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Beth Heinen Bell is an award-winning journalist and editor who got her start as the education reporter for the Grand Haven Tribune. A Calvin University graduate, she later returned to her alma mater to help manage its national writing festival and edit and write for enrollment communications. Beth has also written for The Grand Rapids Press, Fox 17 and several West Michigan businesses and nonprofits. She is fascinated by the nuances of language, loves to travel and has strong feelings about the Oxford comma. Read Beth's full bio or email Beth.

Supply kits for online learners help ensure student success

Teachers find creative ways to get resources into students hands that align with curriculum...

Virtual community meeting Thursday to discuss district bond proposal

An online community meeting Thursday will give voters information about the Nov. 3 ballot proposal asking for a $17.79 million bond issue...

From cruise director to the classroom

Cortney O’Brien is the new interim dean of students for the 2020-2021 school year at Cedar Trails Elementary School. School News Network took some time to get to know her better in this edition of Meet Your Administrators...

District conducts contact tracing after high school student tests positive for COVID-19

On Tuesday, Sept. 1, Lowell Area Schools received notification from the Kent County Health Department that a student enrolled at Lowell High School had tested positive for COVID-19...

Education ‘a family thing’ for new interim superintendent

Nate Fowler is the new interim superintendent for the 2020-2021 school year at Lowell Area Schools. School News Network sat down with the lifelong educator to get to know him better in this edition of Meet Your Administrators...

In class, online, both? Parents, students wrestle with choices

Students, parents, teachers and others share their feelings about the start of this school year...

Cedar Springs ready to help students succeed

Superintendent Scott Smith says preparations have been going well, thanks to the “grit and determination” of district staff...

Lowell Area Schools taking a hybrid approach to fall

Interim Superintendent Nate Fowler is overseeing a complex return-to-school plan involving both online and hybrid in-person options...

Beth Heinen Bell

Beth Heinen Bell is an award-winning journalist and editor who got her start as the education reporter for the Grand Haven Tribune. A Calvin University graduate, she later returned to her alma mater to help manage its national writing festival and edit and write for enrollment communications. Beth has also written for The Grand Rapids Press, Fox 17 and several West Michigan businesses and nonprofits. She is fascinated by the nuances of language, loves to travel and has strong feelings about the Oxford comma.

Grandville students start today, either in-person or remote

The remote learning option will be taught live by certified district teachers with a curriculum that mirrors the in-person option...

Ready or not, school year begins as leaders adopt plans to teach, protect students

With most of Kent County’s public school districts opening next week, superintendents talk about their plans to educate students while trying to keep them safe from an unpredictable virus...

Local supe works with governor on reopening ‘Roadmap,’ encourages equity in decision-making

Superintendent Kevin Polston’s work with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has given him a unique perspective on the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of reopening school during a global pandemic...
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