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Detroit P–20 Partnership

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For too long, universities have been largely separated from the pre-K to 12 settings for which they are educating new professionals. This is an opportunity for the Marsal Family School of Education not only to provide impactful teacher training, but also to create programs that teach children using evidence-based instructional practices carried out by exceptional leaders. We’re excited to develop teachers who are prepared to serve their students in any and every learning environment, and to create a model for preparation that honors the complex work of teaching and the need for strong communities of practice.

Elizabeth Birr Moje
Dean, Marsal Family School of Education

The School at a Glance


  • Cradle-to-career public school located on the Marygrove College campus in northwestern Detroit with a dual emphasis on social justice and design
  • Site of the nation’s first Teaching School, which includes a novel three-year residency program for novice teachers inspired by the medical model of professional education
  • Project- and place-based curriculum that engages students in community-based and social justice-oriented learning opportunities
  • On-site birth to five early childhood center
  • Support services (e.g., counseling, health, dentistry) that attend to the “whole child”
  • Collaboration with multiple partners and stakeholders, including Detroit Public Schools Community District, The Kresge Foundation, Starfish Family Services, and the Marygrove Conservancy.

Projected milestones



  • High school opens in the Liberal Arts Building with 120 9th graders
  • The Teaching School welcomes its first cohort of residents and interns
  • Planning for 10th grade and the opening of the elementary school
  • School renovation and construction of the early childhood center begin



  • Addition of 10th grade
  • Planning and hiring for the opening of the elementary school
  • Renovation and construction continue


2021 & Beyond

  • Opening of the elementary school
  • Opening of the early childhood center
  • Addition of 11th grade
  • Opening of all renovated facilities
  • School continues to grow until it reaches capacity as a K–12 school
Partner logos: Marygrove College, Marygrove Conservancy, University of Michigan Marsal Family School of Education, Detroit Public Schools Community District, Starfish Family Services, IFF