Year One Professional Staff End the Year on a High Note!

During the past few weeks, all Year One Professional Staff culminated their first year with the Dearborn Public Schools by attending several Dearborn Teacher University workshops. In early May, close to 400 mentees and their mentors gathered together at ASC to reflect on the first year collaboration process and what areas they want to focus upon for their 2019-20 school year. In addition, time was spent on writing Professional Growth Goals from their My Learning Plan teacher evaluation for the next school year. Year end Dearborn Teacher University and MDE requirements were reviewed for all new staff members and their mentors. Anyone with additional questions should please contact our office.

Our final DTU Year One PD on Healthy Living and Community Partnerships took place this week as well. The district’s Coordinator for Affective Education, Ms. Danene Charles provided some insight on how the district supports our homeless student population, as well as resources for teachers to provide outreach to families. Additionally, Ms. Charles gave an overview of the district’s Healthy Living initiative and how to best help students in preventing substance abuse.

The Dearborn Teacher University wishes all of their members congratulations on completing their first year with the Dearborn Public Schools and we hope that you have a relaxing and enjoyable summer break!!


Year One Professional Staff delve into the SIP Rubric and Digital Tools!

Last week, over 70 of our new professional staff received professional development on the district’s school improvement growth tool rubric and their role in the process. The Dearborn SIP Rubric’s nine indicators were discussed with an emphasis on how to integrate students use of digital tools in the classroom. Teachers were given the opportunity to share current practices from their classrooms and buildings. In addition, several video clips of students accessing technology were viewed with teachers practicing scoring the clips based on the district SIP rubric. Follow-up discussion after each clip allowed the teachers to reflect on the scoring and their justification for each rating.

As a reminder, be sure to register for our next Dearborn Teacher University PD on April 16, 2019 from 4:00-5:15 p.m. The topic will be Google Apps. Teachers are encouraged to bring a laptop or Chromebook to this interactive session if possible.

The link for registration is available here:

4:00-5:15 DTU – Year One Google Apps

We hope you have a wonderful spring break with your families and friends! See you all in April!


Teacher Talk takes center stage with Year One Professional Staff

This past week, our Year One Professional Staff members attended an important professional development session on how to best communicate with their students. Ms. Margaret King-Ahmed, our district trainer in the Teacher Talk/Parent Talk series provided several tips and strategies based on the work by Chick Moorman and Nancy Weber. Participants were able to reflect on their successes and do-overs from the past school year. Much of the discussion centered around how teachers need to take care of themselves as educators, the importance of communication and the impact effective feedback can have on a student’s well-being.

Margaret shared several “Quick Teacher Talk Tips” with the group. The entire list of over 500 tips can be found at this link:

For those teachers interested in attending a more in-depth session on Teacher Talk Advantage, Margaret is offering two Six-Star Saturday PD sessions coming up this Saturday, Feb 23 and March 2 from 8:00 -12:00 p.m. at ASC. Year 1, 2 and 3 teachers that attend can use these PD hours towards their required 90 hours of New Teacher PD. The link to register is available here:


We look forward to seeing you all at next month Year One DTU PD session on Active Use of Digital Tools in the Classroom. The workshop will be on March 19 at 4:00-5:10 in the boardroom at ASC. Hope you can join us! Sign up link is available here:

Year One Professional Staff Explore Special Education 101

Our latest Dearborn Teacher University Year One PD session focused on the components of Special Education. Participants spent time learning about the various acronyms and labels utilized in the department and how students are identified for potential services. Some key take aways from the workshop included:  Special Education is an intervention and a service . . . not a place; Specially Designed Instruction is the heart of Special Education;  Knowing your students and building the positive relationship with them is crucial when dealing with behavior strategies and supports for students with special needs.

In addition, the various models of intervention services offered through the MTSS process were introduced.  Our presenters also explored a variety of co-teaching models and how they benefit our students. The leadership team from the Special Education Department, Mike Esseily, Courtney Pletzke, Rola Bazzi-Gates and Nicole West did an amazing job working with our new professional staff.

The presentation from this session is available on the Dearborn Teacher University tab under “PD Presentations.”

As a reminder, be sure to register for our next Dearborn Teacher University PD on February 19, 2019 from 4:10-5:25 p.m.. The topic will be Teacher Talk. You will notice that we are only offering ONE SESSION TIME for this workshop. High School/Middle School/Elementary are all together for this workshop.

The link for registration is available here: DTU – Year One Teacher Talk

SIOP Strategies make content comprehensible for Year One Professional Staff

The Dearborn Teacher University professional development December session provided our newly hired professional staff with an introduction of Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol or The SIOP Model as it is known by most educators.  Two of our EL Department trainers and coaches, led by Kellie Bugajski and Jeannine Oynoian spent the hour receiving a brief overview about the eight components embedded in SIOP. Participants were divided up into small groups to engage in Word Sorts, Structured Reading and Structured Conversation activities. The presenters modeled the various SIOP lessons and strategies with the hopes that our new staff could apply these ideas in their classrooms.

The presentation from this session is available on the Dearborn Teacher University tab under “PD Presentations.”

As a reminder, be sure to register for our next Dearborn Teacher University PD on January 15, 2019 from 2:40-3:55 and 4:10-5:25 p.m. Please attend the session time that best fits your school schedule. The topic will be Special Education Accommodations.

The link for registration is available here:

2:40-3:55 DTU – Year One SE Accommodations & Categories

4:10-5:25 DTU – Year One SE Accommodations & Categories

We hope you have a wonderful holiday break with your families and friends! See you all in 2019!



Year One Staff navigate NWEA and SAT Classroom Reports

Over 50 new professional staff members spent the November session of the Dearborn Teacher University professional development workshop being introduced to the world of summative assessments. The high school staff, led by Dearborn High Coordinators, Christine Rosbury and Laurie Lintner, spent the hour examining the the various resources and tools that are available to classroom teachers to support their instruction and preparation for the SAT. 

For our new elementary and middle school professional staff, Duvall principal Bob Attee, provided an informative session on how to read and understand the information provided on NWEA reports. The participants were instructed on how the MAP and MPG student, class and grade level reports can increase their students’ achievements in the areas of Reading, Math, Language Usage and Science. The presentations from both sessions are available on the Dearborn Teacher University tab under “PD Presentations.”

As a reminder, be sure to register for our next Dearborn Teacher University PD on December 18, 2018. There will be two sessions offered. High School from 2:40-3:55 and Middle School/Elementary 4:10-5:25. The topic will be SIOP Strategies. 

The link for registration is available here:

High School session:

Middle School & Elementary session:



Great Share for Our New Teachers . . . Getting your to-do list under control!

As the first marking period comes to a close, this article from Edutopia can help you stay on top of your constantly growing list of tasks to accomplish.

Click on the title below to access the article:

Getting Your To-Do List Under Control

Building routines around recurring tasks can help new teachers save effort and focus on what really matters.

Get to know your students . . . Year One Staff learn about Culturally Responsive Teaching

Last week, our Year One professional staff examined the critical topic of Culturally Responsive Teaching. The EL Department trainers and coaches, Ms. Ameena Elder and Ms. Nadra Shami presented information and activities that introduced the staff to the challenges that our refugee students face on a daily basis. Time was spent in small group and whole group reflecting on how educators can best support our students that endure these hardships.  The presentation from this session is available on the Dearborn Teacher University tab under “PD Presentations.”

As a reminder, be sure to register for our next Dearborn Teacher University Year One PD on November 27, 2018. The topic will be Assessment with two sessions available. High School Year One staff will meet at 2:45-4:00 for SAT/PSAT and our K-8 session will focus upon NWEA from 4:10-5:25.  Both workshops will meet in the board room at ASC. The link for registration is available here:

High School registration:  SAT/PSAT Session

K-8 registration: NWEA Session

Mentor/Mentee meetings are off to a strong start!

During the past month, over 380 teachers were in attendance at one of the Dearborn Teacher University Mentor/Mentee professional development sessions.  Multiple dates were scheduled to offer flexibility and to encourage having both the new teacher and their mentor attend the meeting together. Based on staff feedback from last year, part of the sessions were focused on completing the Self-Evaluation component from the My Learning Plan teacher evaluation. Mentor/Mentee teams were given time to collaborate and plan for their professional growth goals based on the results from their Self-Evaluation. In addition, DTU expectations for Year Two/Three staff were reviewed. The presentation from all sessions, plus handouts are available on the SIP/DTU blog, as well as in this post. Overall, the second and third year staff are off a great start for the 2018-19 school year. We wish them a wonderful school year!

Year One Professional Staff make their mark with Gradebook

Recently, our newly hired teachers attended their first Dearborn Teacher University Year One professional development on Gradebook. Ms. Fadia Nahed from Computer Services and Ms. Katharine Keebler from Howe Elementary introduced how to set-up gradebook, enter assignments, as well as how to pull various reports. Participants had the opportunity to engage with the MiStar website and leave the session with their Gradebook ready for the upcoming marking period.

Links to the iLearn course for further information are included in this post, as well as the Gradebook Set-up handouts that were distributed during the session.

Elementary – Gradebook Setup

High School – Gradebook Setup

Middle School – Gradebook Setup

To access the training documentation, please:

  1. Click then iLearn, or click the following iLearn Link and then login
  2. Search for course ASC – Computer Services Dept and enroll in the course
  3. Click Group Selection to choose 1 or More groups to review the corresponding documentation; the groups are: Counseling Office, School Office, Support Staff and Teacher

We look forward to seeing everyone during next month’s session on Culturally Responsive Teaching.

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