Igniting growth in high school literacy
Detroit Public Schools Community District, which serves more than 49,000 students, began a partnership in July 2019 to build on its master teacher initiative. The program supports English language arts teachers at more than 20 high schools to implement a new high-quality curriculum.
Leading Educators and DPSCD are working to expand district-level capacity for continuous improvement, expand shared leadership that allows master educators to mentor peer teachers, and implement weekly professional learning opportunities for ELA teachers. Master teachers receive additional supports including professional development workshops, opportunities to analyze data and prepare for facilitation, and instructional leadership coaching.
During the spring of 2020, Leading Educators is also supporting DPSCD with creating distance learning resources for high school literacy in light of the COVID-19 crisis.
Detroit Program Manager
About Tony Barrett
Before joining Leading Educators, Tony has held various positions within education in Detroit, including multiple positions at different non-profit organizations, being a program coordinator at The University of Michigan while assisting first generation students though matriculation, and teaching as well as being a Dean of Students in at-risk schools throughout the city. He also spent time as a research assistant and social media consultant at Wayne State University. He was introduced to serving the community after joining a fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi Inc, during his time at UofM.
For fun, Tony likes to spend time with family and friends, listen to music and watch sports. He considers himself down to earth and welcoming to others. Tony is a Detroit native and holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Go Blue!
About Nefertari Nkenge
Before joining Leading Educators, Nefertari worked as a K-12 teacher, instructional coach and administrator in Brooklyn, NY and Detroit, MI. She actively contributes to academia as a graduate education professor with a robust research focus on countering the pervasive mis-education of Black students.
Nefertari holds a B.A. in English from Lincoln University, PA; an M.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Brooklyn College CUNY and an Ed.D. in Transformational Leadership from Concordia University, Portland. Nefertari enjoys spending time with family, engaging in grassroots social activism pursuits, reading, writing a blog and is an old school hip-hop music enthusiast.