Tag Archives: Parent Engagement

The Ultimate Thinkers 2017 DPSCD Chess Awards

On Saturday, January 28 numerous parents braved the cold winter weather in support of their children and to witness which teams will walk away with the honor of being the best at chess in the Detroit Public Schools Community District. This is the day when awards are given to teams that participated in the Detroit Metro Scholastic Chess League (DMSCL) based on the outcome of their 12-week season. The following schools are home to active, critical thinking, tournament winning chess teams: Ann Arbor Trail, Bates Academy, Bow, Chrysler, Fisher Upper, Garvey, Ludington, Sampson-Webber, Ben Carson, Cass Tech, Detroit Collegiate Prep, East English Village, ML King and Renaissance. The final standings of our DPSCD schools in the Detroit Metro Scholastic Chess

Sign up today! DPS takes its Parent University on the road to bring more classes to parents!

Detroit Public Schools is taking its nine-month-old Parent University on the road to bring even more classes to the district’s parents and guardians. The new “Parent University on the Go” courses include Frozen-themed STEM activities for parents to do with their children, capitalizing on the popularity of the Disney hit movie, as well as Spelling Bee-themed literacy courses to improve students’ vocabulary, reading and writing. The coursework will allow parents and guardians to earn credits toward their “Parent Leader” certification.

Detroit parents to have access to 753 early childhood slots, including 238 in 14 Detroit Public Schools classrooms, through new Southwest Solutions partnership

Thanks to a new partnership with Southwest Solutions, Detroit parents will have access to 753 early childhood slots, including 238 slots for three and four-year-olds in 14 classrooms in four Detroit Public Schools buildings. Southwest Solutions is funding these 14 classrooms using Head Start and/or Great Start Readiness Program funds. The classrooms are located in these schools in southwest Detroit: Durfee Elementary-Middle School will offer three (3) Head Start classes. Earhart Elementary-Middle School is offering two (2) Head Start classes and one (1) Head Start/GSRP class. Mark Twain School for Scholars is offering two (2) Head Start classes. DPS this year successfully launched the Mark Twain School for Scholars, a gifted and talented program that witnessed an 11 percent enrollment

Detroit Public Schools expands 6-month-old Parent University, adding expert-led parenting courses in partnership with Wayne State University, Detroit Public Library, Black Family Development and more

Registration is ongoing for courses that start December 1 Detroit Public Schools today announced it has expanded its 6-month-old Parent University to include accelerated parenting courses and new partnerships with Wayne State University, the Detroit Public Library and other organizations that will allow parents and guardians to earn a “Parent Leader” certification. The new partnership courses include: Wayne State University: Classes will provide parents with support around their children’s academic success: “Identifying and Supporting Your Child’s Learning Styles” and “Children’s Emotional and Self-Regulation Skills in Learning.” Detroit Public Library: Classes will help parents develop professional skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and how to use the web. Black Family Development: The organization will provide parenting classes utilizing the “Strengthening Families

Detroit Public Schools expands bilingual offerings to students and families to serve diverse population

To meet the needs of its diverse body of students and families, Detroit Public Schools is expanding its bilingual and English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) offerings to students and parents and has announced a new opportunity for teachers to seek tuition reimbursement if they obtain a Bilingual Endorsement.

Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Jack Martin appoints new Chief of Police

Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Jack Martin today announced the appointment of Stacy Brackens to serve as Chief of the Detroit Public Schools Police Department (DPSPD), effective October 14, 2014.  Brackens has served as Acting Chief of DPSPD since July 1, 2014. “The safety and security of Detroit Public Schools’ nearly 50,000 students and their safe passage to and from school, as well as the overall safety of the district’s more than 6,000 employees, are of the utmost importance,” Martin said today. A native Detroiter and a graduate of Chadsey High School, Brackens has been working with DPSPD since 2010 as Deputy Chief and has been responsible for patrol operations, supervision of uniformed officers (sworn and Campus Security Police Officers),

Guess what, Detroit Public Schools parents and guardians! We’ve got an app!

That’s right! As part of our ongoing commitment to communicating with DPS’ stakeholders, we’ve developed the District’s very own mobile app! The app is designed to provide easy access to school and District information including calendars, lunch menus, sports schedules, school closure notifications, social media and more. And this is just the beginning! Download the new app now on your smartphone using the links below or search for our app by name – Detroit Public Schools – in the Apple App Store and Google Play for Android. Look for the app that has our new “See It Believe It” logo as the icon.   https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/detroit-public-schools/id898084782?mt=8    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.relianceco.cma.detroitps Also, please be reminded to sign up for our texting service to receive

Thousands of DPS pre-kindergarten students head to class for the first day of school Sept. 22

Approximately 3,000 Detroit Public Schools pre-kindergarten students head to school for the first time on September 22, 2014 as part of DPS’ commitment to expand free high-quality pre-kindergarten. Schools have planned special events to welcome families. About DPS Early Childhood Detroit Public Schools’ pre-kindergarten classroom curriculum is aligned with the National Early Childhood Standards and Michigan State Board of Education Early Childhood Standards of Quality. To ensure fidelity to the standards, the early childhood programs are monitored through an inclusive and collaborative approach. The building principal, central staff and program supervisors monitor teaching and learning through the pre-kindergarten classroom visitation system, teacher evaluation, student assessments Child Observation Record (COR), and through a formalized process, the Program Quality Assessment (PQA). The

As part of second annual “Green Weeks in DPS,” the district announces planned enhancements at 10 schools through energy-efficient equipment, better lighting, new thermal comfort systems

Detroit Public Schools launches Green Weeks with announcement of energy efficiency projects, dozens of Green Living parent workshops, a new Healthy Recipes Cookbook and a challenge staff and students to demonstrate healthy living and green lifestyles through a variety of contests.

Detroit Public Schools kicks off groundbreaking Parent University with fast-track courses that will lead to immediate employment opportunities

Detroit Public Schools is announcing registration opportunities for a new Fast Track to Employment Course as part of the district’s Parent University, which launches today, Monday, March 10. Parents who enroll and complete the coursework have an opportunity to be employed as a School Garden Attendant or Food Service Assistant upon acceptance and completion of training. Initial registration began in February for Parent University, a semester of coursework for parents and guardians in four subject areas allowing them to earn first-ever “Parent Leader” certification. A total of 20 free classes will be offered, including the Gardening/ Food Service Assistant Course. Registration is occurring at the district’s eight Parent Resource Centers and is open to all DPS parents, primary caregivers and