ESE Announcements

  • Join the Office of Exceptional Student Education as we celebrate Autism Awareness Month.

    ASD Calendar

    For more information, please contact one of our ASD Supervisors below.

    Michelle Busby |

    Dolores Wylie |

    Gayle Dooley | 

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  • Greetings DPSCD Families,

    Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) remains committed to providing the highest quality education and support to all students. There is a national critical shortage impacting our ability to provide continuous specialized services in select areas to students requiring school-based ancillary support. School districts nationwide report challenges in recruiting and hiring support services, including school social workers, school psychologists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists.

    We continue to actively seek solutions to address this issue, including the exploration of expanding our number of contracting agencies, virtual resources, and the provision of compensatory services. While we are working diligently to mitigate the impact of this shortage, it is essential for you, as parents and guardians, to be aware of the efforts we are making to ensure your child’s needs are met.

    Please join us for our monthly Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Meeting on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, where we will further discuss this issue. 

    The meeting will be held via Microsoft Teams and can be accessed using this link.

    For more information on PAC and future meetings, please visit Parent Toolbox / Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) (

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  • What is Crisis Prevention Institute: Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI)?

    Crisis Prevention Institute: Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (CPI: NVCI) is a non-violent crisis prevention program with a focus on proactive responses and de-escalation. Our core training program equips staff with proven strategies for safely defusing anxious, defensive, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage and using physical intervention as a last resort.

    Who can participate in CPI: NVCI?

    Detroit Public Schools Community District has certified trainers of Crisis Prevention Institute: Nonviolent Crisis Intervention. Training is provided to our School-based crisis teams that have been identified by the building principal and all ESE staff. Staff that participate in the training will be provided with the skills to safely recognize and respond to everyday crisis situations. The training complies with all current legislation and is fully accredited so that staff can earn continuing education credits.

    • Prevention & verbal de-escalation skills
    • Disengagement safety techniques
    • Risk assessment framework
    • Physical intervention techniques.

    For more information about CPI/NVCI please contact Dr. Adrima Caesar at


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  • K-12 Standards Report Card

    Learn more about the indicators that will help you understand your student's progress toward grade-level alternative standards. Visit K-12 Standard Report Card for more information on ESE report cards.

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