School Improvement News

Oakland Schools School Quality

Welcome to the May Edition of the

Oakland Schools Schools Improvement Newsletter!

More information can be found at our NEW Oakland Schools Website.

Check it out!

This Year's School Improvement Cycle

"Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the effective action will come even more effective action." ---Peter F. Drucker

The end of the school year is always the most difficult for educators. We are in the midst of testing, trying to keep the momentum going for the next month, and attempting to close out all of the end-of-year management pieces.....all while laying the groundwork for the next school year. There hardly seems time to breath, let alone reflect. However, reflection might be the most important thing that you do over the next month as it is the basis from which we make quality decisions. The work done at this point in the year will set the stage for your school improvement efforts throughout the next school year. It is imperative to take the time to review your current progress, revise/revisit your goals and plans as they pertain to next year, and consider what activities are necessary to deepen your work as you move into another school year. If there is anything that you might need support with, please feel free to contact Carol Anthony or Scott Felkey.

Did you know…

Did you know Oakland Schools has created mi PLACE which is a virtual platform for professional learning and collaboration sponsored by Oakland Schools ISD? Log in requires a Google account (school-based or personal). Professional educators actively and directly engaged in K12 education are welcome to join.

To log in for the first time:

1. Before going to mi PLACE, use your browser to log in to your school (or personal) Google account. This is the Google account you’ll use in the mi PLACE community.

2. Go to

3. Click on the red Google button to log in, use your school email address and network password (or personal Gmail address and password).

4. Give mi PLACE permission to use your Google username for mi PLACE.

5. Complete the profile screen - including your city, district, role, and picture.

6. Be sure to set your default settings for receiving individual emails versus a daily email digest from mi PLACE, as well as your preferences for forums notifications and subscriptions. These are some of the first fields on the profile screen.

Feel free to begin to explore the many resources found on this site.

Are you engaged in the Cultures of Thinking Work?

Information has been developed to assist school's and district's in incorporating the Cultures of Thinking work into their school improvement documents. Specifically you will find a video which outlines step by step a way to make your cultures of thinking work part of your school improvement plan. Please join mi place and follow the steps below to access many resources related to this work.

Search for a specific group in the Collaboratorium to join:

1. Click on the green tab for the Collaboratorium.

2. Click “Search for Groups.”

3. Use the search fields to find the CoT Oakland group

a. Group Name - type in a keyword from the group’s name CoT Oakland, or

b. Group Creator - type in the first name of the group’s creator

4. Click on the group name to request to join.

5. If this is a Private group, the group owner will approve or deny your request and then you can enter the group (or not). CoT Oakland is Public so you just click JOIN and you’re in!

6. Post an introductory message and if you have a topic or a question you’d like to pursue, please start a discussion.

7. The groups you are a member show up on both the “Collaboratorium” page and the “My Learning” page when you log in for easy future access.

8. On the right hand side of this page click on the video for information on how to embed your cultures work in your school improvement plan.

If you prefer not to access all of the resources from CoT Oakland and want access to the video directly please click on this link:

Streamlining School Improvement Reporting

Superintendent Whiston is continuing to press his staff within the Department of Education to explore ways to reduce the redundancy and reporting which schools are expected to deliver back to the state. The emphasis will be upon “doing “ school improvement versus submitting and writing plans. Plans are 3-5 year documents not annual events. We anticipate some changes coming from the department that hopefully will enable schools to live into the school improvement process versus reporting on their process.

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Guided School Improvement Coming for the 2016-2017 School Year!

Save the Dates!

We are very excited to announce the offering of a Guided School Improvement Series for the 2016-2017 School Year!

Please review the dates as some of them have required a change since the last newsletter.

Session format: 8—11:30 AM Professional Learning; 11:30 AM—12:30 PM Lunch on your own 12:30—3:00 PM Optional Guided Work Session

Session 1 - School Improvement Process Analysis

Session 2 - Data, Data and More Data—Where to Start: What has been Monitored and How

Session 3 - Where are We Now? Implementation 101

Session 4 - Powerful Strategies and Activity Development

Session 5 - Completing the Plan

Fee: $35 per person, includes morning coffee service and materials SCECHs: Pending

Elementary Cohort - 9/13/16, 11/29/16, 2/8/17, 3/30/17, 5/17/17

Middle School Cohort - 9/20/16, 12/9/16, 2/15/17, 4/12/17, 5/18/17

High School Cohort - 9/21/16, 12/7/16, 2/16/17, 4/18/17, 5/19/17

Registration information coming soon!

Upcoming Professional Learning

Scott Felkey will be engaging learners in the work of Dr. Ruby Payne and Eric Jensen in a one day workshop entitled “Meeting the Needs of Students and Families of Poverty.” The workshop will take place at Oakland Schools on June 28th from 8:30- 3:30. The event should be available to register online in the next couple of weeks. For questions please contact Scott Felkey at 248.209.2289 or e-mail

Non-Discrimination Statement:

Oakland Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, religion, height, weight, marital status, sexual orientation (subject to the limits of applicable law), age, genetic information, or disability in its programs, services, activities or employment opportunities. Inquiries related to employment discrimination should be directed to the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Personnel Management and Labor Relations at 248.209.2429, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328-2736. For all other inquiries related to discrimination, contact the Director of Legal Affairs at 248.209.2062, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328-2736.