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.

Welcome New Professional Staff

Dearborn Teacher University welcomes over 75 new staff members to the district!

Recently the Dearborn Teacher University office presented a two day orientation to our new teachers. During the sessions offered, staff members from various district departments presented a brief overview of how they can support teachers during the school year. The second day was focused upon unpacking elementary and secondary standards, writing content and language objectives and accessing and navigating the DEC platform. A huge thank you to all of our amazing presenters who helped make the orientation a great success!


We look forward to working with our new professional staff during their first year in the district and wish them best of success at the start of the school year!

Final DTU Year One PD Session checks out Google Apps

This past week, the Dearborn Teacher University hosted its final Year One PD workshop for the 2017-18 school year. This month’s topic was on Google Apps. Troy Patterson, Director of Technology and Media Services provided a hands-on overview of how to efficiently utilize Gmail, Google Drive, Google Calendar and other Google apps available for educators to access through the Google Suite for Education. The session included opportunities for the participants to try out the new Gmail platform and ask questions.

Based on the overall feedback, our teachers understand how important the integration of technology can be in working with their students and in their classrooms. Mr. Patterson encouraged all participants to reach out to one of the two district tech coaches for additional support. The Tech Coaches blog offers tips, explanations and the ability to schedule an appointment with one of them to work with teachers and students.

We would like to wish all of our Dearborn Teacher University Mentees, Mentors and Presenters a wonderful summer break!

We look forward to working with you again in the 2018-19 school year.

It’s a Wrap! Year One Professional Staff finish up their first year in Dearborn Public Schools

This past week, over 400 Year One Professional Staff members and their mentors attended their last Mentor/Mentee meeting of the school year. During the meeting we discussed the importance of relationships between the mentor/mentee partnership, as well as the relationships between teacher to students, parents and colleagues. Year end Dearborn Teacher University and state requirements were reviewed for all new staff members and their mentors. Anyone with questions should please contact our office.

We have one final DTU Professional Development opportunity left for this school year on May 22 from 4:10-5:25. The topic for this month is Google Apps. Be sure to register at this link if you’re still in need of professional development hours:

The Dearborn Teacher University wishes all of their mentees congratulations on completing their first year with the Dearborn Public Schools!

Time to Partner Up! Co Teaching-PD Dearborn Teacher University

One Hundred and twenty four first year teachers attended the latest Dearborn Teacher University session, the new professional staff defined co-teaching as “collaboration.” Participants learned about the various models of co-teaching and how important it is for the teams to pre-plan their lessons. As part of the District Strategic Plan, co-teaching partners a general education teacher with a specialized teacher in the area of Special Education or EL. Together, two highly qualified educators work to meet the needs of all students in the classroom.

We are grateful for the wonderful experience and knowledge shared by the leadership team from the Special Education Department, Mike Esseily, Nicole West, Kim Ray, Rola Bazzi Gates, Courtney Pletzke and others. They along with  always support the DTU program by contributing their expertise and presenting on various topics.

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 May 22, 2018 from 4:10-5:25 p.m.. The topic will be Google Apps.

The link for registration is available here: DTU – Year One Google Apps

See everyone in May!


Free SCECH Opportunities Through Michigan Virtual


Several teachers often contact the school improvement office to inquire about Free SCECH opportunities. Below is a valuable source through Michigan Virtual which is an online blended learning platform for educators and students.

May 1 is the deadline to register — Last chance to enroll in  self-paced online courses to receive your SCECHs in time for the June 30 deadline.

We highlighted the Free Online Courses listed below:

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Sign up for these courses by May 1 to receive your SCECHs in time for the June 30 deadline!

Resisting Inequity: Language as Power and Right

The School Improvement Office and the Dearborn EL Department members teamed up to attend the 2018 National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) 47th Annual Conference.  The NABE is a non-profit membership organization that works to advocate for educational equity and excellence for bilingual/multilingual students in a global society.  Our teams had the opportunity to attend several high-quality sessions that focused on improving instructional practices for linguistically and culturally diverse children.

One of the highlights of the conference was the keynote session by Saul Ramirez. Mr. Ramirez is the chess coach and art teacher at Henderson Middle School in El Paso, Texas, where he coached his students to win the national chess championships in 2015 and 2016. Ramirez grew up in El Paso’s Segundo Barrio, one of the poorest zip codes in the United States, and discovered chess as a child, which became a pathway out of misfortune.  This amazing middle school teacher believed in his students when no one else did. Two students from the winning team shared their stories of struggle and courage and how playing chess helped change their lives. Needless to say there was not a dry eye in the 2,000 seat auditorium. The story of their championship journey is chronicled in the book The Champions’ Game.

Another valuable session that we attended focused upon online educational resources available ​for teachers at no cost.  Here’s the description from this worthwhile session: When English language learners are placed in your mainstream classroom, it’s a huge challenge for them…and for you.  What is out there that can help you reach your student’s families, teach literacy skills, academic content, and English at the same time?  Join us for the latest research and FREE resources on Colorin Colorado. The website is sponsored by the AFT and is filled with a wealth of information for all teachers and parents to explore while working with children.  Here’s the link to the website:

​​The EL and SIP teams are excited to implement some of these best practices with our Dearborn students and teachers. ​

Year One Professional Staff Engage in SIOP Strategies

The February session of the Dearborn Teacher University professional development workshop had a change of scenery with our new staff members meeting at Stout Middle School this past week. This month’s topic was the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol or SIOP.  Our EL Department trainers and coaches, led by Kellie Bugajski, Ameen Elder, Jeannine Oynoian and Nadra Shami 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 March 20, 2018 from 4:10-5:25 p.m.. The topic will be Special Education Accommodations.

The link for registration is available here: DTU – Year One SE Accommodations & Categories

We hope you have a wonderful mid-winter break with your families and friends! See you all in March!

Year One Professional Staff Examine Assessments

The January session of the Dearborn Teacher University professional development workshop was spent with our first year professional staff 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 College Board website and the various resources and tools that are available to classroom teachers. Our new teachers also learned about the differences between SAT and PSAT and their subtests.

For our new elementary and middle school professional staff, Duvall principal Bob Attee, provided an engaging 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 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 13, 2018 from 4:10-5:25 p.m.. The topic will be SIOP Strategies. Please note the session will meet at the Stout MS Team Room NOT at the ASC Boardroom.

The link for registration is available here:

Year One Professional Staff Explore Culturally Responsive Teaching

During our last Dearborn Teacher University PD session, our first year professional staff examined the critical topic of Culturally Responsive Teaching. The EL Department trainers and coaches 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. In addition, an eye-opening discussion on students with poverty and how to develop empathy for these students was also addressed. Several teachers requested more information on this topic. Eric Jensen’s book Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind is a wonderful resource to learn more on this subject. 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 16, 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:

K-8 registration:

We hope you have a wonderful holiday break with your families and friends! See you all in 2018!

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