Avondale/Oakland University Partnership School

The Avondale/Oakland University Partnership was established in 2013 when Auburn Elementary was designated as the partnership school and its doors were open to a rich cache of
opportunities for both Oakland University students and Avondale students.

For OU students, the elementary school is a laboratory where new methods and models can be explored and tested in the areas of teacher leadership and preparation, instruction, curriculum, counseling and more.

Avondale students benefit from research-based, data driven, cutting edge methods and models. They enjoy a level of instruction well beyond the scope of most other school districts with a focus on visible thinking and closing the achievement gap. Avondale teachers have multiple opportunities to collaborate with experts from OU, expanded leadership opportunities, access to OU resources including the Education Resource Laboratory, and access to cutting edge research and practices in education.

 



The Partnership All Around the District

AVONDALE/OAKLAND UNIVERSITY WILLIAM BEAUMONT SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Medical School Students as Educators/“Docs and Jocks”
More than seventy-five OUWB Medical School students are visiting Kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms across the District to help students understand more about wellness and healthy lifestyles. 
WORKING WITH AVONDALE HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY STUDENTS
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine students are required to complete two classroom assignments that can only happen in Avondale School District. In addition, two OUWB medical school students are doing their capstone projects in Avondale - one at Avondale High School and one at Avondale Middle School.
HARVEST OF HEALTH FAIR PRESENTED BY OUWB AND AVONDALE SCHOOL DISTRICT

Designed as a fun event focused on health education, the Fair is also an opportunity for community members to receive free flu shots.
OU/AVONDALE ELL SUMMER SCHOOL COLLABORATION
In 2015, ninety-two Avondale English Language Learner students were given the opportunity to strengthen their academic and language skills by practicing English in the written and spoken form during a Summer School Collaboration. The program continues in 2016 with OU student volunteers.
COMMUNITY TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK PROJECT
A grant written by Avondale staff will create opportunities for wireless technology to support development of an "NPR-type" radio program as a collaboration between Avondale's WAHS radio station and the Communications Department at Oakland University. Currently, an Oakland University intern works with Avondale radio station students.

AVONDALE/OAKLAND UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Discussions have begun to create opportunities for Avondale middle and high school students interested in a career in business to work with professors and community business leaders. The broad mission is to create business/career related educational experiences for middle and high school students that will expand into the school year with symposiums offered over the summer.
AVONDALE/OAKLAND UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC, THEATRE AND DANCE
Expanding opportunities for students to view and participate in performance arts improves the chances they will discover and embrace their own creativity.
Over the past two school years, students in the Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance treated Avondale elementary students to special showings of Pinkalicious and Pinocchio. In addition, Auburn Elementary students were invited to a special performance at Varner Hall to enjoy, listen and dance to the sounds of Ngoma-World Percussion Ensemble and Akwaaba-African Drum and Xylophone Ensemble.
Follow the links below to learn more about the 
Avondale/
Oakland University Partnership
  • Avondale/OU Partnership School Power Point - click here
  • Avondale/OU Partnership FAQ - click here
  • PANPDS 2014 Presentation - click here
  • Great Teachers are Made by the Teachers Next Door - click here
  • MPR Features Avondale/OU Partnership - click here


Avondale Teachers Share their Experiences in Partnership Building and
Teacher Leadership on the National Stage

Association for Teacher Educators
St. Louis, MO  (February, 2014)
Chicago (February, 2016)

Association for Professional Development Schools 
Penn State (June, 2014)

Teach to Lead Summit
Louisville, KY (December, 2014)

MI Reading Association Conference
(March, 2015)

"Great Teachers are Made by the Teacher Next Door"
Office of Professional Preparation, Michigan Department of Education 
(December, 2015)