Technology Teacher Grants

Technology is all around us. From smartphones to voice assistants and self-driving cars, our world is becoming increasingly high-tech. We believe technology has a place in every discipline — and studying its role in our lives is critical for students of all ages. Share your tech-focused lesson plan with the Beacon Team and you could win up to $1,000 for classroom supplies, educational subscriptions and apps for your students, and more.  The deadline is December 9.  Click on the link, below, for more information:

DTRA Cohort 13

The Dearborn Teachers Reading Academy (DTRA) just graduated its 13 cohort of teachers and administrators.  Over 300 Dearborn educators have completed this six-day series focused on effective literacy teaching and learning.  Cohort 14 begins in November, with additional cohorts planning to start in January, June and August.  Some pictures from yesterday’s graduation:


District Curriculum Committee Meetings

District Curriculum Committees serve an important function in Dearborn Public Schools.  All curriculum decisions and work begin in a district committee.  It is vital that every school has a voice on these committees, so please work with your administrator to find a committee that aligns with your skills and interests.  The meeting dates, times and locations are published in the link, below, and all committee minutes are published and accessible to all Dearborn staff.  Which committee will you join?

Curriculum Meetings Calendar 17-18



Dearborn Big Read

The Dearborn Big Read launched in August.  There are many ways to tie in the book with curriculum across content areas. Several groups have already volunteered for a book study.  Please share with teachers-especially language arts.  The Maples Drummers were requested as one of the multicultural performances-their fame has spread.

Filming immigrant stories is an event that will take place on an ongoing basis this year.  if you know of families who would like to share their experiences, please let me know. Thanks!

Book: The Namesake By Jhumpa Lahiri

Grant description:

Our theme is “What’s in a name?” and with our programs focusing on names, family history, and the immigrant experience we will reach out to adults, teens, and children of all ages and backgrounds. We will launch our programming with a call in the summer of 2017 for immigration stories regarding current or previous generations.

We are partnering with our local cable television station (CDTV), the City of Dearborn Department of Information (DPI), and the Dearborn Public Schools to film people’s stories in September 2017. Those who come in to tell their story will receive a free copy of “The Namesake.” CDTV, DPI, and the Film Department of Dearborn Public Schools will work together to produce a short video that we will show at our kickoff. All of the recorded videos will be uploaded to our program website,, and our library’s website.

We will also send out a call to our community to write short stories (1-3 pages) dealing with immigration or family names, or send in family recipes, which we will publish as community anthologies: one concerning immigration stories and another showcasing family recipes.

Constitution Day 2017 – Friday, Sept. 15

Why do I Have to Teach Constitution Day?

This Congressional initiative is authorized by Section 111 of Division J of Pub. L. 108 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005, Dec. 8, 2004; 118 Stat. 2809, 3344 Department.. Section 111(b) states each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution For purposes of the Department implementation of this requirement educational institutions includes but is not limited to local educational agencies institutions of higher education receiving Federal funding from the Department.

Educational institutions receiving Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Education  must implement the statutory requirement pertaining to the United States Constitution, on a date designated by statute as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.

Section 111 requires that Constitution Day be held on September 17 of each year, commemorating the September 17, 1787 signing of the Constitution. However, when September 17 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, Constitution Day shall be held during the preceding or following week.

We will celebrate Constitution Day in Dearborn on Friday, September 15.

Teaching Resources for Constitution Day 2017

DEC 2.0 Update and Help Sessions

DEC 2.0 is still under construction but is available to all district staff through the Staff Resources on the Dearborn Public Schools website or through
 Many resources are available in all content area and we are adding resources regularly.   The original DEC resources are also still available at .
There are some after school help sessions scheduled if you have questions or would like a hands on tutorial:
Thursday, Sept. 7     4:00-5:00      ASC – Room 13
Thursday, Sept. 14   2:30-4:30      ASC – Room 13
Tuesday, Sept. 19    2:30-4:30      ASC – Room 13
Tuesday, Sept. 26    3:00-5:00      ASC – Room 13
These are open sessions; you do not need to register.  Chromebooks will be available.
I can also provide support in your school or classroom if you are not able to attend one of the open sessions. Please contact me if you’d like to set up a time to work together.

American Association of University Women STEM Equity Grants

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is offering one- and two-year grants, with extra consideration for proposals involving schools, designed to address the needs of girls and women or to educate the public on related issues.

AAUW encourages proposals that aim to “build partnerships between schools and community organizations” or that “use innovative approaches to address local community needs or build links among community partners,” according to information released by the organization.

The one-year grants, ranging from $2,000 to $7,000, are for community-based projects that advance equity for women and girls.

The two-year grants, in amounts of $5,000 to $10,000, are for “new projects that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls’ sense of efficacy through leadership, advocacy or training opportunities. Funds support planning activities, coalition building, implementation and evaluation,” according to the AAUW site. Though projects may change a bit over the course of implementation, funding for the second year of two-year grants depends upon a successful first year. Existing projects will not be funded.

AAUW will give special consideration to proposals that focus on women and girls’ achievements in STEM topics in grades K-12 and the first two years of college, include community partners such as schools or school districts or that involve AAUW branches.

AAUW will begin accepting applications Aug. 1 with a January deadline.

For more information, or to apply, visit

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