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Monthly Archives: October 2019

Successful Despite…

by: Imani Harris | Oct. 30th, 2019 This post originally appeared on Our Kids Detroit Students’ Blog, supported by The Skillman Foundation. Read the original post here. My first year of college was…a rough ride. I had just graduated from my city’s number one school, and all of a sudden I was attending a top ten university. My […]

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NBC News Learn Presents: Education Now Detroit

by: The Skillman Foundation | Oct. 29th, 2019 On October 24, 2019, NBC News hosted a series of panel discussions with stakeholders in the realm of Detroit education. Dubbed Education Now: Detroit, the event brought together educators, community leaders, and others to discuss addressing student trauma, chronic absence, teacher preparation, and student opportunity. The Skillman […]

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The American Education System Must Be Equal Before It Can Be the Best

by: Christal Phillips | Oct. 28th, 2019 I have spent my life and career thinking about the inequality of social structures that prevent most of the world’s population from ever escaping poverty. My work in the study of poverty alleviation took me to Ethiopia, Tanzania, China, and Thailand. But Americans need not go far to […]

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Lights on Aftershool

by: Terry Whitfield | Oct. 21st, 2019 There is a generational understanding of the power of the streetlight, one that is rooted in our collective consciousness; one that strongly resonates in my memories of growing up in Detroit. For most kids, the streetlight served as the universal signal to get home. I would find myself […]

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Wayne Kids Win! announces petition drive for after school proposal

by: The Skillman Foundation | Oct. 17th, 2019 Yesterday, on October 16th, Wayne Kids Win! announced a petition drive to collect signatures from registered voters in Wayne County, aiming to collect enough signatures to place a millage proposal on the March 10, 2020 ballot in support of afterschool programming for Wayne County children. Who is […]

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School Lunches

by: Elicenda Garza | Oct. 9th, 2019 This post originally appeared on Our Kids Detroit Students’ Blog. Read the original post here. I’m sure everyone has heard “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” at least once in their lifetime. Whether they agree, or not, is a different matter, but I think we can all agree on […]

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2019 BMe Community Vanguard Fellows

by: Kumar Raj | Oct. 1st, 2019 Detroit residents—and their voices—are strong. Detroiters have played an instrumental role in shaping culture in their city, country, and world. But too often, their voices are missing from the forefront of shaping the policies, practices, and systems that impact their lives and communities. ITo help deepen the bench […]

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School Attendance Must Be a Priority after Count Day

by: | Oct. 1st, 2019 This op-ed originally appeared in The Detroit Free Press. Click here to read the original post. Kids in Detroit missed almost 2.3 million days of school last year. That’s 2.3 million missed days of learning — 2.3 million missed opportunities to build essential skills,  2.3 million days of partially filled classrooms, 2.3 million days […]

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