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The Learning Achievement Coalition – Oakland (LAC-O) is a collaboration between the twenty-eight school districts in Oakland County Michigan, Oakland Schools (Intermediate School District), Oakland University, and the University of Michigan dedicated to improving achievement for all students, especially students of color, students from poverty and non-traditional learners. Together we seek to provide access to high quality curriculum, effective instruction and engaging learning environments for all students.
The collaboration began in 2007 and strives to use regional and local data to increase awareness of disparities in achievement between student groups and to collectively focus resources of students, parents, educators, and community together to attend to three goals for students:

  • Quality relationships focused on learning
  • Improved adolescent reading comprehension
  • Algebra I proficiency by the end of ninth grade.
LAC-O has brought together focused targets, aligned resources, monitoring tools, and public education stakeholders to close learning gaps and improve learning for all students.
Our purpose
To improve achievement for all students while eliminating achievement gaps wherever they exist, especially students of color, students from poverty and non-traditional learners.
Our goals
Student Engagement
We will optimize student engagement in support of high levels of learning.
Early Childhood
All Children will enter kindergarten with the social and emotional development necessary to support school success. 
All students will show progress in mathematics towards career and college readiness and will meet the career and college ready standards in grade 12.
English Language Arts
All students will improve their comprehension of informational text in all subject areas.

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2013 - 2014 National Speaker Series

10/29/14 ~ Using a Formative Assessment Action Plan to Impact More Successful Teaching and Learning, Doug Fisher
9/18/14 Planning & Conducting Intentional Conversations Aroung the Evaluation Process, Dr. Nancy Anne Colflesh
8/15/2014 & 10/1/2014 ~ Visible Learning Plus Institute, featuring John Hattie
05/12/2014 ~ Embodied Brains, Social Minds: How Relationships Shape Learning, Motivation, and Self, Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang
02/28/2014 ~ Lasting School Improvement: Formative Assessment, Feedback and Learning Progressions, Margaret Heritage


11/06/2013 ~ The Motivation Equation: Designing High Motivation into Student Learning, Kathleen Cushman Motivation Equation 6-hr Workshop Lrning Jrnl Mich 11-6-13_v2.pdfMotivation Equation 6-hr Workshop Lrning Jrnl Mich 11-6-13_v2.pdf


09/24/2013 ~ Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School & in Life, Baruti K. Kafel Closing the Attitude Gap.pdfClosing the Attitude Gap.pdf



2014 DILT Resources for Instructional Leaders

Prezi DILT session April 16 & 17, 2014

Prezi - DILT session April 16 & 17, 2014  


Fall 2013 DILT Resources for Instructional Leaders

DILT August 2013 Agenda.docxDILT August 2013 Agenda.docx

Sample Graphic Organizers Created by District Teams


Regional Professional Learning Opportunities

Common Core and Smarter Balanced Resources

Smarter Balanced Performance Task
You can find on youtube - “Tracking Space Debris” from the 5th grade SBAC performance task – Pollution on Land and in Space
District Instructional Leaders TrainingPowerpoint
Common Core Elevator speeches
Oakland Schools  Oakland UniveristyOCSA LogoUniversity of Michigan