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August 5, 2020

Welcome Detroit Innovation Families to a new school year!

I am pleased to welcome you back to the 2020-21 school year! I would like to extend a special
welcome to all of the new families joining Detroit Innovation this year and welcome back all of
our returning families as well! I am honored to be your principal and look forward to another year
watching your scholars grow!

Our mission at DIA is to provide a stimulating and supportive environment that empowers
scholars to reach academic excellence and to be leaders in the community. Whether at home
through remote learning or in our innovative classrooms, we are tasked with immense goal of
providing our students with a high quality education that will allow them to have abundant
choices in their future. Our dedicated educators have been engaged in professional learning
opportunities to keep their teaching skills honed, and our committed custodians have been
meticulously cleaning and disinfecting our building. This year will be unique, but I am confident
that we have the right team to see us through it! I also want to reassure you, that the health and
safety of DIA staff and students is, and always will be, my priority. No matter what situation we
face, I know we will all— staff, scholars and parents— will rise to the occasion!

Student success is attributed to the partnership and the relationships we build within our
community and this is MOST important now more than ever. It truly does take a village and at
DIA we value teamwork and collaboration! Education is a joint venture and we greatly appreciate
the support you provide for your children at home and at school to help them meet their learning
Communication between home and school is critical, especially during a time when circumstances
can change overnight. I will provide information to parents via text, email, school reach messages,
Detroit Innovation Academy’s newly updated website, DIA Facebook and Instagram pages, and
through Classroom DoJo posts, so please ensure your information is updated in PowerSchool and
you are following our pages. If you need help updating this information, you can email our office
staff at or and they will assist you.
This school year will be a new journey for all of us, but please know that I am committed to
keeping all stakeholders healthy and safe while we navigate through these unchartered waters
together. I look forward to another great year with you and your child!
Best Regards,
Marina Hanna-Kaminski

At a glance

  • Data-Driven Instruction D.I.A. provides exemplary individualized instruction through the use of data-driven practices. Curriculum-based assessments along with NWEA MAP assessments (Measures of Academic Progress) provide critical information utilized to inform differentiated supports for students at all levels of academic proficiency.
  • Character Development At Detroit Innovation Academy, we believe teaching character is just as important as teaching content. Our proactive approach of highlighting monthly moral virtues instills important core ethical values and inspires exemplary character in all of our scholars.
  • Rigorous Curriculum Our educators deliberately plan and create engaging learning experiences daily. By utilizing Common Core aligned curriculum with clear learning outcomes, matching assessments, and effective instructional strategies, our educators ensure that all students are challenged to achieve the desired end.

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