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Students Share Family Meal

Students share family meal Friday, November 21, 2008 COREY MITCHELL THE SAGINAW NEWS Theresa Carter sat down for Thanksgiving dinner with 17 of her children Thursday. The prekindergarten teacher at Saginaw Preparatory Academy hosted a holiday luncheon for her 4-year-olds and their families, a tradition she began five years ago. ''We think of each other as family here,'' she said. ''We talk about diversity and how we're different. Carter adopted the idea from a friend and fellow teacher. The meals aren't the dollop of potatoes, clump of congealed gravy and slice of mystery meat that some school cafeterias serve. Read More

Personal Responsibility

When my two sons were in the traditional public school system, they were both categorically "learning disabled."  Although they were in 6th and 7th grade and getting all B's and C's they could barely read past a 3rd grade level.   Both boys were fortunate enough to have 7th and 8th grade at Canton Charter Academy where they were expected to rise to their grade level. With the help of the special education department and other school personnel they did. Read More

Charter Carves Academic Excellence, College Focus Out of Poverty, Illiteracy

Carolyn Wright remembers that day nine years ago when she observed her children’s classrooms at a local, traditional school. They were overcrowded. Teachers seemed frustrated and removed, allowing students to “do whatever,” Wright said. “The teachers didn’t seem to have any passion about teaching anything.”   Read More

School Founder, Students Achieve Goals Together

Angel Ouza graduated from Star International Academy in 2004.  Angel went to college, with a private scholarship given by Star founder Nawal Hamadeh to honor roll students.  Today, Angel attends Wayne State, where she’s working toward a master’s degree in social work.  Having worked last year as a substitute teacher at Star, Angel hopes to return someday as a social worker. Read More

Relationships, Relevance Change Inner-City Detroit Lives

Tim Constant is a white teacher in the all-black Casa Richard Academy, yet he’s a leader in connecting with students and changing lives.  His primary role is as high school social studies teacher, but he’s also created a dance class, two law classes and team-teaches a forensics class with a science teacher.  He’s a master at making education relevant to his students, 80% of whom qualify for subsidized lunch and 80% of whom had struggled in other school settings. Read More
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