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The Necessity of Proper Child Nutrition
The National School Lunch Program serves nearly 30 million children every school day. Balanced nutrition throughout the day is one of the leading factors when it comes to student success. Research has proven that school meal programs play an important role in obesity prevention, overall student health and academic achievement. Host: Mark Edwards, Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Guest: Lori Adkins, Oakland Schools’ Child Nutrition Consultant Producer: Brian Beck, Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager
29:60
September 30, 2022
A Fresh Perspective on Education
It's been said that the only constant in life is change itself. That also holds true in the education world, as it is always evolving. Groundbreaking ideas, cutting-edge curriculum, innovative technologies, and the list goes on. As we head into a new school year one variable remains constant, education professionals are gearing up for the 2022-23 school year with the goal of serving every student, every day! Host: Mark Edwards, Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Guest: Kenneth Gutman, Oakland Schools’ Deputy Superintendent  Producer: Mark Hansen, Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager
19:27
September 08, 2022
ABC's of Telling Your Story
In today's world, public perception can make or break your brand. So who is responsible for telling your organization's story? What are the most efficient ways to deliver a message? How do you evaluate whether or not your communication was effective? We’ll explore those topics and more in this episode of educationally speaking. Host: Mark Edwards, Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Guest: Sheri Stuart, Oakland Schools’ Communications Director Producer: Mark Hansen, Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager
19:54
July 28, 2022
The Road Ahead Talking K-12 Transportation
Getting from point A to point B can be a challenge for all of us! But when it comes to our most precious cargo, our children, safety rises to the top. More than 25 million children are transported to and from school and school-related activities every day. So how are school districts overcoming rising fuel prices, and dealing with bus driver shortages? We’ll explore those topics and more in this episode of Educationally Speaking. Host: Mark Edwards, Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Guest: Tom Korth, Oakland Schools’ Transportation Supervisor Producer: Mark Hansen, Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager
36:49
June 15, 2022
Better Hearing & Speech Services for K-12 Education
We've all heard the old adage that communication is key. However, nearly 5 -10 percent of Americans have a communication disorder, this includes speech & language & the deaf & hard-of-hearing communities. So what interventions are in place to ensure that our children are receiving the necessary support that leads to a successful school experience? Who are the professionals responsible for facilitating these critical services? We’ll explore those topics and more in this episode of educationally speaking. Host: Mark Edwards, Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Guests: Diane Katakowski, OS Speech & Language Consultant Jennifer Ryan, OS Speech & Language Consultant Janice Rich, OS Audiologist Nancy Sullivan,  OS Deaf & Hard of Hearing Teacher Consultant Tina Roy, OS Deaf & Hard of Hearing Teacher Consultant Producer: Mark Hansen, Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager
01:07:21
May 27, 2022
The World of Competitive Robotics
When it comes to robotics the future is now! From vacuums to lawnmowers, home security systems, personal assistants and even dogs. So how are today’s students learning about and using these rapidly changing technologies? In what ways will robotics shape our world for generations to come? We will explore those topics and more in this episode of educationally speaking. Host: Mark Edwards, Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Guests: Steve Smitka, OSTC-SE Instructor Issiah Johnson, OSTC-SE Student Justin Howard, OSTC-NE Instructor Gabe Hornbuckle, OSTC-NE Student Producer: Mark Hansen, Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager
46:07
April 22, 2022
Everything Education with Dr. Dania Bazzi
What are some of the current challenges facing education? Is it possible to focus on every student in an equitable fashion? Can one educational leader impact change in a community? We explore those topics and more in this episode of educationally speaking as we speak with the 2021-22 MASA Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Dania Bazzi from Ferndale Public Schools. Host: Mark Edwards, Oakland Schools' Communication Specialist Guests: Dr. Dania Bazzi, Superintendent, Ferndale Public Schools Producer: Mark Hansen, Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager Resources: Ferndale Public Schools
58:25
March 15, 2022
February celebrates CTE month! OSTC students work to restore a 1969 Chevy Camaro
Every parent wants their children to be successful when it comes to having a lucrative career. Career and Technical Education is proving to be the right fit for many students and their families. Listen to this episode to learn more about what CTE careers have to offer. Host: Mark Edwards, Oakland Schools' Communication Specialist Guests: Chris Vraniak, Dean OSTC-Southwest Michael Ribikowski, Cody Delisle, Parker Gottschalk, OSTC Southwest Collision Repair and Refinishing students Producer: Mark Hansen, Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager Resources: Oakland Schools Technical Campuses  
35:14
February 17, 2022
Accessing free preschool resources in Oakland County
At a time when 1 in 3 working families is struggling to find affordable childcare, Great Start Collaborative Oakland County is helping eligible families access free, high-quality preschool programs. This is a lifeline for many families as Michigan Early Childhood programs are considered among the best in the nation.  In this episode, Sheri Stuart and Veronica Pechumer discuss the free preschool resources available to eligible families in Oakland County.   Resources:  Great Start Collaborative Oakland County Host: Sheri Stuart, Oakland Schools' Director of Communication Services Guest: Veronica Pechumer, Director, Great Start Collaborative Oakland Producer: Mark Hansen, Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager 
06:07
January 05, 2022
Oakland Schools Technical Campuses offer unbeatable opportunities to local students
Are you a student who has always dreamed of managing your own restaurant or building a house a family could call their home? Do you desire to one day own your own salon or be a lead computer programmer at a software company? Oakland Schools has a longstanding tradition of creating opportunities for all students in Oakland County and that includes those who may have an interest in garnering hands-on experiences before leaving the classroom. This episode takes a look at what our Oakland Schools Technical Campuses (OSTC) have to offer local students.  Guests: Paul Galbenski, Dean OSTC-Northeast Dave Wyatt, Dean OSTC-Northwest Chris Vraniak, Dean OSTC-Southwest Joey Mansour, 12th Grader in OSTC-Northwest's Entrepreneurship and Advanced Marketing Program Theresa Kliffel, 12th Grader in OSTC-Northwest's Agriscience And Environmental Technologies Program Resources: Oakland Schools Technical Campuses  
28:17
October 19, 2021
Dispelling misconceptions about English Learners
Due to the pandemic, and how it affected learning these past several months, there are many students who are going to need additional support and resources this school year. In particular, those conversations seem to center around English Learners. A recent article published in Education Week pointed out that just because English Learners may need more support this fall, doesn’t mean that they are behind other students. This podcast examines the assumptions the general population often has when it comes to our English Learners and how to dispel those assumptions. Guests: Suzanne Toohey, Oakland Schools Supervisor of Instruction and Pedagogy Christy Osborne, Oakland Schools English as a Second Language (ESL) Consultant Hadeel Azzo, K-12 English Language Development (ELD) Consultant with the West Bloomfield School District Rob Beltz, English Language Development (ELD) Instructor and Trauma-Informed Practitioner, Novi Community School District  Resources: Oakland Schools ESL/Bilingual Oakland Schools' Community Resources Oakland Schools' Professional Learning Opportunities for Educators of English Learners United States Office of English Language Acquisition ELL Toolkit US Department of Justice/Department of Education Dear Colleague Letter Oakland County Youth Assistance  Host: Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Sarah Davis Producer: Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager Mark Hansen
36:27
September 22, 2021
Oakland Schools offers ultimate STEM experience
Nationwide and locally, careers in STEM, - which stands for science, technology, engineering and math - are making headlines as growing and lucrative fields for the future. Oakland Schools has been working hard over the past several months to really begin focusing on supporting the STEM efforts of local school districts. In this episode, we talk to the team who has created these programs to find out what exciting learning opportunities are on the horizon, as well as talk to a local elementary school principal and a student who are eager to participate in these opportunities. Guests: Phil Kimmel, Kyle Kilpatrick and Lauren Marchelletta, STEM Consultants for Oakland Schools Jeff Brown, Principal, Oxford Elementary School in Oxford Community Schools Cody Musial, freshman student at Oxford High School Resources: Oakland Schools Career Readiness Phil Kimmel Lauren Marchelletta Kyle Kilpatrick  Host: Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Sarah Davis Producer: Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager Mark Hansen
29:40
September 08, 2021
Looking forward: Experts weigh in on upcoming school year
For our first episode of Season 3, we will be talking about what parents and students can expect for the 2021-2022 school year. Admittedly, this is a moving target because the pandemic is ongoing and things could quickly change, but, as of right now, it is looking like school districts are going to resume in-person learning. So what will that look like? With guidance from local education experts, we will be discuss some of the key areas that parents and students may be examining upon returning to school this year. Guests: Lori Adkins, Child Nutrition Consultant for Oakland Schools Dayna Bennett, Public Health Nurse Consultant for Oakland Schools Lisa Hansknecht, Director of Government Relations and Community Services for Oakland Schools Dr. Julie McDaniel, Safety and Well-Being Consultant for Oakland Schools Dr. Amy Kruppe, Superintendent of Hazel Park Schools  Resources: Oakland Schools  Host: Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Sarah Davis Producer: Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager Mark Hansen
33:37
August 26, 2021
How Special Populations educators stepped up during the pandemic
When the pandemic hit, in-person learning stopped on a dime and school districts quickly set up online learning opportunities for students. It wasn’t an easy switch, but most students and staff were able to make the transition. And while that worked as a temporary solution for most families, there were many who were left in a lurch. For those with children who fall in the special populations category, the change from in-person to virtual learning simply didn’t work as many of those students require face-to-face interaction for learning to occur. Luckily, many of our local educators and consultants stepped up and when everyone else was getting behind a computer screen, they masked up, grabbed their equipment and curriculum and headed to their students’ homes, the local park… wherever it was necessary to make sure these children didn’t get left behind and still got the learning they deserve. Guests: Janet Hamblin and Kristen Strong, both Augmentative and Alternative Communication Consultants for Oakland Schools Sarah Stargardt, Teacher Consultant For The Blind And Visually Impaired for Oakland Schools Jeanette DeFrank, Paraprofessional for South Lyon Community Schools Resources: Oakland Schools Special Populations Oakland Schools Materials Center/AAC YouTube playlist PP&G (for Communication Board) Host: Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Sarah Davis Producer: Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager Mark Hansen
44:47
July 12, 2021
How do we bring them back? Why education professionals are increasingly leaving the field
This year, there has been a huge uptick in the amount of staff who have left the education profession. Many teachers, in particular, are retiring, but the issue is touching every aspect of the education field from superintendents to bus drivers. In our January Educationally Speaking podcast titled "Where are they? Why students are increasingly leaving the classroom," we explored why more students have left school due to the pandemic. Now we want to look at the staff side of the equation and discuss this loss that is occurring as well as some solutions for that loss. Guests: Karen Olex, Oakland Schools' Executive Director of Special Populations Dr. Christopher Lee, Oakland Schools' Teacher Induction And Social Studies Consultant Carol Diglio, Oak Park Schools' Assistant Superintendent Of Human Resources Cara Lougheed, 2019-2020 Michigan Teacher Of The Year Resources: Oakland Schools Contact NTIP on Twitter at @NTIPINOC or #NTIPINOC or Dr. Christopher Lee at christopher.lee@oakland.k12.mi.us Host: Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Sarah Davis Producer: Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager Mark Hansen
46:50
June 23, 2021
How to talk to your kids about race, racism and anti-racism
Race and racism have always been hot button issues in our society, but recent events have really seemed to push these topics to the forefront of everyone’s mind, including our youth. Discussing the topics of race and racism can be complicated, but it is always necessary. So how does a parent properly and effectively begin and continue this discussion with their child or children? Guests: Dr. Jay Marks, Oakland Schools’ Diversity and Equity Consultant Dr. Ashelin Currie, Oakland Schools’ Literacy Consultant Jianna Taylor, English Language Arts, Multi-tiered Systems of Support and School Improvement Coordinator for k-12 in West Bloomfield School District Sonja James, Principal at Sheiko Elementary School In West Bloomfield School District Both are also co-chairs of West Bloomfield School District’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion committee Resources: Oakland Schools Dr. Jay Marks and Dr. Ashelin Currie Powerpoint Presentation on How to Talk to Your Kids about Race, Racism and Anti-racism The Talk Video Freedom Reads: Anti-Bias Book Talk Culturally Responsive Sustaining Curriculum ScoreCard Book Recommendations: Toddler - 7 years All the Colors We Are: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color by Kate Kissinger A is For All the Things You Are: A Joyful ABC Book by Anna Forgerson Hindley 8 years old and up Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness: Anastasia Higginbotham This is You Brain on Stereotypes: How Science is Tackling Unconscious Bias by Tanya Lloyd Kyi The Talk by Wade and Cheryl Hudson We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices by Wade and Cheryl Hudson 12 years old and up The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person by Frederick Joseph Host: Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Sarah Davis Producer: Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager Mark Hansen
01:09:26
April 19, 2021
Student + Breakfast = Achievement
Imagine trying to learn when your stomach is speaking louder than your teacher. It is impossible!  Research shows that the simple act of eating school breakfast can dramatically change a child's school learning experience. In this episode, we discuss National School Breakfast Week and how it serves as a reminder that a healthy breakfast ensures students' academic well-being.  Guests: Lori Adkins, Oakland Schools' Child Nutrition Consultant and Vice President of the School Nutrition Association Stephanie Willingham, Assistant Director for the Office of Health and Nutrition Services for the Michigan Department of Education Bryan VanDorn, Director of Basic Needs Initiatives for United Way for Southeastern Michigan Katie McConkie, Director of Food Services for Lamphere Schools Resources: Oakland Schools United Way 211 Meet Up and Eat Up Lamphere Schools  School Nutrition Association  Host: Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Sarah Davis Producer: Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager Mark Hansen
24:48
March 04, 2021
Self-care help for students, parents and teachers
There has not been one person unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Local teachers, parents, and students are no exception. In this episode, we talk about what self-care is and how important it is to implement in our lives as often as we can.  Guests: Mary Perfitt-Nelson, Oakland Schools Mental Health Consultant Dr. Julie McDaniel, Oakland School Safety and Well-Being Consultant Paula Lightsey, Academic Advisement Supervisor at Southfield Public Schools Resources: Oakland Schools Susan Kaiser Greenland with Annaka Harris Mindfulness Games Activity Cards Breath for Friends Forever Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking Stress Cycle Michigan Coalition for Mindful Education, MC4ME The Greater Good Science Center out of Berkeley The National Child Traumatic Stress Network The Child Mind Institute Host: Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Sarah Davis Producer: Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager Mark Hansen
35:09
February 12, 2021
Partnerships At Home: Parents and caregivers are essential partners in learning
Parents and caregivers are essential partners in supporting learning at home but what does that mean? Experts say the most important thing is to keep a love of learning alive. In an effort to help local parents and caregivers, Oakland Schools District and School Services has started a Partnerships at Home series to assist with these new learning challenges. Guests: Executive Director for Oakland Schools District and School Services Jennifer Gottlieb Oakland Schools' Science Education Consultant Jessica Ashley Resources: Oakland Schools (link to register for a Partnerships At Home session) Host: Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Sarah Davis Producer: Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager Mark Hansen
12:22
January 27, 2021
Reimagining Education: How the pandemic may change the future of education
We all experienced a change in how education was delivered in 2020. Everyone was impacted -- parents and families, teachers and administrators. The pandemic has left its mark on many industries, and education is no exception. Moving forward, it's likely that certain aspects of education will need to change or adapt. We gathered together some of Oakland County's best education experts to talk about this ground-breaking topic and what we can potentially expect for the future of education.  Guests: Oakland Schools' Superintendent Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson Oakland Schools' Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Dr. Michael Yocum Oakland Schools' Chief Information Officer and Assistant Superintendent for Shared Services Tammy Evans Dr. Rich Machesky, Superintendent of the Troy School District Resources: Oakland Schools  Host: Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Sarah Davis Producer: Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager Mark Hansen
31:18
January 19, 2021
Where are they? Why students are increasingly leaving the classroom during the pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many issues when it comes to education access. Nationwide, there has been an increase in the number of students absent from school and it's not due to illness. This same issue has also been noticed in our state and Oakland County is no exception. More and more children are missing from classrooms and there is a myriad of reasons why.  Guests: Oakland Schools' Manager of District and Pupil Services Carolyn Claerhout (Carolyn.Claerhout@oakland.k12.mi.us) Oakland Schools' Homeless Services Consultant Sara Orris (Sara.Orris@oakland.k12.mi.us) Cassandra Baptiste, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning at Oak Park Schools Resources: Oakland Schools  Oakland Schools Pupil Accounting Oakland Schools Health and Community Resources Attendance Works Michigan Department of Education Every Student Matters Toolkit Michigan Department of Education Mental Health Toolkit Oak Park Schools  Host: Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Sarah Davis Producer: Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager Mark Hansen
29:33
January 07, 2021
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 Host: Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Sarah Davis Producer: Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager Mark Hansen
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 Host: Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Sarah Davis Producer: Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager Mark Hansen
29:18
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 Host: Oakland Schools' Communications Specialist Sarah Davis Producer: Oakland Schools' Media Production and Distance Learning Manager Mark Hansen
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
12:21
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
10:34
August 03, 2020
Oakland Schools Outreach, 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 01, 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
13:48
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
20:50
February 05, 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 08, 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
15:54
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