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 — […]

The Politics of School Lunch

Getting children to eat a healthy meal is not as easy as simply putting salad on their lunch trays. Children turn to foods they are familiar with and have been raised to enjoy; when an 11 year old student has never tasted a carrot, you can dependably guess she won’t try a salad at school […]

Oakland Schools

INSPIRATION and a Teacher’s Reality from Nichole Bontomasi, 2014 Oakland County High School Teacher of the Year… When I was a new teacher, I thought the “Teacher of the Year” must obviously be the best teacher around, but I have learned that many of the best educators are far too unassuming to be recognized easily. […]

Oakland Schools

from Dr. Vickie Markavitch, Superintendent of Oakland Schools *** “CLASSROOMS and KIDS” BUDGET UPDATE & CLARIFICATION, May 12: NET INCREASE: The foundation increase in the “Classrooms and Kids” proposal is a $250-$290 per pupil increase over last year’s foundation level.  Because the proposal collapses categorical funding into the per pupil foundation, the impact of that […]

Oakland Schools

…It’s a REAL STORY (not a Fairy-Tale) That You Need to Read! “It is going to be a story about something that has been the fabric of American life and opportunity for centuries. It is a story about American ideals, about equal opportunity, about American ingenuity. It is a story, about public education and all […]

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