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Oakland Literacy Podcast



Welcome to Oakland School's Literacy Podcast. Most of the podcasts are focused on literacy, although occasionally other topics are covered. 


These podcasts are also under the Resources section of the Oakland Schools' Literacy website:

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I hope you enjoy these podcasts.

If you wish to contact me, here is my email: Les Howard






Aug 18, 2014

Vince Gigliotti was the Principal of Anderson Middle School in Berkley, Michigan. In 2014 he will be the Principal of Angell Elementary, also in Berkley. 

Vince shares his insights into the implementation of the workshop model at Anderson Middle School.  He is candid about this process, sharing reflections that will...

Jul 25, 2014

Richard Koch is a respected educator and leader in the area of portfolios and writing. He shares what portfolios are, how they support student learning and the teaching of writing, as well as helpful ideas on how to effectively use portfolios.

Richard is the Director of the Michigan Portfolios website. He is also the...

Apr 23, 2014

On May 12, 2014, the School Quality Department of Oakland Schools, will sponsor a day with Dr.  Mary Helen Immordino-Yang as part of the "National Speaker" series. Dr. Immordino-Yang is an internationally recognized cognitive and educational psychologist who studies the brain base of emotion, social interaction and...

Mar 17, 2014

Margaret Heritage is a world renowned researcher and author in the area of Formative Assessment. In this podcast, Margaret explains what Formative Assessment is, how it differs from benchmark and interim assessment, the research behind it and key points and understandings for teachers who use, or are beginning to use,...

Mar 7, 2014

Jackie reflects on the writers'workshop approach. This podcast complements a video recording of Jackie teaching the writing workshop in her 2nd grade classroom. The video is on the new Oakland Literacy website. The website will be live toward the end of the 2014 school year. This message will be modified when...