Michael G. Morris Endowed Chair
This year's Chair is Dr. Rema Reynolds. Dr. Reynold's Morris application is to extend the work begun in FY19 with Detroit Pubic Schools Community District (DPSCD).
This transformative coaching project provides professional leadership development to DPSCD employees through multimodal programming that includes a co-constructed transformative leadership micro-credential and synchronous enrollment in our K-12 Leadership programs, direct instruction, and on-the-job coaching. The goal of the work is to better equip current and aspiring DPSCD administrators with tools, knowledge, and skills necessary to coach other current and aspiring leaders with an equity lens. Coaching is directly aligned with the District’s Core Values of Excellence, Equity, and Service. Participants have and will continue to receive State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) for their participation in the program, completion of the micro-credential, and will earn credit hours to be applied to a Masters or a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, and a Michigan Administrator Certification.
Detroit is the lowest performing urban school district in America with 65 schools on Michigan Department of Education’s priority list and significant gaps in performance related to poverty and race. Effective school leadership is essential for student achievement. This partnership undergirds DPSCD’s objectives around developing and fostering exceptional talent and facilitates EMU’s vision of playing a leadership role in transforming education regionally and nationally. Our partnership with Detroit affords us an opportunity to learn with aspiring and current school leaders to identify best practices to effectively prepare leaders to serve marginalized communities.