Type: Public event

The future of education in Detroit: As told by Detroit educators, activists, and chroniclers

Date & time

Mar 11, 2015, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT


Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium
735 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free and open to the public. Reception to follow

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There will be a simulcast of the event at the U-M Detroit Center, 3663 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

About the Topic:

The Education Policy Initiative and the School of Education welcome four panelists to narrate the unexamined realities and untold triumphs of leading, educating, organizing, and reporting from within the Detroit education system. Their reflections will contextualize the current state of education to thoughtfully explore future possibilities.  Following the presentations, we invite the audience to participate in a question and answer session with the panelists.

About the Panel:

Chastity Pratt Dawsey has been the urban affairs reporter for Bridge Magazine for the past year. Prior to Bridge, she provided authoritative coverage of Detroit schools for the Detroit Free Press. Her work also has appeared in USA Today, Essence Magazine and the Investigative Reporters & Editors Journal. Before the Free Press, the native Detroiter was a reporter at Newsday in Long Island, NY, and The Oregonian newspaper in Portland. She started her career as an intern at The New York Times. An alum of the University of Michigan, she has the highest hopes for Jim Harbaugh (Go, blue!).

Diana Preciado is a world languages instructional specialist for Detroit Public Schools. She has taught in Detroit for sixteen years, teaching all levels of Spanish language and literature and courses for English language learners. She has a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Eastern Michigan University with specialty in Social Studies and Spanish and a bilingual endorsement.  She has a master's of education from Wayne State University with a major in bilingual bicultural education.

Lamont D. Satchel is the Chief Innovation Officer for the Detroit Public Schools, responsible for driving innovation across the organization.  He has recently been given direct oversight for the district’s Office of School Turnaround which is responsible for the district’s lowest performing Priority Schools, in addition to overseeing the district’s Self-Governing Schools, Community School program, Office of Charter Schools and Strategy Office.  His previous positions with the district included Deputy General Counsel, General Counsel, Chief of Labor Relations, Chief Innovation Officer and Interim General Superintendent.

Tawana Petty aka Honeycomb is a mother, award winning activist, social justice organizer, poet and author. She is the past recipient of the Spirit of Detroit Award, Woman of Substance Award, Women Creating Caring Communities Award, and was recognized as one of Who’s Who in Black Detroit in 2013. Tawana is committed to social justice and youth advocacy, and is heavily engaged in transformative work on the ground in Detroit. She is a board member of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership www.boggscenter.org , and a member of Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management www.d-rem.org, We the People of Detroit www.wethepeopleofdetroit.com and the People’s Water Board Coalition www.peopleswaterboard.org.