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MAPSA Weekly Update - July 17, 2013
July 17, 2013

Good Things Happening in Our Schools:

Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies Celebrates First Graduating Class
It was a sweet scene last month when the Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies (HFA:SCS) in Detroit said farewell to its first graduating class. HFA: SCS opened in 2009 as a partnership between the Henry Ford Learning Institute and Center for Creative Studies (CCS) with support from the Thompson Educational Foundation. A recently announced $1 million donation to CCS by Ford Motor Company Fund will provide college scholarships and art/design opportunities for HFA: SCS students.

Ninety-four percent of HFA: SCS seniors have been accepted to a two- or four-year college, university or other accredited post-secondary program. Ten HFA: SCS graduates were accepted to the College for Creative Studies. Sixteen graduates were accepted to the school's authorizer, Grand Valley State University. Members of the Class of 2013 have also been accepted to the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Vassar College, Morehouse College and Clark-Atlanta, among others.

“HFA: SCS is built on the idea that learning needs to be hands-on, connected to the real world, and develop not only students' academic knowledge and skills, but also their potential as creative thinkers and innovative problem solvers,” said Deborah Parizek, executive director of Henry Ford Learning Institute. “These graduates have had a unique high school program, one that prepares them to succeed in college, pursue a career of their choice and realize their potential as transformational agents in our community.”

The school is located inside the CCS A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, providing middle and high school students in Detroit with the unique opportunity to attend school on a college campus. The HFA: SCS College and Career Transitions Office, created through support from Ford Motor Company Fund, is a resource for all HFA: SCS middle and high school students and their families, and reinforces the school's 90/90 commitment for high school graduation and college enrollment.


Shown here, some of the graduates of Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies celebrate after their commencement ceremony.

Please submit any announcements, news or event information for MAPSA's "Good Things Happening in Our Schools" feature to Buddy Moorehouse at

Save the Date for the 'Exploring Higher-Level Thinking' Training with Cynthia Millinger!
Cynthia Millinger, Founder and CEO of Charter School Essentials and Charter School Startup, will provide participants with tools and techniques to implement higher-level questioning and inquiry-based discussions and learn how to ensure students are the ones doing the cognitively demanding work in the classroom.

August 21, 2013
9:00 - 12:00
Detroit, MI
Registration opening soon! Email for more information.


Michigan Department of Education Offers Free P.D. Sessions
The Michigan Department of Education has two training sessions coming up, both of which are free and open to all charter schools in the state:

  • “Strategic Planning for Public School Academy Boards of Potential Priority Schools” has two sessions scheduled: Aug. 5-7 and 12-14, both at the Macomb ISD building. This professional development session is available to PSAs with schools listed between the 5 and 10 percent range on last year's Top to Bottom List. Through the use of a “Train the Trainers” model, board members will work with nationally recognized strategic planning expert Berri Meyers.
  • “Teacher and Leader Planning for Intentional Instruction” takes place Aug. 12-13 at the Lexington Hotel in Lansing. Teams will be introduced to the Common Core State Standards, Smarter Balanced Assessments, and will explore implications for classroom instruction and school-wide support.

If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Hatfield, PSA Consultant, at or 517-335-2797.

Recognize a Charter School Educator for Their Dedication to Your Students, School, & Community!
We know that you have amazing teachers and administrators at your school, and we want you to share their stories! The Michigan Charter School Administrator & Michigan Charter School Teacher of the Year are awarded each year at MAPSA’s Annual Conference to quality educators making an impact in their school. All finalists will be recognized at the conference taking place on November 4 & 5, 2013 at Detroit's Cobo Center.

Nominating a teacher or administrator is easy - simply tell us in 1,000 words or less, why you feel your nominee should be the 2013 Charter School Teacher of the Year or the 2013 Charter School Administrator of the Year. The deadline to submit a nomination is September 1, 2013.

Click here to learn more or submit your nominations today!

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