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Boasting some of the top schools across the nation, over 200,000 students are proud to call Oakland Schools their own. 28 different school districts have their own distinct character, forged by relationships between learners and educators. The Oakland Schools model is so successful, it's even been outsourced to China.

Oakland County also boasts an award-winning community college system and several colleges and universities, including Lawrence Tech University and Oakland University. Look for LTU to create the high-tech employees to fill the New Economy jobs for tomorrow. OU, long renowned for its liberal arts curriculum and arts education, is also home to the brand-new Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

Education + Learning Features

PSDIEC

Oakland County's first international exchange program for middle school to send 11 students to Japan

This October, the Pontiac School District International Exchange Committee will sent 11 Pontiac School District eighth graders to Pontiac's sister city in Japan for an immersive cultural education. 

Chaula Thacker

Farmington Hills dance, yoga, and Bharat Natyam instructor builds a 40-year legacy of community

Chaula Thacker started both her business, Chauladevi Institute of Dance and Yoga, and non-profit organization, Nadanta, in 1977, just a year after her arrival in the United States in 1976.

Inside the Greenhouse

Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital Resident Farmer Trevor Johnson teaches kids about healthy eating

Meet Trevor Johnson. He is the Resident Farmer at the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, but his role is primarily that of an educator. 

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More Metro Detroit colleges and universities embrace community leadership

Is community leadership something folks are born with or can it be taught? More area colleges and universities are betting that it can--and they're basing their curriculums on it.

Bats

Welcome to Bat Country!

The Organization for Bat Conservation (OBC) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. For the last 15 years it has been located inside the Cranbrook Institute of Science, where they operated the Bat Zone since 2002 and established an animal sanctuary with 200 nocturnal animals. Now the Organization for Bat Conservation is getting a brand-new home, and with it more than four times the space.
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Education + Learning Videos

Stars and Stripes

Featured Video: Stars & Stripes Kids Activity Center

Stars & Stripes Kids Activity Center in Clarkston provides children's educational programs through physical activity. Programs are specifically designed to meet the needs of children of all ages and skill levels. In addition to offering extreme physical challenges, which are great foundations for every sport, their programs also build self-esteem and promote positive attitudes and mental well-being.

Take Root video

Featured Video: Take Root

Calling Rochester, Michigan their home, Take Root resides at Oakland University under the direction of its founders and fellow company members, Ali Woerner and Thayer Jonutz. In addition to being a modern dance company, Take Root also works for the health and wellness of the community through programs like their Dance for Parkinson's Disease classes, designed for Parkinson's patience and addressing PD-specific concerns like balance, coordination, and depression. 

Susan Kruger

Featured Video: SOAR Learning Skills

Susan Kruger has spent over a decade teaching hundreds of students how to succeed in school. She began tutoring individual students in study skills. As demand for her expertise grew, she created the SOAR® Study Skills Workshops to reach more students.

The Robot Garage

Featured Video: The Robot Garage

At The Robot Garage, LEGO toys and robotics adventures are more than just childhood pastimes. Located in a converted warehouse in Birmingham's Rail District, this imagination laboratory hosts building classes, birthday parties, weekend competitions and one of the coolest retail shops in all of Oakland County. Whether you're a creative kid or just a child at heart, there's plenty to discover.

CREST

Featured Video: CREST

The Combined Regional Emergency Services Training (CREST) center is the result of ideas from local police, fire and EMS agencies in collaboration with Oakland Community College. The concept of a training “city” providing realistic settings for real-life problems faced by emergency responders is an innovative outcome of Oakland Community College’s more than 40 years’ experience in training emergency services personnel. Video by M-1 Studios.
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