Office of Public School Academies

Pawley Hall, Room 420J
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-4596
Fax: (248) 370-4239


2015 - 2016

November, 2015

Dove Academy educators recognized

Educators from Dove Academy of Detroit were recently recognized by the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA) for outstanding growth and achievement as observed during their participation in TEAMS (Teacher Excellence and Academic Milestones for Students), a five-yearlong grant program that wrapped up in 2015. The goal of the grant program - created by MAPSA and the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Incentive Fund - was to bring reform and innovation to schools through performance-based models. Dove Academy of Detroit was one of 20 Detroit-area schools selected to participate, and teachers Jodi Austin, Paul Ezel, Anne Hartland, and Katie Leib were all honored with awards for their successful performance throughout the program.

To measure the program’s outcomes, teachers at participating schools were observed twice each year by an evaluation team from The Education Policy Research Center at Michigan State University, a third party organization that provides state and federal policy makers with non-partisan educational research and analysis. Using the comprehensive research-based Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching, the evaluation team looked at four key teaching domains including Planning and Preparation, Classroom Environment, Instruction, and Professional Responsibilities, scoring each teacher on a scale of 1-4. At the end of the 5-year grant, MAPSA presented awards to teachers who made either substantial gains in their observation scores or earned a perfect score.

Austin, Hartland, and Leib were each presented with a Quantum Leap Award, given only to participating teachers who grew a minimum of 2 points during their bi-annual observations,which measured among many components, knowledge of content, student engagement, and communication with students. The teachers who won the awards that they earned deserved to be recognized,” said Dove Academy of Detroit Principal Brandon Slone. “What they did was significant for one reason or another, and I’m very proud of them for their accomplishments.”

Paul Ezel was one of just 16 teachers who received the prestigious Presidential Award for Professional Practice, which he earned for achieving a perfect 4 throughout his ongoing observations. "It just speaks volumes about Paul’s approach to the classroom,” Slone commented. “I think if you were to ask anyone in the school, Paul is the most technology-savvy teacher that we have. Paul’s classroom is engaging because he uses technology to tie in learning and that motivates the students.”

Slone, who has served as Dove Academy's principal since July of 2011, received the highest accolades from MAPSA for school leadership and academic achievement, though if you ask him, it was as a result of the entire faculty and staff. “It feels good to be recognized for your hard work, but it truly was a collective team effort, and in my opinion, every teacher at the school could have been recognized for going above and beyond. The sky is the limit for a lot of our teachers.”

The PSA Office joins the team at MAPSA in congratulating Dove Academy of Detroit.


October, 2015


The PSA Office sponsored several Academy faculty members at the second annual TEDx Oakland University event held on October 23, 2105 at the OU Athletics Center O’Rena. Featuring more than a dozen motivational speakers including Vectorform CEO Trevor Anulewicz and Detroit Zoological Society Executive Director and CEO Ron Kagan, this unifying event was filled with valuable wisdom that roused meaningful introspection among the audience. In attendance were leaders and teachers from the Michigan School for the Arts, Four Corners Montessori Academy, Dove Academy of Detroit, and Caniff Liberty Academy.

The PSA Office was delighted to be able to provide the opportunity for its schools to enjoy this special event.


May, 2015

The Office of Public School Academies was excited to sponsor a Book Writing Contest for the 2015 March is Reading Month.

Book Contest

The contest was designed to inspire students, grades 4-5, to create a story book using their own words and pictures.  One grand prize winner from each Academy was presented with a Kindle Tablet and a printed and bound copy of their work. 

Also, each Academy received a copy to keep at the school.  Based on the many smiles from classmates, teachers and school leaders, the contest was a great success!


December, 2014

The Office of Public School Academies is thrilled to share highlights of the Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences (DAAS) Show Choir performance at Meadow Brook Hall’s 43rd Annual Holiday Walk on Monday, December 15, 2014.  The DAAS Choir boasts 40 student members, ages 9-13, who achieved national fame with their 2012 appearance on The Today Show.  Their popularity continued after their music video rendition of the Pharrell Williams song, “Happy”, went viral receiving over one millions YouTube views!  Next, The Ellen Show surprised the choir on May 20, 2014 with an invitation to open the show performing the “Happy” song with Ellen DeGeneres herself!  The DAAS Choir also performed two shows at Disney World, Downtown Disney and The Magic Kingdom, making history as the first choir to perform on the Castle Stage.  Although now a national sensation, the Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences never misses an opportunity for a hometown performance.  The choir performed at the first ever Detroit Lions Monday night Football game half-time show and the annual Thanksgiving Day game.   

We thank the Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences for bringing their wonderful performance to Oakland University for the Annual Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk on OU Night.  The SEHS family, OU colleagues and friends had a wonderful time as they gathered to support this National Historic Landmark!

We were “Happy” to see you there!

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November, 2014

PSA Soccer

Caniff Liberty Academy, an Oakland University public school academy located in Hamtramck, enjoyed tremendous success in its first year participating in competitive soccer. Fifth graders went undefeated and brought home the Goal Detroit Soccer Charter Schools 5th Grade Championship trophy. 

Middle school students took part in the Detroit PAL Soccer program and won the U-14 Division championship. Congratulations to both teams on their accomplishments! CLA opened in 2012 and enrolls students in grades K-8. 


May, 2014

It was a night of celebration and appreciation at Eddie Merlot’s in Bloomfield Hills on May 8th as the OU/PSA Office honored Board members and administrators from its nine public school academies. The annual event is a chance to recognize the achievements and milestones of the schools and express our gratitude to the hard-working individuals responsible. SEHS Interim Dean, Dr. C. Robert Maxfield and Associate Dean, Dr. Nancy Brown were on hand to join Executive Director Judeen Bartos and OU/PSA Office staff in thanking everyone for their continued service and support. The evening also afforded an opportunity to honor former Director Mildred Taylor, who retired in January. The OU/PSA Office presented Ms. Taylor with a book of memories that reflected on her six years of service. A wonderful evening was enjoyed by all. May, 2014


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May, 2014

Four Corners Montessori Academy (FCMA)
, an Oakland University charter school, recently held its fourth annual art show. The event featured a silent auction of pieces from a variety of local artists as well as a live auction of classroom collaborative artwork created by FCMA students. The school raised over $9000 from the event that will help support its Arts program.

FCMA has been an OU charter school since 2008 and is located in Madison Heights. The school has an enrollment of 340+ students in its PK-8 program that offers a strong academic foundation based on the Montessori educational philosophy.


March, 2014

OU/PSA Staff Reads to Lowry
The staff from the Office of Public School Academies at Oakland University had the pleasure of reading to the students in the Lowry Center for Early Childhood during the March is Reading Month events. Each member of the staff was able to read to the toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten students of Lowry. The staff thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to read from a variety of books which were then donated to the classrooms. Each member of the staff chose their favorite books to read ranging from “Bunion Burt,” by M. Hayles to “Spotty Dotty Daffodil,” by R. Mannering. The staff is hopeful they will have occasions to visit Lowry more often as they all enjoyed working with and reading to the students during these activities.

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March, 2014

Detroit Academy of Arts and Science performance goes viral!
A group of students from Detroit's Academy of Arts and Sciences recently performed Pharrell William's hit song "Happy" and what happened next is amazing.  The YouTube video went viral and the school has been contacted by national television shows such as 'Today', 'Ellen DeGeneres' and 'Queen Latifah'. 

January, 2014

Star International Academy earns top spot!
Star International Academy in Dearborn Heights earned the top spot in Bridge's top-to-bottom ranking in Bridge Magazine's third annual Academic State Champs report.
Read the entire article here...

December, 2013

Students at the Michigan School for the Arts (MSA) had a busy month of December displaying their many talents at holiday events around town. Among the activities were three within a 24 hour period on the first weekend in December. 


Fifty vocal students in grades 4th through 9th joined five other schools from the Pontiac area in singing at the annual Tree Lighting and Caroling event held in downtown Pontiac on December 6th. The next day, eighty MSA students, staff, and parents participated in the Oakland County “Holiday Extravaganza” parade. Art students created a float for the parade, while vocal and dance students performed alongside it. Parent volunteers and 9th graders distributed candy to over 10,000 parade goers.

After the parade, many of the same students took part in a fundraising performance at the Hard Rock Café in Detroit where Dr. Nandi charities hosted a Holiday Coat Drive. Spectators at both events remarked that the MSA students were, “the best performers they had observed.”  The students are looking forward to a possible television appearance with Dr. Nandi. MSA staff member, Michelle Gardner, exclaimed with pride; “All of the students truly did an excellent job representing our school!”

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May 2011


The Office of Public School Academies hosted an appreciation dinner May 24, 2011 to celebrate the educational excellence of the Academies it authorizes. Forty five board members and school leaders from the University’s eight Academies attended the event which included a reception at the Junior Achievement Finance Park and then dinner at Opus One restaurant next door.

Director Mildred Taylor started the evening with opening remarks and thanked all in attendance for their service to the schools and students. She introduced School of Education and Human Services (SEHS) Dean Dr. Louis Gallien who congratulated everyone on a successful school year and for their commitment to quality and achievement.

The evening was a chance not only to mingle and socialize with cohorts but to learn more about the programs that Junior Achievement (JA) can provide schools. Karen Kosniewski, President and CEO, and Cindy Bazner, Senior Vice President and COO provided background on JA and what it has to offer, and invited guests to tour the facility. 



March 2011


A determined team of Nsoroma Institute elementary students received first place honors at the 10th annual Black Family Development's African Centered Olympics held March 3, 2011. Middle school students also competed, and took second place in the competition. The school's accomplishments were recognized in the Michigan Citizen.



March 2011


Dove Academy of Detroit was the recent recipient of over 400 sleeping bags from Detroit-based Sweet Dreamzzz with support from Prudential Protection Services and Fifth Third Bank. Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization committed to improving the health, well-being, and academic performance of at-risk school-age children by providing sleep education and bedtime essentials. Their contribution to Dove students was featured in the Michigan Chronicle, March 2-8, 2011. Full story here.

February 2011


Four Corners Montessori Academy in Madison Heights was recently featured in the Madison News for their community outreach efforts.  February has been designated the ‘Month of Compassion’ at Four Corners, and students and staff focus on how their actions can positively impact the lives of others. Full story here.

February 2011


Star International Academy recently received recognition from the National Title 1 Association. Star was the only school in Michigan for 2010 to be honored in the ‘Distinguished School Category.’ Schools in this group have achieved exceptional student performance for two or more years.
The National Title 1 Association is an organization dedicated to building the capacity of state and local educators for leadership, support and advocacy in the design and effective implementation of programs under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Congratulations Star staff and students!



January 2011


The Office of Public School Academies hosted a board training event on January 13th. Board members from our eight Academies participated in sessions on ‘Board Member Orientation and Recruitment’ and ‘Evaluating School Leader Performance’. The event took place at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn.

November 2010


Detroit Edison Public School Academy Opens Health Clinic
Henry Ford Health System has partnered with the Detroit Edison School Academy to open a health center at the school. Read More...





November 2010


Dove is the First School in Michigan to join the 'No Excuses University Network'

At Dove Academy in Detroit, there are 'No Excuses' for not achieving. College attendance is a daily focus starting in Kindergarten, and activities at the school revolve around this goal. Read more...


June, 2008

Dove Academy of Detroit Inducts Students into School Hall of Fame
Dove Academy inducted sixteen students into the school’s Hall of Fame in a special ceremony held June 10th. The students received this honor for completing their entire K-6 education at Dove. They were sponsored by a staff member of their choosing, who gave them a personal tribute and presented them with a plaque.  In addition, students’ names were placed on the Hall of Fame school plaque, proudly displayed at the school. Principal Frank Nardelli, Board President Stephen Tomkowiak and Superintendent Susan Diehl all congratulated the students and their families for their dedication and perseverance and wished them well as they embark on their new journey to completing their future educational goals.


May, 2008

DAAS Wins Grant to Develop Champions at Work
Congratulations to the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences, who was recently awarded a two-year grant from the SkillsUSA Champions for Change program! The Academy was on of six sites nationwide and the only site in Michigan. Read more...

May, 2008

State Representative Visits Universal Academy
National Charter Schools Week was May 4-10, 2008. During this time, charter school leaders, teachers, parents and students take special steps to make federal and state policymakers aware of the enthusiasm and excellence of our schools. To kick-off their Charters School Week activities at Universal Academy in Detroit, State Representative Steve Tobacman read to the third graders on May 2.

April, 2008

The Office of Public School Academies was pleased to host an Appreciation Celebration April 23rd at the Detroit Historical Museum. Over fifty board members and school leaders attended and enjoyed a tour of the museum and dinner afterward.
The influence and impact that our schools have on students who attend them was highlighted through their essay contributions to a contest run by the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers. OUPSA staff presented excerpts from some of those essays that featured how students felt about their schools. Their depth of feeling and expressions of gratitude were a tribute to the hard work and dedication of all of our school leaders to their schools, and provided the perfect ending for an evening of appreciation.
Thank you to all those who attended and helped make this night a special one!

April, 2008

The OUPSA Office hosted its first Teacher Recruitment Fair April 18th on the OU campus.
The inaugural event featured representatives from each of our seven academies who were present to meet and interview recent graduates from the School of Education and Human Services. Graduates took advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the individual academies and public school academies in general.
Plans are already underway for next year’s fair as comment and suggestions from school administrators and applicants alike indicate the event has great potential to increase the overall awareness amongst recent graduates as well as their employment opportunities with Oakland’s public school academies.

February, 2008

Dance Troup Performs at OU Celebration. 
The “Taste of Africa Gala” event was sponsored by the 2008 African-American Celebration Committee and was held on February 8 in the Banquet Rooms at the Oakland Center. The gala included food, exhibitions, poetry readings and a host of other wonderful programs throughout the evening.  One of the highlights of the night included the special dance presentations of the Thiosane Performing Arts Company. The dance troop, associated with one of Oakland Universities Public School Academies, performed special African dances accompanied by three African drums. Malik Yakini, Principal of Nsoroma Institute gave the audience background information on some of the dances as well as the geographic location they came from. Yakini fired up the crowd, saying it helped the dancers perform when they could feel the energy from the audience. It was a fantastic performance and everyone enjoyed the evening.

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January, 2008

Star International Academy one of Top High Schools in the Nation
Star International Academy has been selected as a 2008 "Bronze Medalist" by the US News & World Report. The award is the result of a recent collaborative analysis conducted by the magazine and Standard and Poor’s School Evaluation Services. A three-step process was used to analyze schools from across 40 states.  The schools were placed into gold, silver, and bronze medal categories. Of the 18,000 schools, only 1,591 were awarded a medal. Star was one of four charter schools in Michigan to receive the bronze medal. Congratulations to everyone at Star on this national recognition!

November, 2007

PSA Day A Big Success
PSA doesn’t just stand for “Public School Academies,” it also stands for “Push for Student Achievement”. On Monday, November 12, and Wednesday November 14, four of the Public School Academies authorized by Oakland University, brought approximately 100 Juniors and Seniors to campus to see what college is all about. Participating in the event were Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences, Star International Academy, Universal Academy, and Weston Preparatory Academy. After a gracious welcome by Mildred Taylor, Director of Oakland University’s Public School Academy Office, students were treated to a wealth of information about college in general, and then specifics about OU from representatives form the Office of Admissions. Then participants were put in small groups and went on a walking tour with current Oakland University students as guides. After the tour, all of the students met at Vandenburg Residence Hall to have a great lunch in their expansive cafeteria. Before leaving the campus to go back to their high schools, students learned about all of the special activities, organizations and recreational choices that are available on campus as a student at the University. Students had an opportunity to ask lots of questions and were very interested and attentive during the whole process.

November, 2007

Star and Universal Leader Wins Administrator of the Year Award
Nawal Hamadeh
was the recipient of the Administrator of the Year Award during the 2007 Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA) Conference in Detroit on November 2. A native of Lebanon, Ms. Hamadeh leads three schools in the Dearborn and Detroit areas that stress high standards while promoting the study of Arabic and American cultures. As part of this effort, the schools wrote and received a federal grant worth almost $1 million dollars over a three year period. “We promote peace, not wars,” Nawal said. “The more that we understand each other and our cultures, the less conflict there is.” The OUPSA office would like to congratulate Ms. Hamadeh on this outstanding achievement.

November, 2007

Dove Students come to OU Campus

Sixth grade students from Dove Academy visited the OU campus to attend ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Meadowbrook Theatre on November 19th. The students were treated to lunch at Vandenberg Hall after the performance and taken on a mini-tour of the campus by OU students.

October, 2007

Weston Seniors Attend Play at OU
On October 19, 2007, a class of 12th grade students from Weston Preparatory Academy attended a play in the Varner Studio Theatre at Oakland University. The play, “Crumbs from the Table of Joy” by Lynn Nottage, was set in 1950 and profiles the journey, both real and imagined, of an African-American family from the deep south to New York. Seeking transformation through Father Divine and the Peace Mission movement, a father uproots his teenage daughters from their home to an uncertain future in Brooklyn. Told through the eyes of 17 year-old Ernestine Crump, the students learned about the poverty, politics and promises of the time. After the play the students were able to meet with cast members and have lunch on the campus.

Fall, 2007

MAPSA award nominees
Oakland University Public School Academies are well represented as finalists in every category for awards presented by the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA)at their annual conference in November. Qazime Muftari,a 2nd grade teacher from Star International Academy is nominated in the 'Teacher of the Year' category. Star is also a finalist in the 'School of the Year' category, and we are proud to have two nominees for 'Administrator of the Year',Nawal Hamadehof Star and Frank Nardelli of Dove Academy of Detroit.
Summer, 2007

SLSS Awards feature PSA graduates
The Meadowbrook Mansion was the setting on August 16, 2007 for the 2nd Annual Student Leader Success Scholarship Award Dinner which honored its four recent scholarship recipients, the recipients of the previous year, as well as the tutors and mentors who supported the students. The dinner was hosted by the School of Education and Human Services and the SLSS committee. The recipients and their families had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the College of Education, the Advising Department and the Dean Mary Otto’s office.  Incoming freshman students intending to pursue a degree in elementary education were eligible to apply for the scholarship awards. Preference was given to students who attended an urban high school, who had cumulative high school G.P.A. of 3.0 or better, and who had demonstrated leadership and/or volunteerism.

Two of the scholarship recipients this year attended schools authorized by OU’s Office of Public School Academies and Urban Partnerships. They are: Hawra Abogilal, a graduate of Star International Academy and Kierra Smith, a former student at the Detroit Edison Public School Academy. Allysia Posey, who received the scholarship last year and is a former Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences student, spoke briefly to attendees about her first year experience at Oakland.

Spring, 2007

Skillman Foundation Recognizes 3 OUPSA Schools
Three Oakland University Public School Academies have been awarded aSkillman Foundation 'Good Schools Making the Grade' grant. Dove Academy of Detroit received the highest recognition available as a ‘High Performing School’ and a grant in the amount of $50,000. Universal Academy received $25,000 as an ‘Improving School’ for their K-12 program, and the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences elementary program was recognized as an ‘Aspiring School’ and received a grant in the amount of $10,000. Congratulations to all the award winners!

June, 2007

Federal Grant for Foreign Language
Star International Academy, Universal Academy, and Universal Learning Academy were the recipients of a $333,586 consortium grant awarded by the US Department of Education. The Foreign Language Application Program (FLAP) Grant will provide for the establishemnt and improvement of innovative foreign language programs. The OU Campus News featured this story in their June 7th edition.

May, 2007

Best in the Nation
On the heels of their Blue Ribbon award, the Detroit Edison Public School Academy received a national honor from the Center for Education Reform. They were chosen as one of the 53 top charter schools in the country out of 4000 schools nationwide. The OU Campus News featured Depsa in their May 31st edition.

April, 2007

Blue Ribbon Award Highlights Achievement
Detroit Edison Public School Academy was awarded the prestigious Blue Ribbon Award as one of 26 elementary schools in the State of Michigan recognized for their outstanding achievements. The award is especially significant as the academy was the first charter school ever to receive it and the first Blue Ribbon school in five year within the city of Detroit. The OU Campus News featured Depsa in their April 4th edition.
June, 2006

DAAS Graduates Among Scholarship Recipients


Four scholarship recipients were honored on June 27, 2006 at a dinner hosted by SEHS and committee members of the Student Leader Success Scholarship Committee at the Meadowbrook Mansion.  The recipients and their families had the pleasure to meet with representatives from the College of Education, the Advising Department and the Dean’s office.  Generous donors to the School of Education and Human Services had made possible scholarship awards for incoming freshman students intending to pursue a degree in elementary education.  Preference was given to students who attended an urban high school, have a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or better, and have demonstrated leadership and/or volunteer experiences.  Scholarship participants will be actively involved in a program which includes peer and professional mentors, volunteer experiences, and cohort activities.

Recipients of the Student Leader Success Scholarship include:

Chelsea M. Davis of Heritage High School, Saginaw, MI: Chelsea has been assisting in a classroom for early childhood developmentally delayed students.

Akosua Johnson of Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences, Detroit, MI: Akosua has worked as a swim aide and volunteers at an elementary school and church working with children. 

Dominique Joseph of Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences, Detroit, MI: Dominique has participated in a vocational program for the past four years which has afforded her opportunities to work with youth and their families.

Allysia Posey of Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences, Detroit, MI: Allysia was her graduating class’s Vice-President and the National Honor Society Secretary.  She has worked as a mentor with younger students.



June, 2006
Nsoroma Campus Field Trip
Nsoroma Institute 7th grade students spent the day on the campus of Oakland University on Wednesday, May 24 to get a taste of life on a college campus.. While on campus the students toured Oakland University’s TV station where they saw first hand the processes involved for directing and producing live video productions. Students heard about the importance of a strong math background when hearing Dr. Patrick Dessert speak about his PDMC Motor Sports project. Students enjoyed seeing the race car computer simulation which was topped off by seeing the real thing in the basement garage in the Science and Engineering building.

Reginald McCloud of the King-Chavez-Parks program coordinated tour guides to give the students a tour of the rest of campus including on-campus housing. The students asked many questions about what they needed to do to attend college in the future. While the students were boarding the bus, one girl told a PSA staff member “I want to come to Oakland University”.

June, 2006

Schools of Distinction
Detroit Edison Public School Academy (DEPSA) has been selected as one of 48 finalists for the Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Award. The awards honor schools for implementing innovative and replicable programs that support positive educational outcomes.
They will compete for $190,000 in grants from the Intel Foundation and additional prizes from sponsoring companies will be presented at an awards ceremony in October. The 3-year-old awards program is sponsored by Intel, the world's leader in silicon innovation and long-time champion of educational improvement, and Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company.
DEPSA was chosen in the ‘Leadership Excellence’ category, for schools that demonstrate dynamic leadership based on vision, data, research, best practices and continuous monitoring and assessment.
The OUPSA office wishes DEPSA and their staff good luck in receiving the grant.



June, 2006

Response to Intervention: Collaborating to Improve Student Learning
The Oakland University Public School Academy office (OUPSA) was pleased to host a Special Education Compliance Seminar for its academies’ staff on May 19th at Oakland University.
Guest speaker Martha Kliebert started off the day sharing her three tier approach to instruction, assessment and intervention. Mrs. Kliebert is the Director of Special Education in the Lake Shore Public School district, and not only provided a wealth of information but was able to back up her model with real life data and experiences.
OUPSA site specialist Connie Calabrese-Masi followed up with discussions on current special education laws and legislation and provided hands-on expertise in the computer lab in the afternoon as participants were able to receive help with specific situations they are encountering in each of their schools. Mrs. Calabrese-Masi is available to assist at the academies as needed.
The workshop was a great success according to the fourteen participants from seven of the academies, whose only request was that the workshop be longer and repeated in the fall.


June, 2006

Hamadeh Educational Services honored
The Charter School Growth Fund (CSGF) has chosen fifteen of the most promising charter school organizations from across the country to begin working on ambitious expansion plans.
The Oakland University Public School Academy office is pleased to share that Hamadeh Educational Services is one of those organizations. Hamadeh Educational Services manages the Star International Academy and Universal Academy, both authorized by OU. CEO Nawal Hamadeh and her team went through a rigorous three month evaluation process against competition from 92 other groups from 20 states.
They will spend the next six months developing a sustainable business model that can be replicated by other organizations. After the model is developed, CSGF will decide which of the fifteen candidates merit further investments over the next 3-5 years. The intended outcome is a model for other charter schools to use, and ultimately to apply that model to new schools started with the help of the CSGF.



May, 2006

Good Schools: Making the Grade
Detroit Edison Public School Academy (DEPSA) is having a very good year! Following their Fall 2005 MAPSA School of the Year honors, DEPSA has been awarded a Skillman Foundation ‘Good Schools: Making the Grade’ grant in the highest possible category.
DEPSA was recognized at a ceremony held at Cass Tech on May 18th as one of only a handful of top category schools considered high performing. For their efforts, they received a grant in the amount of $100,000.
Congratulations to DEPSA’s staff, administration, students, and parents.

Spring, 2006

Nsoroma Institute in the News


Nsoroma has been in the local news twice in recent months:

May 5, 2006 - Detroit Free Press
Nsoroma Institute Public School Academy in Oak Park is thousands of miles from Africa. But next weekend, that distance will be shortened as the charter school brings Africa to metro Detroiters by hosting its fifth annual Afrikan World Language and Cultural Fair.

The school, which is K-8 and chartered by Oakland University, will open its doors May 13 to anyone who wants to learn more about African culture, including languages, said Zeina Washington, the school's publicist.
Read the rest of the article....

April 26, 2006 - Detroit News
Betty DeRamus
Don't weep for Michigan high school students who can't graduate unless they start heaping their plates with hearty servings of tough academic subjects.

They're still way behind 19th and early 20th century students who left eighth grade knowing reading, arithmetic, history, sanitation, chair repair, laundering, gardening, setting window panes, cutting glass, canning and making jelly, and repairing books.

Michigan's new high school curriculum sets a uniform statewide standard for graduation, instead of leaving that up to local school boards. That means high school students must now master a curriculum heavy in English, math, science and social science.     Read the rest of the article...

Winter, 2006

Winter News Briefs
Public School Academy 4th and 6th grade classes attended the 'Science at Cranbrook' program at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills. Each day for a week students participated in hands-on activities and experiments focusing on everything from Astronomy to Zoology. These field trips were made possible through grants from the Cranbrook Institute of Science.
The Keeper of the Dream banquet held on March 8th was attended by twenty PSA office and schools staff and their guests. The PSA office contributed $3000 to the fund-raising event to provide scholarships for Oakland University students.
The OUPSA office provided training for new PSA board members in March. Eleven members from seven of the academies attended a half day of training on meeting procedures, laws governing board activities, school finance and ethics issues. Members also enjoyed networking with OUPSA staff and each other as they learned about the important task they were about to undertake.

Winter, 2006

In Pursuit of Excellence: Professional Development makes a Difference

Approximately 150 teachers from the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences spent the day on the campus of Oakland University for a professional development in-service. The PSA office site specialists presented sessions focusing on Developing Relationships with Students, Fostering Student Self-Management, Multiple Intelligences/Diverse Learners and Reading Aloud. Teachers also received a tour of the Educational Resources Lab in Pawley Hall (1/27/06).
Teachers from Dove Elementary spent the day on the campus of Oakland University engaged in professional development presented by PSA site specialists. Presentations focused on Managing Diverse Learners, Meeting Science Objectives and a tour of the Educational Resources Lab in Pawley Hall (2/10/06).
PSA office site specialists traveled to the Academy of Michigan to present a day of professional development focusing Special Education legislation. Teachers learned about various learning styles and techniques for modifying lessons for individual students with disabilities to accommodate them in regular classrooms (2/15/06). Modules 1 & 2 of the Michigan Literacy Progress Profile (MLPP) training were provided to lower elementary teachers, teacher assistants, and reading support personnel at Nsoroma Institute. Training was provided by a site specialist (3/2 and 3/3/06).
A PSA office staff member conducted a half-day science in-service for upper elementary teachers at Dove Academy. The science activities focused on teaching the State of Michigan Science Benchmarks. Classroom management techniques specific to using hands-on science materials were also discussed (3/10/06).

January, 2006

It’s Not How Smart You Are, It’s How You Are Smart.
Site Specialists Connie Calabrese-Masi and Majela Morris traveled to Dove Academy in Detroit to provide professional development for Dove’s teachers and staff in November. At the request of Principal Frank Nardelli, the focus of the presentation was on different learning styles, with an emphasis on Howard Gardner’s work on multiple intelligences. Connie also provided valuable information on how to accommodate different learners in the classroom. 
Following lunch, Connie met with Principal Nardelli, the Special Education teachers and other individual teachers to specifically discuss needed modifications for individual students with disabilities in the teachers’ classrooms.


January, 2006

The Public School Academy office turned their regular meeting in December with principals and administrators into a memorable occasion.
Office staff and school officials took the guided “Holiday Walk’ tour of the 110-room, 88,000 square foot Meadowbrook Hall and enjoyed a luncheon together afterward in one of the mansion’s many dining rooms.
Everyone marveled at the magnificent architecture and the many collections of fine arts on display throughout the building. The event provided an opportunity for everyone to connect and interact in a more relaxed environment and the PSA office looks forward to hosting more such activities.

November, 2005

Meet and Mingle
Star International Academy was the site of a reception hosted by the PSA office on November 9th. The “Meet and Mingle” event brought together administrators and board members from our eight public school academies to network and share experiences. Participants of the event stated they found the event beneficial and noted the common threads that link the schools and boards.
Over 40 people attended and enjoyed an especially delicious array of good food prepared by Fuad Abu Ali, chief cook at Star.
The PSA office would like to thank Nawal Hamadeh, Director and CEO of Star and her staff for their assistance in hosting and coordinating this event.


November 2005

MAPSA honors Oakland's Public School Academies

The OU PSA office, on behalf of Oakland University would like to extend our congratulations to two of our public school academies who were in the spotlight recently for their outstanding achievements. Detroit Edison Public School Academy (DEPSA) was recognized as the 2005 Charter School of Excellence Thursday at the 8th annual Michigan Charter Schools Conference at Cobo Center. An October 27, 2005 press release from the Michigan Association of Public School Academies describes the award and how DEPSA “puts it all together”. The OU PSA office is extremely proud of the DEPSA staff, students and parents.
Mr. Stan Bowman of the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences (DAAS) was also recognized at the conference. He was selected as one of the top four finalists for the Administrator of the Year award. Mr. Bowman has been a leader and inspiration to the staff and students at DAAS for four years. The OU PSA office joins Mr. Bowman’s staff and students in celebrating his selection as a finalist from the many fine administrators of over 200 charter schools in the State of Michigan.

July, 2005

Fine Arts Camp
The PSA office, in partnership with the Michigan Association of  Public School Academies (MAPSA), hosted the 2005 Michigan Charter Schools Fine Arts Camp. The students represented an estimated 60 charter schools from around the state. For four days during the month of June, 300 charter school students in grades 5-8 resided in residence halls on campus and received instruction in theatre, dance, instrumentation, voice, and art. Parents and instructors served as chaperones.
Students had the opportunity to perform at Meadowbrook Theatre and the camp culminated with a “Grand Finale Concert” that included performances by a 100-voice mass choir, a 90-piece orchestra, and drama, dance and speech presentations with all the students participating