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The Detroit Goodfellows on June 14 announced the winner of the eighth annual Goodfellow Teacher of the Year contest — Gladys Clark, an eighth-grade teacher at Detroit Public Schools Community District’s (DPSCD) Thurgood Marshall Elementary-Middle School! 

Detroit Goodfellows board members surprised Clark in her classroom with the news and presented her with a $200 gift card to buy classroom supplies. Additionally, she will be acknowledged at the Detroit Goodfellows Annual Tribute Breakfast this fall. 

The Goodfellows Board of Directors selected the winning teacher from nominations by DPSCD


WHAT'S NEW: DFT Talks Teacher Shortage on CNBC


Our Donavon Gardner and Terrence Martin talk about American's teacher shortage challenge.


WHAT'S NEW: Council of Baptist Pastors, Detroit and Vicinity Salute Detroit Teachers


Council of Baptist Pastors President Rev. Dee Dee Coleman and DFT President Ivy Bailey celebrated Teachers Appreciation Day during a special service held at Russell Street Baptist Church on May 30. 

WHAT'S NEW: Proposed Educator Certification Model

The Michigan Department of Education, Office of Professional Preparation Services requests your feedback on a proposed structure for the future of Michigan teacher certification.

Please click the Web link below to view a short video explaining the proposed certificate structure and a link to the survey. Your perspective is extremely important to us

Our teachers class action grievance was settled on April 22, 2017.  If your name is on the following list, please contact Ivy Bailey, DFT president, at 313-875-3500:  

  • Anyanetu, Patrick
  • Armstrong, Nezetta
  • Bennett, Charnita
  • Booker-Bryant, Valerie
  • Burk, Michael
  • Crill, Susan
  • Dobbs, Carmille
  • Ellis, Ronda
  • Erby, Douglas
  • Freeman, Henrietta
  • Gibson, Kelly
  • Gipson-Hicks, Catina
  • Hasanaj, Kola
  • Henderson, Almitra
  • Hicks, Geraldine
  • Holland, Branti
  • Izzard, Robert
  • Jacques, Dominique
  • Jefferson, Stanya
  • Johnson, Georgetta
  • King, Dennis
  • Land, Cassandra
  • Lawrence, Ayana
  • Leverett, Christy
  • Lothery, Barbara
  • Mallett, James
  • Mercer, Grayling
  • Ogbonna

WHAT'S NEW: DFT Executive Board elects to continue contract negotiations with DPSCD

DFT Members:

On May 15, our Executive Board rejected a tentative contract agreement with DPSCD. I wanted to share my statement with you:

"We've continually stated what's best for educators is best for students. The executive board felt that the tentative agreement doesn't move DPSCD forward and place our students first. We want to continue negotiations."