Category Parents

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 […]

First Oakland Schools Scripps Regional Spelling Bee worthy of n-o-t-a-b-i-l-i-a

Rahul Reddy, an eighth-grader at Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy in Pontiac, is the winner of the first Oakland Schools Scripps Regional Spelling Bee. After nine rounds, he correctly spelled notabilia, which, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, means “things worthy of note.” Annabella Evangelist, a seventh-grader at Our Lady of Sorrows School in Farmington, was the runner up. […]

Hankerson family’s praise of Oakland Schools Technical Campus – Southwest boils over

If there was a motto written to describe the Hankerson Family, who reside in Novi, it would be: “The family that cooks together, stays together.” In fact, Kevin and Tricia Hankerson describe cooking together as something the family really values, with Kevin doing most of the summer cooking and Tricia taking over the helm in […]

Beginning Preschool or Kindergarten: Easing the Transition

Congratulations! You and your child are beginning an exciting year! Each child adjusts to school in his or her own way. Some children act no different or are thrilled to be a “big kid” who goes to school. It is not unusual, though, that these very same children may cry or cling to mom or […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oakland Schools

PROPOSAL 1: Just the Facts

On May 5, 2015, Michigan voters will head to the polls to vote on Proposal 1- a statewide ballot initiative that will raise funds to improve Michigan’s roads and bridges, and schools.  Proposal 1 (2015-1) is a complex plan with a simple set of goals: 1. Pay down Michigan’s transportation debt 2. Fix structural problems with […]

Oakland Schools

Frankenstein’s Magic Formula: Modern Mechatronics!

WHAT HAPPENS when you combine electronic and mechanical systems with information technology, teachers with engineering experience and a roomful of curious high school students? What happens is a magic Frankenstein-ian formula for success called MECHATRONICS! Mechatronics is an integrated engineering practice responsible for ‘smart’ machinery (think robotics, sensors, new homes, surgical tools and toys). In […]

TEACHING Children about Sandy Hook

Resist the New Normal I am having a very difficult time dealing with the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I understand that my horror pales in comparison to what was, and forever will be experienced by the parents, students, teachers and first responders of Newtown, Connecticut…but I am a mom, and I am haunted. […]