Instruction and Pedagogy

Instruction & Pedagogy

Consultants from Career Focused Education, District and School Services, and Special Education offer consultation, coaching, professional learning and resources around the following areas of Cultures of Thinking (CoT), Multi-Tiered System of Support, and Universal Design for Learning​.

Cultures of Thinking (CoT)

In the Cultures of Thinking project, we see the most gains in student performance and school transformation when the leadership at the school is in a position to make the discussion of thinking, examination of student work, and the taking of risks in trying new teaching practices central to the work of the school. 

Join CoT Oakland on mi PLACE 

mi PLACE 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.

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) 

Oakland Schools supports local districts in implementing multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS). 

The goal of an MTSS framework is to ensure high levels of engagement and achievement for all students through the use of a coordinated, collaborative, data-driven school-wide system.

Integrated, evidence-based instruction and intervention is delivered to students in varying intensities (tiers) based on individual needs and response to instruction so that each student is successful in meeting grade-level academic and behavioral expectations.

Based on the current evidence base for MTSS and past work with Oakland County schools, Oakland Schools has developed presentations, resources, and tools to assist schools who may be exploring or implementing MTSS. Prior to beginning to implement an MTSS framework, schools are advised to spend time exploring the big ideas of this school-wide model.  Schools who commit to an MTSS framework undergo three distinct phases of implementation: Consensus, Infrastructure and Initial Implementation, and Sustained Implementation.

MTSS Support

MTSS Request for Assistance Form
Request resources, professional learning, or consultation and problem-solving for LEAs served by Oakland Schools.

MTSS Listserv
Request to join the Oakland Schools MTSS listserv to learn about resources and upcoming professional learning opportunities.

Leadership Team Readiness Survey

Professional Learning

2018-19 MTSS Leadership Supports
(Click on the dates below to read more and register!)
MTSS PL 2018-19 Flyer

MTSS For District Leadership Teams: Engineer Your Plan & Ignite! A 2-Day Event (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
August 21st & December 3rd, 2018

MTSS Leadership Network (9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)
October 10, 2018, February 7th & May 14th, 2019

Michigan's Essentials of Effective Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
Register for September 12
Register for December 18, 2018

Universal Design for Learning

"Universal Design for Learning (UDL) focuses on design and delivery of curriculum, instruction and assessment that provides a full and fair opportunity for every student to learn and show what they know, with high expectations for all learners."  (UDL-CCC, 2011)

  • UDL is for ALL learners.​​​ 
  • UDL is flexible and responsive. 
  • UDL is empowering and supportive. 
  • UDL is not just is a way of thinking, planning and delivering instruction. 
  • UDL recognizes the power of technology but it is not dependent on technology. 
  • UDL supports Common Core. 
  • UDL is more than differentiated instruction. 
  • ​​UDL removes learning barriers in the curriculum.​​​

UDL Resources

There are three Guiding Principles of UDL 

  1. Multiple Means of Representation
  2. Multiple Means of Action and Expression
  3. Multiple Means of Engagement

Videos that Explain UDL

​​​UDL at a Glance​
UDL in 5 Minutes​​


Lauren Childs

Supervisor of Instruction and Pedagogy

Kimberly Clarke

Project/Department Assistant

Susan Kiersey

Project/Department Assistant

Lyn Weber

Project / Department Assistant