Parent and Community Engagement
DPS believes that having actively engaged parents is critical to improving student achievement.
Detroit Public Schools, through a performance-driven partnership with Detroit Parent Network, also operates four parent resource centers that are comfortable spaces for parents and guardians to meet. The centers, which are geographically placed across the city, provide training and resources to parents of DPS students, helping them be involved in their children’s education. This Title I initiative was developed with input from parents and guardians, community leaders and the Detroit Parent Network.
What our parents are saying
“It was very comfortable and a lot of help. (They are) a big improvement to the school, neighborhood, and even the community.”
-Tamara Simpson, who uses the Parent Resource Center at Marcus Garvey
More about our Parent Resource Centers
Our four parent resource centers are comfortable community gathering spaces equipped with multiple computers, phones, sofas, small libraries, play areas for children, check-out academic tool kits and more.
We offer expert-led workshops, child care, GED support, job training, support groups, MEAP assistance, book clubs, sessions on Title I programs, college information, coffee talks on parent engagement and other offerings.
The centers are designed to involve, connect and empower parents to help children reach academic success and serve as a hub for training and resources. Light refreshments are provided at each center.
DPS takes its Parent University on the road to bring more classes to parents
Registration begins today, January 26, 2015 for second semester of classes.
Detroit Public Schools is taking its nine-month-old Parent University on the road to bring even more classes to the district’s parents and guardians.
The new “Parent University on the Go” courses include Frozen-themed STEM activities for parents to do with their children, capitalizing on the popularity of the Disney hit movie, as well as Spelling Bee-themed literacy courses to improve students’ vocabulary, reading and writing. The coursework will allow parents and guardians to earn credits toward their “Parent Leader” certification.
All classes, which are free and open to any parent/guardian with a child in Detroit Public Schools, will be taught by educational experts in DPS.
Additional classes will be offered in the district’s eight parent resource centers, including courses on developing customer service skills, parenting with the experts, health and much more. A total of 54 free classes are being offered in February and March.
Registration is occurring now at the district’s eight Parent Resource Centers for classes that begin February 9.
- Track 1: Academic Success: Helping children succeed in school and in life
- Track 2: Life Skills: Maximizing your potential
- Track 3: Parenting: Effectively raising children
- Track 4: Professional Development: Gaining skills to advance your career
To graduate with a “Parent Leader” certificate, participants must complete 10 classes over the course of the year.
New this winter, parents were able to take “Accelerated Courses” in which multiple courses were offered on select days. Participants had the opportunity to partake in interactive activities that engaged parents and children in learning together.
Parent University is one strand of DPS’ multi-faceted Parent and Community Engagement program, which is geared toward helping the district increase parent involvement. Programs include training camps that focus on parenting, fun and engaging workshops and much more.
Through a performance-driven partnership with Detroit Parent Network, DPS operates eight parent resource centers that are comfortable spaces for parents and guardians to meet. The centers, which are geographically placed across the city, provide training and resources to parents of DPS students, helping them to be more involved in their children’s education.
Providing parenting skills and increasing parent involvement are major elements of Detroit Public Schools’ five-year Strategic Plan. Through the Strategic Plan, the district launched the first phase of another nationally modeled program: Home-School Teacher Visitations. The visitations add to ongoing robust parenting programs throughout DPS, including workshops at Parent Resource Centers.
For more information, call (313) 240-4377.
Parent University Resources
- Parent University Registration Form
- Parent University Semester 2 Flier
- Parent University On the Go Flier
- Defining Parent University
Online portals to track student progress and attendance
Parents also have access to new online portals.
Through Parent Portal, parents and guardians can track up-to-date information about their children’s progress, including attendance and more.
Through the district’s new PULSE system, parents, counselors and other school officials will be alerted when students need intervention because of too many absences, missed assignments or other barriers to achievement.
PARENTS: We want to talk to YOU! Get our TEXTING alerts!
Detroit Public Schools has launched a new service that will enhance parent communication by allowing the district and schools to deliver important information via opt-in SMS text messaging, a service that will be particularly important to announce school closures.
In order to participate in the new service, parents must opt in and indicate a willingness to receive text messages to their phones.
Steps to follow
Parents can simply text any one of the following words to the number 68453:
The participant will know he or she is successful if he or she receives the following reply message:
You are registered to receive aprox 3 msgs/mo. Txt STOP to quit, HELP for help.
Participants will want to repeat the opt-in process for any wireless numbers to receive text messages.
In addition to performing the opt-in process above, parents should ensure that the district has their wireless number(s) in the district’s student information database. To do so, parents can contact their school or update their contact information through Parent Connect.
Please note, although the district does not charge for this service, it does not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by parents for sending or receiving text messages. Parents should check with their wireless carrier for possible charges.
Parent Volunteerism – “Parents as Partners”
A message from the Michigan Child Protection Registry
Are your children safe while online? Michigan families, especially minors, are becoming inundated with advertisements from alcohol, tobacco, pornography and gambling marketers through different internet and cell phone inboxes. Thankfully, the State of Michigan offers a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching e-mails, mobile phones (text messaging ads) and instant messenger IDs. The Michigan Child Protection Registry is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan’s families and schools and can be located at www.protectmichild.com.
- Michigan Protection Registry Frequently Asked Questions
- Child Protection Memo from State Superintendent Michael Flanagan
- Detroit Public Schools Title I Parent & Family Engagement Policy
- Detroit Public Schools Title I Parent & Family Engagement Policy — Spanish
- Detroit Public Schools Title I Parent & Family Engagement Policy — Arabic
- Detroit Public Schools Title I Parent & Family Engagement Policy — Hmong
- Detroit Public Schools Title I Parent & Family Engagement Policy — Romanian
- Detroit Public Schools Title I Parent & Family Engagement Policy — Bengali
Join us for our fun and engaging workshops in any one of our 7 Title-1 Parent Resource Centers and in our One Stop Support Shop Parent Resource Center at Drew Transition Center!