Proposed 'Lab Schools' program will be presented to Ann Arbor parents at two upcoming forums
The proposed lab schools collaboration between Ann Arbor Public Schools and the University of Michigan will be presented to parents in two upcoming forums.
The lab schools program, slated to be housed at Scarlett Middle School and Mitchell Elementary School, would create a K-8 campus between the two schools through a partnership with the U-M School of Education.
The forums will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at Scarlett, 330 Lorraine St., and from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 18 at Mitchell, 3550 Pittsview Drive.
The forums will offer parents a view at basic information on the program and will allow for questions and discussion, said Scarlett Principal Gerald Vazquez.
“We want parents to know that we are working on this as a process, and we want them involved in the process,” he said.
The lab schools program was first publicly discussed in mid-September at a meeting of the Performance Committee of the Ann Arbor Board of Education.
District officials said they envision the Scarlett/Mitchell campus as a gathering place for families and a place to enhance teacher learning and teaching practices. Education students from U-M will partner with teachers at the two schools in the classroom, which officials believe will enhance student achievement and growth.
“We can pre-teach and re-teach in a way that it basically doesn’t allow there to be a gap,” Vazquez said in September. “That would be the hope.”
The proposed program includes the possibility of expanding or reorganizing the school year, with one option being strategically placed “inter-sessions” throughout the year, which would be similar to a year-round academic program.
The proposed program is the third academic initiative being developed between the university and AAPS. The Summer Learning Institute brings U-M education students into AAPS classrooms each summer, and the Ann Arbor Languages Partnership teaches world languages to AAPS third- and fourth-grade students and was launched in 2009.
Kyle Feldscher covers K-12 education for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.