DETROIT - Earlier this month, Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation that would, by 2019-2020, require schools to retain students who fail to read proficiently by the end of the 3rd grade. The governor supported the measure as a part of his 3rd grade reading initiative. Today, leaders in Detroit’s early childhood education and K-12 landscape are coming together to release, “Readiness in Detroit: A Local Policy Roadmap for Birth to Eight Success.”
Brittany Hale is a planner. She has planned in advance for everything that she has wanted for her life and family—she planned her wedding, the birth of her child and where they should live as a family. The one thing she didn’t think to plan for was where her child would go to school.
Normalizing error is a technique that teachers can use to build trust and character in their classroom. It makes “error” normal during learning. The practice helps teachers learn how to respond appropriately to student responses while seizing teachable moments, and helps students know that all answers—right or wrong—are acceptable.
On January 27, 2015, the E3 Teacher Training Program began our B – 4 Learning and Practice sessions, which are small group learning and practice opportunities to strengthen teacher instructional practices by highlighting core teaching strategies and techniques to improve child learning outcomes.
The Kids Count data book 2015 was released today. While the data casts more light on the sobering realities for Michigan's children—in particular those in Wayne County: low reading and math proficiency rates, high poverty and high child abuse and neglect to name a few—the data also illustrates the dire need to drastically alter our approaches to changing status quo toward improving life trajectories for our children.
With the new school year about to begin, don't forget that your children are eligible for kindergarten if they are five years or older on October 1. Find out the five ways you can prepare your child for kindergarten, a vital building block for future success.
In the U.S, only one in three fourth graders read at grade level. It’s more likely that the two out of three who aren’t reading at grade level are living in households at or below poverty level. We can change this. Studies show that students reading proficiently by the third grade are no longer learning to read; instead, they are reading to learn. The foundation for reaching this important milestone is built early in life.
Excellent Schools Detroit, Henry Ford Community College and T.E.A.C.H Michigan are partnering to host a special Child Development Associates training program to address the need for capacity building in Detroit’s early learning ecosystem. Credentialing requirements for those working with our youngest are increasing as the country begins to take note of the importance of providing quality early learning opportunities for our children.
First, let’s begin with some basics. The Early Learner Scorecard is being produced by Excellent Schools Detroit (ESD) with an inaugural debut this fall. Much like its predecessor for K-12 schools in Detroit, the Early Learner Scorecard provides information for parents, caregivers and community to assist them in finding the best quality educational options in the city. Arranged by city districts, the grades across multiple dimensions, assigned for the first time citywide, allows parents a birds-eye view of where learning environments are located coupled with the ability to learn more: abo