Part­ner­ship links ed­u­ca­tion, re­vi­tal­iza­tion

Plan cen­ters stud­ies, com­mu­nity pro­grams at Mary­grove cam­pus

The Detroit News - - Front Page - BY JENNIFER CHAM­BERS The Detroit News

Detroit — A new cra­dle-to-ca­reer ed­u­ca­tional part­ner­ship an­nounced Thurs­day at Mary­grove Col­lege will in­clude a mod­ern early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion cen­ter, a new K-12 school and a teacher-ed­u­ca­tion train­ing pro­gram mod­eled af­ter hospi­tal res­i­dency pro­grams.

The P-20 Part­ner­ship — one of the first in the na­tion, ac­cord­ing to or­ga­niz­ers — is backed with a $50 mil­lion com­mit­ment from the Kresge Foun­da­tion. The part­ner­ship was re­ported by The Detroit News on Tues­day.

The in­vest­ment will pay for con­struc­tion of a new early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion cen­ter on the Mary­grove cam­pus in 2019 and to ren­o­vate the for­mer Bates Academy, which orig­i­nally served as Im­mac­u­lata High School on cam­pus, to house the K-12 school.

The in­no­va­tive ed­u­ca­tional cam­pus will of­fer pre-K through grad­u­ate school stud­ies with wrap­around ser­vices and com­mu­nity pro­grams.

It is be­ing jointly de­vel­oped through a part­ner­ship in­clud­ing Kresge, the Univer­sity of Michi­gan School of Ed­u­ca­tion, Detroit Pub­lic Schools Com­mu­nity District, the Mary­grove Con­ser­vancy, Mary­grove Col­lege, Starfish Fam­ily Ser­vices and the Detroit Col­lab­o­ra­tive De­sign Cen­ter of the Univer­sity of Detroit Mercy.

“Kresge is ex­tremely proud to an­nounce a part­ner­ship that puts ed­u­ca­tion at the cen­ter of all other re­vi­tal­iza­tion work be­ing done in this com­mu­nity,” said Rip Rap­son, Kresge’s pres­i­dent and CEO, on Thurs­day, when about 150 peo­ple came out for the an­nounce­ment on Mary­grove’s 53-acre cam­pus.

“We’re pleased to col­lab­o­rate with all of our com­mu­nity part­ners who have come to­gether to create a new model of neigh­bor­hood re­vi­tal­iza­tion cen­tered around in­vest­ment in ed­u­ca­tion right here in the heart of north­west Detroit.”

The P-20 cam­pus will also of­fer de­gree and pro­fes­sional cer­ti­fi­ca­tions for teacher ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents of the UM School of Ed­u­ca­tion and grad­u­ate stu-

dents of Mary­grove Col­lege.

A new teacher “res­i­dency pro­gram,” of­fered by UM, will place un­der­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate stu­dent teach­ers at the Detroit school. When they com­plete their de­grees, they will work at the school as su­per­vised res­i­dent teach­ers in an in­no­va­tive pro­gram mod­eled af­ter the way doc­tors are trained, of­fi­cials said.

Detroit schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Niko­lai Vitti has been bat­tling a teacher short­age in his district and praised the in­vest­ment. The district’s re­cent short­age was re­duced from 200 to 90 va­can­cies this fall.

“The mag­ni­tude of this part­ner­ship is price­less in that it ex­pands the city’s port­fo­lio of high­de­mand, unique tra­di­tional pub­lic school op­tions and de­vel­ops a much-needed teacher pipeline with one of the top uni­ver­si­ties in the coun­try,” Vitti said.

Vitti added the teacher-train­ing com­po­nent has the po­ten­tial to at­tract col­lege stu­dents to the teach­ing pro­fes­sion, re­tain teach­ers who oth­er­wise leave the pro­fes­sion in large num­bers and im­prove district en­roll­ment.

The district and UM are work­ing on an agree­ment to have stu­dent teach­ers in the pro­gram com­mit to three years or more of teach­ing at a Detroit school af­ter grad­u­a­tion, Vitti said.

Stu­dent teach­ers could be­gin work­ing in the district as soon as the 2020-21 school year or the year af­ter, he said.

“We are go­ing to a model where we ac­tu­ally teach teach­ers how to teach with mas­ter teach­ers as their part­ners, no dif­fer­ent than in the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion,” Vitti said.

“This cre­ates a path­way that in­vests in their devel­op­ment so they be­come life­long teach­ers, not teach­ers for two years or three years or four years, but life­long teach­ers. That’s how we are go­ing to re­build the district and re­build the city.”

The early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion cen­ter, op­er­ated by Starfish, and the K-12 school are pro­jected to serve more than 1,000 Detroit chil­dren and their fam­i­lies in the sur­round­ing neigh­bor­hoods in the Liver­nois-McNi­chols district.

The first phase of the cam­pus will in­clude a ninth-grade pi­lot pro­gram to open in 2019, fol­lowed by the open­ing of the early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion cen­ter and kinder­garten in fall 2020.

Suc­ces­sive grades will be added each year; by 2029, all grades will be of­fered, along­side un­der­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate stud­ies and pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment cour­ses and cer­ti­fi­ca­tions.

UM Pres­i­dent Mark Sch­lis­sel and UM School of Ed­u­ca­tion Dean El­iz­a­beth Moje out­lined their vi­sion for a teacher train­ing school on the Mary­grove cam­pus that will be mod­eled af­ter med­i­cal teach­ing res­i­den­cies.

Ac­cord­ing to Moje, af­ter com­plet­ing teach­ing ed­u­ca­tion stud­ies, new teach­ers will re­main along­side vet­eran ed­u­ca­tors in pri­mary and sec­ondary class­rooms for three ad­di­tional years to con­tinue their train­ing while help­ing newer stu­dent teach­ers learn the pro­fes­sion.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity for the School of Ed­u­ca­tion to not only pro­vide im­pact­ful teacher train­ing but to also create pro­grams that teach chil­dren us­ing ev­i­dence-based in­struc­tional prac­tices car­ried out by ex­cep­tional lead­ers,” Moje said.

The in­no­va­tive ap­proach through the P-20 model will al­low UM — and other higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions across the coun­try that may repli­cate this con­cept — to im­prove its own prac­tice while con­tribut­ing to pri­mary and sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion.

Other UM schools and col­leges will join the col­lab­o­ra­tion as the school and wrap­around ser­vices de­velop. Early part­ners in­clude: Col­lege of En­gi­neer­ing, Stephen M. Ross School of Busi­ness, A. Al­fred Taub­man Col­lege of Ar­chi­tec­ture and Ur­ban Plan­ning, School of So­cial Work, School of Nurs­ing and School of Den­tistry.

Detroit Mayor Mike Dug­gan joined lead­ers from each of the part­ner­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions for the pub­lic an­nounce­ment, they out­lined their joint for the cam­pus.

The $50 mil­lion in­vest­ment is ex­pected to be a shot in the arm for the 90-year col­lege, which last year an­nounced it would cease its un­der­grad­u­ate of­fer­ings due to mas­sive debt and fall­ing en­roll­ment.

The Kresge Foun­da­tion in­vested $16 mil­lion to help sta­bi­lize the col­lege, re­struc­ture debt, fi­nance aca­demic and cam­pus oper­a­tions and sup­port the col­lege’s shift to grad­u­ate-level ed­u­ca­tion.

Kresge then part­nered with the col­lege’s founders and spon­sors — the Sis­ters, Ser­vants of the Im­mac­u­late Heart of Mary — to create the Mary­grove Con­ser­vancy to stew­ard the cam­pus and its mis­sion.

Or­ga­niz­ers said the P-20 cam­pus at Mary­grove Col­lege is a new ap­proach to eco­nomic devel­op­ment cen­tered on ed­u­cat­ing chil­dren and will serve as a model for ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties around the coun­try.

Sim­i­lar cam­puses ex­ist around the coun­try — the Penn Alexan­der School in Penn­syl­va­nia is one — but none in­volve early child­hood ser­vices through grad­u­ate-level ed­u­ca­tion housed on one cam­pus, of­fi­cials said.

Dr. El­iz­a­beth Burns, pres­i­dent of Mary­grove Col­lege and a col­lege alumna who also at­tended kinder­garten at Mary­grove, said the col­lege’s legacy as a teacher and so­cial jus­tice train­ing cen­ter will con­tinue un­der the pro­gram.

“One of the col­lege’s pil­lars is a com­mit­ment to re­main an an­chor in­sti­tu­tion in this Detroit neigh­bor­hood and an in­sti­tu­tional leader in the city of Detroit,” Burns said. “The P-20 model en­sures we con­tinue that mis­sion. We’re ex­cited for the fu­ture of this cam­pus and the im­pact this model will have on the city of Detroit’s rebirth.” where vi­sion

Clarence Tabb Jr. / The Detroit News

Detroit schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Niko­lai Vitti said stu­dent teach­ers could be­gin work­ing in the district as soon as the 2020-21 school year.

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