What's old is new again. As our team tries to reimagine the idea of the neighborhood school, we have had to examine what issues the decline in this idea has created in Detroit, specifically in Islandview Village. Members of the Islandview community have expressed their frustration with the assertion that a decreasing number of children in the area was responsible for the decision to close Bellevue in 2005. Through our demographic research, conversations with Islandview neighbors, and walk-throughs of the neighborhood, we have learned that there are currently many children in the area a
The Boggs Educational Center Project Team is thrilled to announce that we have received a charter contract offer from Eastern Michigan University. This partnership will allow the school to open in September of 2013. Currently, the school plans to open with 88-100 Kindergarten through Grade 3 students in mixed-aged classrooms. The school is slated to open in the former Bellevue Elementary School in the Islandview neighborhood on Detroit’s East Side.
Can Authorizers and Schools Share Powerful Relationships?
Amanda R., Nov. 7, 2012
What Do You DO All Day?
By Julia Putnam
It has become widely known that the Boggs Educational Center's strength comes from our community support. We are now looking to our multiple communities for help. Would you be willing to write a letter in support of our efforts? These may be used for authorizers or other potential partners. A short template is included here, but please feel free to compose your own! Feel free to ask others to do the same! We appreciate you tremendously. Please forward letters to Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
The Boggs Educational Center is looking for classroom-based teachers who are committed to our mission to nurture creative, critical thinkers who contribute to the well-being of their communities.
If you are a certified elementary teacher and interested in helping to re-imagine education, we need you.
The Boggs Educational Center Project Team of Detroit, Michigan, is developing a community-based school on the East Side of the city. The development phase currently consists of planning and design in the areas of community outreach, business and management preparation, enrollment, and programming, including development of a locally sustainable food service and urban gardening education program.
See http://monthlyreview.org/2011/07/01/another-education-is-happening for the original article.
The mainstream media has created the myth that community people are waiting for Superman, the White House, or state-appointed Emergency Financial Managers to resolve the escalating crises in our schools.
Our fourth Community Conversation was held at Detroit Victory Outreach on Wabash and Selden. The goal of these gatherings is to involve members of the Detroit neighborhoods, as well as nonlocal supporters, in discussions around education and what they would like to see in a community-based school. Below are some notes taken by Julia.
Our focus question: How can the community contribute to an effective and positive urban school environment?