Detroit Speaks: Reclaiming the Right to Literacy

In 2018, Detroit students sued the state of Michigan for depriving children of their right to literacy, citing underfunded and underperforming schools. Just a year later, Detroit students’ ELA scores showed the greatest single-year improvement on state tests (M-STEP) in the history of the exam! What changed? Hear from a Detroit student, teacher, and leader about the powerful new literacy curriculum, professional learning, and vision that are transforming Detroit schools into engines for equity.

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Pamela Hornbuckle

Detroit Public Schools Community District

Tawana Jordan

Detroit Public Schools Community District

Jauhnell Miller

Burns Elementary Middle School