New cradle-to-career educational partnership to serve more than 1,000 Detroit children on Marygrove campus

  • $50 million commitment from Kresge puts education at the center of community revitalization efforts in the Livernois-McNichols district; largest-ever philanthropic investment into a single Detroit neighborhood.
  • P-20 campus at Marygrove brings together exemplary early childhood, pre-K-12, post-secondary and graduate education in “cradle-to-career” continuum. One of few programs in the nation.
  • Partnership to serve roughly 1,000 Detroit children at full capacity in 2029; ninth grade begins 2019, kindergarten and pre-K in 2020.
  • New DPSCD K-12 program is in collaboration with the U-M School of Education; innovative approach to preparing newly certified teachers modeled on residency for medical doctors.
  • New early childhood center to be built on campus, to open 2020 (also to house kindergarten).
  • Starfish, DPSCD and the U-M SOE will co-design the early childhood education curriculum, catered to the whole-child and family servicing to children ages birth through 5.
  • Former Bates Academy and portions of Liberal Arts Building to be renovated for student and faculty use.
  • Early childhood center to use “hub and spoke” model to support existing early childhood facilities in area.
  • P-20 partnership builds on 90-year legacy of Marygrove College.

DETROIT – Organizations gathered at the Marygrove College campus today to announce a new cradle-to-career educational partnership including a state-of-the-art early childhood education center, a new K-12 school and the introduction of an innovative teacher education training modeled after hospital residency programs.

The P-20 Partnership – one of the first in the nation – is backed with a $50 million commitment from The Kresge Foundation, marking the largest philanthropic investment in history into a Detroit neighborhood. The investment places education at the center of community revitalization efforts in the Livernois-McNichols district in northwest Detroit.

In addition to construction of a new early childhood education center, the Kresge commitment will renovate the former Bates Academy (originally Immaculata High School) on the Marygrove campus to house the K-12 school and will renovate space within the college’s Liberal Arts Building for student and faculty use.

This landmark cradle-to-career educational campus – which will offer pre-K through graduate school studies with wrap-around services and community programs – is being jointly developed through a partnership including Kresge, the University of Michigan School of Education (U-M SOE), Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), the Marygrove Conservancy, Marygrove College, Starfish Family Services, IFF and the Detroit Collaborative Design Center of the University of Detroit Mercy.

At full capacity, the new state-of-the-art early childhood education center (operated by Starfish) and the K-12 school (operated by DPSCD) are projected to serve more than 1,000 Detroit children and their families, primarily focused on the surrounding neighborhoods in the Livernois-McNichols district.

The campus will also offer degree and professional certifications for teacher education students of the U-M SOE and graduate students of Marygrove College, respectively. A new teacher “residency program,” offered by U-M SOE will place undergraduate and graduate student teachers at the DPSCD school. When they complete their degrees, they will work at the school as supervised resident teachers in an innovative program modeled after the way doctors are trained.

The first phase of the campus will include a ninth-grade pilot program to open in 2019, followed by the opening of the early childhood education center and kindergarten in fall 2020. Successive grades will be added each year, and by 2029, all grades will be offered, alongside undergraduate and graduate studies and professional development courses and certifications.

“Community development isn’t just happening in downtown and Midtown, and it isn’t just about bricks and mortar,” said Kresge President and CEO Rip Rapson. “This is community development that invests in people, in the social fabric that makes neighborhoods unique. That’s what the future of this campus represents.”

K-12 Model Learning Programs

Following the phase-one ninth grade class initiation in 2019, DPSCD plans to open a kindergarten and 10th grade class in 2020, followed by the addition of another primary and secondary class annually. By 2029, all primary and high school grade classrooms will be staffed and filled; neighborhood families will have priority enrollment.

DPSCD and U-M SOE are jointly developing the K-8 and 9-12 curriculum for the schools that DPSCD will operate. Kresge will fund renovations and updates of the district’s former Bates Academy school building, on the southeast corner of the campus, to house the majority of the 1,000 primary and secondary students.

“The cradle to college model demonstrates that DPSCD can simultaneously rebuild the district and introduce innovation,” said Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti, superintendent. “The magnitude of this partnership is priceless in that it expands the city’s portfolio of high-demand, unique traditional public school options and develops a much-needed teacher pipeline with one of the top universities in the country.”

Vitti added the teacher-training component has the potential to attract college students to the teaching profession, retain teachers who otherwise leave the profession in large numbers and improve district enrollment.

“The School Board and I have been laser focused on restoring the credibility of traditional public school education so Detroit residents can send their children to the school in their neighborhood,” he said. “To achieve this, we need to establish a district that retains its best teachers and develops the next generation of dedicated teachers while supporting them in the best facilities, so each child receives a high-quality education. Detroit cannot restore its potential without a high-functioning traditional education system. Investments and partnerships such as these signal that DPSCD is on the rise and will, once again, be the preferred educational choice of its residents.”

The P-20 model has the potential to help the entire DPSCD system as it aligns with the district’s core goals of improving enrollment; improving student achievement, attendance, test scores, graduation rates and college-completion; and teacher development, retention and attraction.

“This school will not be isolated from the rest of the DPSCD system,” Vitti added. “The innovations developed here will be shared and replicated across the system for the betterment of the entire district.”


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ATTN: Carleton will release early today, Sept. 6, at 12:30 p.m.

Carleton Elementary will release students early today, Sept. 6, at 12:30 p.m.

Nolan is closed today, Sept. 6, due to power loss

Nolan is closed today, September 6, due to power loss.

Greenfield Union is closed today, September 6, due to power loss.

Greenfield Union is closed today, September 6, due to power loss.

September Board Meeting Schedule

The September Board of Education meetings are as follows:

Regular Board Meeting of the Detroit Public Schools Community District Board of Education will be held on Tuesday,  September 11, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School, 3200 E. Lafayette, Detroit.

Policy Ad hoc Committee Meeting of the Detroit Public Schools Community District Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the Fisher Building, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., 12th Floor Conference Room. 

Finance Sub-Committee Meeting of the Detroit Public Schools Community District Board of Education will be held on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the Fisher Building, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., 12th Floor Conference Room.

Curriculum/Academics Sub-Committee Meeting of the Detroit Public Schools Community District Board of Education will be held on Monday, October 1, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Fisher Building, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., 12th Floor Conference Room. 

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The start of the “rise” – DPSCD students start a new year with new programs in place

Tuesday marked the return of students heading back to DPSCD’s 106 schools. This year had a unique feeling running through the spirits of our students and staff, with a new tagline, “Students rise. We all rise.”

DPSCD Superintendent Nikolai Vitti and Board Members began the first day of school by visiting teachers and students, reinforcing that when students rise, we all rise. Dr. Vitti and Board Members greeted teachers and staff, visited classrooms, witnessed teaching and learning, encouraged the importance of high achievement and good attendance every day.

As new art and music classrooms began, as students settled in and parents signed up for volunteering, it was clear to see everyone was excited for the new school year.

The mission is to help our students rise in every way possible, driven by the knowledge that each student in every classroom has the potential to be “the one.”

Join us in our mission to empower every student, in every community, every day, to build a stronger Detroit. Tell us how you will help a student rise this school year on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram today!


Help your child succeed in school by Building a Habit of Good Attendance

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Help your child succeed in school by Building a Habit of Good Attendance

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about themselves and school. It also helps them do well in high school, college and their career.

Quick Facts About Attendance:

  • Missing school just 18 days during a school year can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just one or two days every month.
  • Attendance is an important life skill. It will help your child graduate from college and keep a job.
  • By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.

How You Can Help (K-8 Tips)

  • Set a regular schedule for bedtime and morning routine.
  • Prepare for school the night before by laying out clothes, packing backpacks and preparing lunches. Don’t let your child stay home unless he/she is truly sick.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, discuss with teachers, school counselors and other parents on how to make them feel more comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop plans for getting to school in case something comes up. Include trusted family members, neighbors and other parents in the planning.
  • Avoid making medical appointments and planning trips when school is in session.

How You Can Help (High School Tips)

Make school attendance a priority.

  • Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.
  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day. Make that the expectation.
  • Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless truly sick.

Help your teen stay engaged

  • Find out if your child feels engaged in his classes and feels safe from bullies and other threats.
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school.
  • Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.
  • Check on your child’s attendance to be sure absences are not piling up.
  • Ask for help from school officials, afterschool programs, other parents or community agencies if you’re having trouble getting your child to school.

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DPSCD Water Quality Community Meetings

DPSCD Water Quality Community Meetings

Monday, September 10 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Mumford High School 17525 Wyoming Street
Wednesday, September 12 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. East English Village Preparatory Academy 5020 Cadieux
Monday, September 17 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Western International High School 1500 Scotten Street
Tuesday, September 18 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine 571 Mack Ave