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Year One Professional Staff dig into curriculum

Our first Dearborn Teacher University Year One PD session met in November. Participants spent time learning about our district curriculum, resources and pacing guides. Elementary professional staff examined resources available to them on DEC through a scavenger hunt and group discussion activity. The secondary professional participated in a carousel learning activity to identify how the curriculum and resources on DEC can assist them when planning their daily lessons and assessments. Our special education staff met with the coordinators from the Special Education Department to discuss specific job related content. It was a very productive session for all!

Busy month for our New Professional Staff

Greetings everyone!

We hope your first few months at school have been rewarding for you and your students. During the month of October our department met with over 600 new professional staff and their mentors. The mentor/mentee sessions focused on state and district obligations for our new staff and how the mentors can best support their new colleagues during the process. Staff were highly encouraged to visit the School Improvement blog for current information, updates, as well as copies of all three presentations ~ Year One, Two and Three. Our office is always available to answer any questions during the year to ensure that our new teachers have a successful school year.

Looking forward to seeing you at our upcoming Dearborn Teacher University PD sessions throughout the year!

New Teacher Reception


This is a reminder that the human resources department is inviting all new teachers to a reception prior to the board meeting on Monday, October 9 at 6:30 PM. Over 160 teachers were hired this year. Principals, please encourage your new hire teachers to attend and administrators are also welcome.

We are excited to welcome our new teachers to the school district.

Thank you,

Fatme Faraj

Newly Hired Professional Staff/ Attendance Bonus

News you may have missed!

From the HR Department Blog on June 12, 2017.

Employee Merit/ Attendance Bonus Pay for 2017-18 School year

 The Dearborn School Board will be providing an attendance incentive and merit pay bonus for all employees who have been employed from July 1, 2017 through June 14, 2018. Please be aware that this extra incentive money is a positive program that the district has created in order to reward employees who save the district money through reduction in paid substitutes and who demonstrate a commitment to the students by maintaining excellent attendance. This money is above and beyond any contract compensation rates. All union heads were consulted and were provided with an opportunity to give input regarding this incentive program.

 For 2017-18, the maximum bonus available will double to $1,200.  The time of measurement will expand to encourage attendance for 12 month employees through the summer months.  The district is allowing the use of up to 2 personal business days and 1 funeral day that will not be counted against the incentive.  Employees hired during the school year will be eligible for the incentive but at a reduced rate to account for their partial year employment.

Click here to view 2017-18 Attendance Incentive-Salaried Employees Document

Click here to view 2017-18 Attendance Incentive-Hourly Employees

Mentor/Mentee News

Greetings Teachers,

I hope you are all off to a great start of the new school year. Please refer to the link: Mentor/Mentee Roles and Responsibilities

section of the Dearborn Teacher University handbook to learn about mentor/mentee roles and responsibilities until we see you at our first meeting.  Meeting dates:

If you have any questions before then, you can reach us by email.

Thank you,

Fatme Faraj

New Staff Orientation


Newly hired staff have been attending orientation for the last three days. We are grateful for all the district presenters who provided the training.

Topics covered include:

Day 1:

  • Trustee Petlichkoff and Dr. Maleyko Dearborn School’s mission and vision
  • Affective Education (Ms. Danene Charles)
  • Introduction to district departments (Ms. Aldubaily, Mrs. Faraj, Mr. Mashour, Mr. Esseily, Ms. King Ahmad, Ms. Townsend)
  • HR Department (Mr. Seeterlin, Ms. Alamaddine, Ms. Kosa)
  • iLearn (Mr. Kenniburg)
  • Gradebook (Ms. Nahed, Ms. Hassan, Mr. Charara, Ms. Sobh)

Day 2:

  • Instructional Services by the Executive Directors (Dr. Mosallam, Ms. Peterson, and Dr. Chochol)
  • SIOP Ice Breaker (Ms. Oynoian)
  • Teacher Evaluation Process (Ms. Alie-Bazzi)
  • Assessment Department (Dr. Patterson)
  • DFT and Health Benefits (Ms. Sipperly and Ms. Nicholson)
  • Dearborn Teacher University Organizational Chart & Handbook (Mrs. Irani and Mrs. Faraj)
  • Graphics Lab (Ms. Theisen)

Day 3:

  • Creating Content & Language Objectives and Planning with the Standards in Mind (a full day by the EL department-Ms. Elder and Ms. Shami)
  • Special Education start of the year work sessions by SE department (Dr. Bazzi-Gates and Ms. Pletzke)

We are very grateful for all the talents we have in the district and we wish our new staff a successful career with Dearborn Schools.


Fatme Faraj & Hilda Irani

Michigan Department of Education Press Release


Michigan Receives Grant to Boost
Educator Role in ESSA Implementation
May 11, 2017

LANSING – Twenty Michigan teachers will be selected to serve on a key leadership panel to help implement the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan, under a grant from a national education organization, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced today.

Teachers may apply at through Friday, June 16 at 5 p.m.Members will be announced in July.

Michigan is one of 18 states receiving a total of $95,000 in grant funding from the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to foster national engagement with educators around ESSA – the new federal law that replaced the previous No Child Left Behind Act. Every state is to develop a plan that it will use to improve educational outcomes for children and hold schools accountable and transparent for that success.

“I’m pleased to announce that Michigan is receiving a $10,000 grant that will be used to establish the Michigan Teacher Leadership Advisory Council,” State Superintendent Brian Whiston said. “This panel of educators will have a crucial role in the implementation of Michigan’s ESSA plan and our goal to make Michigan a Top 10 education state within 10 years.”

The state’s grant will establish a Michigan Teacher Leadership Advisory Council comprised of 20 teachers – two from each of Michigan’s 10 Prosperity Regions across the state. They will be selected in an application process open to all Michigan teachers, with a competitive preference to those with experience or interest in teacher leadership positions.

Members of the panel will participate in virtual meetings with MDE staff and partners to provide feedback on various new programs, policies, and supports related to Michigan’s ESSA plan, submitted to the U.S. Department of Education (USED) on April 17.

They also will help

  • spur interest among teachers in their regions who are interested in contributing to a Michigan Teacher Leader Network designed to ensure teachers have a voice in relevant and emerging education policy issues;
  • amplify and advertise opportunities for teachers and teacher leaders to participate in surveys, feedback opportunities, focus groups, and other activities convened by the MDE; and
  • act as ambassadors of the #proudMIeducator campaign.

Michigan Teacher Leadership Advisory Council activities will be held outside of school hours to minimize disruption to teaching and learning. Members will be paid a $500 honorarium for the 2017-18 school year.

Teachers may apply at through Friday, June 16 at 5 p.m.Members will be announced in July.

The other grant recipient states are Alaska, Arkansas, California, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The states were chosen by a group of teacher leaders who reviewed the proposals through a blind selection process.
These states will take different approaches based on their individual needs.
“Educator input is essential in any policy decision impacting the classroom,” said Chris Minnich, Executive Director of CCSSO. “State chiefs know that educators are working hard every day to deliver a high-quality education to kids and that teachers have invaluable perspective on putting policy into practice.”
Each of the 18 states received a grant of between $2,500 and $10,000 that can be spent over the next 12 months.
The Michigan ESSA plan is the product of nearly a year of work, engaging thousands of stakeholders through work groups, community meetings, focus groups, online surveys, webinars, and general input from the public. It was developed through the inclusion and consultation with the Governor; State Board of Education; state legislature; and representatives from local school districts, schools, intermediate school districts, Michigan’s 12 federally-recognized tribal education departments, civil rights groups, education organizations, teachers, parents, students, business leaders, community members, and foundations.
The plan now is being reviewed by USED staff, as well as a structured peer review process for specific sections of the plan. ESSA law provides the U.S. Secretary of Education 120 days to review and approve state plans.
To read Michigan’s ESSA Plan, and an Overview of the plan, go to
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Reading Coursework Requirements for Michigan Teacher Certification

Greetings Teachers,

There have been numerous questions on the Reading Course requirements for advancing from provisional to a professional certificate.

Please click on the link for more information.

Reading Coursework Requirements for Michigan Teacher Certification

Always click on QUESTIONS  to submit all questions related to Teacher Certification or new professional staff information.

Thank you,

Fatme Faraj