Academics - Cornerstone Schools
Stop….Stop….Stop!

Things overheard in my house last week: “Why do you breathe like that?”

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Heritage of Valor: Black Women in Space

As we revealed in our previous “Heritage of Valor” lesson, our Cornerstone students share an important heritage with one of their own from Detroit, Major Pat Walker Locke. 

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Lead With Love

Valentine’s Day is this week, and when we think of that day, we of course think of love.

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A Heritage of Valor

Our Cornerstone students share a very important heritage.  They share a heritage with people that not only look like them, but whose parents look like their parents, and whose grandparents look like their grandparents.

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Accountability & Celebration with iReady

iReady is a digital tool with such richness and depth that it has spawned an entire site of ideas devised by educators to maximize its use.

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Mentoring in the Blended Environment

An effective mentor can often be the difference between a student succeeding or failing in an online environment.

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Grateful. Thankful. Blessed.

During the month of November, the Cornerstone Community is concentrating on gratitude. It’s been shown that expressing gratitude has a wealth of benefits…the mere act of stating what you’re grateful for can…

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Autism Awareness in the Classroom

I began working with students identified as having Autism Spectrum Disorder as a Teacher of Speech and Language Impaired 46 years ago. 

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Preparing for the New School Year

Summer is ending. For many, this only means one thing.  It’s back to school time! The adjustment from summer break to school schedule can be a daunting task for any parent and child duo.

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The Importance of Early Career Exposure

In Detroit and other Michigan cities, employers are struggling with a talent shortfall that limits their growth and that of the overall economy.

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The Adventure of Summer Reading

“Summer slide” is not a ride at the local carnival, but a real issue, especially in lower income areas.  Children in low income areas tend to fall back two reading levels or more during summer months, which puts many children who are already below grade level at an even greater disadvantage. 

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Why Charter Schools?

Schools help shape us and define our early formative years.  Given that schools play such a vital role in a student’s life, it is important that we select schools with programs that will be the most valuable for our children.

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Individualized Learning

Many of us have heard of the term “Individualized Learning”, but what does it really mean? How does a teacher build individual learning structures with 30-36 students in a classroom?

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The Importance of Art in Education

The Arts create joy and success in education.  Having taught art in Detroit for over 15 years, the path I choose was right.  I love what I do.  The arts are important to education because they bring a form of truth to learning and enrich curriculum while bringing joy to students.

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Encouraging Reading

Everyone has a different preference for reading. My daughter Ashley, needed to find a series that she loved…

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Finding Peace in 2020

It’s nearly Christmas, the time of year when everyone seems to be a bit more generous, a bit more kind and a bit more aware of the plight of those less fortunate. It’s usually a time of love, caring and peace.

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Creating Long-lasting Success

Increasing Cornerstone Student Success with the Senior Defense Project. School districts across the country have been working on ways to increase the college retention rates of their students…

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Microsoft TEALS

The class is just about to start and students are seated and logging in to their laptops. It is early in the morning on the second week of school and this Microsoft TEALS class is full of young men, and one young woman, eager to learn…

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