Join us in the celebration of World Read Aloud Day

Since 2012, Detroit has joined people all over the world to advocate for literacy for everyone. Join DPSCD and LitWorld as we celebrate World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) 2018 on Thursday, February 1. Help spread the word that literacy is a human right.

This year, Detroit LitClub members will lead this celebration by creating reading crowns and reading aloud to younger students in their buildings. Clifford the Big Red Dog and Corduroy will visit several Detroit LitClub schools.

Below is a link to LitWorld’s World Read Aloud Day page where you can register and download activity suggestions for this important event:

School Board re-elects officers

Detroit Public Schools Community District’s School Board held an election of officers during its organizational meeting prior to the first school board meeting of the year, January 9, 2018 at Osborn High School.

Led by Superintendent Vitti, a nomination was made to re-elect current school board president, Dr. Iris Taylor for the 2018-19 school year. All school board members voted unanimously. Immediately after her re-election, Dr. Taylor took over the meeting as remaining officers were nominated.

The previous officers were also unanimously re-elected:

  • Angelique Peterson-Mayberry, Vice President
  • Sonya Mays, Treasurer
  • Misha Stallworth, Secretary

External Committees

President Dr. Taylor appointed Member LaMar Lemmons to the Committee of the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB). Secretary Misha Stallworth was appointed to the Committee of the Wayne County Association of School Boards (WCASB). Vice President Peterson-Mayberry was appointed to the Committee of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation (DPSF).

Internal Committees

Curriculum/Academics Committee

President Dr. Taylor reappointed Member Dr. Deborah Hunter-Harvill as Chair of the Curriculum/Academics Committee, Members Georgia Lemmons and Secretary Misha Stallworth were also reappointed to serve as members of the Curriculum/Academics Committee.

Finance Committee

President Dr. Taylor reappointed Treasurer Sonya Mays as Chair of the Finance Committee, Member LaMar Lemmons and Vice President Angelique Peterson-Mayberry were also reappointed to serve as members of the Finance Committee.

Policy Ad-hoc Committee

President Dr. Taylor reappointed Secretary Misha Stallworth to serve as Chair of the Policy Ad-hoc Committee and Treasurer Sonya Mays was reappointed as a member of the Policy Ad-hoc Committee. Member Georgia Lemmons was newly appointed to the Policy Ad-hoc Committee.

Selection Committee for the Detroit Library Commission

President Dr. Taylor appointed Vice President Angelique Peterson-Mayberry to serve as Committee Chair for the Selection Committee for the Detroit Library Commission, Dr. Deborah Hunter-Harvill and Member Georgia Lemmons were reappointed to serve as members of the Selection Committee for the Detroit Library Commission.

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti acknowledged the first anniversary of the school board and presented each member with a plaque of appreciation for their dedication and commitment to DPSCD students and staff.

The school board was elected in November 2016 and is comprised of seven members whose names with ending terms are below:

  • Dr. Iris Taylor (2020)
  • Angelique Peterson-Mayberry (2022)
  • Sonya Mays (2020)
  • Misha Stallworth (2020)
  • Dr. Deborah Hunter-Harvill (2018)
  • Georgia Lemmons (2022)
  • LaMar Lemmons (2018)

Examination High Schools Application Deadline Extended to Friday, Feb 16

For the 2018-2019 school year, the high school examination application deadline has been extended to Friday, February 16, 2018 to ensure flexibility and opportunity are extended to all DPSCD eighth-grade students. Please note that the exam is an online high school placement test. Students with IEPs and accommodations may take the print edition of the test.  Any student or parent may request a print edition of the test as well. If students do not apply for an exam school, the high school placement test will still be used by high school counselors and administrative staff for student placement.

You may also access this information on the Examination High School Page.  Students who complete the application process will be notified of the outcome by the week of March 26, 2018.

7 Successful Steps to Submitting the Examination High School Application

Academy of the Americas High School is closed due to no heat.

Renaissance High and Jerry L. White Schools are closed due to a power outage. DTE has been notified.

1/11/2018 School Closures

Hamilton Academy will be closed tomorrow, January 11, 2018, due to a building issue.

DPSCD to host Teacher Fair on January 18

DPSCD will host its first Teacher Recruitment Fair of the year to continue seeking qualified educators! Applications are being accepted for all positions but there is a critical need for the following areas: mathematics, elementary/middle, science/integrated science and special education. Submit an application today at and help make DPSCD the best school district in the nation!

WHEN: Thursday, January 18 from 5 – 7 p.m.

WHERE: Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine

Curriculum Connection Winter 2017/2018: A DPSCD Academic Sub-Committee Newsletter

DPSCD has released the Winter 2017-2018 edition of the Curriculum Connection, a DPSCD Academic Sub-Committee newsletter. Included, you will find a spotlight on the members of the sub-committee, meeting recaps, school news, academic initiative updates and more. This community piece will provide pertinent information of what is happening in the academic and curriculum world at DPSCD.

Curriculum_Connection WINTER1718 (PDF)

Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards

The fourth year of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards has launched! The Henry Ford and Litton Entertainment are looking for teachers who demonstrate the habits of an innovator. Teachers who inspire their students to challenge the rules and take risks, who demonstrate how to be collaborative and empathetic, and teach the value of staying curious and learning from failure.

Twenty teachers in total will receive prizes, with the top ten grand prize winners receiving a week-long “Innovation Immersion Experience” at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. Winners will be announced in June. Please listen to how this experience affected two of our first-year winners.

The awards were created to accompany the national television show, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation which airs on CBS Saturday mornings. The TV show is hosted by CBS News correspondent Mo Rocca and provides a weekly celebration of the inventor’s spirit, telling fascinating stories of historic innovators of the past and forward-thinking visionaries of today.

For more information, contact:
Official Rules and nomination form
Nominations are due by February 28, 2018

A night at the (Children’s) Museum

Dossin Elementary-Middle School students had quite the experience during the Detroit Children’s Museum’s “Night at the Museum” event. During the “Survival in the Biomes” themed activity, student teams were placed in various biomes via a simulated plane crash (all survived). The teams had to cooperate and collaborate to secure basic needs for survival. They were allowed to utilize technology and a map to search and secure the necessary items for their survival. The students discovered what existed within their biome and additional items while gaining a better understanding of the weather conditions. The culminating portion of the evening included each team sharing their experiences.

“We will continue to provide these meaningful experiences for our children and families with a purpose to engage their minds fully that connects with the curriculum,” said Charles Merrell, Lead Educator at the DCM.

Learn more about the Detroit Children’s Museum at