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Oakland Schools

Working Together for Public Education 2015

The recent election in Michigan has underscored the need for all partisan corners to pull together in support of our school children. What can you do to help Michigan schools mend? Superintendent of Oakland Schools, Dr. Vickie L. Markavitch, talks about the importance of citizen voices in public education policy-making in her new podcast… Click […]

Teaching While Connected: My Google Glass Experiment

“Our students will be earning a living as adults in a world that MOVES”… Julie Alspach: Last year about this time, I attended the MiGoogle conference and listened to Andrew Vander Heuvel talk about his experience with Google Glass. The innovation of Google Glass inspired me to apply to be a Google Glass Explorer. At […]

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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 […]

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College Readiness: Open to Interpretation

Once again, testing raises its confused head in Michigan… Are our high school students’ ACT/MME test scores steadily improving, OR, are MI freshmen now bottoming out of college because of their lack of “college readiness”?  Because, honestly, where is the clear connection between improved high school scores and the need for college remediation? Hey — […]

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The “Classrooms and KIDS” Budget: the only plan where ALL students win

from Dr. Vickie Markavitch, Superintendent of Oakland Schools *** “CLASSROOMS and KIDS” BUDGET UPDATE & CLARIFICATION, May 12: NET INCREASE: The foundation increase in the “Classrooms and Kids” proposal is a $250-$290 per pupil increase over last year’s foundation level.  Because the proposal collapses categorical funding into the per pupil foundation, the impact of that […]

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Once Upon a Time in Oakland County…

…It’s a REAL STORY (not a Fairy-Tale) That You Need to Read! “It is going to be a story about something that has been the fabric of American life and opportunity for centuries. It is a story about American ideals, about equal opportunity, about American ingenuity. It is a story, about public education and all […]

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Intervention Beats Retention!

Michigan House Bill 5111 would retain third-graders that score below a standardized-test benchmark in reading. There are BETTER options. “We know from research and practice that there are ways other than retention to increase young children’s reading and mathematics skills. Focusing our resources on these evidence-based practices will in the long run serve our society […]