Category Archives: News and Press Releases

DPSCD families and teachers gain a new resource to advocate and collaborate on behalf of students

School board approves districtwide PTAs for all schools Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) announced the reinstatement of Parent Teacher Associations (PTA) districtwide. This initiative will ensure families and students are empowered and engaged while the district works to rebuild and restore successful outcomes for all students. “As a district, we cannot improve without the direct engagement of our teachers and parents,” said Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti. “Reinstating PTAs is a part of the district’s overall strategy to create an inclusive vision of reform at scale. The establishment of PTAs at each school will create a clear strategy to ensure teachers and parents are working closer together to advocate for our schools and children.” Designating the PTA as the primary

Information regarding Cass Tech/Henry Street

Tonight marks the opening of Little Caesars Arena. Representatives from Cass Tech, DPSCD and DPSCD Police met with Olympia Entertainment to discuss how Henry Street will be used during Arena events. The concert schedule for this week is as follows: Tuesday, September 12 Wednesday, September 13 Friday, September 15 Saturday, September 16 On these evenings, Henry Street will be used for controlled access to vehicles through the parking lot. The gates on Henry Street will open at 30 minutes before the last song in the concert, or between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. The opening of this drive will allow the public to use this as a thoroughfare. However, these spaces will remain for the exclusive use of Cass Technical High School faculty. DPSCD

Financial Review Commission approves DPSCD/DFT contract 

Today the FRC approved the 3-year teacher contract, finalizing the agreement between DPSCD and the DFT and increasing teacher salaries for the first time in a decade. The agreement had previously been ratified by the DFT and approved by the DPSCD board. The contract, which provides teachers with a 7 percent raise over the next two years, places an emphasis on increases for first year teachers and veteran teachers. In addition, the agreement increased the teacher steps from 10 to 15. “The salary increases associated with this agreement are far from what our teachers deserve,” said Dr. Nikolai Vitti, DPSCD Superintendent. “However, it will be rewarding to provide teachers a necessary increase to their salary as the first step in making teacher salaries whole

Revitalized Randolph Career Technical Education Center readies for students September 5

Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti and DPSCD Board President Dr. Iris Taylor were joined by Mayor Mike Duggan and a host of other business and community leaders as they unveiled a newly improved Randolph Career Technical Education Center.   The center, which will serve hundreds of youths and adults seeking skilled trades training and career opportunities, underwent major renovations this summer. The improvements are part of a partnership between DPSCD, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC), the City of Detroit and Mayor Mike Duggan’s Workforce Development Board that has raised $10 million in funding and in-kind contributions from an array of supporters for improvements to Randolph.   DPSCD is starting with a focus on traditional skilled

Expanded opportunities for DPSCD students highlight Dr. Vitti’s conversation with Bankole Thompson

Legacy. Pride. Opportunity. These are just a few of the phrases DPSCD Superintendent Nikolai Vitti used to describe the district’s students, staff and community during a 90-minute conversation with Detroit News columnist Bankole Thompson. The conversation, part of the Wayne County Community College District’s Global Conversations Series, took place at the Downtown campus of WC3D Aug. 21. “This district has been successful in the past, and can be successful again,” said Vitti. “We’re rebuilding the district, both literally and metaphorically. We are 60 days into an ambitious 100-day plan and are making great progress.” Dr. Vitti highlighted the high level of commitment of DPSCD teachers and staff, and revealed his commitment to innovative programs for students across the district, along

DPSCD hosts Back-to-School Expo at Wayne County Family Aquatic Center

Featuring On-Site Enrollment, Student Performances and Teacher Appreciation Attendees will be eligible for prize giveaways and free admission to the water park   Detroit Public Schools Community District will host a Back-to-School Expo Saturday, August 26 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Wayne County Family Aquatic Center with the theme: We’re saving a seat for your child. The expo will be an opportunity for families to enroll new students, celebrate teachers and build excitement for the 2017-2018 school year.   DPSCD staff will be on hand to enroll students before the new school year begins September 5, 2017 and answer questions about DSPCD schools and academic programs. DPSCD partners will also be in attendance to share information, host

DPSCD leadership held planning session: next steps feedback and input from the community

Feedback and input from the community will be sought through several meetings scheduled in the coming weeks

The Detroit Public Schools Community District’s Board Members, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti and senior leadership staff embarked upon a historical collaborative day-long working session Saturday, Aug. 19 to set the stage for the community to provide input on the development of the district’s strategic plan.

The goal for the working retreat is to emerge with elements for a clear vision, mission, core values, and priorities for the district’s future.

“Our students and families elected this body to transform the district into an educational institution in which all students have an opportunity for a successful future,” said Iris Taylor, Board President. “In order to accomplish our goals, we as a community, are charged with planning a clear path forward, one in which we all can agree upon.”

The retreat held on the campus of the University of Michigan and facilitated by Dr. Kim Cameron, founder of the Center for Positive Organization. Cameron is a William Russell Kelly Professor of Management and Organizations in the Ross School of Business and Professor of Higher Education in the School of Education. His past research on organizational virtuousness, downsizing, effectiveness, corporate quality culture, and the development of leadership excellence has been published in more than 130 academic articles and 15 scholarly books.

“Today was about building relationships beyond our titles and roles to begin the conversation about the district’s new Strategic Plan to then set the stage for the community to provide feedback and input so they will see themselves in the plan,” said Superintendent Vitti.

Next steps will include several community meetings to gain feedback and input on the preliminary work produced during the retreat. The community will help to answer questions such as:

  • What future do we want?
  • What work do we want to do?
  • What is our culture?

The ideas will be compiled and presented to the board for discussion. A full list of meetings are included on the attached flyer.

Learn about the “All-American Eclipse” and proper viewing

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible across the entire United States. Since no other country will be able to see this total eclipse, it’s being nicknamed the “All-American Eclipse.”  The total phase of this solar eclipse is not visible in Detroit, but it can be observed as a partial solar eclipse. We will be able to see a partial solar eclipse beginning at 2:27 p.m. at the maximum view. The eclipse will last 2 hours 44 minutes. The magnitude of the eclipse (the fraction of the diameter of the sun that will be covered by the moon) is valued at .86 in our area. We want to make sure DPSCD students and employees avoid the dangers of sun gazing and take advantage of this very special educational opportunity. We have compiled a list

Day two of the board retreat is cancelled

The Detroit Public Schools Community District Board of Education has cancelled the second day of its board retreat scheduled for Sunday, August 20, 2017. The Saturday session will begin at 9 a.m. as scheduled. The purpose of the retreat is to begin developing the District’s strategic plan. It is not a strategic planning meeting. For more information, please visit

Students take on Target: DPSCD receives $10,000 in back-to-school supplies

Students from Mark Twain School for Scholars went on a shopping spree at Target in Allen Park to prepare for the upcoming school year. DPSCD was awarded a $10,000 grant from Target to ensure that 100 students had all the necessities to succeed in the classroom. Target employees assisted the students and their parents in finding items including school supplies, backpacks and uniforms. Our students are getting ready for the first day of school on Tuesday, September 5! The next shopping spree will happen at Target -Eastland.