Category curriculum

LOCAL LESSONS: Oakland County and the Civil War

Students to learn about Civil War with NEW hands-on, local history lessons… “These lessons help students connect with their own local history, with real individuals who served in the Civil War. This curriculum requires students to grapple with primary source materials, the real stuff of history, instead of a textbook. It requires a student to […]

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The Common Core Prioritizes Skills, Trusts Teachers to Select Content

By Delia DeCourcy, secondary literacy consultant, Oakland Schools This post responds to Robert Shepherd’s claims about the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards in a post on Diane Ravitch’s blog on July 5.  Shepherd is a curriculum designer and textbook developer who contends that “The Common Core will be the final nail in the […]

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Super Bowl XLVII: America’s Marketing H.S. Harnesses Power of Pop Culture

Is it the dog bribing the cat-owner with Doritos? Or the Dalmatian training the has-been Clydesdale to “Rocky”-like victory? We all have our favorite Super Bowl commercials (and yes, some of us only watch the Super Bowl in order to scoop the next ad classic!). But what takes a commercial to viral-level, and what does […]

Oakland Schools Consultant Guides Ultimate Resource Project

FOUR YEARS AGO, Amy Bloom, a History/Social Studies Consultant for Oakland Schools, realized there was a massive gap in Michigan’s move to tie Social Studies coursework to the new State Standards. The essential, missing link? Classroom Curriculum! The Michigan Department of Education provided clear Content Expectations for Social Studies and History, so Amy simply stepped up […]