Category #EdLeadership

Oakland Schools’ Superintendent finalist for national  Women in School Leadership Award

Oakland Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson is a finalist for the Women in School Leadership Award, a national recognition given out annually by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). “I am beyond thrilled to be a finalist for this award,” said Dr. Cook-Robinson. “AASA’s mission of recognizing women leaders is an important one and […]

Leading the Way

Oakland Schools works to build strong district leaders Oakland Schools is often thought of as a leader in many ways, not just locally, but statewide as well. So it makes perfect sense Oakland Schools would be involved in the business of creating leaders. Hired in 2005 in the District and School Services Department specifically to […]

Building Powerful Learning Environments: From Schools to Communities

“I was fortunate to experience first-hand how we, as educators, parents, and community members, could function as ‘US’  — instead of  ‘US and THEM’” ~ Dr. Arina Bokas Oakland Schools: Arina, you are a local educator-innovator with a Clarkston-based magazine and cable TV show that promote learning – and now you’ve written a BOOK about your […]

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My First 90 Days: Conversation, Connection & Change

“The path to excellence is paved with tough conversations.” – Dan Rockwell I am coming up on the end of my first 90 days as the new superintendent of Oakland Schools, and I thought it would be a great time for me to reveal my Master Plan. ‘Master Plan’ sounds a little intimidating, doesn’t it? […]

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Oakland Schools Board of ED Recommends New Superintendent

“We believe we have a person in-house that has shown us, over the last 14 months, exactly the kind of leadership, purpose and momentum we are looking for”…  Letter from the Board President June 8, 2015 – Last month the Oakland Schools Board of Education accepted the resignation of  Dr. Vickie L. Markavitch, who has […]

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Lessons in #EdLeadership: Purpose, Passion, ACTION

By Dr. Vickie L. Markavitch, Superintendent of Oakland Schools Purpose. Isn’t life amazing as an educator? Truly think about it. Our purpose is built into our job through our students, and we can go to work every day feeling good about what it is we are there to accomplish. I read a book in college […]