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Oakland County 2016 Effective Practices Conference (2 Day Event)
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Title: Oakland County 2016 Effective Practices Conference
Date(s): June 21-22, 2016
Time(s): June 21 - 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM; June 22 - 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Clarkston High School, 6093 Flemings Lake Road, Clarkston 48346
Cost: $75.00
Keynote Presenters: Dr. Yong ZHao and Dr. Pasi Sahlberg
Event Limit: 800
Grade Level: K-12
Audience: Administrators, K-12 Teachers and Early Childhood Directors
SCECHs: Pending. Check the status of this course at:
Meal(s): Breakfast and lunch
Questions? Please contact
Event Description:

Oakland County Schools sponsored by LAC-O (Learning Achievement Coalition-Oakland) and supported by the Oakland County Superintendents Association is proud to announce the Oakland County Effective Practices Conference. This conference will feature presentations by keynote speakers: Dr. Yong Zhao and Dr. Pasi Sahlberg. Over 100 breakout sessions in the areas of: literacy, mathematics, student engagement and student voice will be offered by Oakland County teachers and administrators. See the conference program here.


Dr. Yong Zhao will speak on "Fixing the Past or Inventing the Future: Education Reform that Matter" on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

Description: Everyone wants a world-class education, an excellent education that prepares future generations for success and prosperity. As result, educational systems all over the world have engaged in massive reforms, from redesigning curriculum to enhancing teacher preparation, from improving accountability systems to importing policies and practices from abroad. But are these reforms likely to result in a world-class education we all desire or perhaps prevent us from achieving the goal. In the presentation, Professor Yong Zhao invites the participants to explore two education paradigms--employee-oriented vs. entrepreneur-oriented—and reflect on education reforms needed for providing all children a future-oriented education experience.

Dr. Pasi Sahlberg will speak on "Global Lessons from Successful Education System" on Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

Description: In this presentation I show how global landscape of education has changed since 2000. Countries that used to serve as models and inspiration to others are very different today than they were back then. I then show how all well-performing education systems invest in equity, social capital, professionalism and intelligent accountability. I conclude that there are several lessons from these new developments for the U.S. but American policy-makers should not imitate Finland's or anybody else's education system.

Note: General registration is now open.