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Ronald Brown Academy Science Teacher Receives Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators
Jennifer Edwards, a science teacher at Ronald Brown Academy, has been selected as an Honorable Mention for the 2015-16 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators, by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Ms. Edwards will receive a Presidential certificate from U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and CEQ Managing Director Christy Goldfuss. An award ceremony will be held at the White House on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 to recognize Ms. Edwards as well as additional winners and honorable mentions. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement Ms. Edwards!
Ronald Brown Academy is sponsoring a “Canned Goods for King” Drive, January 11-15. The community service event is in honor of Dr. King’s memory and commitment to helping others. All students are asked to donate a minimum of two canned goods the week of the January 11th. The week-long event will end with a Unity Dance on Friday, January 15 with the admission being two canned goods. The purpose of this event is to instill in the students the importance of giving and supporting those in need. For more information about Brown’s “Canned Goods for King” Drive, contact Principal Georgina Tait at 313-886-2604 or email@example.com.
Work It Out celebrates 10 years of its research verified, yoga-based curriculum with an opportunity to witness a class in action In celebration of its 10th anniversary and longstanding relationship with Detroit Public Schools, Danialle Karmanos’ Work It Out (DKWIO) showcased one of its classes on Tuesday, November 17 at Charles Wright Academy of Arts and Science. Work It Out, established in 2005, seeks to combat childhood obesity through the use of yoga and nutrition education. Students in elementary schools learn what it takes to keep their bodies healthy and happy. This partnership was established by DKWIO Chief Executive Officer Tom Anderson and Executive Director Trish Dewald, both of whom were recently appointed to their Work It Out leadership roles. Detroit
View the FULL photo gallery below! The 3rd Annual Detroit Public Schools’ Mathematics Bee was held at Detroit School of Arts on Saturday, March 28. The Mathematics Bee was organized to instill and encourage a love for mathematics in aspiring young scholars. This event was comprised of two divisions: first and second graders and third-fifth graders from 44 schools. The bee was sponsored by the Office of Mathematics Education under the leadership of Irene Nordé, Ph.D., Executive Director. During her greetings to the participants Dr. Nordé reminded the students that, “You are already winners!” Proud parents responded with applause and gave a huge shout-out to their children at the start of the competition. The morning division began with 85 first
Activities to emphasize the importance of reading Detroit Public Schools and the Office of Literacy kicked off hundreds of reading and literacy activities to celebrate “March is Reading Month” on Monday, March 2. Ronald Brown Academy Principal Georgina Tait started the month-long reading initiative by celebrating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and reading “Green Eggs and Ham” to the pre-kindergarten students. After the reading, the Pre-K students returned to their individual classrooms to eat a specially-prepared breakfast of green eggs and ham! View the story, at www.clickondetroit.com/news/education/detroit-schools-celebrate-reading-month/31569954 At Carver S.T.E.M. Academy everyone was asked to Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.)! Instructional Specialist Tricia Barnes coordinated the event and was happy to see all of the young scholars, from ages 4-13, use their active
Congratulations to Jennifer Edwards, teacher at Ronald Brown Academy, for being selected as the 2014 “Michigan Project Learning Tree Educator of the Year!” Edwards will receive a commemorative plaque, additional prizes and an all-expenses paid trip to the International Project Learning Tree Coordinators’ Conference held in Saratoga Springs, New York June 8-11, 2015. She will also be in the running to win one of five national awards. According to Project Learning Tree, the program is an award-winning environmental education initiative designed for teachers and other educators, parents and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12. The PLT Steering Committee was very impressed with Edwards’ accomplishments in outdoor and environmental education in Michigan, according to Ada Takacs Volunteer Coordinator for
Students and staff at Ronald Brown Academy participated in National Young Readers Week November 10-14. National Young Readers Week, an annual event co-founded by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, was developed to promote reading for all students in America. To make this week special, Ronald Brown Academy decided to incorporate several activities throughout the week to promote engagement and a new found love for students, staff and parents. Activities that took place during National Young Readers Week at Ronald Brown included: Principal and Assistant Principal lunch time reading and preschool classroom visits Family Day (parents volunteer to read in their student’s classroom) Surprise Reader Day Student Book Buddy Day (upper grades read
Detroit City Council members André Spivey and James Tate, Jr. visited Ronald Brown Academy on Monday, October 27 to encourage and greet students as they arrived to school. The school visit is a part of the Detroit City Council Task Force on Black Male Engagement (TFBME). TFBME was created in early 2014 and aims to create a positive foundation to provide leadership and mentoring. The taskforce addresses needs such as cultural awareness, community service, character building, educational advancement, family responsibility and financial literacy.
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
Watch your step when entering one of the many science classrooms at Ronald Brown Academy. You may stumble over a bushy-tailed, pink-eyed bunny rabbit, a hairy tarantula, or a slithering corn snake. Well…only the bunny really scurries freely in the classrooms. The other critters are safely secured in their glass tanks. But if you’re as brave as the teachers and students of Ronald Brown, you’re welcome to come and play with any of these friendly creatures. Science, Science and more Science When Principal Damon Sewell is asked what is the “it” factor of Ronald Brown, he quickly replies science, while sticking his hand in a salt-water fish tank purchased through grant funding filled with eel, corals and other marine fish