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OSTC-NW mentor a cut above the rest

Leon Fisher did what most Oakland Schools Technical Campus (OSTC) seniors do when they graduate:  he got a job in the industry he studied as a student. For Fisher, a graduate of OSTC-Northwest’s (NW) Culinary program, this meant becoming a line cook at Clarkston Union, one of downtown Clarkston’s most bustling, popular restaurants, which has […]

You go, girl(s)! OSTC-Southwest female machining students all place in top three at state competition

Hear the word “machining” and the verb likely conjures up an image of a man hunched over a lathe or mill shaping a piece of metal as sparks fly. But modern-day machining has changed. Not only in how the workpieces are manufactured, but also by way of who exactly is doing the creating. Early this […]

OS math and English consultants speak the same language

Math is more than just numbers and symbols – it is a language all on its own. This can sometimes cause complications when educators are trying to teach English-learning students the subject. However, two of our Oakland Schools’ consultants have successfully found a way help teachers bridge that gap. Suzanne Toohey, English as a Second […]

OSTC-NE iTEAM students put positive spin on anti-vaping campaign

Did you know 71.5% of Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northeast (OSTC-NE) students do not vape regularly? These results came from a survey conducted by Information Technology, Entrepreneurship & Advanced Marketing (iTEAM) students who were tasked with creating a campaign that will be marketed countywide. The idea to incorporate the students into a public marketing campaign […]

The four simple steps to reading

These four simple things can help babies learn to talk and children learn to read!  Sing. Singing helps your young child develop an awareness of different sounds. Songs introduce new words. Sing nursery rhymes, silly made-up songs or songs on the radio. Your child loves to hear your voice. Just sing! Say. Your child learns […]

Three ways to build authentic reading communities with tweens and teens

When we talk about sharing in a reading community, what images come to mind? Chances are you picture small children either gathered on a colorful classroom rug or cuddled up with a picture book and a grown-up before bedtime. But what happens when those little ones get bigger? Decades of research have shown us that […]

Choice, Voice and Connectedness: How the Global Read Aloud Can Change Your Teaching (and the World)

We know that all students are searching for the why – the reason for the learning they are engaging in on a daily basis. Yet, as educators, we often find it challenging to articulate “why”, especially during the age of accountability, standardized tests and education legislation. The Global Read Aloud is one way teachers can […]