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CLEAN IT UP: a social media repair guide for college & career

GOING to college? Heave a big sigh of relief. The ACT and SAT are behind you. Common App and college essays should be wrapping up for Early Action. Transcripts have been sent… WOO-HOO your high school career is winding down fast! There is nothing more you can do to improve your candidacy for the University […]

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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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 […]

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State of Oakland County Schools 2015 VIDEO Resources

A Decade of Education in Oakland County: Then, Now and Looking Ahead… Image l to r: Barbara DeMarco, Dr. Tim Meyer, Dr. Vickie Markavitch Oakland Schools and the Oakland County School Boards Association partnered on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 to bring Oakland County residents a comprehensive view of education in our county. Dr. Vickie L. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

The Politics of School Lunch

Getting children to eat a healthy meal is not as easy as simply putting salad on their lunch trays. Children turn to foods they are familiar with and have been raised to enjoy; when an 11 year old student has never tasted a carrot, you can dependably guess she won’t try a salad at school […]

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“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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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 […]