DPS unveils new CORE Values poster

Illustration courtesy of the Dearborn Public Schools. A revamped CORE Values poster, presented at the Dec. 12 Dearborn Public Schools Board of Trustees meeting, will be distributed to district buildings in the coming weeks and will be available to local businesses and other establishments.

Illustration courtesy of the Dearborn Public Schools. A revamped CORE Values poster, presented at the Dec. 12 Dearborn Public Schools Board of Trustees meeting, will be distributed to district buildings in the coming weeks and will be available to local businesses and other establishments.

DEARBORN — A revamped poster for the Dearborn Public Schools CORE Values character education program was unveiled at the Dec. 12 Board of Trustees meeting and will be distributed to schools in the weeks ahead.

Local businesses and other establishments can contact the DPS Communications Office at 313-827-3006 to request a CORE Values poster to display in their building.

CORE Values resulted from a mid-1990s committee of DPS parents, staff and community members charged with developing a program that would reinforce core values being taught at home and considered important in the life of a child.

One of the results of the program was the creation of the CORE Values poster displayed in classrooms, offices, and other common spaces in district buildings. The poster is a daily reminder of the behaviors adults and students are expected to model and the expectations of all who enter the school.
“Our CORE Values are not part of a ‘textbook’ curriculum,” Supt. Glenn Maleyko said. “Rather these are the values our community has told us are important to them. Our job is to reinforce and model the positive values parents are teaching their children at home.”

The CORE Values received an update in 2003 and again last spring when a group of community members, staff, students, and parents created a new strategic plan along with a new vision and mission. The DPS CORE Values are: Honesty, Integrity, Responsibility, Respect for Self and Others, and Citizenship. Each CORE Value has supporting statements that describe the actions one needs to take in order to demonstrate the value.

At this year’s annual Response to Bullying Behavior event — renamed Care to the CORE — two new designs for the poster were revealed. An online contest was held using social media to select the winning design that features bright yellow text over a red brick wall. Prominent at the bottom of the poster is a collage of students representing the diversity of the DPS.

“The emphasis on CORE Values helps us to create a better learning environment in our schools and a better living environment in our neighborhoods,” Maleyko said.

This year, there is a renewed emphasis on the CORE Values and the variety of character education programs that are being used throughout the district.

Maleyko added, “We have several different programs that address school environment and student conduct such as PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports), Restorative Practices, Leader in Me, STAND (Students Taking a New Direction) and Peer Mediation,” Maleyko said. “However, our actions, our behaviors may have the biggest influence on the success of our students.”

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