Thousands of Detroit Public Schools instructional staff members and administrators gathered this week for the 1st Annual Back to School Teaching and Learning Symposium August 21 – 23, 2013.
The symposium aligns with the District’s Strategic Plan to create Neighborhood-Centered Quality Schools by providing more Pre-Kindergarten, new Community Schools servings as hubs of their neighborhoods, more Arts and Music classes, a new Parent University, Career Academies and Better Customer Service – all centered on serving the needs of the students and families the district serves.
Staff members took advantage of more than 80 sessions across the 3-day Symposium. The sessions ranged from workshops on implementing cross-curricular strategies to increasing parental involvement to Building Master Teachers.
On Thursday, August 22, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the General Session featured a keynote address by renowned poet, educator and author, Dr. Maya Angelou. Educators heard about the impact of teachers on shaping the lives of our youth and the importance of highly effective continuous instruction. Sessions ranged in length from 1 – 3 hours to all-day STEM institutes.
The Symposium aimed to fully prepare instructional staff for the first day of teaching and learning on September 3 and sought to build upon the successes of MEAP gains districtwide for Fall 2012 and increased graduation rate.
“This year brings us another opportunity to offer high quality education through highly effective instruction which will lead to continuous improvement in student achievement,” said Karen Ridgeway, Superintendent of Academics. “We saw tremendous increases in student achievement during the last school year and we look forward to even more this year.”