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Educationally Speaking

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Educationally Speaking is an Oakland Schools Intermediate School District broadcast which focuses on important topics related to education in Oakland County, MI.
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How to support immigrant students

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How to support immigrant students
In Oakland County, we are lucky to have a diverse community where many different nationalities are represented in our schools. However, many of these students need time to adjust to their new surroundings and life experiences after relocating from countries plagued by war, poverty and food insecurity. This podcast will explore ways teachers and the community can support our immigrant students in school. Guests: Wisam Brikho, Oakland Schools' Immigrant Student Consultant Sally Nalu, Supervisor for the Department of English Language Learners at Southfield Public Schools Resources: Oakland Schools  Oakland Schools Immigrant & Refugee Services Welcoming Michigan
20:53
November 10, 2020
Oakland Together School Nurse Initiative launches
In June of this year, Oakland Schools and the Oakland County Health Division formed a partnership called the Oakland Together School Nurse Initiative. This initiative led to the hiring of 68 nurses who were deployed to all 28 school districts in Oakland County. The nurses are to provide public health strategies and direction to staff and students with the goal of stopping the spread of COVID-19.  Guests: Calandra Anderson, Quality and Process Improvement Supervisor, Oakland County Health Division Cathy Farris, District Nurse, Novi Community School District Resources: Oakland Schools  Oakland County Health Division  Safe For School Hotline Oakland County COVID-19 Public Health Toolkit for K-12 Schools
29:17
October 20, 2020
Managing the polarity of meeting students' social-emotional health and learning during COVID-19
We know school leaders are between a rock and a hard place when it comes to planning class for the fall. They must think about students' social-emotional health AND learning needs. Both have to be attended to. Leaders can't pick one or the other. So, the question is, how do school leaders manage this balancing act? Guests: Jenelle Williams, Oakland Schools' Leadership and School Improvement Literacy Consultant Marty Chaffee, Oakland Schools' Administrator Leadership Consultant Resources: Oakland Schools  Jenelle.Williams@oakland.k12.mi.us Martin.Chaffee@oakland.k12.mi.us Unleashing the Positive Power of Differences: Polarity Thinking in Our Schools by Jane Kise Barry Johnson, lead thinker on polarity management
12:15
August 26, 2020
Early Childhood transitions: how to prepare your kindergartener for the upcoming school year
The transition back to school is going to be tough for everyone this year. Last year, with the pandemic, school went completely online then ended as it always does with the start of summer. But the bottom-line is in late August when students start coming back, it will have been months since they were in a classroom for face-to-face learning. This transition is likely to hit younger students the hardest as this may be the first time they have even gone into a classroom. In particular, the move from preschool to kindergarten is difficult for many youngsters. Guests: Veronica Pechumer, Oakland Schools Early Childhood Consultant Christine Hodge, Oakland Schools Great Start Collaborative Associate Coordinator Nicole McDonald, kindergarten teacher at Schalm Elementary in Clawson Public Schools Resources: Oakland Schools  Great Start Collaborative Oakland County  Host: Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Sarah Davis Producer: Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager Mark Hansen
12:20
August 17, 2020
Tips and Tricks for Online Learning during COVID-19
With school starting back up in the fall, many parents are having to make the tough decision of whether to have their children go back into the classroom or pick online learning options. For the past seven years, Oakland Schools has already been offering an online option for those interested. The program, called Virtual Learning Academy Consortium, or VLAC for short, offers an at-home learning program for grades K-12. In this episode, we talk with the director of VLAC who provides us with some tips and tricks for successful online learning this fall.  Guests: Julie Alspach, program administrator of Oakland Schools VLAC.  Resources: Oakland Schools  VLAC VLAC Facebook  Host: Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Sarah Davis Producer: Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager Mark Hansen
10:33
August 3, 2020
OS Outreach Podcast, Part Two
This is the second part of our series where we are interviewing Oakland Schools' employees who are helping out their communities. In the second segment, we will talk about two of our Oakland Schools' staff who are on the frontlines working to help those in need of food and shelter. Guests: Lori Adkins, Oakland Schools Nutrition Consultant Sara Orris, Oakland Schools Homeless Services Consultant Resources: Oakland Schools  Oakland Schools Community Resources Meet Up and Eat Up Michigan Department of Education   Lighthouse My COVID Response Host: Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Sarah Davis Producer: Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager Mark Hansen
23:42
June 1, 2020
Oakland Schools Outreach, Part One
This is the first of a two-part podcast where we are talking to Oakland Schools' employees who are helping out their communities. In this first segment, we touch base with our Oakland Schools Technical Campuses, as well as one of our early childhood compliance consultants. Both are great examples of going above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic. Guests: Martin Kaye, Dean Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southwest Elaine Tadajewski, Early Childhood Compliance Consultant in Oakland Schools Special Populations department Resources: Oakland Schools  Host: Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Sarah Davis Producer: Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager Mark Hansen
13:47
May 26, 2020
Teaching Cultural Proficiency
Oakland Schools' Diversity and Equity Consultant Dr. Jay Marks talks about cultural proficiency and how he teaches the subject to school leaders and students throughout the community.  Resources: Oakland Schools  Host: Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Sarah Davis Producer: Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager Mark Hansen
23:19
February 20, 2020
Oakland Schools Technical Campuses offer myriad of opportunities for students
Oakland Schools Technical Campus-Southeast (Royal Oak) Dean Amy Gole and Oakland Schools Technical Campus (Wixom) Dean Martin Kaye and student Nihal Suthakar discuss what opportunities Oakland Schools Technical Campuses can provide for local students.  Resources: Oakland Schools Technical Campuses Oakland Schools  Host: Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Sarah Davis Producer: Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager Mark Hansen
20:49
February 5, 2020
Oakland Schools Service Desk chosen to provide support for MIServiceDesk
Oakland Schools' Assistant Superintendent and Chief Information Officer Tammy Evans and Oakland Schools Service Desk Supervisor Robin Evenson discuss how the Oakland Schools Service Desk was recently given the opportunity to provide tech support for MIServiceDesk, which is a statewide pre-K-12 initiative. This move puts Oakland Schools at the forefront of technology plans taking place at the state level.  Resources: MIServiceDesk.org Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators Oakland Schools  Host: Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Sarah Davis Producer: Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager Mark Hansen
14:09
January 8, 2020
Piece of the Pie: How School Aid Funding Works
Oakland Schools' Director of Government and Community Services Lisa Hansknecht talks about school aid funding and exactly how it works. She debunks myths to help give listers a better understanding of how Oakland County school districts are funded.  Resources: School Finance Research Collaborative: https://www.fundmischools.org/ Oakland Schools: oakland.k12.mi.us  House Fiscal Agency Fiscal Brief: http://www.house.mi.gov/hfa/PDF/Alpha/Fiscal_Brief_Basics_of_the_Foundation_Allowance_FY19_Update_Nov2018.pdf State of Michigan Revenue State Source and Distribution: http://www.house.mi.gov/hfa/PDF/RevenueForecast/Source_and_Distribution_Aug2019.pdf Host: Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Sarah Davis Producer: Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager Mark Hansen 
18:12
December 10, 2019
NTIP program helps ensure teacher retention
Oakland Schools'  Teacher Induction and Social Studies Education Consultant Dr. Christopher Lee and Oakland Schools' Literacy Consultant Dr. Andrea Zellner have started a New Teacher Induction Program called NTIP. The purpose of NTIP is to provide induction services for new teachers in participating Oakland County districts. Oakland Schools' goal is to support and guide educators who are in the early stages of their careers.  Resources: Contact NTIP on Twitter at @NTIPINOC or #NTIPINOC Contact Dr. Christopher Lee at christopher.lee@oakland.k12.mi.us Contact Dr. Andrea Zellner at andrea.zellner@oakland.k12.mi.us Oakland Schools: oakland.k12.mi.us  Host: Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Sarah Davis Producer: Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager Mark Hansen
15:53
November 18, 2019
Bullying 101
Oakland Schools' Student Safety and Well-Being Consultant Dr. Julie McDaniel  talks about Bullying during Bullying Prevention Month. The discussion ranges from the three main characteristics of bullying to what impact bullying has on school culture.  Resources: Okay to Say Oakland Schools Bullying 101 Stopbullying.gov International Bullying Prevention Association  Host: Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Sarah Davis Producer: Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager Mark Hansen  
15:47
October 10, 2019
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