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Governor Snyder, Mayor Bing launch expansion of AmeriCorps Governor & Mayor Initiative Urban Safety Corps

Program will work to reduce crime in five new areas of need in Detroit DETROIT, MICH.–Gov. Rick Snyder and Mayor Dave Bing announced on Monday, November 4, 2013, the launch and expansion of an innovative crime reduction model in the city of Detroit: the AmeriCorps Governor & Mayor Initiative Urban Safety Corps Program. A unique public-private partnership, the program utilizes 36 AmeriCorps members as catalysts to mobilize and recruit community volunteers to join them in improving public safety in targeted Detroit neighborhoods. “AmeriCorps programs across the country provide powerful and low-cost solutions to serious community challenges,” Snyder said. “The Urban Safety Corps Program is among these programs and has already demonstrated much success with a cost-effective program model that is

DPS announces 21 schools to serve as “12/7 Community Schools” and hubs of their neighborhoods

Extending beyond the traditional school day to offer services such as job skills training, child/elder care, financial literacy, food distribution and even medical care, 21 Detroit Public Schools’ buildings will soon become “12/7 Community Schools” to better serve the needs of families district-wide. Among the services to be provided at the Community Schools, the Michigan Department of Human Services and DPS announced today a joint collaboration to fund success coaches and Community Schools coordinators for each site through the “Pathways to Potential” program. The district has plans to engage the National Center for Community Schools to work with its schools for first-year assistance in fully implementing the program. Similar to the Cincinnati Public Schools “Community Learning Centers” model recently praised

New Summer School Academy to offer Pre-K Transitions Program, high school recovery credits expanded to students outside the district, weekly field trips, Extended Year Program, social studies and science curriculum to target low MEAP scores and more

Aligning with the district’s strategic plan, Detroit Public Schools today announced bold new goals for its 2013 Summer School Academy to be held June 17-July 26 with programs targeted to attract students from outside of the district in need of credit recovery courses and a pre-kindergarten transitions program to provide enrichment activities to students prior to entering kindergarten. A K-8 program will be offered with a focus on social studies and science—areas where students received low-ranking MEAP scores—integrated with language arts and mathematics. This program will be mandatory for under-performing students in grades 4-8 at 37 schools. A total of 35 schools that are on the state’s priority list will provide Extended Year programs from June 17-July 12 based on

SEEK Camp Students Ready for New School Year

The SEEK (Summer Engineering Experience for Kids) Camp was a dynamic three-week summer program that took place at Bates Academy from July 16, 2012 to August 3, 2012. The SEEK Camp engaged third through fifth grade students in daily hands-on learning and rigorous lessons to help sharpen mathematics and science skills in connection with engineering concepts. Students participated in competitions during the camp and took part in an awards ceremony each Friday to showcase their work. Dedicated college engineering and/or mathematics students from various universities served as mentors and provided daily instruction based on the A World in Motion (AWIM) curriculum. The SEEK Camp serviced 299 students—255 DPS students and 44 from other public, charter, and private schools. A total of 26 Detroit

SEEK (Summer Engineering Experience for Kids) Camp opens to nearly 300 DPS students

Detroit Public Schools’ students in grades 3-5 are engaging in hands-on learning through a three-week summer camp titled SEEK (Summer Engineering Experience for Kids). The camp opened on July 16, 2012 with nearly 300 DPS students and will extend through August 3, 2012 at Bates Academy. Offering the award-winning “A World In Motion” program curriculum, SEEK camp aims to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to life. See the great WXYZ story here: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/dps-students-learn-all-about-engineering-during-summer-camp Roughly 50 collegiate mentors from the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), who are undergraduate engineering and/or mathematics students, will provide the instruction. This is the first time in the program’s history that the SEEK Camp has been offered in Detroit. Students will participate in competitions

DPS students enjoy math and engineering summer camps!

The DPS Office of Mathematics Education has partnered with West Point Academy, National Association of Black Engineers, and University of Detroit Mercy to bring several STEM Summer camps together.

New details! Detroit Public Schools open their doors to the community SATURDAY for All-Schools Open House

More than 100 schools open for information, tours from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Shuttle service will be provided; Every site will offer FREE healthy meals, receptions and giveaways; Select sites will offer immunizations, dental check-ups; Hard hat tours at sites of three NEW schools On Saturday, March 31, all DPS schools operating in fall 2012, plus many DPS-authorized charters, will open their doors for an information day, opportunities to meet principals, staff and parent leaders, take tours, sample healthy nutrition offerings in the school cafeterias for free and more. This unique All-Schools Open House will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Each school will be open to allow parents to see schools firsthand and meet key leaders

Literary Characters Come to Life at Bagley Elementary on Count Day

On October 5, 2011, several members of the Bagley Elementary School staff dressed as characters from children’s books to motivate students to attend school on Count Day. Bagley Staff from left to right: 5th grade teacher, T. Johnson (Pocahontas); 2nd grade teacher, M. Smith (Minnie Mouse); Library/Media teacher, C. Collins (Pippi Longstocking); Principal C. Brooks; Literacy Coach, T. Dyson; parent, T. Baker (Goofy); and 2nd grade teacher, L. Giles (The Cat in the Hat). Bagley students in the back row from left to right: Bagley students in the back row from left to right: Angel Jordan, 5th grade; Diamondnes Hamilton, 6th grade; Dallas Sumrall, 6th grade; Deiara Simpson, 6th grade. Front row from left to right: Jayla Leavell, 5th grade;

Detroit Public Schools Master Facilities Plan undergoes significant changes following input from community

Contact: Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542 Kisha Verdusco at 313-873-8401 steven.wasko@detroitk12.org kisha.verdusco@detroitk12.org After an exhaustive community vetting process, which included more than 40 local community meetings and nine Town Hall meetings since the list of candidate schools for closure was announced just over two months ago, Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb has made significant changes to the district’s five-year Master Facilities Plan, a $1 billion strategy in two phases to ensure most students attend classes in new or recently renovated schools that are equipped to offer a 21st century education. The first phase of the Master Facilities Plan, which includes a $500.5 million “Proposal S” voter-approved construction project beginning this month, will transform the district by renovating some schools, replacing others

Detroit Public Schools to hold informational sessions on Academic Plan

Contact: Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542, steven.wasko@detroitk12.org or Kisha Verdusco at 313-873-4546, kisha.verdusco@detroitk12.org Detroit Public Schools will hold a series of informational meetings for the community on the five-year Academic Plan for the district. The new Detroit Public Schools Academic Plan significantly raises the bar for academic rigor at all levels and lays out a road map for change that will provide the children of Detroit with the education they need to compete in the global economy of the 21st century. Members of the team of DPS leaders who designed the plan will be on hand to help parents and guardians understand the new programs that will be available and how they will impact their children’s education. Participants will have the