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 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 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 eight 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.
In Spring of 2014, Detroit Public Schools kicked off its new Parent University, a semester of coursework for parents and guardians in four subject areas allowing them to earn first-ever “Parent Leader” certification.
A total of 20 free classes are offered. Registration, which occurred at the district’s eight Parent Resource Centers, was open to all DPS parents, primary caregivers and guardians. Classes, which are two hours long, began March 10 and runs through May 23.
Providing parenting skills and increasing parent involvement are major elements of Detroit Public Schools’ five-year Strategic Plan, through which this year 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 eight regionally located Parent Resource Centers.
The Parent University model has been successfully introduced in several forms throughout the United States. The DPS model includes:
- The formation of a collaborative of support organizations vested in parents from Head Start to college
- The development of a professional curriculum for parents tailored to the district’s parent population
- The opportunity for Parent University graduates to be trained Parent University instructors
- The opportunity for Parent University graduates to be placed into internships with partner agencies serving on the collaborative group
- Insight from session leaders who are experts in their discipline from the partner agency collaborators
Parents can participate in four programs for certificates over the course of three semesters:
- Spring 2014: Parent Leader Certificate (PLC)
- Summer 2014: Parent Educator Certificate (PEC)
- Fall 2014: Parent Leader Certificate (PLC), Parent Educator Certificate (PEC), Parent Mentor Certificate (PMC) and Parent Advocate Certificate (PAC)
Participants can take classes from four possible tracks:
- Track 1: Student Success – Helping children of all ages
- Track 2: Life Skills – Maximizing your potential
- Track 3: Parenting – Effectively raising children
- Track 4: Leadership – Inspiring others with a vision
Graduation requirements are: Completion of 10 classes during the semester. For more information, please call 313-240-4377 or visit any Parent Resource Center.
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
- Escuelas Públicas de Detroit Póliza de Participación de Padres y Familia del Título I
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!