The Oakland Writing Project is excited to announce an upcoming Book Study opportunity launching a blended learning community focused on culturally responsive OWP logo copyteaching.

About the book study group

For the past two years the Oakland Writing Project has hosted an Advanced Leadership Summer Institute where fellow Teacher Consultants began exploring cultural understanding and the role culture plays in instructional design. Come join the conversation with fellow TC’s in a book study of Geneva Gay’s Culturally Responsive Teaching.

Lead Facilitator

Richard Koch is Director of the website Michigan Portfolios and co-author of “The Portfolio Guidebook.” He is past Director of the Michigan Writing Project Network, and recently retired from his work in the teaching of writing at Adrian College, where he is now Professor of English, Emeritus. He has taught summer institutes for the National Writing Project in Iowa and Michigan that focus on teaching writing, writing as a tool for learning, and working toward social justice. He currently serves as Associate Director of the OWP Advanced Summer Institute.

Guest Presenter

Jay B. Marks, Ph.D. is a widely-respected educator who has been in education since 1991, where he began his career as a Special Education Teacher at Northern High School with the Detroit Public School System. During his career he has served as a classroom teacher for 17 years with both Detroit and Southfield Public School Systems, as well as an educational consultant on the national level. Currently, Dr. Marks is an educational consultant with Oakland Schools and is highly sought after for his work in the areas of Social Justice, Cultural Competence, Courageous Conversations about Race, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Educating African American Males, Closing the Achievement Gap, Student Engagement, Differentiated Instruction, and Urban Education. In addition to his professional work in the field of education, he has been mentoring youth since 1989, and has started several mentoring programs in the Metropolitan Detroit Area as a result of his experience.


Guest Facilitator

Mrs. Marcia Bonds is a Sixth Grade Language Arts and Math Teacher for Key Elementary in the Oak Park School District. She is Oak Park’s 2014 Elementary Teacher of the Year.
She facilitates Professional Development in Inquiry-based learning and is in the process of assisting in the set-up of Teacher Labs at the Elementary Level. Balancing English Language Arts and Mathematics, Mrs. Bonds has blogged for Oakland Schools Literacy and, in summer of 2014, attended the Park City Math Institute in Park City, Utah. She has piloted Common Core Units in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Mrs. Bonds is a member of the Core Leadership Team and co-facilitator for the Summer Leadership Institute for the Oakland Writing Project.

More Information

The blended learning Book Study will consist of both face to face and online experiences. There will be two face to face meetings hosted at Oakland Schools. The initial kick-off meeting will be May 7th . The wrap-up session will be in June. An exact date for the final meeting will be determined once the participant group is established. The remaining meetings will be in online groups and Google community.

Length & Frequency

Every two weeks small break out discussion groups will establish a time to meet virtually for an hour conversation. In addition, Book Group members will be invited to engage in an ongoing larger group conversation in the Book Group’s Google Community.

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