Exceptional Talent

  • At DPSCD, we want to build an excellent team of dedicated staff to serve our students.

    What progress are we making toward Exceptional Talent?

    • The average base teacher salary has increase $5,236 since Spring 2017 with more increases anticipated.
    • More and more DPSCD schools are beginning the school year fully staffed. In 2016, only 22 schools started the school year fully staffed. In 2019, that number was 60.
    • Over 120 administrators and future administrators have participated in administrator pipeline programs, including a Wayne State University certification program, a district Assistant Principal Pathway program, and a Leadership Development Program in partnership with Eastern Michigan University.
    • The District has expanded its leadership development programs and partnerships for innovative preparation models, including a new teacher training program at Marygrove.

    What are some of our strategies to build Exceptional Talent?

    • DPSCD is focused on investing in our educators through new positions like Master Teachers and improved compensation that recognizes experiences outside of the District.
    • The District is offering new, high-quality professional development and better classroom materials aligned to the new curriculum adoptions.

    What’s next for Exceptional Talent?

    • The District is streamlining its hiring and onboarding processes to make the timelines shorter and the experience more meaningful for new employees.

    The District is implementing a recruitment and retention bonus program for staff who elect to work at hard-to-staff schools.