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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

PD Sign up

District Training in One Place

Welcome to the Professional Development registration site. Dearborn teachers can register for district provided professional development by using their district credentials. Start by using the View PD Listings button. Once you have registered for PD, you can use the My History to review those sessions. This will provide you with tracking of PD that you’ve entered through this site.

Teachers:  Register for the Aug. 29 District PD now!

PD Info

Welcome to iBlog

Welcome to iBlog Teacher Websites Sites. This is your brand new classroom website.  There are some things you should do to get started.  Hopefully you have been following the Getting Started Tutorials and Step Sheets.

It is important that you edit your profile so that you can choose your school and grade level as this will help parents and students find your website.  Look for the link in the upper right when you are logged in.

Here are some resources to help you with iBlog: