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Good behavior encouraged at home

For students learning from home, positive behavior rewards are still possible...

Discovering bugs by tying flies

Northview’s coordinator of outdoor experiences, a fly-fishing aficionado, used the sport to teach elementary students about macroinvertebrates and making their own flies...

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Explore the unique programs and activities area cultural groups offer to extend student learning – in and beyond the classroom. For teachers (and more) all in one place!

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  • Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
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  • Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
  • Grand Rapids Public Library
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  • John Ball Zoo
  • Kent District Library
  • Van Andel Institute
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Making Headlines

A familiar face returns to lead Kent ISD

Retired Kent ISD Assistant Superintendent Ron Koehler officially took the helm as interim superintendent on Jan. 1...

In year of COVID craziness, school stories of inspiration still shine

A video School News Network captured some of the stories that celebrate remarkable achievements of 2020 in this video holiday message...

Kept out of classrooms, kids learn from the great outdoors

Moving learning out of the classroom doesn’t necessarily equate to more screen time for students, who can also learn from Mother Nature...

Hands-on history: museum becomes classroom for curious students

It’s one thing to study about history in a virtual classroom; it’s another to be immersed in it inside a museum. Students from every area district now have the opportunity to experience hands-on lessons in after-school programs for third- through eighth-graders at the Grand Rapids Public Museum...

Summer programs hit a high note for thousands of students

Educators across the county called on Kent ISD to deliver more robust summer learning opportunities following the school shutdown due to the pandemic.
The day after a violent mob broke into the U.S. Capitol, teacher and Michigan elector Blake Mazurek sat down with School News Network to discuss Wednesday’s events and how teachers and parents can help children navigate trauma and uncertainty in the wake of such events...

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Pen pals build bonds during remote learning

How does a teacher create get-to-know-you opportunities for her new class of third-grade distance learners?

Have books, will deliver

To make sure virtual students still have access to books, this middle school media clerk built her own online platform for the library, created a contactless book pick-up at the school and is delivering books to students at their homes...

Partnership continues focus on student emotional, mental health

A group is working to identify trauma and provide support early in order to increase student success...

Online poetry, multimedia course encourages mental well-being for middle schoolers

A Grand Rapids nonprofit has made online writing and mental health materials available free of charge. At least one local middle-school teacher says the series is powerful and helps build community among classmates...

Learning Despite a Crisis

School News Network continues its reporting on how districts, teachers and families are helping students learn both inside and outside the school walls during the coronavirus pandemic. We want to serve our schools and you, our readers, during this challenging time, so please send us your ideas for stories and questions you have. Thank you, and live safely!

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Equity and inclusion leader named interim director of UPrep association

The founding director of the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Grand Rapids Community College is the new interim director of Grand Rapids University Preparatory Association...

Nate Fowler named new superintendent for Lowell Area Schools

Interim superintendent given the nod by Lowell Board of Education to lead the district...

Local teachers awarded grants for resiliency by new LMCU program

Three Rockford Public Schools teachers were among 25 honored in Michigan and Florida recently for the resilience they have shown in an unprecedented school year...