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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. She has been covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2013. Read Erin's full bio

Students recognized on diplomas for biliteracy

Michigan is one of more than 30 states to offer the seal. In Kent County, 113 students earned it, far more than any other Michigan county...

Figure this: numbers are like toys in Math Circle

‘It’s math for the sake of math – just for fun. In class you are taught math. Here you experience math’...

A gift fit for knights

Brookwood Elementary School students were declared official Knights of the Realm for their respectfulness, responsibility, kindness and other traits that follow the Code of Chivalry, a moral system from the Middle Ages...

Rise Up!

‘There is so much value in teaching the non-curriculum stuff. When it comes down to it, we are hoping we can produce good citizens of the world’...

Workforce training programs show big economic impact

A year ago, Elizabeth Jose Pena wasn’t sure what her next career step should be. “I was a lost individual... I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life.” What a difference a fast-paced training program can make...

Whipping up a love for cooking

The extracurricular, after-school activity that has been offered to sixth-through-eighth graders for several years, brings students together for made-from-scratch cooking, from food prep to finished dish...

‘She’s one of us’

Her mother said she sees her daughter retaining information and communicating more and more. She wants to do things herself. ‘She wants to be little Miss Independent’...
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Current events, social justice focus of film fest winner

When considering events that have shaped her generation, senior Quiana Wade thought of the killing of Trayvon Martin in 2012, and of U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage in 2015. She included images and messages about both events in her first-place-winning video for the student Mosaic Film Experience Mobile 2018 competition...

Design looks ‘like a campus,’ principal says

Construction will start in the spring on work that will eventually consist of $40 million in improvements at the high school...

Science unplugged

Seventh-graders, tasked with devising ways to generate electricity on their own, created windmills, water wheels and generators...

Googling their way into IT

GRCC students are earning Google IT certificates, increasing their career readiness as they enter the industry...

High school construction serves as learning lab

The expansion has teachers and students going outside to consider the work from paper to finished product...

Pride reaches far and wide, thanks to incentive program

High school students recently helped create BC P.R.I.D.E, honoring others for qualities that go beyond grades...

She’s come so far

Farhiya realized her self-created predicament was sad, but she also knew she could get herself out of it...

Sleep from A to ZZZ

It’s hard to focus on school f you haven’t had your z’s, sleep educators from the Farmington Hills-based nonprofit organization Sweet Dreamzzz recently told Townline Elementary students...

‘Holy hot course, Batman!’

Students at Wyoming High School dig into graphic novels as a way to scratch their itch for good stories combined with eye-catching art...
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‘What’s worth fighting for?’ Middle-schoolers reflect on Civil Rights movement

In the most diverse district in the state, students considered the power of their own voices in learning about Civil Rights and honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr...

How best to get the jump on college? Students give the lowdown

These days, students have multiple ways to get credit for college courses – and save college tuition – while still in high school. We asked a few from East Kentwood and Rockford high schools which options they chose, and why...

AP or early college? What’s a student to do?

For college-bound students hoping to earn credits early and save on tuition, choosing the right kinds of courses for their particular programs can make a big difference...
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