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.

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.​​​


Lauren Childs

Supervisor of Instruction and Pedagogy

Kimberly Clarke

Project/Department Assistant

Susan Kiersey

Project/Department Assistant

Lyn Weber

Project / Department Assistant