Tuesday, May 22, 2012

We're partnering with Detroit Public Schools and arts organizations to transform the Detroit School of Arts

Tags: community engagement, detroit, moje

On May 21, 2012, leaders of Detroit Public Schools (DPS), major arts organizations, and the University of Michigan announced a new partnership to redevelop the Detroit School for the Arts. The goal, according to DPS Emergency Manager Roy Roberts, is to turn the school into the best arts-infused high school in America.

The school will be managed by a governing council that includes Elizabeth Birr Moje from the School of Education, Lester Monts from the university, and representatives from the Hudson-Webber Foundation, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Detroit Arts Corridor Organization, Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. A parent of a Detroit School of Arts student will also sit on the council.

Speaking of the partnership, Moje said "We are humbled by the trust this signals and the awesome responsibility it entails. As such, we are committed to developing young people’s capacities as learners, as artists, and as community leaders, and identifying and tapping resources from multiple state and national arts and academic groups for the benefit of student learning. We are also committed to integrating the arts into academic course work and to working with the teachers and school leaders to offer the highest level of academic curricula and professional development for teachers. In sum, we are committed to a collaborative partnership with school leaders, teachers, parents, and students, and look forward to embarking on this work with the community.”

Detroit Public Schools issued a news release announcing the partnership. Many media covered the story, including May 22, 2012, articles in the Detroit News; the Detroit Free Press; and posted on the Huffington Post


Elizabeth Birr Moje is a professor; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; and associate dean for research.

Lester P. Monts is the senior vice provost for academic affairs; senior counselor to the president for the arts, diversity and undergraduate affairs; and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Music.

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