Banks, Diann Williamson Center

5020 Cadieux, Detroit MI, 48224

Phone: (313) 347-7280

Principal: Roslyn Fluker

About Us

Where Every Child Yearns To Learn

Diann Banks-Williamson Educational Center (DBWEC) is a Secondary Center-Based Special Education Program servings students ages 14-19 and in grades 9-12 with Moderate Cognitive Impairments, Severe Cognitive Impairments, and Severe Multiple Impairments. We have certified teachers, support staff, and teacher assistants. Instruction is based on the Michigan Curriculum Framework Extended High School Content Expectations and Common Core Essential Elements. Students are assessed with the Michigan Alternative Assessment known as the MI-Access Participation, Supported, and Functional Independence in mathematics, science, social studies, and English language arts. Students also receive instruction in life management skills, personal management, and remedial reading.

School of the Week: Diann Banks-Williamson Educational Center

Posted on November 17, 2014

The focus on students’ abilities starts early, continues every day, at Diann Banks Williamson Educational Center

Outdoors, the first snow flurries of the season and a cold westerly wind combine to make the large, shared high school campus even chillier in the emerging daylight at 7:50 a.m.

But indoors, 10 Diann Banks Williamson Educational Center swim team members are already in the warm, Olympic size pool. Under the direction of Coach Kenneth Dudley, they are training for the Special Olympics, as they do for 55 minutes at the start of each day.

Everything seems to start buzzing early for the ninety-two, 14- to 19-year-old Moderate Cognitive Impaired, Severe Cognitive Impaired, and Severe Multiple Impaired students who will complete the program with MI-Access participation and supported independence levels in mathematics, science, social studies and English language arts, as well as instruction in life management skills, personal management, remedial reading and vocational training.

Instruction is based on the Michigan Curriculum Framework Extended High School Content Expectations (EHSCE) and theCommon Core Essential Elements State Standards. Students are assessed with the Michigan Alternative Assessment, known as the MI-Access.

Many staff members arrive as early as 6:30 a.m. Busses arrive at 7:15 a.m. and students go to the cafeteria for a hot breakfast consisting of grits and French toast. All students not in the pool during the first hour are in one of eight classrooms collectively focused on Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS). Second-year principal Roslyn Fluker and her educational team instituted the school-wide program this year and made it the focus for the full first class period each day.

“Let’s make sure we have a good day, the whole day.”

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Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Special Olympics
  • Swim
  • Physical Education
  • Community Based Instruction
  • Promotion Ceremony

Support Services

  • Psychologist
  • School Social Work
  • Speech and Language
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Daily / Family Living
  • Adaptive Physical Education
  • Certified Nurse
  • Consultant for the Visually Impaired
  • Consultant for the Hearing Impaired
  • Consultant for Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Consultant for Orientation and Mobility
  • Education Technician


DBWEC will be the first choice of parents, guardians, and caregivers of students with multiple developmental disabilities. The staff of DBWEC will offer consistent state of the art instruction to students with multiple developmental disabilities. There will be an individualized education and transition program for each student that fosters an optimal level of independence for that student. Teachers will provide concise and accurate feedback to students, parents, guardians, and caregivers as it pertains to student ability and achievement. Upon graduation our students will have demonstrated their individual ability to live as productive citizens.


DBWEC is a Secondary Center-Based Special Education Program in collaboration with staff, students, family, and community. We will successfully educate in a manner consistent with each student’s ability. We will seek out, utilize, and evaluate “Best Practice Methods” to ensure that all of our students develop their cognitive, social, creative, vocational, physical skills, and abilities.


It is our belief that all students can achieve when placed in a positive, cohesive environment that focuses on respect and understanding. We believe each student has unique strengths and needs; regardless of their physical and/or cognitive limitations. In addition, each student has the ability to learn the skills to live as independent as possible and work in today’s society. Each student has the right to expect that he or she will be provided educational materials, individualized instruction, and certified instructional personnel necessary to attain their full potential.

Uniform Requirements

Shirts: Special ordered purple or gold Polo Shirts/shirts with school logo
Pants: black or beige khaki
Skirts: black or beige

Bell Schedule

Morning Afternoon Half Day
7:30 AM 2:40 PM 10:45 AM