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Detroit Education Community

Education doesn't happen in a vacuum and neither does the work of improving education. Great partnerships require deep commitment to a common goal or vision, and our partners have that in abundance. Our partners include, but are not limited to:


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Black Family Development, Inc.

Black Family Development (BFDI) is a private, non-profit comprehensive family counseling agency that was created in 1978 by the Detroit chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers. BFDI’s program and services include: Family Preservation and support; Mental Health and Substance Abuse services; Juvenile Justice services and Positive Youth Development programs. Via partnerships with the human service agencies and Detroit Public Schools BFDI serves clients throughout the community. Highlights of BFDI’s Youth Development programs include: Academic Olympics; African Centered Olympics; Annual Christmas Jam; Keys to Literacy (an afterschool program); and Summer Youth Employment Training.

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Brightmoor Alliance

The Brightmoor Alliance is a coalition of nearly 50 organizations dedicated to serving northwest Detroit’s Brightmoor community. Founded in 2000, the Alliance was established in response to conditions in the community, including poor housing, a high crime rate, and a large amount of vacant land.

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Brightmoor Pastor Alliance

Formed by the pastors and spiritual leaders serving in the Brightmoor and Rosedale communities the Brightmoor Pastor Alliance aims to resolve issues affecting Brightmoor and the surrounding community via a people-focused approach that “prioritizes the physical and spiritual renewal, and economic stability” of community members.

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Data Driven Detroit

Data Driven Detroit (D3) provides accessible, high-quality information and analysis to drive informed decision-making. D3 believes that direct and practical use of data by grassroots leaders and public officials promotes thoughtful community building and effective policymaking.

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Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation

The Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation is dedicated to creating opportunities for youth and families in Detroit’s Southwest community. DHDC’s services include bilingual programming for youth and adults, with a focus on increasing high school graduation rates, gang prevention and adult education.

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Detroit Parent Network

The Detroit Parent Network is a membership based parent organizing nonprofit that offers leadership, parenting and development courses via the 11 Parent Resource and Empowerment centers they run in partnership with Detroit Public Schools (DPS) and the Education Achievement Authority (EAA).

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Detroit Public Television

Through television, radio, web, and social media, Detroit Public Television creates content with a concentration on children and education, arts and culture, energy and environment, health, leadership and public affairs. DPT provides educational programs and services for children, parents and caregivers.

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Detroit Regional Chamber

The Detroit Regional Chamber is committed to developing and maintaining a workforce with the skills and education to contribute to a thriving economy in the region. The Chamber has an active team, who work on this issue daily, as well as the development of partnerships with educational institutions and organizations in the area to continually develop and retain a highly skilled workforce. Chamber education programs include: Detroit Scholarship Fund, Board Fellowship Program, Detroit Compact, and the Education Engagement Project.

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Osborn Neighborhood Alliance

Osborn Neighborhood Alliance (ONA) advocates, builds capacity, and works as a partner with residents to make Osborn a community of choice. ONA was established in 2006 under the Skillman Good Neighborhoods Initiative with a governing board of 33 residents and stakeholders. The Osborn community is located on the northeast side of Detroit.

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Southwest Solutions

Southwest Solutions offers human services and affordable housing assistance along with economic development training for families. Programming includes: parenting workshops based on High Scope curriculum, playgroups for ages 0-5, family literacy events and a lending library of toys and books. Free childcare during workshops and classes are offered in Spanish.

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United Way for Southeastern Michigan

United Way serves the community via a wide-range of service programming. United Way SEM educational work is focused on early childhood development and college and career readiness. The organization partners with parents and childcare providers to foster nurturing, literacy-rich environments. By partnering with low performing high schools, United Way SEM hopes to provide students with personalized learning experiences that help prepare for college and/or a career.

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Challenge Detroit

Challenge Detroit is a leadership and professional development program that invites approximately 30 of talented individuals to live, work, play, and give in and around the greater Detroit area for one year. New fellows are selected each spring with the idea that attracting and retaining talent will help drive the revitalization of Detroit.

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City Year Detroit

City Year Detroit corps members make a difference in the lives of 500 students in grades K-12, helping students thrive and reach new heights in subjects such as reading, writing, math and science.

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Consortium of Hispanic Agencies

The Consortium of Hispanic Agencies (CHA) of Southwest Detroit is an entity of community based Latino led organizations working together with other stakeholders promoting effective leadership, advocacy, policy change, and culturally appropriate services to enhance the lives of youth and families in Southwest Detroit.

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Cornerstone Charter Schools

Founded by Cardinal Adam Maida, who asked that the community “help build cornerstones for the city.” One cornerstone was to be a Christ-centered schooling alternative that would provide the children of Detroit with access to a “high-quality” education. Cornerstone Independent Schools were named a top primary school by Excellent Schools Detroit in 2013.

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Deloitte

Deloitte and its employees are committed to moving the needle on the issue of college enrollment and success. Through their program, Their Future is Our Future, Deloitte firms and members are encouraged to engage in local programs that help underserved youth succeed in the 21st-century economy.

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Detroit Edison Public School Academy

Detroit Edison Public School Academy opened in September 1998, and has since gone on to receive numerous accolades for their programming. The school is divided into four learning academies: primary, elementary, junior and the Early College of Excellence. Detroit Edison academies accept students from throughout Detroit, and are led by Superintendent Ralph Bland.

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Detroit Public Schools

Detroit Public Schools, the largest school system in Michigan, runs 97 schools in Detroit. The district is made up of 21 application schools, 13 authorized charters, nine schools that are a part of DPS’ Office of Innovation “Rising” schools program, and the remainder of schools are considered traditional open enrollment programs. Amongst the DPS’ schools, 12 schools are listed as a top 20 k-8 Detroit school in Excellent Schools Detroit’s Scorecard. In partnership with the Detroit Parent Network, there are eight DPS Parent Resource Centers located within schools across the city that offer year round parent training, support groups, and play areas for children.

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Education Achievement Authority

The Education Achievement Authority (EAA) is a statewide school district (currently with 15 schools in Detroit) created in 2011 by Michigan’s governor to address the most poorly performing public schools. The most challenged public schools in the state can be transferred into this new district to turnaround educational outcomes for children. The Detroit Parent Network currently runs two Parent Empowerment Centers in EAA schools to offer families courses in closing the achievement gap, job training and more.

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Education Pioneers

The Education Pioneers program exists to identify, train, connect, and inspire a new generation of leaders dedicated to transforming our education system so that all students receive a quality education. The organization partners with more than 180 leading education organizations in 16 cities nationwide to ensure that they have the right people with the right skill sets to advance and scale their most promising results and initiatives. Education Pioneers work specifically with partners that run systems of schools that serve a large number of students, such as school districts or charter school management organizations.

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Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young is committed to education initiatives, and their College MAP (Mentoring for Access and Persistence) serves youth in 12 cities, including students at Detroit’s Cody High School. The program identifies young people in need of support, and brings College MAP directly to them. College MAP helps disadvantaged students in Atlanta, Birmingham, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, New York, Palo Alto/San Jose, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

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Michigan Future, Inc.

Michigan Future, Inc. is a non-partisan, non-profit organization. Their mission is to be a source of new ideas on how Michigan can succeed as a world class community in a knowledge-driven economy. The organization’s work is funded by Michigan foundations. Michigan Future’s work focuses on Michigan’s economy, attracting and retaining talent, and preparing talent by creating new high schools in Detroit and it’s suburbs.

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New Detroit - The Coalition

New Detroit’s mission is to work as the coalition of Detroit area leadership addressing the issue of race relations by positively impacting issues and policies that ensure economic and social equity. The coalition is comprised of leaders from civil rights and advocacy organizations, human services, health and community organizations, business, labor, foundations, education, and the media. The non-profit focuses on areas that represent the greatest potential threat to Detroit’s ability to achieve and maintain positive race relations. These areas are: economic equity, educational opportunity, impacting institutional practices, and building public will.

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Rising Advocates for Young Children

Rising Advocates for Young Children is a Detroit based collaborative of highly trained early childhood educators and caregivers advocating for the most developmentally appropriate, advanced, safe and nurturing care of at-risk children - birth to five years old. Services include regular activities for children and a Basic Needs Pantry.

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Teach For America

Teach For America finds, trains, and supports top college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools. Teach For America’s network includes 11,200 corps members teaching in 48 regions across the country and 32,000 alumni working in education and many other sectors to create the systemic changes that will help end educational inequity. In 2013, 400 TFA placements were made in Detroit.

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The Achievement Network

The Achievement Network (ANet) works with partners to turn school best practices used across the country into individualized school best practices. ANet is a nonprofit that helps schools strengthen their practice and culture of using standards and data to accelerate student learning in underserved communities. ANet provides their partners with both tools and training grounded in the practices of the best schools in their network using the following methods: coaching; networking and professional development; assessments and instructional resources.

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The Education Trust - Midwest

The Education Trust - Midwest is a statewide education policy and advocacy organization focused on doing “what is right” for Michigan children. Although many organizations speak up for the adults employed by schools and colleges, Ed Trust speaks up for students, especially those whose needs and potential are often overlooked. Ed Trust-Midwest, based in Royal Oak, MI, is affiliated with the national organization, The Education Trust, based in Washington, DC.

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University of Chicago, Urban Education Institute

Via their UChicago Impact program, the Urban Education Institute provides schools, school systems, and states with the highest quality research-based diagnostic tools and training designed to produce reliably excellent schooling. A piece of their work includes the 5Essentials program. UChicago is an evidence-based system designed to drive improvement in schools nationwide. The 5E system measures changes in a school organization through its survey, predicts school success through analysis, and provides individualized actionable reports to schools, districts, parents, and community partners.

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University of Michigan, Flint

The University of Michigan at Flint is the site of The Detroit Teacher Project, a program for aspiring teachers who have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and are interested in earning a master’s degree with teacher certification. This full-time program is taught on-site in six Detroit-area high schools. Graduates of the program receive their master’s degree and are eligible for teacher certification in Michigan. As a part of this work, Michigan Future, Inc., was given funding to start up seven additional new high schools and another 35 schools by 2018.

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Wayne CHAP

Wayne Children’s Healthcare Access Program (WCHAP) is a private-public collaborative that aims to improve the quality of care to Wayne County children while simultaneously lowering associated health care costs. WCHAP works with its partners to improve quality, access and child health outcomes; strengthen provider, family and community partnerships; and reduce costs and advance systems change.

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Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation

The mission of the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation is to “enrich humanity by strengthening and empowering children and families” in need. While remaining flexible in their approach the foundation gives priority to: providing for the needs of and ensuring the future of the Jewish people and to respecting their legacy and commitment to the Detroit community. Areas of critical importance include education, arts, culture and health with particular attention to work pertaining to HIV/AIDS.

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McGregor Fund

The McGregor Fund has a long history of supporting educational projects and institutions. The McGregor Fund’s Education Committee regularly reviews the current education environment and updates the grantmaking priorities to reflect the most promising opportunities for improving the educational outcomes of Detroit-area children and young adults.

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Skillman Foundation

The Skillman Foundation brings ideas and people together in Detroit. The foundation invests $17 million a year in six investment areas: education, safety, social innovation, neighborhoods, community leadership, and youth development.

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The Kresge Foundation

Working with other philanthropic organizations, nonprofits, business, government and other community based partners, the Kresge Foundation is investing in areas that leverage Detroit’s strong assets and present opportunities for helping Detroit residents imagine and build a vibrant 21st-century version of their city. There are nine components to Kresge’s work in Detroit: arts and culture, education reform, entrepreneurial development, green economy, health, mass transit development, complete neighborhoods, city land use, and anchor institutions.

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W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation grants funding to programs that support parents, students, educators and others in their efforts to change the formal educational system in ways that help children succeed in school and life. Additionally, Kellogg Foundation encourages innovative education practices, which include partnerships between schools, families, communities, government, and business.

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Walton Family Foundation

The Walton Family Foundation is committed to improving K-12 education in the United States at every level – in traditional public schools, charter public schools and private schools. Through three distinct initiatives, the foundation invests in efforts to shift decision-making power over where a child attends school to his or her family by: Shaping public policy, creating quality schools, and improving existing schools. The foundation’s investment sites are: Albany, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Harlem (NY), Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Newark (NJ), Phoenix, and Washington, DC.

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