Learning Leap for Detroit Public School

Students: A White Paper


Summer learning success for Detroit public school students

Test scores did not portray a picture of success for students in Detroit. Already performing at or near the bottom 10% of national student performance levels in reading and well below the bottom 10% in math, learners were facing the long, slow days of summer and the decline of skills they had accumulated in the school year. The trend had to be reversed; the slide stopped. Are your students are facing similar challenges?

A critical element formula for achievement

Detroit Public Schools and Catapult Learning collaborated to produce Detroit’s Summer Academy 2010. Seamless integration of four critical elements was the foundation of an effective operational system that accelerated student learning while reducing the complex duties of school administrators. In “Learning Leap for Detroit Public School,” BullmasterDayPhotoCropped, Ed.D. explores these critical components and how they played a role in dramatic gains in achievement.

  • High quality managerial expertise combined with outstanding day-to-day implementation
  • Motivating, research-based, well-designed curriculum materials and activities
  • Knowledgeable, skilled, well-prepared professional staff
  • Active family involvement

About the Author

Dr. Marcella L. Bullmaster-Day is an Associate Professor and the Associate Director of the Touro College Lander Center for Educational Research in New York City. She has worked as a teacher, principal, researcher, university professor, corporate executive, curriculum designer, and professional development consultant in urban educational contexts for over three decades.

Dr. Bullmaster-Day served as Executive Director of Curriculum for Kaplan K12 Learning Services and was Program Chair for Kaplan University’s Graduate School of Education where she developed the conceptual framework and innovative online courses for the University’s Masters Degree in Education. Dr. Bullmaster-Day holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University Teachers College.