Tag Archives: Oakland Schools

Oakland Schools Consultant Guides Ultimate Resource Project

FOUR YEARS AGO, Amy Bloom, a History/Social Studies Consultant for Oakland Schools, realized there was a massive gap in Michigan’s move to tie Social Studies coursework to the new State Standards. The essential, missing link? Classroom Curriculum! The Michigan Department of Education provided clear Content Expectations for Social Studies and History, so Amy simply stepped up […]

Dr. Yong Zhao: Educate Innovators, Not Test-takers!

Dr. Yong Zhao is an internationally-acclaimed education expert and a prolific writer with a widely-reviewed new book, World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students. He is the Presidential Chair of Global Education and Online Learning at the University of Oregon, where he also serves as the Associate Dean for Global Education and Online Learning, […]

An Open Letter to Parents, Students & Educators in Oakland County

From Dr. Vickie L. Markavitch, Superintendent of Oakland Schools, October 22, 2012 Good afternoon Oakland County parents, students and educators, You may have seen me quoted in recent newspaper articles (Oakland County school districts not happy with state’s labels and State slams Oakland Schools for wide achievement gap) or heard me say in my podcast (Losing […]

FOCUS SCHOOLS: Let’s Dispel the Misrepresentation

IN THE NEWS! READ: Another Superintendent Takes a Stand An Honor Roll for Hero Superintendents   Parents and Community Members: The attack on public education we are currently facing is unprecedented, and we all need to take an active role in fighting back. You have probably heard and read much about the new MDE Focus […]

College…Career…Tech Ed!

Are YOU an Albert Einstein Educator? “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein I found Albert’s quote on Paul Galbenski’s website. As the 2011-2012 Michigan Teacher of the Year, Paul is Michigan’s first Career and Technical educator to win the prestigious MTOY honor. […]

Undiscovered Artists

SCROLL to View the Hidden Talents of Oakland County Schools’ Faculty and Staff… …you might be surprised by a colleague’s abilities, or by an employee’s secret creative powers! These projects (and more!) may be viewed on the first and second floors of the Oakland Schools Educational Service and Conference Center, Monday through Friday from 8:00am-7:30pm, […]

VLAC to the Future!

HOW ONE CYBER SCHOOL IS GETTING IT RIGHT… When the fierce debates in Lansing over uncapping charter and cyber schools died down, and Governor Snyder signed Senate Bills 618 and 619 into official existence, administrators and educators were left with a number of unproven choices for their schools and their students. Charter schools and cyber […]

Outstanding Teachers Say “It’s About the Students”

Winners of Oakland County Outstanding Teacher of the Year 2012 Amy Guzynski, Lamphere High School; Hugh Watters, Bloomfield Hills Middle School; Michael Medvinsky, Oakwood Elementary Oakland County Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards Program, May 10, Waterford: After eloquent speeches from George Ehlert (Oakland Schools Board of Education), Ryan Bladzik (Oakland Schools Education Foundation) and […]

Stand 4 Change on May 4: STOP the Bullying!

“We believe in putting the power for change where it belongs: in students’ hands. Together, we can put an end to bullying.” May 4, 2012 Teachers, administrators and students looking to introduce or reinforce an anti-bullying message will find plenty of free support through a new, rapidly-expanding local initiative. STAND 4 CHANGE DAY is a […]

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R U TEXTING while TEACHING? (Stop!…and do THIS first!)

I’d like to be able to say that I am a native, Social Media first-adopter, but I’m not nearly that cool. I jumped into Social Media about 5 years ago purely out of desperation: my oldest daughter left for college and her only known form of human communication was texting. I clearly remember my proud […]