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Koby Levin


Detroit, MI, United States

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Past articles by Koby:

‘A real daughter of Detroit’: 5-year-old is youngest in Michigan to die from COVID-19

The death of a 5-year-old Detroit girl resonates in a city where the school community has been hit hard by coronavirus. → Read More

School librarians have just about disappeared in Michigan amid new technologies, budget cuts

Over the last 20 years, the number of school librarians statewide in Michigan plummeted until just 8% of schools had one. → Read More

These union leaders say the Detroit district is in a ‘very good’ financial position. They will push for raises.

The three unions collectively represent about 6,000 employees. → Read More

Is Michigan’s big bet on third-grade reading too small to make a difference?

But Michigan, where fewer than half of students are proficient in reading, has spent much less proportionally than other places on new literacy policies. → Read More

What makes a stable school in Detroit? This principal has a few ideas.

Judging by the number of teachers who stay, it is among the most stable schools in Detroit. → Read More

Ambitious new school at Marygrove hits another snag as interim principal leaves unexpectedly

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said the school won’t be affected in the long run by Monge’s departure. → Read More

Can aggressive oversight change the fortunes of this Detroit charter school?

A drastic oversight measure opened a new chapter in the troubled story of one of Detroit's oldest charter schools. → Read More

5 Detroit education stories we’re tracking in 2020

Welcome to a new decade of education in Detroit. We know that teachers will teach and students will learn in 2020. Beyond that, there are a lot of questions. Will preschool be expanded? What will happen when the new “read-or-flunk” law goes into effect? Where will the Detroit district find $500 million for building → Read More

The first day in Detroit: Cameras, cheers, and class rules that double as English lessons

Parents gathered outside the school Tuesday morning to grab one last photo and hug. Many were carrying tales of frustration with Detroit schools, as well as the hope that → Read More

This is what can happen when charter schools work together in Detroit

“That issue of isolation is real,” he said. “One of the ways people try to deal with that is by having peers that they can interact with.” → Read More

Amid a literacy crisis, Michigan’s school librarians have all but disappeared

Michigan's rapid loss of school librarians makes it an extreme examples of a national trend that has accelerated since 2007. → Read More

Defusing tantrums, tying laces, and changing young lives — while living under the poverty line

Spend a day in this teacher's classroom and it’s clear why some might be unwilling to take the path she has chosen. → Read More

Why lessons in ‘moral focus’ matter to this Detroit charter school teacher

A Detroit charter school teacher talks about how her classroom works. → Read More

National networks have overlooked Detroit, so a foundation is banking on homegrown charters

Top charter networks won't touch Detroit. Will philanthropic efforts to improve the situation succeed this time? → Read More

One question parents should be asking charter schools: Who owns your building?

When the American charter school movement got started, school buildings were often an afterthought. That's led to a lot of instability. → Read More

One question parents should be asking charter schools: Who owns your building?

When the American charter school movement got started, school buildings were often an afterthought. That's led to a lot of instability. → Read More

This Detroit master teacher doesn’t mind the tough adjustment to a new curriculum. ‘It just works.’

Here, in a feature we call How I Teach, we ask educators who’ve been recognized for their work how they approach their jobs. You can see other pieces in the series here. Mary Jane Espina was expecting a mess. Two decades of teaching have taught her a lot — including about how lessons can go wrong. As she prepared for → Read More

Watch: The state of Detroit schools, according to the people leading them

Watch our livestream of the second annual State of the Schools address. → Read More

Scared of robots? Here’s how one Detroit science teacher helps students deal with complex machines and instability at home.

Before she became a teacher, Maxine Kennebrew’s days were measured in hard numbers. I could say, ‘Okay this was a good day, we ran 1,000 engines today,” said Kennebrew, who formerly was a systems engineer for a Detroit automaker. “It was very tangible what I was accomplishing. In teaching, you can’t always measure → Read More

Detroit education leaders open to collaboration on accountability, student records

When students change schools — as they do all too often in Detroit — their data should travel with them. That idea has found support from more than one education leader in recent days, raising the prospect of additional cooperation between Detroit’s charter schools and its main district. Speaking in Detroit before → Read More