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Kajeet, the only wireless service provider dedicated to kids and education, recently announced its partnership to deploy Kajeet SmartSpot™ devices to Detroit Public Schools. A total of 450 portable Wi-Fi hotspots, enabling students to have access to essential academic and education resources on the Internet anytime, anywhere, are currently being deployed in eight schools as part of the district’s take-home Netbook program. As one of the country’s largest school districts, Detroit is confronting the same issue as many other schools in safely and affordably connecting students off campus with student-issued devices. Currently, 70 percent of the district’s students do not have Internet access once they leave school. The Kajeet SmartSpot™ offers an affordable and simple option to close the digital divide.
Bosch Energy, Science and Technology (BEST) program funds 25 classroom projects By 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be an estimated 274,000 jobs related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in Michigan. The concern that Bosch and others have is: Will the next-generation workforce be ready to move into these jobs? To demonstrate its commitment to helping prepare students for these jobs, the Bosch Community Fund (BCF) recently announced $35,000 in grants to Detroit Public Schools. These grants include awards to 26 Detroit Public Schools teachers, representing 25 projects, as part of its Bosch Energy, Science and Technology (BEST) grant program. These grants will support teachers who have developed an innovative curriculum that promotes STEM
A center for literary scholars, and their families Mark Twain School for Literary Scholars, a prekindergarten through eighth-grade school, has new leadership, a new name and a renewed focus on providing a rigorous college-preparatory education to help all students become academic and creative scholars. Under veteran principal Linda Whitaker’s first-year leadership here in the city’s far, far southwestern tip (sometimes viewed as the “Toe” on a Detroit map and owned by longtime residents and leaders as “The 48217”), the school is well underway on its process toward recommitting that its students will learn to apply their skills across a broad range of subjects: the language arts (reading, English and writing/publishing), introduction to foreign language, math, science, social studies, fine arts,