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Oakland Schools

MI Educators Collaborate to Make ‘Visible Learning’ Happen at Oakland Schools!

“Know Thy Impact”… Dr. John Hattie, Professor of Education and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia, is globally recognized as the world’s foremost researcher on what works best in schools to improve student learning. His evidence-based practices for classroom educators were developed after  80 million people were analyzed […]

Oakland Schools

“I Am Off to Inspire a Nation”

INSPIRATION and a Teacher’s Reality from Nichole Bontomasi, 2014 Oakland County High School Teacher of the Year… When I was a new teacher, I thought the “Teacher of the Year” must obviously be the best teacher around, but I have learned that many of the best educators are far too unassuming to be recognized easily. […]

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My #PLN Gets PERSONAL

My middle daughter is leaving home. Middle (smartphone and laptop attached to her body) is beginning her freshman year at MSU.  This collegiate move coincides with her big sister’s move to a 4th grade teaching position in Colorado (smartphone and my old car attached to her body).  With Big and Middle happily off finding their […]

Oakland Schools

What’s Rhrong with Rhee’s Merit Pay ‘Solution’?

 “Where’s the MERIT in Merit Pay and Other Education Reforms?” An insightful PODCAST on Michelle Rhee’s favorite corporate-reform solution from Dr. Vickie Markavitch, Superintendent of Oakland Schools… CLICK on IMAGE Below to View Podcast “I just attended the Detroit Michigan Regional Policy Conference held on Mackinac Island.  A prime focus of the conference was education […]

TEACHER WARRIORS, One Year Later…

 It’s not something you DO, it’s who you ARE. Excited, idealistic, hopeful and nervous: Last May, I wrote about a new class of enthusiastic students graduating from the College of Education at Michigan State University. Not only were these men and women looking at a fifth-year teaching internship, they were walking into national edu-politics and […]

Judy Hauser: 21st Century Librarian @ Oakland Schools

Judy Hauser, author, database search specialist and information media consultant for Oakland Schools, was recently honored by Governor Snyder with a three year appointment to the Library of Michigan Board of Trustees. It was an unexpected honor for Judy, but one that fittingly crowns a career that veered down an unexpected cyber-path before most teachers […]

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. […]