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Detroit student fights for equal education

Detroit student fights for equal education

My parents came to the United States, almost two decades ago, in pursuit of better educational opportunities for their children. They envisioned an educational system that would provide us with the necessary resources to succeed in this country. They pictured a system different than Mexico’s, where only the children of the elite received a quality education. They were instead welcomed by a failing school district that would eventually find itself over half a billion dollars in debt. ... Read More
Toward a restorative community: Detroit's whole-neighborhood approach

Toward a restorative community: Detroit's whole-neighborhood approach

After years of restorative work in schools and other organizations including police, human services, court systems, corrections and neighborhood associations, the International Institute for Restorative Practices is embarking on a project to support an aligned restorative approach across these sectors. The goal is to have a positive impact on children and families throughout the city of Detroit. ... Read More
For the love of learning

For the love of learning

My parents and grandmothers are the four individuals who I affectionately refer to as my “four pillars.” They all played equally significant roles in shaping me as a person, specifically my personal values and views on the importance of literacy and education. ... Read More
Learning from our past

Learning from our past

We are approaching the 50th anniversary of the 1967 riot which claimed countless lives and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage and a disinvestment in Detroit from which, in my opinion, we have never truly recovered. ... Read More
Retaining great teachers begins with listening to them

Retaining great teachers begins with listening to them

Rachele DiMeglio Adam, interim executive director for Teach for America-Detroit, spends a lot of time listening to the concerns of teachers. "I think folks may be surprised by what they hear. Yes, teachers are underpaid. And, yes, our kids face complex systemic challenges that make this work really hard. But I don’t believe that is why educators with the potential for great impact leave Detroit classrooms." ... Read More
Five actions for a stronger Detroit

Five actions for a stronger Detroit

Over the last two months, we held focus groups that allowed us to hear from Detroit residents about their experiences, ideas and hopes for the city and its children. These discussions, which were at once insightful, sobering and encouraging, contribute to our perspective of Detroit and help to inform our strategies to best help Detroit youth thrive. Here, we share a synthesis of our main takeaways. ... Read More
Reviewing Detroit’s Good Neighborhoods

Reviewing Detroit’s Good Neighborhoods

Ten years ago Carol Goss, then president & CEO of the Skillman Foundation, made a bold $100 million, 10-year commitment to improve conditions for children in six neighborhoods in Detroit where nearly one-third of the city’s youth population lived. The Skillman Good Neighborhoods — Brightmoor, Chadsey-Condon, Cody-Rouge, Northend, Osborn, and Southwest Detroit — were spread throughout the city, with varied populations, access to resources and community assets. It soon became apparent: “When you’ve seen one Good Neighborhood, you’ve seen ONE Good Neighborhood.” ... Read More