K12 partners



Project RUSL will directly impact two urban school districts--River Rouge and Harper Woods-- by training 6 classroom teachers to become certified school librarians who can deliver culturally responsive school library programs upon the project's conclusion. In partnership with the local public libraries, Project RUSL participants will pilot a book lending model with public and school libraries within practicum courses. 

Partner Schools

In a joint statement, Derrick R. Coleman, superintendent of the River Rouge School District, and Steven McGhee, superintendent of Harper Woods School District, said: " This grant will simultaneously provide both the school district and our local public library system with a synergy to re-engage a generation of people that may not understand the library is more than a space that holds a collection of books. We look forward to this partnership with Wayne State and are excited to prepare our teachers to continue a tradition of service so deeply woven into the culture of learning in this country."

River Rouge School District

Students at River Rouge
Caring for the whole child and offering wrap-around services is a hallmark characteristic of the River Rouge schools community


Harper Woods School District

students and superintendent McGhee at Harper Woods
Innovation and entrepreneurialism are hallmark characteristics of the Harper Woods schools community