SMALL SCHOOL DESIGN TEAMS TO MEET

NEWS from Detroit Public Schools
Office of Public Relations

Media Contact: Steve Wasko
313-873-4542; cell 313-212-5636
steven.wasko@detroitk12.org

Detroit Public Schools’ High School Redesign Process continues to move forward, with teams of educators, parents and partners from Cody High School, Cody 9th Grade Academy and Osborn High School meeting together on Saturday, November 1 to further envision what their new learning communities will look like. Participants will meet with Institute for Student Achievement (ISA) President and CEO Gerry House, Ed.D. and DPS General Superintendent Connie K. Calloway, Ph.D. and in small teams list the priorities for their schools to prepare all students to succeed.

DPS schools were awarded two of three major grants recently made to spur dropout prevention programs in southeast Michigan. Cody and Osborn High Schools each recently received five-year, $1.6 million grants from the Greater Detroit Education Venture Fund. That Fund was started to assist high schools with current graduation rates of 60% or less in working with educational intermediaries such as ISA to create smaller learning communities.

The current intensive, one year planning process will lead to the launch of the redesigned schools by Fall 2009. Detroit’s comprehensive school redesign process follows a review of student achievement data, enrollment patterns, graduation statistics, drop out rates and the surrounding density of families with school children, as well as research on models undertaken by the country’s other large urban school districts.

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Editors Please Note: The Saturday, November 1 conference will run from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Hotel St. Regis, 3071 W. Grand Blvd., and media representatives are welcome to attend.

SW10/31/08

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