Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: Can African-centered education boost achievement for Detroit students?

Good morning!

It’s been a busy couple of days on the education beat. We brought you this story on a push to use African and African American culture to help students succeed academically.

As I was reporting this story, I had a chance to sit in on a professional development session with teachers from across the Detroit school district, who were there to learn how they can incorporate some of the principles of African-centered education into their daily classes.

Also this week, I wrote about the most recent draft of the controversial revision of Michigan’s social studies standards, which created an uproar last year thanks in part to the involvement of a conservative Republican senator. Be sure to also catch up on the latest on the state’s new A-F school letter grading accountability system, which faces an uncertain future after recent guidance from the state attorney general’s office.

And a special shout-out to educators: Chalkbeat wants to know what you’re reading. Follow this link to let us know about all the good books, blog posts, essays and news stories you’d recommend for other educators.

Be sure to scroll down for the latest Detroit and Michigan education news.

Meanwhile, if you’re a baseball fan like me (Go Cubs!), a happy opening day to you!

— Lori Higgins, senior reporter

PHOTO: Lori Higgins
Welia Dawson, a teacher at Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy, works with several of her sixth grade students during a class lesson.


Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox.

AFRICAN CENTERED Detroit once was a leader in African-centered education, and now some want to see more schools and teachers using the approach. Chalkbeat

SOCIAL STUDIES The latest revision of Michigan’s social studies standards likely won’t cause the uproar that a previous version did last year. Chalkbeat Bridge Magazine Detroit News

A-F GRADES Will guidance from the Michigan attorney general’s office impact the rollout of the state’s controversial new A-F school letter grading law? Chalkbeat

STEM HOME A STEM program that brings together teens from six high schools in metro Detroit to design, build, and test an electric-solar vehicle has found a new Detroit home. LIFT

HELPING PARENTS Two education advocacy organizations have teamed up to help parents prepare for the state’s third-grade reading law, which requires that beginning with the next school year, schools hold back third-graders who are a grade level or more behind in reading. Education Trust-Midwest

COLLEGE STUDENTS A Michigan charter school advocacy group is touting data that shows how many students graduating from charter schools in Detroit are enrolling in college. MAPSA

BULLIES, BEWARE Here’s what you need to know about Michigan’s new cyberbullying law, which went into effect this week. Detroit Free Press

TIME FOR TESTS The state is extending the window for schools to administer Michigan’s standardized exam because so many schools lost instructional time because of snow days. Detroit News

BOOSTING LIBRARIES New legislation would require every Michigan school to have a librarian. Book Riot

SPECIAL OLYMPICS A number of Michigan schools, including 50 in Detroit, would be impacted if the federal government cut funding for Special Olympics. WXYZ