Oakland Schools

The recent election in Michigan has underscored the need for all partisan corners to pull together in support of our school children. What can you do to help Michigan schools mend? Superintendent of Oakland Schools, Dr. Vickie L. Markavitch, talks about the importance of citizen voices in public education policy-making in her new podcast… Click […]

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“Our students will be earning a living as adults in a world that MOVES”… Julie Alspach: Last year about this time, I attended the MiGoogle conference and listened to Andrew Vander Heuvel talk about his experience with Google Glass. The innovation of Google Glass inspired me to apply to be a Google Glass Explorer. At […]

Oakland Schools

WHAT HAPPENS when you combine electronic and mechanical systems with information technology, teachers with engineering experience and a roomful of curious high school students? What happens is a magic Frankenstein-ian formula for success called MECHATRONICS! Mechatronics is an integrated engineering practice responsible for ‘smart’ machinery (think robotics, sensors, new homes, surgical tools and toys). In […]

Oakland Schools

Ed Camps are HOT. Not in the buggy, sticky, un-air conditioned way of a Camp Tonawonda, but in the hip, trend-setting way of educators onto something really BIG… Ed Camps are collaborative learning events for teachers and administrators who are interested in sharing and/or gaining expertise on specific topics. The topics are user-generated: Ed Campers […]

Oakland Schools

ABOVE: Consumers Energy Natural Gas BOOT CAMP Graduation Speakers (not shown: Patrick Van Beek, President, Midwest ENERGY Association) “This partnership is a living example of business and education coming together to provide the workforce of today and tomorrow”… Dr. Markavitch Dr. Vickie Markavitch, Superintendent of Oakland Schools, at Boot Camp Graduation Ceremony 2014: “Consumers Energy […]

Oakland Schools

“Know Thy Impact”… Dr. John Hattie, Professor of Education and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia, is globally recognized as the world’s foremost researcher on what works best in schools to improve student learning. His evidence-based practices for classroom educators were developed after  80 million people were analyzed […]

Oakland Schools

Once again, testing raises its confused head in Michigan… Are our high school students’ ACT/MME test scores steadily improving, OR, are MI freshmen now bottoming out of college because of their lack of “college readiness”?  Because, honestly, where is the clear connection between improved high school scores and the need for college remediation? Hey — […]

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