Category Oakland County

Oakland Schools marks Autism Awareness Month

Chances are, you know someone with autism or know of someone whose life includes someone with autism. Almost every week, some sort of news story about autism reaches us while researchers devote countless hours and millions of dollars into studying the cause(s) of this complex disability. April is National Autism Awareness Month, a great opportunity […]

Cabinet Corner: Homeless Student Services

Homeless agencies across the state estimate there are 2,500 homeless students in Oakland County alone. The worst part is, said Sara Orris, Homeless Student Education Services Coordinator of Oakland Schools’ Community Programs, Special Populations, that number is likely way off. “We know that’s just a fraction of the number of homeless students out there,” she […]

Oakland County Health provides tips to residents on how to fight the flu

Influenza (flu) causes more hospitalizations among young children than any other vaccine-preventable disease, and children younger than 5 are at higher risk for serious flu-related complications. Getting a flu shot can reduce flu illnesses, doctor’s visits, missed work and school days, and prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths. Taking preventive actions, such as washing your hands […]

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 […]

Anti-Bullying for Parents & Educators

by Dr. Julie McDaniel, Consultant, Student Safety and Well-Being Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner and Trainer, Oakland Schools PARENTS AND SCHOOLS working together provide the united front necessary to reduce bullying. Both educators and parents have powerful online resources available to them; however, parents may not be aware of these resources or know how to access them. VIEW > Just […]

The F♥RCE Awakens…And We Are Ready!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters around the world today, giving all of us on social media an opportunity to massively trend-jack the hype centering on this movie’s long-awaited premiere. “May The Force Be With You” – possibly the most powerful movie quote of modern time – has been waiting to re-emerge (along […]

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STOP-LIGHT Moments: When the Scenic Route Makes Sense

WHEN DEALING with drivers amped on Starbucks, checking texts and lane-bombing to exit at Chrysler Headquarters is simply too much, I opt for the scenic route to Oakland Schools. Pontiac, the heart of my scenic route, is what many people driving through would consider on the edge of unfortunate circumstances. A little depressing, I thought, the […]