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Monthly Archives: April 2021

What billions in funding could mean for Detroit schools & students

by: The Skillman Foundation | Apr. 21st, 2021 Three federal stimulus bills that include substantial funding for K-12 education have been passed in the last year: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act, passed March 2020), the CARES Act II (passed December 2020), and the American Rescue Plan (passed March 2021; the largest amount of K-12 funding among the three). Together, these packages […]

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Self-Care for Adults who Serve Kids

by: Carmen Kennedy-Rogers | Apr. 19th, 2021 This event took place on May 6, 2021. Watch the full webinar below. Join with likeminded peers to reflect on the importance of personal wellness. Learn tips and techniques to help give yourself grace, carve out personal time, and reenergize. This gathering is a space for all who […]

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Punita Thurman joins Coalition for Michigan Schoolchildren’s Right to Play

by: The Skillman Foundation | Apr. 16th, 2021 This piece was adapted from a press release from Playworks Michigan. DETROIT , April 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Playworks Michigan , a nonprofit affiliate working to keep kids active and healthy through play and recess, announced the convening of a new coalition to raise awareness about recess in schools and support statewide […]

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The Search For Detroit’s Absent Students

by: Rev. Larry Simmons | Apr. 13th, 2021 VICE News, April 2021, “The Search For Detroit’s Absent Students” I am deeply concerned about the well-being of young people in Detroit and always have been. The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified and made more visible many of the disparities that already existed in cities like ours, where poverty holds […]

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Strong schools depend on principal wellness

by: Carmen Kennedy-Rogers | Apr. 13th, 2021 This piece was co-authored with Tanisha Manningham and Walter L. Reese and originally appeared in Chalkbeat Detroit. Read the original post. Getting kids back in the classroom to reestablish their social connections and catch up on lost learning is our top priority. Learning blossoms in the right environment, […]

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Sam Woods: My Very Detroit Story

by: Sam Woods | Apr. 2nd, 2021 Dwayne Jenkins, my mentor in college, once told me if you find something that really upsets you on a personal level, you can channel that frustration into a passion for making a difference. My personal experience with lead poisoning did this to me. In the summer of 1999, […]

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