Monthly Archives: September 2017

What do educators from Belarus and the United States Have in Common? As it turns out, a lot

A group of educators from Belarus (a former Soviet republic who is often referred to as Europe’s last dictatorship) visited Michigan this September through a global exchange program via Global Ties Detroit, funded by the U.S. State Department. Interestingly, these educators were seeking to learn about best practices in entrepreneurship education in Michigan with the […]

Employee Focus: Jay Marks – Diversity and equity consultant

Diversity. Equity. Race. Social Justice. These are words that sometimes scare people or make them nervous because there’s a lot of apprehension surrounding how to approach these sensitive, but important topics. But if you’re Dr. Jay Marks, Oakland Schools’ diversity and equity consultant, these topics are what you live and breathe. A typical day for […]

Oakland Schools Education Foundation awarded $15,000 grant from DTE Energy Foundation

Funds to support Oakland Schools’ countywide robotics program The Oakland Schools Education Foundation has received $15,000 in grant money from the DTE Energy Foundation to help supplement the cost of running the Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association (OCCRA), a countywide robotics league designed to provide students with firsthand science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) experiences. […]

Oakland Schools student ACEs program

It’s a bright and sunny Thursday afternoon and Ortonville resident Melinda Cheng finds herself on the Oakland Community College (OCC) campus, just a couple weeks into the 2017-2018 school year. But this isn’t the first time the 19 year old has been on this campus – not by a long shot. Thanks to the Oakland […]

Oakland Schools recognized with national accreditation

Oakland Schools has again achieved accreditation from AdvancED, a nonprofit organization that conducts rigorous on-site external reviews of both local school districts and educational service agencies. Oakland Schools received high marks in all three categories: teaching/learning impact, leadership capacity and resource utilization. “Going through the accreditation process gives us an opportunity to really open our […]

Middle School STEM Camp completes successful summer pilot

Last winter, when Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson first proposed a major STEM camp for middle school students, everyone thought it would be a great idea to give middle school students a first-class exposure to career planning and STEM (Science, Technology and Math.) We also realized that the camps would give us an excellent opportunity to showcase […]

The Three Rs – Relationship, Relationship, Relationship

Kellye R. Wood, director of Early Childhood for Oakland Schools, offers advice on how teachers can better build relationships with students as we move into the new school year.  What is one of our main “jobs” as educators at the beginning of the school year? It is to build relationships. Why? Because learning is ultimately […]