Thank a Public Charter School Teacher!

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:5 May 2020

This week we’re observing National Teacher Appreciation Week and we’re more grateful than ever for the incredible work Michigan’s talented and dedicated public charter school teachers are doing to keep their students engaged and learning in the midst of a


The Old Way of Doing School Doesn’t Work – Our Kids Deserve Better

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:21 Apr 2020

Unprecedented times for our students are creating unprecedented numbers of parent and teacher heroes. As Michigan school districts respond to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s order requiring them to establish so-called “continuity of learning plans,” they’re realizing that students’ best advocates haven’t


Kids deserve more from school. Give them an education, not a calendar

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:20 Apr 2020

This column originally appeared in Bridge. Remember building towers out of blocks with your kids?  Like any other construction project, you start with a wide, sturdy base and you move skyward one step at a time.  Carefully, you layer one block on


School Buildings are Closed but School Isn’t Over

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:6 Apr 2020

The last three weeks have been among the most challenging in the history of Michigan’s public education system. The COVID-19 public health crisis has turned life on its head and changed the way we think about health and safety. It’s


After Whitmer Closes School Buildings for Year, GLEP Urges an Embrace of Mastery-Based Learning

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:2 Apr 2020

After Whitmer Closes School Buildings for Year, GLEP Urges an Embrace of Mastery-Based Learning, Applauds Call for Distance Learning and Option for Balanced Calendar   Reformers Still Concerned Too Many Kids Could be Left Behind LANSING – Meeting the needs


GLEP Asks Governor Whitmer, Legislature to Take Extraordinary Steps to Ensure Students Receive Full Year of Learning Despite COVID Crisis

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:28 Mar 2020

GLEP Asks Governor Whitmer, Legislature to Take Extraordinary Steps to Ensure Students Receive Full Year of Learning Despite COVID Crisis Student Learning, Achievement More Important than Arbitrary Calendars LANSING – Great Lakes Education Project Executive Director Beth DeShone today asked


GLEP: Michigan Department of Education Must Immediately Reverse Course, Stop Punishing Students, Teachers for Learning During COVID Crisis

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:20 Mar 2020

MDE’s Decision to Discount Online Learning During School Building Shutdowns Slams the Brakes on Learning LANSING – Great Lakes Education Project Executive Director Beth DeShone today demanded the Michigan Department of Education immediately reverse course on it’s decision today to


Coalition Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:20 Mar 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic poses an immediate threat to the physical health of Michiganders. But our state’s policy response to this crisis may affect the economic and financial health of Michigan for years to come. Download PDF Goal: Protect the health, safety


Free Education Resources

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:18 Mar 2020

With Michigan schools shut down for the duration of the COVID-19 health crisis, many parents are faced with the challenge of continuing their student’s education at home. Below are some free resources to assist your family. Math Science • Arcademics


Resources to get us all through these uncertain times

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:17 Mar 2020

These are uncertain times with changes to normal activities happening daily. Now is the time for us to all step up and heed warnings for social distancing and find ways to support our most vulnerable citizens. Check in on an