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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

For newcomers to America, a ‘fighting chance’ at a good education

The number of students being helped is down drastically this fall, following the Trump administration’s ban on immigrants from seven countries and sharp reductions in refugees allowed into the country...

Seismic lessons from this rock star teacher

GRCC Geology Professor and volcanologist Tari Mattox brings her first-hand knowledge of eruptions, rocks and much more into class...

County weighs in on attendance campaign

The straight-forward message behind “Strive for Less than 5”, the county-wide campaign to reduce absences: The more school a child misses, the further they fall behind and the more at risk they are of eventually dropping out...

Grant will help prepare Wyoming area students for college

Grand Rapids Community College is the recipient of a $2.1 million, six-year grant from the U.S. Education Department to boost chances for all students to succeed in college and beyond...

STEM fair projects lead to university research spots

Four 2018 East Kentwood High School graduates used projects from last school year to get into an elite University of Michigan research program...

‘The Mary Poppins of the library’

Mom Laura Gearhart works her magic at Countryside Elementary, rapidly shelving books and completing countless tasks...

Women in skilled trades hone skills, explore careers, network with industry experts

Project Accelerate is a seven-week, once-weekly course offered through The Build Initiative, a Pontiac-based program that works to build knowledge for women interested in construction and related fields...

A Grand Gesture

Students elected their beloved custodian as Homecoming grand marshal. In turn, he chose a student who made an effort to get to know him to ride at his side...

Kent ISD administrator named to federal special education post

Kent ISD Director of Special Education Laurie VanderPloeg, who has led special education in the county for the past eight years, is headed to Washington, D.C., to lead special education for the entire nation...

Consistent literacy instruction means improved reading

Newly implemented curriculum aligns K-12 curriculum, stocks all elementary classrooms with books and materials...

Collaboration centers in every school to foster student engagement

In schools across the district, new spaces are allowing for students to come together, collaborate in innovative ways, and plug in to cutting-edge technology. A space will serve the community too...

GRCC, Tech Center create a recipe for student bakers to earn college degree

Interested in becoming a chef or baker? A new GRCC and Tech Center culinary partnership has the perfect recipe to make it happen, fast...

Cops, choppers and helpers: Up close with public safety careers

With an Aero Med helicopter as the main attraction, Byron Center students learned about first responders, their role in emergencies and careers in public safety...

Champion for children, up-and-comer in Gaga ball

Cheryl Corpus is the new Gladiola Elementary School principal. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

Michigan art teacher of year makes all subjects ‘artful’

Art teacher Adrienne DeMilner brings art into all subjects and areas at East Kentwood Freshman Campus and out into the community. She was recently awarded 2018 Michigan Art Educator of the Year and Secondary Art Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Art Education Association...

Students collaborate on eye-catching entries to ArtPrize competition

As ArtPrize 10 gets under way on Wednesday, Sept. 19, the global competition will feature the artwork of students from three Kent ISD school districts: Byron Center, Grand Rapids Public Schools and Rockford...
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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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