Friday, August 31, 2018

Detroit school board subcommittee supportive of urban teaching school plans; new details of the partnership covered by Chalkbeat


Chalkbeat reporter Koby Levin announced details of a partnership between the Detroit Public School Community District, the University of Michigan, the Marygrove College conservancy, and the Kresge Foundation to establish a pre-K–12 school on the Marygrove campus. Levin’s article “A cutting edge teacher training program is coming to Detroit’s main district and Marygrove College” summarized information that was publicly shared at the August 24 Detroit school board finance subcommittee meeting.

Referring to an earlier Chalkbeat article following Dean Elizabeth Birr Moje’s collaboration with Dr. Jonathan Zimmerman at Beaumont Hospital, Levin says, “Teacher training at the school would be modeled after doctor training. After student teaching alongside veteran educators, new teachers will remain at the school for three more years to continue their training while helping other, newer teachers learn the profession. The concept comes out of the school of education at the University of Michigan, which is partnering with the district to create the new school.”

From the school district’s perspective, this is a strategy to draw families back to the district since more than 30,000 Detroit children attend school outside the city. Subcommittee members attending the August 24 meeting were enthusiastic about the proposal.

Elizabeth Birr Moje is George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Dean of the School of Education

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