DFT teacher honored at Tony Awards

Detroit's own Cass Tech Drama Teacher, Marilyn McCormick, was honored on June 12 at the 70th Annual Tony Awards in New York City. Marilyn received this year's Excellence in Theatre Education Award. The annual award, sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University, recognizes a K-12 theatre educator in the U.S. who has "demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students and who embodies the highest standards of the profession."  

DFT Fights Back: Legislative Actions, June 3- June 8

Description. Now is time for us to turn anger into action. I am asking you to join us this weekend and over the coming weeks to fight for the schools our kids deserve. Will you sign up to join us in this fight? Phone bank for an hour. Sign up for a community walk. Speak at your church. Or distribute information in your community. Sign up for phone banking and neighborhood walks here

Educators, parents deliver community-driven education platform to DPS

A group of about 35 teachers, parents and community activists gathered at the Fisher Building Monday afternoon to present Detroit Public Schools Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes with “The Public Schools All Detroit Children Deserve,” a platform document that outlines a community-driven vision for public education. You can read the community platform here in English, or Spanish.

The 'Teachers' Lounge'

Every Thursday, 8:15 to 8:45 p.m., tune in to “The Teachers’ Lounge” radio talk show on WHPR Comcast, channel 91, or online at www.tv33whpr.com/. Hosted by Detroit Public Schools teachers and Detroit Federation of Teachers union members, “The Teachers’ Lounge” provides a forum where members like you can voice concerns and discuss the future of DPS and how the community can be part of shaping and saving the school district.

This week, the show’s hosts—DFT members Leslie Carlis-Piper, Marnina Falk and William Weir—will be joined by DPS social worker Kim Travis-Ewing, who will weigh in on how the proposed legislation in Lansing will affect our schools, our students and the myriad services students need.

Check the DFT website calendar section for a schedule of weekly guests on “The Teachers’ Lounge.”

And don’t forget to tune in. We can’t wait to hear from you!