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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

Ph.D.-bound college student shares her journey through science with high school students

The Ph.D. route is possible and rewarding, 2015 graduate tells Wyoming students. Wyoming High School Class of 2015 graduate Gabby Huizinga visited science classes recently to share the pathway she took from high school to a doctoral program...

Open-source textbooks lighten students’ financial load

About 70 GRCC faculty members have switched. The textbooks are available in math, science, social science, humanities, business and advanced placement...

GRCC counselors reach out to help students with mental health needs

Along with free, confidential one-on-one counseling, they offer a slate of general workshops and mind-body wellness events based on mindfulness, managing emotions, sleep and other topics...

Superintendent Association committee zeros in on equity to improve gaps in education

A seven-member committee of local educators is working to address disparities in education that exist along along racial and socioeconomic lines. The group meets monthly with the goal of building awareness and working toward change...

News hounds on the prowl for Bulldog Growl

Fifth- and sixth-grade reporters are interviewing students and teachers on various topics to publish their monthly newsletter...

A compass to college

When it comes to going to college, there’s a lot to know even for the most savvy families. And for Hispanic families without much experience in American education, knowing where to start can be daunting...

Teacher blends love for dogs, learning to publish children’s book

Teacher turned author uses her book to help students imagine themselves as writers and learn to love reading...

YouTube video’s message: ‘This is where we come from, and we love it’

While the phrase 'we are family' can be said in many languages, its feeling is universal inside the hallways and classrooms at East Kentwood High School...

Social worker reaches out to students, parents to meet mental health needs

With one in five children experiencing a mental disorder nationally, extra support staff can help students and parents connect with the help they need...

Whitmer touts ‘a path for everyone to prosperity’ in GRCC visit

Newly elected Gov. Gretchen Whitmer promoted her higher education proposals in Grand Rapids following her State of the State address...

Teachers do the snow-day shuffle, trying to make up for lost instruction time

The mid-winter blitz of snow days has teachers trying to make up for lost instruction time, and reshuffling their lesson plans for the weeks to come...

Eco-savvy students win $10,000

West Middle School students’ project to reduce plastic in the cafeteria by making edible utensils won a $10,000 first prize in the air & climate category of the Scholastic Lexus Eco Challenge...

Upping the equity quotient in math

Leading Educators involves about 50 educators in Godwin Heights, Wyoming, Godfrey-Lee, Kentwood and Grand Rapids Public Schools who have signed on for a two-year commitment...

Behind-the-scenes crew leader honored for character, graciousness

The biannual Alpha Wolf 11 program honors operations director who keeps things running...

Students pitch design ideas for school renovation

STEM students wore their design hats to envision and renovate the Nickels Intermediate School entrance and parking lot area...

Schools and agencies improvise to feed snowbound students during polar vortex

A collection of school and social improvised to keep kids and families fed last week when the Polar Vortex resulted in five days of school closings. Kids who were used to getting their meals at school were in danger of going hungry, according to local school administrators...
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‘You got this’

In response to notes left on the wall, passersby leave messages of encouragement...

Overcoming homelessness to get her degree, she’s ready to help others

Jordan Lovett, once homeless, graduated from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She is eager to advocate for others facing similar struggles to her own...

Local students take top prizes in Dyer-Ives poetry competition

Aliya Hall of Godwin Heights High School won first place for her poem 'Hawk Island Girl' while Alissa Vezikov of East Rockford Middle School won first place for her poem 'Grief'...
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