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New Staff Learn the Components of SIOP Strategies

This past week, the Dearborn Teacher University professional development series continued it’s new teacher PD series 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 Mona Jalloul and Jeannine Oynoian spent the hour with our newly hired professional staff 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 February 11, 2020 from 4:00-5:10 p.m. Please note that there will only be one session offered on this date for K-12. The topic will be Special Education Accommodations.

The link for registration is available here:

4:00-5:10 pm DTU – Year One SE Accommodations & Categories

We hope you have a wonderful extended weekend!

Breaking Down Assessments for Our New Professional Staff ~ NWEA/SAT/Progress Monitoring

This past month our new professional staff members spent the December 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 PSAT and 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.”

Our new Special Education staff attended an informative session on Progress Monitoring, Goals and Logs presented by Shellie Conrad and Kim Beckwith. The group reviewed the expectations for the Procedure Manual, how to access and complete service logs and how to effectively track goal data for their students.

As a reminder, be sure to register for our next Dearborn Teacher University PD on January 14, 2020. There will be two sessions offered. High School from 2:40-3:50 and Middle School/Elementary 4:00-5:10. The topic will be SIOP Strategies. 

The link for registration is available here:

High School session:

Middle School & Elementary session:

Wishing everyone a restful holiday and a healthy and happy 2020!

Who are our students? New Professional Staff learn about Culturally Responsive Teaching

This past week, our Year One professional staff examined the critical topic of Culturally Responsive Teaching. The EL Department Language and Literacy/SIOP trainer, 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 October 29, 2019. The topic will be Understanding the School Improvement Process with two sessions available. High School Year One staff will meet at 2:40-3:45 and our K-8 session will meet from 4:00-5:00.  Both workshops will meet in the board room at ASC. The link for registration is available here:

High School registration:

K-8 registration:

Dearborn Teacher University welcomes their New Professional Staff!

This past week, the Dearborn Teacher University sponsored a 2.5 day orientation for all of its newly hired professional staff. During the sessions offered, staff members from various district departments presented a brief overview of how they can support teachers during the school year.

Ms. Maryann Brittingham was invited to provide strategies and solutions on Positive Classroom Management techniques. This highly interactive and informative session was very well received by our participants.

Day three centered upon content and language objectives and unpacking grade level standards. Special Education ancillary staff were able to meet with the SE coordinators for their initial training. Thank you to all presenters who made themselves available to support.

Our new professional staff proudly display the “Students First” sign.
Dr. Maleyko’s welcome message to our new staff on Day One
Various district departments provided brief overviews of how they support our students and staff.

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!

School Improvement News from MDE

School Year 2020-2021:
• The MICIP Platform will replace the ASSIST platform as the technical solution
to implement the mindset and processes of MICIP.
• Training on the platform will begin in Fall 2020, with the official launch of the
platform occurring at the Fall Continuous Improvement Conference (formerly
known as the School Improvement Conference) in October 2020.
• As schools and districts begin planning for the 2021-2022 school year, they
will do it using the MICIP mindset and processes and will use the MICIP
platform to assess needs, create plans, and identify funding sources.

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:

MDE Rolls out Phase II of Online Parent Dashboard for School Transparency

Additional programs about schools are now available to parents on the Parent Dashboard for School Transparency.

In addition to last year’s phase I release that included state assessment performance and progress, students with on-track attendance, English learner progress, graduation and dropout rates, and advanced coursework,  Phase II was released today and is now available under  the “School Services and Offerings” also referred to as “Points of Pride.”  This feature allows schools to self-report information on some selected programs and services that set them apart from other schools.

School district-reported Points of Pride may include availability of Advanced Placement; Career Technical Education (CTE); International Baccalaureate; music; and student mentorship programs, as well as clubs, school-sponsored sports, and world languages.

The tool also can compare a school’s performance with the average performance of other similar Michigan schools, including charter schools.

You can look up individual schools using this link:

Parent Dashboard for School Transparency


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