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Erin Albanese has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers and On-the-Town Magazine. Besides covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network, she writes freelance for the travel industry. Read Erin's full bio

At these schools, students’ hearts and minds are both nurtured

Endeavor and Challenger elementary schools are both recipients of the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools Award

Acclaimed artist helps students create with their ‘crazy ideas’

Jovonnah Nicholson served as a visiting artist in Molly Marshall’s art room, creating mugs on the classroom potter’s wheel for students to embellish with their own ceramic designs

New approach lifts struggling students’ math scores

Thanks to streamlined coaching, students are filling in gaps in their basic skills so they can move forward in math

Literary lunch gets books in families’ hands

The event was the first of three planned this spring for third- through fifth-graders to bring in parents to spend time together and get a new book, funded through federal Title One parent involvement funds

Art + science = $500 award for student jeweler

Lauren Doyle won an award from the Air Zoo Science Innovation Hall of Fame for her process of coating jewelry with metal by means of an electric current

Statewide reading decline: how some high-poverty schools buck the trend

Principals in Wyoming and Grand Rapids identified how to use data to improve instruction, build teacher leaders and zero in on reading instruction practices

Female panelists speak on success, mistakes

What would you do if you knew you would succeed? Would you become a doctor? Write a book? Run for office? Run a marathon? That was the question put to middle and high school girls at a recent event

Students rap, rhyme their way through U.S. history, ‘Hamilton’-style

Sophomores and juniors are learning American history and weaving it into raps, poetry and dramatic skits about events and people tied to the American Revolution

Refugee author tells students, ‘It is the story of your community’

Sandra Uwiringiyimana’s story of fleeing conflict and leaving her country behind resonated with students who read and discussed her book, “How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child.”

Water everywhere, but is it safe? Students take a closer look

Students examine what’s in the water from wells in area municipalities, as well as in tap water from their schools and homes

Olympic-style reading events push students to go for the gold

Forget a pentathlon or decathlon; Southeast Kelloggsville Elementary School students completed up to 20 events for the “Read for the Gold!” March is Reading Month theme. With the focus on reading at home, fourth- and fifth-graders tallied up points toward...

First-grader donates nearly 200 books to his school highlighting black history

David Donaldson knows a lot about Katherine Johnson, an African-American woman and mathematician who made major contributions to NASA. He’s read about her in the book “Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race.” Now...

Students march for their lives: ‘If others aren’t going to do it, I think...

Six teenage organizers from Forest Hills and Grand Rapids led a crowd of thousands in the March for Our Lives at Rosa Parks Circle

Students, staff discuss importance of diversity in a mostly white district

Students are inviting all to the table to talk about diversity and spur a movement to show all are welcome in Byron Center

“I realize what a privilege it is”

Rockstar Teachers Series: There's just something about certain teachers that draws students to them in droves and keeps them checking in years, even decades later. Here, we highlight some of these rockstars of the classroom, in a series proudly...

School shooting protests provide teachable moment on touchy topic

Wyoming Junior High eighth-graders read and discussed different perspectives -- right, left and center -- on the Second Amendment, gun rights and what measures should be taken to stop mass shootings
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At these schools, students’ hearts and minds are both nurtured

Endeavor and Challenger elementary schools are both recipients of the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools Award

Acclaimed artist helps students create with their ‘crazy ideas’

Jovonnah Nicholson served as a visiting artist in Molly Marshall’s art room, creating mugs on the classroom potter’s wheel for students to embellish with their own ceramic designs

New approach lifts struggling students’ math scores

Thanks to streamlined coaching, students are filling in gaps in their basic skills so they can move forward in math
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