Category Oakland Schools

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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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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 […]

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Public funding for private education doesn’t ADD UP

“FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, the legislature in Lansing is attempting to fund private schools with taxpayer funds”… VIEW this 3 minute video with Oakland Schools Superintendent Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson, and learn what you need to know! Video transcript: “Last year the attempt failed early in the House of Representatives. This year the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]