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    Detroit Public Schools and Cranbrook Announce Groundbreaking Partnership


    Cranbrook Institute of Science and Detroit Public Schools announced today a broad partnership that will provide extraordinary, customized experiences in the natural sciences to DPS students, their families and faculty members.




    The intent of the collaboration is to transform science learning in DPS via a public school district partnering with a cultural institution to offer students in-depth, hands-on exposure to science and technology with an emphasis on core science concepts and their application to contemporary science issues.




    “Our new partnership with Detroit Public Schools is as comprehensive as any I am aware of,” said Dr. Michael Stafford, Director of the Cranbrook Institute of Science . “Together with DPS, we are anxious to play a role in the continued transformation of Detroit Public Schools. Cranbrook Institute of Science is ideally poised to help create a culture of excellence in science education and career opportunity development for Detroit’s young people.”




    More than 30 students from Ronald Brown Academy participated in a Dinosaur Program and Museum Tour showcasing the Institute collections.




    “This is cool, we get to see stuff we’ve never seen before,” said Keshawn Woodward, 10, a fourth-grader at Ronald Brown Academy. “Sometimes when you go to museums, you can’t touch anything. But here, we can touch everything!”




    Experiences for DPS students will focus on direct contact with Institute collections (considered among the country’s finest private collections and boasting more than 250,000 objects and specimens), opportunities for creating exhibitions for installation in DPS school buildings, and core science education based on State of Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations. A significant series of evaluation tools will be used to measure the impact and outcome of the partnership.




    “Detroit Public Schools students will grow into adulthood better prepared to be significant contributors to society, particularly in the globally competitive fields of science and technology, as a result of this innovative partnership with Cranbrook Institute of Science, one of the nation's preeminent Science institutes,” said Roy Roberts, Emergency Manager of Detroit Public Schools . “It was Cranbrook Institute of Science that reached out to DPS, and I am personally excited that they would do so to offer their resources to our educators, our children, and their parents to accelerate their growth and development in these fields.”




    The new partnership linking Cranbrook Institute of Science and DPS—slated to begin in late January—will offer thousands of Detroit Public Schools students the following:


    · Fully-funded field trips to the nationally-regarded Institute of Science located in Bloomfield Hills


    · Opportunities for teacher professional development in science


    · Cranbrook Institute of Science memberships for Detroit families year-round available through schools


    · Free transportation and access to the Institute of Science during a “Detroit Family Day”


    · Family outreach programs offered at several Detroit schools to encourage family participation in science learning




    “This dynamic partnership complements the district’s renewed emphasis on the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects,” said Karen Ridgeway, Superintendent of Academics for Detroit Public Schools . “It also offers professional development prospects for our teachers and the chance to further engage our parents in their children’s learning experience. Partnering with Cranbrook fosters our mission to not only ensure our students excel, but to also provide opportunities of exposure. The benefits for everyone involved are outstanding.”




    Hundreds of DPS K-12 students currently participate in programs related to science and technology such as DAPCEP (Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program), Academic Games™, and First Robotics Teams—all of which are currently operating in over 30 DPS schools.




    DPS also boasts a number of science and technology driven initiatives, including Netbooks for every student in grades 6-12; an all-girls competitive robotics team for high school students and Lego League for middle school students at the Detroit International Academy for Young Women; and a rigorous program at Davis Aerospace Technical High School that prepares students for a career in aviation by providing the necessary training to obtain a private pilot’s license prior to graduation.




    About Cranbrook Institute of Science


    Cranbrook Institute of Science is located at 39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Cranbrook Institute of Science is open Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, with extended hours on Friday until 10pm, and Noon-4pm on Sun. Museum admission is $12.50 for adults, $9.50 for children 2-12 and senior citizens (65 ); children under 2 and members admitted free. Friday evening admission 5-10pm, $5.50 for adults, $4.50 for children ages 2-12 and seniors 65 , children under 2 and members are free. Planetarium and bat program tickets are $5 general admission; $5 for CIS and OBC members; $1 for children under 2. Non-members must also pay museum admission. For more information about becoming a member of Cranbrook Institute of Science, call 248.645.3200 or visit http://science.cranbrook.edu .




    About Detroit Public Schools


    Detroit Public Schools (DPS) is creating Centers of Excellence in every school within every neighborhood. The district’s primary mission is educating students to perform at the highest academic level. DPS offers educational advantages to students throughout the district’s 130-plus schools, including Netbooks for every student in grades 6-12, expanded time for reading and mathematics under a common core curriculum, pre-algebra for 7th graders, nine different languages and robust ESL (English as a Second Language) programs, Advanced Placement courses at every high school, and Fine Arts programs with instrumental music, vocal music and dance. DPS also has five new charter schools led by educators with proven track records of raising achievement, 10 new state-of-the-art school buildings or major renovations, along with millions of dollars in school building improvements district-wide, business partners for every school to help raise student achievement, parent engagement initiatives, and safety and security enhancements. To learn more about our programs, visit www.detroitk12.org .


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