Awards and Recognition Programs

​Communication Services coordinates and assists with many Education Recognition programs.

2017-2018 Oakland County Outstanding Teacher of the Year

For 30 years, Oakland Schools has recognized exemplary Oakland County public school district teachers in three categories: Elementary, Middle School and High School. Each district may submit one nominee in each category. Awards are presented to honor and reward Oakland county teachers who have achieved, through their effort and example, the highest standards of excellence in their profession. All nominees are celebrated and winner in each category receives a check for $2,000. This year's program is sponsored by Oakland Schools and the Oakland Schools Education Foundation. For more information, go to the Teacher of the Year webpage.

  • This year's nomination process will begin in December 2017
  • Nominations will be due to Oakland Schools on Friday, February 9, 2018
  • Winners will be announced via surprise classroom visit in late March 2018
  • The recognition event for all nominees will take place at Oakland Schools on April 30, 2018
  • Questions regarding the program or event? 

The Support Person of the Year Award (formerly Betty Campion Award)

This award, established in 1990, is a tribute to Betty Campion, a former Oakland Schools (1978-1992) and Walled Lake Board of Education (10 years) trustee, and recognizes four winners from those nominated for the honor (one in each quadrant of Oakland County). Candidates must be employed in a support position in a local district – transportation, maintenance, custodial, office personnel, food services, or professional support to teachers (including para-educators). The winners will each receive a $500 cash award from the Oakland Schools Education Foundation and framed certificate of recognition which will be presented at their local board of education meeting in May or June.

Financial support for the Betty Campion award is provided by the Oakland Schools Education Foundation. Please note: There is a limit of one nomination per district. Additional information will be posted once the process is underway in early 2018.

Completed nomination packets are due by March 23, 2018 to The Oakland County Support Person of the Year Award c/o Andrea Berry, Oakland Schools Education Foundation, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328-2736.

For more information visit the Oakland Schools Education Foundation website.

2018 Overview

2018 Checklist

2018 Nomination Form

The Michigan Green Schools Program

The Michigan Green Schools Program encourages public and private schools to participate in environmentally friendly and energy savings activities. For more information, visit The Michigan Green Schools Program page.  

Scholarships for Success Awards (formerly Tomorrow's Talent Today)

In 1991, a partnership began between Oakland Schools and DENSO International to fund scholarships for students attending Oakland Schools Technical Campuses. Since then, more than $390,000 has been given to students in engineering and technical studies programs who have not only been outstanding scholars, but leaders in and out of the classroom.

Now known as the Scholarships for Success Awards Program, scholarships will range between $500 and $7,500 and will apply to the 2017-2018 academic year. Scholarship awards are based on interest and participation in Career Technical Education, academic achievement and career goals. Successful applicants may use the scholarship funds at any accredited, post-secondary institution, trade school or apprenticeship program.

In April 2017, OSEF held the first Scholarships for Success gala dinner to raise funds to support this program. The gala will be held on April 19, 2018 at Tam O'Shanter Country Club.

Students who are awarded a scholarship will be honored on February 26, 2018 at an awards breakfast held at Oakland Schools.