Ann Arbor STEAM at Northside Jeanie Wilson is a 6th and 8th grade science teacher at Ann Arbor STEAM at Northside. When the shelter-in-place orders forced the physical closing of her school, she first thing she did was connect with her students. According to Mrs. Wilson, "When you're serving a family, you're not just serving [...]
Detroit Achievement Academy "I want students to know that their humanity reigns supreme." Patrick Harris is a 7th and 8th grade teacher at Detroit Achievement Academy on the city's westside. Like many teachers, Mr. Harris had to pivot quickly and learn on-the-fly when Stay Home, Stay Safe orders closed his school and required students [...]
Ford Early Learning Center Ypsilanti, Michigan Abigail VanBuhler is a site coordinator for EMU Bright Futures’ 21st CCLC after school program at Ford Early Learning Center in Ypsilanti, MI. In her role at Ford, she serves a community of kindergarten and first-grade youth and their families. When COVID-19 forced the closing of her school, her [...]
Black Male Educators Alliance How many Black male teachers did you have over the course of your educational career? Chances are, not many, as Black men make up only 2% of the nation's teaching corps. This is a challenge that Morehouse alum, Michael Payne Jr., is working to address. Mr. Payne is the President of [...]
Noble Elementary-Middle School "I definitely pictured taking end-of-school pictures with the kids and doing fun activities at the end. So this is, in some ways, really sad for me...They'd already made such progress in the middle of the year, and to kind of see that slip away is pretty heartbreaking." In this edition of Silent [...]
COVID-19 Survivor Carmen Williams experienced first-hand the horrors of COVID-19. After testing positive for the disease, she was instructed to quarantine at home. This sounds simple - except Carmen is also a single mom of three children, aged 3, 5, and 15. In this special edition of Silent Heroes, Carmen shares what it was like [...]
Detroit Edison Public School Academy Imagine being a first-year elementary teacher, and a global health crisis forces you to shift your teaching responsibilities to 100% online instruction. And by the way - you have to do this without any prior formal training in online learning. This is the position that Detroit Edison Public School Academy [...]
Davison Elementary-Middle School "I miss my kids...I miss their families...I miss their stories and jokes." Meenakshi Mukherjee is seven-year teaching veteran. Though she began her education career teaching fourth grade, she's now an eighth grade teacher at Davison Elementary-Middle School in Detroit. Like many teachers across the country, the physical closing of schools caused by [...]
The Dad Evolution Ever heard of a "daddy internship"? When Eric Walton learned he and his wife were expecting their first child, he sought opportunities to learn about being a dad by spending time with his friends' children. He eventually took the lessons he learned about becoming a father and created a support group, The [...]
Detroit Edison Public School Academy "I really wish my parents and my students all knew that everything I do is from the heart." April Angle is a fifth grade teacher at Detroit Edison Public School Academy of the New Paradigm for Education district in Detroit. When COVID-19 closed her school building, she and her colleagues [...]
Great Start Detroit-Wayne Kathleen Alessandro is the Executive Director of Great Start Collaborative-Wayne. Great Start helps families across Wayne County access high quality early childhood learning and development experiences that support readiness and third-grade reading proficiency. When COVID-19 forced the closing of learning centers throughout the state, Great Start mobilized its networks to provide assistance [...]
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Our Education team works SO hard! I am so excited to share that this week we debuted the Detroit PBS KIDS for Parent’s presentation of the Workshop for Well-Being. Our first session was The Food to Mood Connection and we hosted families and facilitators from Monroe ISD, New St. Paul and Brilliant Detroit. We had 36 people in attendance, and we are excited with what they had to say! “This session was GREAT. I learned a lot from my group conversation. How to incorporate fruit with every meal.” “Very informative! I enjoyed listening to you all…..and I've learned a lot more ideas on healthy snacks to eat ...” “I love this and I learned great tips on eating healthier.” “Thank you so much! I love the videos and breakout discussions. I will definitely take away some tips and remember the Gatorade on the plants example.” Today, our very own Maria Martinez will be presenting this workshop in Spanish to our partners at Brilliant Detroit and Congress of Communities. Thank you Kaela Wright for helping us develop this expert content! While this was going on, Angela, our Education Producer was assembling all of the content on our website! Look here for it: ... See MoreSee Less
Childcare directors are critical too! Take a look at Laurie's story here at LACC Childcare Academy. She has such a resilient story on how she serves her families! Thank you Laurie, we appreciate you! ... See MoreSee Less