Tag Archives: education reform

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 […]

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

Common Core: Beyond the Noise

“There is a lot of NOISE right now about the Common Core Standards…” Four Minutes of Clarity: click image below to VIEW a timely YouTube PODCAST with Dr. Vickie L. Markavitch, Superintendent of Oakland Schools: CLICK on image above to VIEW PODCAST  TEXT of PODCAST from Dr. Markavitch: There is a lot of noise right […]

2013: STOCKPILE CLASSROOM JOY…

…in a JAR. 2012: It was a rough end to a tough year. Educators (and education) were the focus of local and national “reform” efforts, slashed budgets and bad press. Corporate privatizing and the MI lame-duck legislation paled, however, in the face of Sandy Hook – an unimaginable tragedy which left all teachers reeling and […]

Help Wanted: TEACHER WARRIORS!

“Never has the field of education been more exciting and/or challenging!” – Donald E. Heller, Dean of MSU’s College of Education Yesterday, I watched as Michigan State University graduated 400 brand new teachers.  The brains, confidence and positive energy of the young adults washed over the thousands of spectators, and spilled up and over the […]