Ron French, "Smartest kids: In Florida, early reading and frequent testing bring results, and pushback" : Emphasis on literacy and testing to monitor progress are credited with a rise in student learning in Florida, particularly for low-income and minority students. But some ask, how much is too much?
Mike Wilkinson, "How Michigan, Florida compare" : Florida students, including low-income students, have risen dramatically in national academic rankings while students in Michigan are being left behind.
Timothy J. Bartik, "Michigan’s pre-school program needs more money, integration" : Model programs in states like Oklahoma provide money to attract quality teachers and properly train them, an upfront investment that will pay off mightily for Michigan down the road.
Phil Power, "Detroit leaders display the art of governance" : Retiring Congressman John Dingell says his biggest accomplishments over nearly six decades in Washington were brought about by bringing people together for the public good. That same philosophy is now playing out in Detroit.
The Office of Study Abroad, the Graduate School and Faculty & Organizational Development announce the 2015 Doctoral Student Study Abroad Fellowship Program. The fellowship is intended to provide professional development to doctoral students seeking a qualification to lead and develop education abroad programs in their future careers.
Applications are due on October 27th and will be informed of acceptance decisions by November 24, 2014.
On this day in 2011, the Library of Michigan ended its service as a Regional Depository Library for the Federal Depository System. Federal Libraries in Michigan were no longer able to discard publications from their collections legally. Since that date, some have begun boxing up little used items and putting them in storage in the hope that the lack of coverage will one day be solved.
Update : Fortunately, the University of Minnesota is now our Federal Regional Depository.
For 96 summer seasons, Boblo Island delighted millions of Detroiters who arrived by a romantic steamship sail to enjoy the amusement park, concerts and rides that soared above the Detroit River.
Though privately owned, Boblo Island is open to the public. There’s no carnival midway anymore, but once you roll off the ferry, you can drive by ritzy homes and mini-manses. Park your car near the island’s restaurant and ice cream shop to walk along Boblo’s signature buildings. The island’s south end is closed to cars, but it’s a short walk along meadows and on dirt roads to a lighthouse, a restored British Army blockhouse and a sandy slip of a beach with picnic tables and a volleyball net.
For the full article, see Patricia Montemurri, "A new, upscale Boblo Island for adventuring day-trippers", Detroit Free Press, July 6, 2014.
Boblo Island Today, Detroit Free Press, July 6, 2014.
Patricia Montemurri, What was Boblo Island before the amusement park?, Detroit Free Press, July 6, 2014.
On Sept. 30, 1980, French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau arrived in Detroit on his research trip, Calypso, where 5,000 people greeted him at Hart Plaza. Cousteau had just returned from Lake Superior where he was filming a series for the National Film Board of Canada. He told reporters that he was baffled by the lack of life in the lakes.
Michigan Every Day
Toledo Boy Meets Idol Cousteau; 12 year old chat with hero in Detroit, Toledo Blade, October 1, 1980.
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