World Languages staff at Oakland Schools serves educators in Oakland County to develop quality, standards-based curriculum and aligned assessments. Services include consultation, resource development and professional learning that strengthen language proficiency and cultural understanding. Additional services include program design, implementation and evaluation, as well as assistance with appropriate educational technology in world language education.
The World Languages staff advises districts regarding the interpretation and implementation of the state world language requirement.
Oakland World Languages Advisory Council (OWLAC)
The Oakland World Languages Advisory Council (OWLAC) consists of representatives from each local district. Participants can include district world language coordinators, department chairs, central office staff, building principals and/or teachers with district leadership responsibilities with respect to world languages. The group meets four times per year. Meeting sessions are designed to promote networking and learning opportunities around the teaching and learning of world languages, as well as providing updates from Michigan Department of Education for the world language requirement. In addition to an emphasis on current research and practice in the field of world languages, these meetings are designed to foster conversation and collaboration among districts working on similar initiatives. The council serves as a referent group for issues in world languages education by bringing local concerns and initiatives to the county level.