Best Classroom Project
The Best Classroom Project is a citywide group of Detroit parents across economic and racial boundaries in search of the best Kindergarten classroom for their children born after 2009. Against the broader landscape of struggling schools, members collaborate and research high performing and aspiring city schools to inform their school choices. Dara Hill, associate professor of Reading and Language Arts at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is a parent member. Hill supports families by coordinating with district officials to organize daytime school visits. Parents document each school visit with a school evaluation checklist and share findings during monthly meetings. The school evaluation checklist additionally serves as a resource to inform parents of traits of successful schools. In addition to documenting the landscape of high performing and aspiring schools in Detroit, Hill is documenting parent perspectives of school visits and participation in community-based organizing efforts.