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Erin Albanese

Erin Albanese
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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 or email Erin.

Guiding students to becoming informed citizens

This AP Government teacher helps students learn to become critical thinkers, and students say his passion is contagious...

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...

Educators, writers reach out through book, website

Team of educators invites students to tap into learning resources on their website...

‘Following a map and the sky’

Adjy Jean spent years as an unaccompanied youth, displaced and moving from country to country. Now, after three years settled in Michigan, he will graduate from East Kentwood High School...

Freewheeling creativity

A trio of students build a machine to test wheel bearings on electric cars...

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...

‘I have to push myself’

Rodrigo Lopez-Ruiz, whose family lives in Mexico, has worked hard to support himself and take accountability during high school, overcoming odds to graduate. He also serves others through his job at Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital...

Better bus riders, happy bus drivers

Gladiola Elementary staff members said behavior issues were common on the bus, so they decided to ride along, seat students and build bonds...

School’s back! Districts begin to launch Continuity of Learning Plans

Districts statewide are rolling out individualized plans by April 28 to continue learning through the end of the school year...

GRCC waives fees for summer classes, holding first session remotely

Grand Rapids Community College is taking several steps to meet the needs of students financially and through distance learning so they can continue their education during the global pandemic..
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STEM teachers step up to make masks, face shields using 3D printers

STEM teachers are doing their part to supply personal protective equipment to health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic...

A chain reaction of creativity

STEM class is all about handing students the tools for a project, giving them a challenge and letting them, like a marble, roll with it...

Stepping up to donate in a time of need

Tech Center, GRCC are among schools making large donations of equipment to help local health care professionals fight COVID-19...

Reaching students, helping families

Many students with disabilities need full-time care and receive speech, physical and occupation therapy through school. That typically requires physical interaction...

‘No prerequisites for being taught to read and write’

The Literacy Center at Discovery Elementary serves students with focused instruction and the belief that all students can benefit from being taught to read and write...
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District approves $68 million bond by 12 votes

Now the district will move forward on preparing for construction of 12 new classrooms at Cedar Springs High School, part of a $15.49 million project, with plans to break ground in March or April...

Sinking fund renewed, funds facility improvement

Voters approved the renewal of a building and site sinking fund Tuesday, with unofficial results tallying 3,264 yes and 2,065 no votes...

While embracing her roots, student leader steps forward

The daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, Quyen Tran was instrumental in elevating the work of the Asian Student Union at East Kentwood High School. She is now headed to Harvard with a sense of purpose and humanitarian goals...
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