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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 or email Erin.

Grant to allow ease in academic advising

It's often challenging to schedule appointments because students are attending school and have other life responsibilities...

‘Waking our brains up’

When students aren’t developing fine and large motor skills through physical activity, academics can suffer...

Simple plans, solid training, most effective for school emergency response

West Michigan school representatives learned do’s and don’ts of emergency response at workshop emphasizing simple plans that staff can remember...

Mural inspired by THE STRING PROJECT symbolizes connection

Every fifth and sixth grader at Nickels Intermediate School added paint, paper or a message to a mural to hang in the school office...

Envisioning classrooms of tomorrow

Educators and community leaders brainstormed their dream schools using Legos, and learned about research on how to best prepare students for today’s workforce, in a conference on reforming education called ‘Outsmarting the Robots’...

Sharing ‘little good things’ to start the day off right

Fifth grade teacher Darin Keller takes a few minutes each day to just talk to his students. He started the five-minute sessions three years ago to check in with how everyone is doing...

Order’s up!

In a busy Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts kitchen, two-person teams of students from GRCC, Mexico, Canada and Scotland competed to create the best dishes during Nation’s Cup...

Onsite clinicians expand mental health services at middle schools

Principals and nurses are reporting that students are talking about more anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and stressful situations at home...

Turning the page toward equity

An effort to increase diversity in books in the district has resulted in an allocation of $1,500 per teacher for new titles, and a continued priority to keep shelves stocked and current...

Trio of peers cast in Civic Theatre production of ‘Frozen Jr.’

Byron Center High School students and friends Alexa Wollney, Xavier Turner and Abbie Westers all landed major roles in the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre musical ‘Frozen Jr.’ ...

School, city and college partner on public works class

Students will earn certifications and hands-on experience in the field. Those who complete the program are guaranteed a job interview...

Board to interview assistant superintendent for top post

The Board of Education plans to interview Kevin Macina, the district’s current assistant superintendent, for the superintendent position...

Francis, the amazing mantis

After bringing in a praying mantis from the school yard, fourth graders are learning about the wonders of the natural world and circle of life....

This musician’s swan song is sure to be just his start

After embracing cello instruction, East Kentwood High School senior passes huge music milestones, looks ahead to college...

Army of youth march to ‘fight for the world we will be living in’

Students from across Kent County put their science learning to work by taking part in the worldwide marches calling for action on climate change...

A stroll through the city means a walk through art

The area’s youngest students discovered art in the city during a morning event offered by Project 1, by ArtPrize...
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Second graders pitch questions to new superintendent

Superintendent Kevin Macina has been happily busy since beginning his new job Jan. 1, including being peppered with questions by Countryside second graders...

Like taking candy from a colonist

A lesson on taxation without representation taught students how colonists felt when taxed on goods by a faraway king...

A and B student strives for success, from a motel room

A homeless Kent County teen talks about stressors, family, schoolwork and life in a motel...
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