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Monthly Archives: April 2019

Punita Dani Thurman Appointed to Education Commission of the States

by: The Skillman Foundation | Apr. 30th, 2019 Skillman Foundation Vice President of Program and Strategy, Punita Dani Thurman, has been appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to serve as a Commissioner with the Education Commission of the States. The Commissioners provide critical leadership for the Education Commission of the States, as well as their own […]

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Why Did You Become a Teacher?

by: Ramon Hernandez Jr. | Apr. 30th, 2019 “Why Did You Become a Teacher?” Over the course of my career as an educator, I’ve found myself being asked this question, the question, by a wide range of people for a variety of reasons. In each instance, my answer is different because there is not just […]

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Share Your Feedback To Improve Attendance and Enrollment for Detroit Students

Map of Detroit

by: Siobhan O’Laoire | Apr. 22nd, 2019 In November of 2017, the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren published a set of community priorities to advance and transform education outcomes in Detroit. The report urged policymakers, education leaders and funders to get serious about attendance and student enrollment. In order to support the stakeholders […]

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Life Lessons I’ve Learned While Growing Up

by: | Apr. 17th, 2019 While growing up, I’ve learned a lot of lessons that have helped me see how I can become a successful person. The people around me, especially my family, also give me advice on how I can be successful. My dad tells me to never to fall back into bad habits […]

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Student Exit, Mobility, and Attendance in Detroit

Wayne State Detroit schools report

by: Wayne State University | Apr. 15th, 2019 The following was originally published by the Wayne State University College of Education. Click here to view the original post. Collaborative Policy Research This research is the result of a collaboration between Wayne State University’s College of Education and a constellation of community partners interested in improving Detroit schools. […]

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Retired Military Officers Share Support for Launch Michigan

by: The Skillman Foundation | Apr. 15th, 2019 Members of the Michigan Advocacy Corps, a coalition of retired military and police leaders, recently shared their support for Launch Michigan through an op-ed in The Detroit News. Major General (Retired) Thomas G. Cutler, Major General (Retired) William Henderson, and Major General (Retired) Gerald A. Miller lifted […]

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This Is Why I Teach 313

by: Kate Stevens | Apr. 9th, 2019 “Why would you want to teach in Detroit?” This was the question asked by so many when I decided to move from my small town in northern Michigan and apply for teaching positions in downtown Detroit. Teaching is one of the most challenging, rewarding, underappreciated, and life changing […]

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