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Math Academy learners

Elementary teachers work together after school on ways to encourage productive talk in math by brainstorming sentence stems to use in supporting student discussions. The Dearborn Math Academy is facilitated by Resource Teacher Rita Stergalas and Math Committee co-chair Veronica Jakubik.

Reading PD for teachers

Struggling Readers is a 2-day PD series for elementary teachers to learn about the essential components of early reading, with a focus on planning effective instruction for struggling readers. Recently, 13 teachers participated in Struggling Readers by learning how to use the DRA -Word Analysis tools to design targeted interventions. An additional Struggling Readers cohort is planned for January/February. Check the online PD Sign Up calendar for more details. PD Sign Up @ Events


Did you know that Michigan is a Go Open state? The state rolled out the new repository at the first #GoOpen Michigan Summit at the Michigan Science Center this week. Open Education Resources (OER) is a term that you will hear often in the months and years to come as more educators develop and share free resources for classroom use.

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.