Tag Archives: education

Oakland Schools

JUMPSTART the FUTURE at NAIAS 2014!

WHEN was the last time you attended the Auto Show…? The North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center (Jan. 18-26) shines a global spotlight on Michigan’s automotive industry. It also offers students a day of insight into potential career paths – a step toward keeping our state’s 21st century talent pool “imported from Detroit”… […]

The FACES of the Homeless in Oakland County

What ‘Homeless’ Looks Like… Were you expecting the usual stereotype of an addicted or mentally ill society-dropout? An unstable, unkempt street person whose family had long since given up on helping? Real-life is both surprising and unsettling: 40% of all homeless people are children. Half of homeless students eat just one meal a day. We […]

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TOP 5 Problems in Mich Public Ed…plus 5 SOLUTIONS!

by Dr. Vickie Markavitch, Superintendent of Oakland Schools: THE PRIMARY PROBLEM facing public education is the legislated diversion of time, talent and resources to things that do not improve student learning – a reliance on silver bullet, bumper sticker, market-driven ‘reform’ ideas instead of focused, research-based hard work and effort. Specifically: 1) Merit Pay and […]

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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 […]

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Revvving Up for SkillsUSA!

The Transportation Technology Cluster at Oakland Schools Technical Campus-Southwest is revving up for a win! Auto Collision Instructor Dave Hollinger has spent the last couple of months refining his students’ skills, and in a few days from now he will be watching Joel Howard, one of his talented transportation techies, compete at the SkillsUSA State […]

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COMMON CORE: Curse or Cure? Oakland Schools Responds

View informative NEW PODCAST to hear about the benefits of the Michigan Common Core Standards. Presented by Dr. Michael Yocum, Executive Director of Learning Services, Oakland Schools, and Consultants Valerie Mills and Delia DeCourcy. An excerpt: “The nature of work in America has changed. But because education has not kept pace with these changes, a […]

Oakland Schools

The CHOICE is Clear…

Comprehensive K-12 Schools Are More Important Now Than Ever! VIEW PODCAST by Dr. Vickie Markavitch, Superintendent of Oakland Schools FULL TEXT of PODCAST: Lots of things are being marketed to us under the label of choice and as I said in a prior podcast, there is nothing wrong with CHOICE, but when it comes to […]

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Family Engineering Night: The Next Gen Explore Careers of the Future

Oakland Schools Tech Campuses to Host 10-14 year-olds and their Parents in Lively Evenings of  Engineering Exploration Family Engineering Night is part of a county-wide initiative to help parents get their children interested in emerging technologies via an exciting evening of hands-on activities at Oakland Schools Technical Campuses. Upper-elementary and middle school students will explore […]

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 […]

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 […]