DPS unveils slate of workshops for new high-tech online parent portals that will connect parents to student textbooks, classwork 24-7

As part of Detroit Public Schools’ initiatives to engage more parents and provide a variety of meaningful ways for parents to be involved in their children’s learning, DPS today is announcing a slate or workshops for parents to be trained on usage of the new Parent Portals where parents can soon access a variety of education resources, including online textbooks and class assignments. Any DPS parent who attends a workshop on the parent portals will receive a Target gift card. Only one card per person. (See schedule below.) For parents without Internet access, the district’s Parent Resource Centers each offer a bank of computers open 39 hours a week.

 About the portals:

Online resources, such as textbooks and class assignments, are accessible from anywhere with an Internet connection, thanks to a brand new robust online parent portal called the DPS Learning Village. Through the Parent/Student Learning Village tool, parents and students will receive a username and password and can access a variety of educational resources for all grade levels, including class assignments, class syllabus, online textbooks, event calendars, activities, and education programs like Destination Reading and Math. Related links to other helpful resources also are available on the homepage, such as the Michigan Department of Education and Discovery Education, a website with digital educational materials. And by second semester, parents, teachers, and counselors in all schools will have access to unparalleled and immediate electronic communication about students’ progress tied to students’ grades, absences, and more. The system is connected to an online, password-protected Electronic Grade Book.

Parent workshops:

Monday, Aug. 29, 11 a.m.-Noon

Marcus Garvey, 2301 Van Dyke, and Central High, 2425 Tuxedo

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 10-11 a.m.

Phoenix, 7735 Lane, and Priest, 7840 Wagner

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 11 a.m.-Noon

Osborn, 11600 East 7 Mile, and DSA West Langston Hughes, 19501 Berg

Thursday, Sept. 1, 2-3 p.m.

DPS Welcome Center, 3031 W. Grand Blvd, and Cody High, 18445 Cathedral

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