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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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ED CAMP/ED CONNECT

Ed Camps are HOT. Not in the buggy, sticky, un-air conditioned way of a Camp Tonawonda, but in the hip, trend-setting way of educators onto something really BIG… Ed Camps are collaborative learning events for teachers and administrators who are interested in sharing and/or gaining expertise on specific topics. The topics are user-generated: Ed Campers […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

LOCAL LESSONS: Oakland County and the Civil War

Students to learn about Civil War with NEW hands-on, local history lessons… “These lessons help students connect with their own local history, with real individuals who served in the Civil War. This curriculum requires students to grapple with primary source materials, the real stuff of history, instead of a textbook. It requires a student to […]

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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 […]