Oakland Schools ideology featured at MASB Leadership Conference

Oakland Schools was asked by the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) to give a special presentation at its Annual Leadership Conference Nov. 9-12 in Lansing.

It was there Oakland Schools officials had the opportunity to explain to the approximate 60 attendees at the MASB meeting how the Oakland Schools Board of Education approaches decision making on countywide initiatives.

Members of the Oakland Schools Board of Education President Dr. Theresa Rich, Vice President Marc Katz and Secretary George Ehlert alongside Oakland Schools Superintendent Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Dr. Michael Yocum and Executive Director of District and School Services Dr. Heidi Kattula, presented, “New Pedagogies for Deep Learning,” an Oakland County initiative, to the Michigan Association of School Boards.

Using theories developed by New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, an international network of educational institutions dedicated to changing instruction in the classroom in ways that will engage students and deepen their learning experience, Troy Schools Superintendent Rich Machesky explained how his district is utilizing this initiative. Bloomfield Hills Board of Education President Cynthia von Oeyen also assisted.

The response to this county-wide program was incredible.

“It gave us an opportunity to share with a statewide audience the process the Board has put in place to consider, adopt, monitor and evaluate large scale projects related to teaching and learning,” explained Dr. Yocum.

The Michigan Association of School Boards is a voluntary, nonprofit association of local and intermediate boards of education located throughout the state of Michigan. Its membership is comprised of over 600 boards of education, representing nearly all public school districts in the state.

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