An educational journey: CEHHS group tours classrooms, learns of opportunities in Detroit neighborhood
UM-Dearborn students, faculty, and staff recently went on a tour though southwest Detroit neighborhoods. They met educators in the public schools and were introduced to nonprofit leaders assisting the population.
CEHHS Director of Field Placement and Associate Professor Martha Adler and CEHHS Department of Education Chairwoman and Professor Susan Everett organized the tour with Ines De Jesus, coordinator of Community Schools, Southwest Solutions.
During the experience, participants witnessed the commitment of educators on successfully implementing dual Spanish-English language programs in the Academy of the Americas High School. They visited a garden children created to beautify their school’s grounds at Neinas Elementary School. And walked through a library that CEHHS volunteers are going to help revive and update at Bennett Elementary School.
Touring the public schools along with nonprofits like the Ford Resource and Engagement Center, the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation and more, the goal was to show the many exciting endeavors underway and promise for a bright future in southwest Detroit.
“It’s important to show this neighborhood from a different perspective away from what is shown in the newspapers and on TV,” said De Jesus, who served as tour guide leading the group through the city's prominently Hispanic neighborhood.
“See for yourself what is happening. This is what’s real. We want you to see all these positive things and get inspired to get involved and continue moving the community forward.”
Adler said it’s vital to share different teaching communities with current and future educators.
“Even though there are some students who are already doing their practicums in some of these schools, the goal is to increase the college's presence in southwest Detroit through more practicum placements and student teaching.”
And Everett agrees.
“It’s important for our students who want to be teachers to step outside of their comfort zone to experience great schools that may be quite different from where they went to school as children.”