Charter School Administration

Academic Goals

The Office of Charter Schools mission is to support, develop and hold accountable high-performing charter schools that prepare Detroit children for college and careers. In accordance with this mission, we have established academic targets for Detroit Public Schools-authorized academies.

Office of Charter Schools academic targets call for each general-admission academy outperform Detroit Public Schools and to close the achievement gap by 70 percent at each grade level, based on growth on the NWEA MAP and/or Scantron Performance Series test from Fall to Spring each year. Schools are required to test all children in grades 2-8 in the Fall, Winter and Spring (see Testing Windows.) DPS provides NWEA MAP testing licenses for every student.

In holding schools accountable, we are measuring student learning against the national ACT college readiness standard. We have done this, in part, because the adoption of national Common Core Standards is raising the bar, and we must prepare our students for the new playing field on which they must compete.

Joint Accountability Agreement DPS EAA Authorizers 2012

2017-19 Testing Windows

The following are the windows during which the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments should be administered.

Fall Testing Window September 7 – October 19, 2017
Winter Testing Window (Optional) January 8 – February 15, 2018
Spring Testing Window April 24 – June 8, 2018

Meetings, professional development & student outreach

RSVPs are required for all training sessions. For information, call the Office of Charter Schools at (313) 873-7927.

Academic Training Calendar 16-17 Updated 3/10/17

Shell Eco-Marathon Americas
Thursday April 27 – Sunday 30, 2017
Cobo Center
1 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI

DPSCD-authorized charter schools will be able to join thousands of students across Detroit who will have the opportunity to attend “Make the Future Detroit: A Festival of Bright Energy Ideas” featuring Shell Eco-marathon Americas.  The festival will provide a platform for innovation, collaboration and conversation about the global energy challenge.

CPI Certification Refresher
Wednesday April 5, 8.30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
DPSCD Police Headquarters
8500 Cameron
Detroit, MI

The DPSCD Office of Charter Schools is pleased to offer authorized charter schools the chance to take the CPI Certification Refresher.  This is for people who were certified last year and want to maintain their certification.

Measuring Student Growth
Wednesday February 28, 2017, 1-4:15 p.m.
Division of Technology and Information Services
1601 Farnsworth Bldg. C
Detroit, MI

Teachers and administrators regularly review results from large-scale commercial assessments such as the ACT, SAT, PSAT, and NWEA to name a few. But the dilemma facing educators is that the majority of formative and summative assessments occur on a regular basis outside the mandatory testing window. There is a paucity of guidance, however, about how exactly a teacher is expected to measure growth with her student data. This course is specifically designed to address this dilemma. This course will also permit participants, with a minimal mathematical background, to use the step-by-step methodology and user-friendly freeware in order to measure student growth using teacher-made assessments.

CPI Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training
Friday March 17 & Friday March 31, 2017, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
March 17 – DPSCD Police Headquarters 8500 Cameron
Detroit, MI


March 31 – U of M Detroit
3663 Woodward, Ste. 150
Detroit, MI

By using Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training as part of a comprehensive crisis prevention and intervention plan, you can learn how to defuse challenging and disruptive behavior before an incident escalates to a crisis situation. Successful implementation leads to a change in organizational culture, a change in adult professional behavior, and a change in staff relationships with both service users and stakeholders.

Project Safe Campus Implementation Training

Project Safe Campus

Tuesday January 24, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
GEE White Academy
5161 Charles
Detroit, MI 48212

Project Safe Campus is a program offered to students that provides an anonymous way to report crimes in and around their schools.  The goal of Project Safe Campus is to empower students to create a safe and secure environment in and around their schools, encourage student to have a voice and be part of the solution, and involve students in activities that help create safety on their campuses.

Michigan School Accountability Scorecard and M-STEP Reports Training

Wednesday December 14, 2016, 2-4 p.m.
DPSCD Division of Technology and Information Services
1601 Farnsworth, Bldg. C
Detroit, MI

The DPSCD Office of Charter Schools is pleased to present you with an opportunity to dig deeper into the Michigan School Accountability Scorecards and M-STEP Reports. Dr. Jendayi Gardner, Deputy Director of DPSCD Charter Schools will be presenting an engaging training on how to effectively use your school’s Accountability Scorecard. The training will also help participants to explore the various M-STEP reports in the BAA Secure Site.

Note: Participants should bring the following items to the training:

  1. BAA Secure login information
    Please test the BAA login to ensure it is working for the training.

Hour of Code Flyer 2016

Hour of Code Essay Contest

Friday December 9, 2016
1000 Town Center
Southfield, MI

Detroit Public Schools Community District Office of Charter Schools, in partnership with Microsoft Technology Center is sponsoring an essay contest in honor of the global Hour of Code, the largest learning event in history! One DPSCD charter school will visit the Microsoft Technology Center for a special tour and on-site code activity.

2016 Conference on School Climate, Culture and Positive Behavior Support

Tuesday November 8, 2016, 8:30a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Doubletree Detroit-Dearborn 5801 Southfield Fwy
Detroit, MI

The Detroit Public Schools Community District Office of Charter Schools invites you to attend and/or send staff to the 2016 Conference on School Climate, Culture and Positive Behavior Support: Building Effective Systems of Support Using Data and Collaboration.  This event is co-hosted by DPSCD and Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative (MIBLSI). Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please register by October 31, 2016.

Charter School Legal Update 2016

 Thursday November 3, 2016, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
DPSCD Police Headquarters 8500 Cameron
Detroit, MI

Attorney Joe UrbanLegislation signed into law over the last several months will have sweeping implications for all public schools in Detroit. The package of bills that saved the former Detroit Public Schools from insolvency also contains provisions that will affect charter schools in Detroit. Join us for dinner and a presentation on how the new laws will affect your school. Presented by Joseph Urban, attorney at Clark-Hill, PLC.  This presentation is open to school board members, school leaders and management company representatives.

  • A-F Grading System for Detroit Schools
  • Mandatory School Closure
  • New Role for the State Reform Office
  • Third Grade Reading Requirement
  • Advisory Council

PSA Quarterly Meeting

Wednesday October 19, 2016, Noon-2 p.m.
Escuela Avancemos! Academy
3811 Cicotte
Detroit, MI

First quarterly meeting for leaders of DPS-authorized academies for the 2016-17 school year. Principals and/or assistant principals, management staff and designees may attend. Lunch and a school tour will be begin promptly at noon.

SAT One-Day Training Session

Wednesday October 19, 2016, 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Wayne RESA – 2nd Floor
33500 Van Born Road
Wayne, MI

The redesigned SAT will assess what research indicates matter most for college readiness and success. During this one-day course, participants will examine research-based strategies that align to the assessment of relevant words in context, command of evidence, and analysis of author’s craft to support on-demand writing tasks. The intended audience for this course is high school English Language Arts teachers and literacy coaches. DPSCD Office of Charter Schools will pay for your registration.

NWEA MAP Data Training

Friday October 7, 2016, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Fenton Area Public Schools 404 W Ellen Street, Early Childhood Center Training Room
Fenton, MI

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll dive into your own reports and we will help you identify key ways in which you can use your student growth data to drive decision making.  You will also do the following:

  • analyze and interpret real student data from your MAP reports in order to drive data-informed planning and instruction.
  • improve your capacity to make decisions around student and staff goal-setting.
  • discuss best practices for increasing student learning with other area educators, and
  • learn how to share compelling information about students’ learning and growth with parents and others.

DPSCD Office of Charter Schools will pay for your registration.  Please sign up.

Epicenter Training Flyer 2016

Epicenter Training Session – New Users

Thursday, August 11, 2016, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
DPSCD Police Headquarters
8500 Cameron Street, Detroit, MI 48211

Learn how to use the Epicenter, which is the compliance system used to upload required documents to the authorizer. The system is also a document repository, so you can find everything from past minutes and budgets to old School Improvement Plans, etc.

Epicenter Expert Stephanie McKean will be in town to show you how to use the system, answer your questions and to explain some of the tricks and features.

Academic Data Expert Elaine Themm, who handles the academic data, will also be on hand to teach you how to use Performance Center, which houses your school’s academic data.

This meeting is for users who are new to Epicenter. A separate session for seasoned users will take place from 3:30- 4:30 p.m. on the same day.

Epicenter Update Meeting Experienced Users

Thursday, August 11, 2016, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
DPSCD Police Headquarters
8500 Cameron Street, Detroit, MI 48211

Epicenter Expert Stephanie McKean will be in town to answer all your questions and to explain some of the new tricks and features.

Academic Data Expert Elaine Themm, who handles the academic data, will also be on hand to answer your questions about Performance Center, uploading MAP data and MSDS information.

This meeting is for experienced Epicenter users. A separate session for new users will take place from 5-6 p.m. on the same day.

An Evening at Camp Burt Shurly

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Camp Burt Shurly
15100 Goodband Rd, Gregory, MI 48137

Take a tour and learn about the amazing outdoor learning experiences that have enriched the lives of Detroit children for decades. This camp has been available to children in DPSCD-authorized charter schools since 2015, and this event is a great way to see what the camp can offer students in your school.