Big Sean surprises students at Cass Tech during a special assembly

It was made possible for upperclassmen with excellent grade point averages to attend the “Straight Outta Compton” assembly at Cass Technical High School on Thursday July 23. Ice Cube, Jason Mitchell, O’Shea Johnson Jr. and F. Gary Gray all convened at Cass Tech High School for an assembly to promote the new film “Straight Outta Compton.” Big Sean felicitated a Q&A with the members affiliated with the movie. Students also enjoyed a screening of the trailer and received free t-shirts!

This weekend LIVE Glass Blowing Event

Come show your support and join the festivities at the Glass blowing event. This indoor event is to benefit Art Road and is sponsored by The Michigan Glass Project. Activities include: glass blowing, art vendors, graffiti artists, food and drink vendors, music and more!

Location: The Russell Industrial Center
1600 Clay Street in Detroit 48211
When: Friday – July 24  11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday – July 25  11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday – July 26 noon -8 p.m.
Ticket prices:  At the door and for the day $15, for a weekend pass $20

For more information go to: click on events for ticket info.

DPS to host Teacher Career Fair Jul. 18 to fill hundreds of open positions for 2015-16 school year

Teacher Career FairDetroit Public Schools is undergoing an unprecedented period of transformation that will position DPS as one of the high-quality educational options for families city-wide.  To help recruit talented educators at all grade levels, Detroit Public Schools will host a Teacher Career Fair on July 18, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Hotel St. Regis, 3071 West Grand. Blvd.

The Teacher Career Fair is being held in preparation for Opening of Schools and aims to fill positions for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. There are a limited number of opportunities for immediate placement. Interviews will be held on-site and conditional offers provided to qualified candidates. The teaching positions being recruited during this career fair will also build upon the District’s current talent acquisition pool.

This event is for new applicants only. Teachers already employed by the District do not need to attend.

“It’s an exciting time at DPS,” said Cassandra Washington, Executive Director, Division of Talent – Human Resources. “DPS’ move to a “network structure” organized around the needs of schools is sure to be a magnet for talent and a leader in innovation and entrepreneurial activity.”

Washington explains that as a result of retirements, separations and new program offerings, DPS anticipates 200-300 teacher openings for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year.

“DPS is excited and views this transformation as an opportunity to continue our mission of ensuring that DPS has the most effective teachers, school leaders, and central office staff supporting every student to achieve success,” said Washington.

Applications are being accepted for ALL teaching positions. However, there is a critical need in Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Mathematics, Secondary Science and World Language.

Candidates interested in filling any teaching position must visit and complete an online application for the appropriate job posting in order to be admitted to the Teacher Career Fair. Applicants can also call 313-873-6897 or 313-240-4377 for more details.


Cooke Elementary School is closed today, July 6, 2015, due to no power. DTE reports a power line down in the area.

PSL football: Still the best game in town!

PSL Kick-Off Classic Flyer Edited Version1

Neinas, Brewer and Detroit Lions Academy are closed MONDAY, June 29, 2015 due to no power.

DPS Special Education Teachers to earn graduate credit hours in Mathematics, thanks to the Wayne State University-Grant initiative

DPS Special Education Teachers have the opportunity to earn graduate credit hours in Mathematics, thanks to the Wayne State University-Grant Initiative.

The grant, titled Collaborative Opportunities for Reaching Excellence or CORE, is a partnership between Wayne State University’s (WSU) College of Education, WSU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Detroit Public Schools.

For many years, staff from DPS, Wayne State University and the Michigan Department of Education have worked closely to recruit and prepare DPS teachers in understaffed content and special education program areas. The College was first awarded the TQ grant in 2007 to work with teachers in mathematics and science, and the partnership has been awarded a grant, in each subsequent year, to work with special education teachers who are teaching mathematics.

Approximately 25 teachers in each of these years were enrolled in a graduate course on Saturdays to deepen their knowledge in the content area of mathematics, enhancing their teaching effectiveness and allowing teacher participants to acquire Highly Qualified Status while advancing student achievement.

In addition to the graduate course work, paid for by the grant, the teachers were visited by instructional coaches in their classrooms and met monthly as learning communities. Each teacher completes a portfolio of their work and develops a case study on a target student that they choose to study over the course of the school year. In addition to documenting their own professional growth in mathematics, teachers report the learning growth of the target student.

Funded by the Title II Grant Program for Improving Teacher Quality, the grant is administered by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).


Myra Akpabio, Turning Point Academy

Raymond Brown Jr., Palmer Park Preparatory Academy

Maria Buison Sullivan, Breithaupt Career and Technical Center

Regina Dixon, Coleman A. Young Elementary

Madeline Everson, Jerry L. White Center

Carols Finley, Osborn Evergreen Academy

Carla Floyd, Detroit International Academy

Krista Hall, J.E. Clark Preparatory Academy

Kelly Harris, Marquette Elementary

Iris Hughey (Gordon),  Detroit Institute of Technology at Cody

Zakiya Jackson, Ralph J. Bunche Academy

Valerie Jarrett, Gompers Elementary-Middle School

Celeste Johnson, Detroit International Academy

Kristina Johnson, Dixon Academy

Aaron Johnston, Osborn Evergreen Academy

Roshanda Jones, Ronald Brown Academy

Dawn McFarlin, Osborn Math, Science, Technology Academy

Elizabeth Mickley, Turning Point Academy

Sherlda Milton, Palmer Park Preparatory Academy

Yulonda Mitchell, Gompers Elementary-Middle School

Ernestine Moore-Kenney, Gompers Elementary-Middle School

Judith Nance, Detroit Institute of Technology at Cody

Rungasami e Padayache, Gompers Elementary-Middle School

Lucille Shaw, Academy of the Americas

Reneth Stewart, Jerry L. White Center

Cynthia Taylor, Ronald Brown Academy

Lisa Thompson, Osborn Math Science and Technology Academy

Catrenia Walker, Jerry L. White Center

Waters Tranessa, Detroit Collegiate Preparatory Academy at Northwestern


Earhart Flyers run their way to success

On Saturday, June 6 Amy Tulip and the Earhart Flyers participated in the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Riverfront 5K Run. Earhart Elementary-Middle School teacher and running coach, Amy Tulip, founded the running club earlier this year to give her students an opportunity to get active and exercise together. Tulip traveled to Kentucky to become a certified running coach through the Road Runners Club of America. She knew if she was going to train her students for a race, she wanted to do it the right way.

“I want these kids to know they come from somewhere good,” said Tulip. “I grew up here and came from the same exact neighborhood. I’ve lived here my whole life.”

After months of training, fifth graders Vianny, Vianca, Sydney, and Emanuel achieved their goal of completing the 2nd Annual Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Riverfront Run. The students all agree running helps them to be more confident and build strength.

Police Camp “Mentoring Men in Action” at Chrysler Elementary

Detroit Public Schools Police Department and Detroit Public Schools Foundation held summer day camps June 15-19, to give young men an opportunity to interact with male How to be a success, speech role models from different walks of life. Each day started with a speaker that could help enrich the life of each camper, and ended with a trip that put life into perspective. The day camp was held at Chrysler Elementary School and included students in grades 5-8 from a variety of Detroit Public Schools.

On Wednesday, June 17, Renaissance High school graduate, Ogechukwu Onwudiwe, visited with the campers. Onwudiwe, interned the first year the summer camps started. Now, a senior at Wayne State University, he spoke with the students about his first-hand experience on how to make the most of your college years, and resist temptations. He also talked to the boys about what can be done now to prepare for college success. The field trip for that day included The Adventure Park in West Bloomfield where the boys zip-lined and climbed their way through 10 different courses. DPS Police Department Officer Claudette Williams, Camp Coordinator said, “The summer camps are a positive event where each boy received valuable information about what it means to be an upstanding young man!”

DPS Renaissance High School principal takes a study tour of Germany

Renaissance High School Principal Anita Williams is touring Germany from June 21- July 4. For this cultural experience, she will visit the Goethe-Institute Washington for a study tour orientation before flying to Germany. The tour includes places such as: Esslingen, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Ravensbrϋck, Berlin, and Feldheim.

Managing Director of Transatlantic Outreach Program, Wood Powell, will be the group leader for the trip. In addition to living in Berlin during 1988-1991, he has led over 20 study tours. Powell has also spent time working in the private industry with Lufthansa German Airlines and Delta Airlines, working in their marketing and e-business departments. Another key person for this exciting trip is Mr. Volker Langeheine, a German native, who will also participate on the tour as a German subject-matter curriculum expert.