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Charles Honey

Charles Honey
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Charles Honey is editor-in-chief of SNN, and covers Rockford and Grand Rapids. As a reporter for The Grand Rapids Press/mLive from 1985 to 2009, his beats included Grand Rapids Public Schools, local colleges and education issues. Honey served as editor of The Press’ award-winning Religion section for 15 years and its columnist for 20. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today, Religion News Service and Faith & Leadership magazine. Read Charles' full bio or email Charles.

Here come the students; schools try to be ‘prepared for everything’

Area school districts have to be able to switch instruction plans if the pandemic fires up again, and be prepared for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in one of their schools...

Changes in virus trend prompts change in opening plans

The board unanimously approved teaching all students online through Sept. 11, then giving them a choice of in-person or virtual learning...

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...

Two local districts ask voters to approve funding proposals

The Cedar Springs and Lowell school districts are going to voters Aug. 4 with proposals to improve buildings, grounds and educational technology...

Stepping into leadership at a time of school change, social upheaval

Leadriane Roby, the new superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools, comes to the post facing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and social upheaval around the George Floyd protests...

The year of schooling at home: hard work, loneliness and little blessings

In this time of distance learning, parents like Keshia Alhasan have truly lived the adage that parents are their children’s first teachers...

Celebrating senior singers with a final concert, virtually

Over 120 choral students in grades 9-12 will join voices in a virtual choir to celebrate the graduations of about 45 senior singers, in a prerecorded concert to be posted on the Rockford Choirs YouTube channel...

Setting out with a camera to change the world for the better

Mariah Barrera, who has already made her mark with several award-winning short films, plans to pursue her passion at Columbia University in New York City...

School leaders working together to plan for fall and beyond

An ad hoc committee of 13 school leaders in Kent ISD is working on contingency plans to prepare for the next school year and beyond...

A student’s poem of hope for a tough time

Tanith Frank, an eighth grader at North Rockford Middle School, sounds notes of courage and determination in her poem about getting through this challenging time, together...

Helping students struggling with isolation-induced anxiety and other mental health issues

Now that they can’t meet with students behind a closed door in their office, school mental health workers are finding other ways to help...

So far, so good for districts implementing distance learning

Under Gov. Whitmer’s April 2 executive order closing schools, districts were required to develop Continuity of Learning Plans making instruction available to all students...

All in the family: two pairs of twins go to dad’s school

For Principal Dan Zang and his four children, Rockford High School is a family affair...

Teachers send love to students; students say right back atcha

With school abruptly ended for the rest of the year, we’ve seen how deeply teachers care about their students -- even across the chasm of social distancing – and how much their students miss them...

Broadcast class video showcases teachers reading, singing, exercising

Students in Rockford High School’s award-winning Beyond the Rock class put together a snazzy video to highlight how teachers have reached out to students following the March 16 school closure...

Learning from a distance: ‘Keep them happy and keep them learning’

In this moment of social distancing, it’s an alternative way to get at the school’s aim of helping all students learn, yet in drastically different and varied circumstances...
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