The Parent Academy 2018 Summer Catalog Now Available!

DPSCD recently launched The Parent Academy – a program that promotes parental involvement that supports student and family success. Expected to serve over 7,000 parents and caregivers, The Parent Academy offers FREE classes, training and workshops in schools, libraries, community centers and faith-based institutions across Detroit. The mission of The Parent Academy is to provide the necessary tools and skills to build capacity and confidence in parents in order to support students academically, socially and emotionally.

The Parent Academy focuses on three key pillars:

  • Student Achievement – workshops and activities that provide strategies and tools for parents to support academic achievement at home and in school
  • Personal and Professional Development – workshops that build confidence while addressing basic needs, employment, family support, financial literacy and goal setting for the healthy development of families
  • Parenting/Advocacy – workshops for parents and caregivers to build and increase their effectiveness in advocating and leading on behalf of children

If you are interested in attending a workshop, please review The Parent Academy 2018 Summer Course Catalog and submit your contact information to begin the registration process.

All Parent Academy courses are free of charge and designed for parents, caregivers and community members. Students are welcome to attend along with their families if appropriate. Dates, times and locations are accurate at time of publication; courses listed in this guide are subject to change.

For questions or assistance with registration, call 313.873.7490 or email

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MLK grad earns $2 million in scholarships, recognized by Superintendent and Board of Education

During the July 10 Board of Education meeting, Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School graduate Alana Burke was honored for her continued demonstration of DPSCD’s core value of excellence, which states, “Be relentless in your pursuit of greatness. Be bold and innovate. Learn from your mistakes. Hold yourself and others to high standards.”

Ms. Burke earned $2 million in scholarships and grants from 20 colleges, graduating high school with a 4.2 weighted GPA, ultimately accepting a full-scholarship to the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor where she plans to major in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Her accomplishments were credited from a strong community, including all her teachers, counselors and her principal, Dr. Deborah Jenkins.

During her high school career, Ms. Burke remained active in a variety of extra-curricular activities and attended a prestigious summer journalism program at Princeton University.

Congratulations, Ms. Burke on your achievements!

The face of DPSCD’s commercial shares the importance of giving back

Devonte King, a 2010 graduate of Detroit School of Arts (DSA), who is featured in DPSCD’s new branding commercial, reflects on his high school experience, fondly noting his mentors who influenced him during times of adversity.

As a Morgan State University graduate and current DSA volunteer, Devonte remembers when DSA Founder and former Principal Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton helped him through the passing of his mother during his sophomore year.

“Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton was also my mom’s high school theatre coach while she was in high school,” said Devonte. “Dr. Davis-Cotton implemented an attitude of excellence not only within me, but to all of the staff and students that had a chance to experience her presence.”

Devonte points out that when his mom passed away it became his inspiration for helping others.

“My mom helped so many people, and I saw firsthand that your presence and positive impact can truly changes the lives of others.”

It’s no surprise that Devonte actively sought out opportunities to give back to his community after he graduated college and moved back to Detroit.

“My goal is to create a bond that promotes a positive impact with the people I help,” he stated. “I love the energy at DSA. There is so much opportunity for creativity and growth inside that building. You can tell just by walking in.”

Today, Devonte works at the Wayne County Department of Public Services where he assists in the development of media projects, and volunteers as much as possible in his spare time. His advice to students interested in pursuing the arts:

“Stay focused and your dedication to your craft will make room for you in ways that money cannot.”

Detroit Public Schools Community District superintendent reveals new brand, signaling a new phase in urban education reform for Detroit’s public education system

 DETROIT June 21, 2018 – Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti announced today the District’s new branding campaign, which includes a new logo and tagline, “Students rise. We all rise.” Ending the school year on a high note, students, families and community members joined Dr. Vitti and members of the Board at Nolan Elementary-Middle School for the official announcement and last day of school celebration. The District will use #DPSCDStudentsRise to share on social media channels.

“We recognized that after developing and implementing our new strategic plan, we did not have an aligned brand identity. This was an opportunity to ask the community for feedback on what represents the best educational experience for students, teachers, staff and families,” said Dr. Vitti. “There was a common thread – student’s first. Our brand reflects a new vision, commitment, and opportunity to prioritize students and traditional public education in Detroit in alignment with our strategic plan.”

More than 800 community members, teachers, principals, and families provided their vision of what DPSCD represents as a new brand was considered. It was evident in the feedback that there is still passion and hope that the school district will rebuild itself to restore the pride it had.

In addition to the logo and tagline, DPSCD unveiled its highly anticipated marketing commercial, featuring its students, teachers, principals, community members, schools, and Cass Tech alumnus/Rapper Big Sean.

This rebrand is one of many initiatives Dr. Vitti rolled out under a newly elected board.

“This year we focused on analyzing and building systems and processes, engaging stakeholders,  and working toward improving teacher pay and equity,” said Dr. Vitti. “As we build upon our momentum entering into year two, we will begin implementing the reform and initiatives driven by our strategic plan and new budget priorities at scale for critical areas such as arts and music, student programs, expanded professional development, enhanced technology, and new curriculum aligned to grade level expectations.”

DPSCD thanks its partners who supported the rebranding project: BLVD Content and Real Integrated, marketing and strategy firms; Detroit Public Schools Foundation, which awarded the District a $20,000 grant; and iHeart Media/WJLB.

The District will continue to celebrate its transformative brand through events and promotions this summer and throughout the 2018-2019 school year. To learn more about DPSCD and enrollment opportunities, visit Stay up-to-date on events and news by liking us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.


About Detroit Public Schools Community District

Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) is Michigan’s largest public education system. It is governed by a locally-elected, seven-member board with Dr. Nikolai Vitti serving as superintendent. The District’s mission is to provide every student with a beneficial and rightful educational experience, preparing students to be career and college ready, and qualified to compete in the global market. The District has 106 schools and educates 50,000 children. For more information, visit

Summer school reminder

  • Summer school begins for staff on Monday, June 25
  • Summer school begins for students on Tuesday, June 26
  • Students in K-5 buildings are in session from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • 6-12 grades are in session from 8:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
  • Summer school runs through July 26
  • Breakfast and lunch will be served

If you have any questions or concerns regarding summer school, please call the parent hotline at (313) 240-4377

Renaissance student receives WSU Med-Direct scholarship

Congratulations are in order for Renaissance Senior Kahlid Ali, who recently received the Wayne State University Med-Direct (Wayne M.D.) scholarship.

Wayne M.D. is a unique program that guarantees admission to Wayne State’s School of Medicine and Irvin D. Reid Honors College for 10 students each year. The program emphasizes mentoring and research by giving students the opportunity to become part of the School of Medicine community during their undergraduate studies, leading to M.D. or combined M.D. /Ph.D. degree programs at WSU.

During his academic career at DPSCD, Kahlid has earned many awards and accolades which lead him to receiving the prestigious scholarship. Not only did Kahlid graduate in the top 3 percent of DPSCD seniors, but he was an active mentee in the Pathway to Excellence program at the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity; he has traveled to Nicaragua with to help build schools in poverty stricken communities; and Kahlid served as the team captain for the Renaissance High School robotics team.

Cody teacher named Fred Martin Detroit Educator of the Year

In May, Cody Medicine and Community Health Academy social studies teacher Michelle A. Shorter, was named the 2018 Fred Martin Educator of the Year at the Coleman A. Young Foundation (CAYF) Annual Awards Experience. Ms. Shorter was nominated by two of her students, and received this prestigious award which honors Detroit education professionals who go above and beyond the call of duty to provide quality developmental experiences to Detroit youth.

The Coleman A. Young Foundation further acknowledges Ms. Shorter because she exemplifies the leadership characteristics and spirit of the late Mayor Coleman A. Young, by going the extra mile, motivating students to achieve their potential, helping them overcome obstacles and challenging them to reach their goals.

Congratulations, Ms. Shorter and thank you for your dedication and service to our students.

Learn about free transportation for Northwest schools this Sunday!

Tell friends, parents and community members to join DPSCD Sunday, July 22 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Northwest Activities Center to learn more about DPSCD schools on the Detroit Bus Loop and what it means for parents and children. There will be free food, raffles, gift cards, a bounce house and more!

The event is an excellent way to spend a Sunday with family and community. We encourage parents interested in the free transportation to stop by the Northwest Activities Center to learn the benefits of the Northwest Detroit Bus Loop and how students can participate in extracurricular activities after school.

DPSCD Schools Participating:

  • Vernor Elementary-Middle School
  • Coleman A Young Elementary School
  • John R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy
  • Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS)
  • Bagley Elementary School of Journalism and Technology
  • Schulze Academy for Technology and Arts

For information about each school, please visit


Renaissance grad is Harvard-bound on a full scholarship

Britteny Okorom-Achuony, a 2018 Renaissance High School graduate, is no stranger to success. As a Harvard-bound student who earned a four-year scholarship to the Ivy League school, Britteny notes it required discipline and hard work to achieve her goals, along with help from her teachers. 


“I had teachers influence me to pursue mathematics at a higher level through starting a math club at Renaissance and encouraging me to take advantage of higher level courses. My experience in DPSCD schools molded me by exposing me to various teachers and peers who supported me and allowed me to explore my interests.” 


Britteny participated in a variety of extracurricular activities while at Renaissance including Academic Games, Math Club, Orchestra, National Honor Society, Book Club and Science Quiz Bowl. Britteny hopes to pursue a major in computer science at Harvard and would like to work to improve math and science education for underserved groups in her future. 


“My advice for anyone hoping to attend an Ivy League school is to try to explore your interests to the fullest extent possible.” 

A teaching opportunity awaits you at DPSCD!

Join a district dedicated to championing Detroit youth. Career opportunities are available for qualified and certified teachers in all core subjects, as well as physical education, art, music, CTE, school counselors and more.

Interested candidates should apply online at and register for a hiring fair at

DPSCD Teacher Hiring Fairs offer unique one-on-one interviews with more than 100 DPSCD schools, so candidates are able to find a school community that fits their needs and vise versa.

Attend one of our hiring fairs this season to learn what DPSCD is all about:

  • Thursday, July 12, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Benjamin Carson School for Science and Medicine 571 Mack Ave, Detroit
  • Tuesday, July 31, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Benjamin Carson School for Science and Medicine 571 Mack Ave, Detroit
  • Thursday, August 16, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Benjamin Carson School for Science and Medicine 571 Mack Ave, Detroit
  • Thursday, August 30, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Benjamin Carson School for Science and Medicine 571 Mack Ave, Detroit
  • Tuesday, Sept. 11, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. A. Philip Randolph Technical High School 17101 Hubbell St., Detroit

Time change: The July 12 Teacher Hiring Fair is from 3-6 p.m. at Ben Carson High School

DPSCD is hiring! Attend the July 12 teacher hiring fair

DPSCD believes when students rise, we all rise. The District is now hiring certified teachers in all subjects who are passionate about championing Detroit youth.

If you are interested in a rewarding teaching career beginning in Fall 2018, join us at our District-wide hiring fair on Thursday, July 12 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Benjamin Carson High School, located at 571 Mack Ave, Detroit, MI 48201.

Candidates should apply for their desired position online at, and register for the hiring fair at

Candidates will need to bring proof of teacher certification and a resume to the hiring fair.



Kids Read Now ice cream socials for first-grade students at Detroit Public Library

DPSCD has initiated a summer reading program, Kids Read Now, which focuses on this year’s first-grade students. This past month, every first-grade student left for summer break with three books. Throughout the summer, as students finish reading books, parents will notify the organization via text, and the student will receive a new book in the mail. Every first-grade student will receive up to nine books total (three at school and six in the mail).

To support our families with receiving the additional six books throughout the summer, we will be hosting ice cream socials throughout the city. Students will bring their summer reading books, and volunteers will read with students and help with texting, calling, or emailing to prompt the organization to mail the next book. Please see scheduled dates below and watch the website for additional dates coming soon!

Kids Read Now – Ice Cream Socials

  • Saturday, July 14 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m at the Detroit Public Library – (Children Library Section), 5201 Woodward Ave. Parking is available in the lot on the side of the building. Enter through the front doors.
  • Saturday, July 21 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Detroit Public Library – (Children Library Section), 5201 Woodward Ave. Parking is available in the lot on the side of the building. Enter through the front doors.
  • Saturday, August 11 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Michigan Science Center 5020 John R. St.

The 2018 Mathematics Bee

On April 21, the District held its 6th annual Mathematics Bee at MLK, Jr. Senior High School. DPSCD wishes to congratulate its top 3 finishers for both competition brackets:

Grades 1 & 2 Competition

  • 1st Place: Emerick Hernandez, Maybury Elementary School
  • 2nd Place: Kady Cortez-Arriola, Harms
  • 3rd Place: Taraji Collins, Mark Twain

Grades 3 – 5 Competition

  • 1st Place: Giovani Lara-Gonzalez, Bennett Elementary School
  • 2nd Place: James Nowak, Harms
  • 3rd Place: Shaun Woods, A.L. Holmes

This annual event showcased the best and brightest mathematical minds in lower elementary grades (1st and 2nd grade bracket) and upper elementary grades (3rd, 4th, & 5th grade bracket) in a competitive display of knowledge of operations on the set of whole numbers.

Congratulations to all our students who participated in the 2018 Math Bee Competition.