, a DPSCD parent of four, has worked in marketing and event planning for years. Despite her years of experience and positive client feedback, it has been difficult for Trenikia to find steady work with the lack of an official certificate. When Trenikia heard of theParent Academy, through her monthly Parent Action Leaders meetings at Duke Ellington Conservatory of Music and Art, she was intrigued.
Receiving my Event Marketing Certification means so much to me, says Trenikia. The courses I took through the Parent Academy turned my hobby into a career. Clients take me more seriously now and it helps me financially provide for my family.
In addition to the personal development courses, Trenikia took advantage of student achievement classes which provide strategies and tools for parents to support their child academically. The parent of four