SUPT. CALLOWAY BRINGS TOGETHER OUTSTANDING DETROIT TEACHERS TOWARD SYSTEM EXCELLENCE

Immediate Release January 14, 2008
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SUPT. CALLOWAY BRINGS TOGETHER OUTSTANDING
DETROIT TEACHERS TOWARD SYSTEM EXCELLENCE

All of Detroit Public Schools’ National Board-certified teachers, its national Milken Educator Award winners and a number of state- and county-recognized teachers have been invited to join General Superintendent Connie K. Calloway, Ph.D. at a special program to celebrate their classroom excellence.
The program, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at the Hotel St. Regis (2071 West Grand Boulevard) will be attended by community and district leaders and up to 71 DPS teachers who have received one of these top educator honors. Detroit businessman Dave Bing will speak on “Transferring Personal Excellence to System Excellence.” National Board Chief Operating Officer Tom Broitman will also speak at what is planned to become an annual event. Also attending will be Detroit Federation of Teachers President Virginia Cantrell and Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick.
Nearly one-in-four of the state’s teachers certified by the prestigious National Board for Professional Teaching Standards teach within the Detroit Public Schools. The 58 Detroit educators are among 241 in the State of Michigan and 64,000 teachers nationally who have voluntarily committed to advancing excellence in teaching and learning by participating in a rigorous one-to-three year process focusing on reviewing content knowledge, evaluating their teaching practices and preparing portfolio entries.

“Detroit’s National Board-certified teachers demonstrate the highest levels of personal excellence toward the profession of teaching and I count them among the strongest assets that the school district has in terms of focusing on Instruction as the fundamental component of educational transformation needed to enhance student achievement,” said Dr. Calloway. “I am looking forward to working much more closely with each of the current and future Board-certified teachers as we cultivate instructional leaders whose individual excellence inspires all and is transferred toward creating system excellence.”

Over the past three years, three Detroit Public Schools teachers have been named national Milken Award winners. In 2007 Randolph Career and Technical Center Teacher David Robinson joined the ranks of the country’s most exemplary middle/high school teachers. He is one of only 80 teachers nationally to receive the recognition for his efforts at furthering excellence in education. A total of ten Detroit Educators have received the Milken honor and accompanying surprise presentation visit by the State Board of Education President and $25,000 cash awards.

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