Chamonique Griffith stands in front of her second-graders on a Thursday morning, about to try something that, for her, is new.
"How many of you know that I go to class at night?" she asks.
Her second graders all quietly raise their hands.
"So, last night, I got to do a really cool activity with my teacher," Griffith continues, "and so I wanted to try the activity with you."
Griffith is part of the first cohort of teachers in a new college of education at Davenport University in Grand Rapids. This college is focused entirely on preparing teachers for urban classrooms. The students enrolled in the master's level program, for now, are all currently teaching at Grand Rapids Public Schools.