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Marygrove Partners Celebrate Elementary School Openings, Elevate Models for Education and Neighborhood Regeneration

Today, representatives of the Marygrove Conservancy and its partners celebrated the opening of The School at Marygrove Elementary with a panel discussion on next steps to build a career education continuum from the cradle on the former Marygrove College campus. I was. This latest milestone in the P-20 partnership was also a moment when partners and community members anticipate campus transformation and neighborhood revitalization.

Community partners celebrated the grand opening of The School at Marygrove Elementary with a panel discussion with Wendy Lewis Jackson, Managing Director of the Detroit Program at the Cressge Foundation. Ann Karas, CEO of Starfish Family Services. Dr. Elizabeth Moje, Dean of the UM School of Education. Tom Lewand, CEO of Marygrove Conservancy. Dr. Nicolai Vitti, Detroit Public Schools Community District Superintendent.

The P-20 partnership consists of the Marygrove Conservancy, Detroit Public Schools Community District, Starfish Family Services, University of Michigan School of Education, and The Kresge Foundation.

Schools at Marygrove Elementary officially opened on August 29th and welcomed kindergarten, first and second graders to the campus (read P-20 partnership progress from 2018 to date here, first day students arriving at (see here).

The elementary school building, which underwent a $27.7 million renovation and now represents a national practice in student- and family-centered building design, replaces the 1940s building that once housed Immaculata High School and Bates Academy. We still respect our historical heritage. Before the renovation, the house was vacant for over 10 years.

Schools at Marygrove Elementary incorporate natural light and create project- and location-based learning spaces that focus on design thinking for social justice and support spaces for staff collaboration. Metro He Detroit-based Barton Malow led these renovations and also served as construction manager for the Marygrove Early Education Center.

A teacher, holding a pointer about a meter long, carefully watches a classroom of ten or so young students (perhaps second graders) sitting on a carpet on a large computer monitor.
School in the Marygrove Elementary classroom last week. (Photo credit: W. Kim Heron for The Kresge Foundation)

The renovation of the Liberal Arts and Immaculate Buildings on the Marygrove Campus into high school and elementary school facilities, respectively, also provides a model for the revitalization of historic educational facilities. They were funded through historic tax credits, new market tax credits, and proprietary philanthropic guarantees that provide significant subsidies and patient capital.

Wendy Lewis-Jackson, Managing Director of the Detroit Program at the Kresge Foundation, said: “The opening of the school at Marygrove Elementary is a milestone in creating an educational continuum from cradle to career, and a new anchor for community revitalization. It teaches a lesson.”

Continuing Campus Momentum with Innovative Educational Experiences

The opening of The School at Marygrove Elementary represents another milestone in the development of a full-fledged cradle-to-career campus first announced in September 2018. The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) and the University of Michigan School of Education will be the first component of the August 2019 program at Mary Grove’s school, her ninth grade class. New grades are added each year, offering all grades from 9th grade through her 12th grade. In June 2023, The School at Marygrove will welcome its first graduates.

Led by Starfish Family Services, the Marygrove Early Education Center opened in September 2021 and currently serves nearly 150 children and their families. Marygrove Early Education Center builds a purposeful bridge from early childhood to her success in K-12 and beyond. An integrated service model provides a reliable and accessible space where education, health and whole family support thrive under her one roof. Starfish also works with the University of Michigan School of Education to develop, adapt, and enact a culturally responsive curriculum for her Marygrove Early Education Center that focuses on literacy, STEM, and social studies.

“Triumphantly taking Mary Grove Early Education Center graduates into their new building, starting kindergarten and taking the next chapter in their journey to joy, health and success was a dream come true. arrives full of potential, intelligence and curiosity,” said Selina Byrd, Principal of the Marygrove Center for Early Education. “Growing from social justice and our core belief that every child, regardless of zip code or identity, deserves a great start in school, health and life, Marygrove’s cradle-to-career model is an individual Not just family and community.As we welcome the opening of The School at Marygrove Elementary, Starfish remains humbled to work together and incredibly hopeful about the future.”

The Marygrove Conservancy and its partners have made steady progress in realizing the P-20 education continuum. This means prenatal services through post-high school offerings. One of our goals is to demonstrate how leading practices in program design and partnerships can provide transformative learning opportunities.

At the start of the 2022-23 school year, students graduated from Marygrove Early Education Center and transitioned to The School at Marygrove Elementary, marking the first major transition between programs that define career models from the cradle. This central focus of the Marygrove campus ensures a streamlined transition process that includes holistic support services, a coordinated P-20 curriculum, collaborative professional development, and data sharing so students can succeed. With a strong foundation for your family, your family will feel continuously supported.

Building on its current operating kindergarten and grades 1-2, this elementary school will add one grade per year to become a full K-5 institution. After that, junior high school starts from the 6th grade in the space of the liberal arts building. The Marygrove school will eventually become a full K-12 institution serving approximately 1,000 students.

“It is exciting to see our initial vision for this generational education and community-changing initiative come together. said Dr. Nicolai Vitti, superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District. “Our work is inspiring new models of scalable, sustainable, multi-institutional and educational partnerships and transformation that positively impact neighborhoods, student achievement, teacher development and life outcomes. “

In addition to collaborating on curriculum delivery with DPSCD and Starfish Family Services, the University of Michigan School of Education leads the preparation and support of novice teachers on the Marygrove campus through its school of education.

Newly certified teachers, called Teaching Residents, are employed by DPSCD to teach for the first three years of their career. Through the School of Education, UM faculty, veteran peers, and other educational professionals provide ongoing development and support for new teachers during their first years in the classroom. This model creates a professional environment to support teachers and extend their training while developing Detroit’s next generation of educators.

Dr. Elizabeth Moje, Dean of the University of Michigan, said: of education. “Equally exciting is the fact that, from a curriculum perspective, we can connect the dots from early childhood through college. This has been our vision for this campus from day one of our partnership.”

In conjunction with today’s event, a P-20 partnership case study by strategy consultants U3 Advisors was released. Case studies include suggestions for people across the country pursuing location-based education initiatives. You can download it here.

All educational and economic opportunities near Detroit

The mission of the Marygrove Conservancy is to preserve the legacy of Marygrove College through the administration of a campus designed to serve as an educational, economic and civic anchor for the Libernoy-McNichols area. In addition to managing operations and managing the 53-acre campus, the Marygrove Conservancy oversees construction and renovation projects, develops campus-wide operational infrastructure, builds relationships with community stakeholders and residents, and is a hub for the arts and culture. continues to expand to

The Marygrove Conservancy and P-20 partners are also creating an ecosystem of career path opportunities for students at The School at Marygrove. Through PowerHouse, which is backed by local entrepreneurs and cultural groups, part of the campus will serve as a platform for his P-20 model “Grades 13-20.” It offers post-secondary programs and live workspaces for entrepreneurship development, supports neighborhood small businesses, and provides apprenticeship opportunities for students.

Tom Lewand, CEO of Marygrove Conservancy, said: “The Conservancy will build on the legacy of his College of Marygrove to provide access to quality education, working with partners on campus and in the community to create a supportive ecosystem in the surrounding Libernoy and his McNichols neighborhoods. We continue to work to build