Wed, November 22 2017 11:26 am
I’m so excited to talk about Detroit Collegiate High School this week! As the new school on the block, the energy among staff and students is unmatched. For some students, it is their first time in a high school setting. The 9th graders are eager to learn and explore their surroundings. Conversely, we have the 10th graders who are more experienced in this arena. It for this reason, we look to them as our new leadership. And they are handling their roles with style and grace! Comparatively, the freshmen class outnumbers the tenth-grade class 2:1. However, what they lack in numbers, they make up for in spirit and commitment. I’ve been privileged to engage with students during their advisory period. The camaraderie between them is heartwarming and inspiring. Ideally, communication and relationships are the foundation of a functioning community. Additionally, community is the foundation of leadership. Finally, leadership is the foundation of change. The tenth-grade classroom is an excellent example of how creating community inspires social change. Relationships are an inevitable aspect of human existence. Communities are the result of our relationships. The way we respond to one another sets the tone for our relationships, but those tones create the culture or environment of our communities. The establishment of a shared vision helps fuel the atmosphere and positively impact school climate. Students are encouraged to reflect on and identify personal values as they relate to overarching community themes. One of the pillars of the classroom is understanding that conflict is inevitable and it's important to handle controversy with civility. The students spend a considerable amount of time with one another so disagreements may occur, but their conflict resolution skills continue to grow. I look forward to introducing new concepts around social development and bringing groups together. I want students to feel as connected to their surroundings as they do to their peers. I am confident these emerging leaders will carry the baton and lead the charge in bringing a bright, new perspective to a variety of issues. I can’t wait to see them shine this year! Thank you for your leadership 10th grade!
As always, see you in the classroom!
Tue, November 07 2017 11:25 am
As promised, we have a special entry from Detroit Leadership Academy Auburn! Today’s post feature’s Ms. Trager’s class during Champion Hour. Ms. Trager teaches 7th grade Graphic Novels. I had the opportunity to chat with several students about learning the world of graphic stories. Specifically, I spoke with two 7th grade girls named Faith and DeEmerald. They are both 12 years old and Detroit natives. These are their stories:
What do you like the most about Graphic Novels?
Faith: I like the characters. It’s fun to pretend to be someone else.
DeEmerald: I like the animation. I really like to read, and this class is not hard.
What do you learn about during Champion Hour?
Faith: We learn about different anime stories. I like horror and scary movies, so this is fun. We are reading a story about a ghost and it’s interesting.
DeEmerald: Yeah, I like anime too. Last week we read about a girl who battled a monster. I like how Ms. Trager picks different stories I’ve never heard of.
How does a typical day go?
Faith: Ms. Trager passes out a story and we read it in class.
DeEmerald: We choose characters and act them out aloud. I usually choose main characters because I like acting. Sometimes, I’ll choose smaller parts if I’m tired.
If you could choose another topic for Champion Hour, what would it be?
Faith: Theatre! I’m afraid of big crowds but I would try directing.
DeEmerald: I would like an acting class. I like musicals the best.
The girls were excited to share their passion for animation. The classroom buzzed with pupils talking about characters and different themes. I was humbled to join a group of girls as they made character assignments. I was also able to catch up with Ms. Trager to get her insight on Champion Hour. She shared: “I’m really happy the students are enjoying the comics. I’m working on providing more structure around the lessons and creating more time to build relationships. I want them to share their opinions with each other and build more community in the classroom.” Overall, Champion Hour seems to be a success! The students are learning new things as well as making new friendships. Thank you to all those involved in this interview. As always, see you in classroom!
Fri, November 03 2017 11:25 am
Greetings EQ Education Family!
We are back again with another exciting story from DetroitLeadership Academy – Auburn! Students have been going through many changes asof late. With a new schedule in place, students have more stability withintheir classes. Teachers are now tasked with moving to different classrooms.This helps students become more acclimated with their room as well as cut downon distractions in the hallway. One exciting new program is called ChampionHour! This is a period in which students can take a break from their regularcoursework and engage in a new activities. Programs range from chess, creativewriting, fantasy football – even Beyoncé! Students seemed excited to learn anew craft and engage with a different group of their peers. Champion Hour is aninnovative twist on electives. It helps foster curiosity about a variety oftopics as well as bridge new relationships among grade levels. It was inspiringto watch teachers speak passionately about topics they were interested in. Nextweek, we will feature stories talking about Champion Hour in the beginningstages. We will showcase several perspectives from admin and students alikedetailing their experience within their electives. Look out for theseinspirational stories in our next post.
Until then, see you in the classroom!
Tue, October 31 2017 01:00 pm
On October 27th, two students were selected through a Positive Behavior Raffle to pick one of two pumpkins grown in the DLA Elementary Garden! 4th Grade’s Breyon and 1st Grade’s Johnathan were the lucky winners, harvesting and receiving their fresh-off-the-vine pumpkins just in time for Halloween.
The pumpkin picking marked the near end of the garden season for 2017. Our final harvest is set to occur the week of November 6th, where top scholars will be selected to pick the last run of tomatoes, peppers and herbs!
Mon, October 30 2017 06:05 am
Greetings EQUITY Education Family!
My name is Alexis Davis and I have the pleasure of serving as the Community Engagement Coordinator! In this position, I will be facilitating field experiences, engaging community stake holders, and running the site blog. In addition to community engagement, I will represent Equity Education as a Challenge Detroit Fellow! Challenge Detroit is a leadership and professional development program that invites approximately 30 fellows to immerse themselves in the city of Detroit for one year. Fellows collaborate with different organizations around the city to provide solutions to community needs. I am so excited to participate in this program! I am extremely passionate about youth and community. I attended North Carolina A&T State University, where service was deeply enrooted in our curriculum. My professors taught me to take pride in your community and above all, be a servant to those in need. While I enjoyed the South, I knew I would eventually venture back to the Midwest. As a Cincinnati native, Michigan was not regarded favorably. However, as a lover of history, I have always admired the Motor City. It is the birthplace of Motown and model of architecture. It is a place of resiliency but also opportunity. I am grateful to be here. As Detroit undergoes a new revival, it is an exciting time for all. Education is undoubtedly the most important issue facing city residents. All children deserve a quality education, affirming educators, and a safe space to make mistakes. I am eager to start this journey with Equity and continue delivering excellence to our students.
See you in the classroom!
Thu, October 05 2017 08:00 am
On October 5th, 2017, students and staff participated in the First Annual Student Harvest at the DLA Elementary Gardens.
In June, EQ staff planted a variety of starter plants, including roma and better boy tomatoes, basil, oregano, and jalapeno, serrano, tabasco, and ghost peppers. The planting would expand over the summer to include American and Japanese eggplant and a pumpkin plant that has more than overgrown her small flower pot.
Students who ranked highest on Classroom Dojo points were selected to participate in the harvest. Approximately 30 lbs. of produce were picked, and students were allowed to select items to bring home.
The gardens should be ready for another harvest in late fall, so students will once again get an opportunity to pick veggies and learn more about the gardening process. Pumpkins will be ready to go in another week or so and will be awarded through a raffle, with students receiving raffle tickets based on scholarly behavior in school.