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Too Many Student Leaders? No Such Thing, Say GRPS Officials

When Grand Rapids Public Schools officials went looking this year for two student representatives to serve on its Board of Education, they found students like Javonte Jefferson, Henry Atkins and a whole bunch more. In the past, district leaders had...

Controlled Burn Culminates Two Years of Invasive Plant Study

Sixth-grader Hannah Fife said she and her classmates feel more like part of their community after spending part of their day researching plant life on the grounds of their school. For the past two years, students at the Forest Hills...

Grand Rapids Gets Behind Getting Students to School

Antonio Zavala is the kind of student Grand Rapids Public Schools has been cultivating recently: the kind who comes to school every day, on time and ready to learn. The 11-year-old fifth-grader at Sibley Elementary School on Grand Rapids' Northwest...

Not Your Older Sister’s Career Fair

MiCareerQuest 2015 Draws 6,000 Teens to DeVos Place

Mandarin Chinese Immersion Program Students Test What They’ve Learned in China

Sixth-grader Andy Kuo concedes it took him a few days to realize the language skills he’s learned during the past seven years in Forest Hills Public Schools’ Mandarin Chinese Immersion Program would stand up to a real world test. The...

iPads Help Individualize Lessons, Lead to ‘Higher Level Thinking’

Mario Suarez says he learns better when using an iPad in his special education classroom at Harrison Park School. The 8-year-old second-grader is among a group of Harrison Park students using technology to help them learn by building higher-level thinking...

Parents Lead Effort to Promote Mental Health Awareness, Acceptance and Advocacy

To attack negative stereotypes surrounding mental illness, a group of parents in the Forest Hills Public Schools district has put to work the theory that there's comfort in numbers. Experts say it's not only working, but actually saving lives. A...

Competing Plans to Fix Roads Produced Proposal 1, Lawmakers Say

State Rep. Robert VerHeulen, R-Walker, isn't saying how he will vote on the May 5 ballot proposal that would provide funding for roads, schools and local governments. But he's adamant about cautioning voters that there is no secret "plan...

Latino Youth Conference Shows College a Possibility

When 18-year-old Maritza Martinez enrolls at Grand Rapids Community College next fall, she'll have a $500 scholarship for books in her pocket to help pave her way. The help comes from the scholarship the Comstock Park High School senior earned...

Ford Students Review Rare Documents While Researching School Namesake

Thirteen-year-olds Delmy Rivera and Raquel Santos along with their classmates at Gerald R. Ford Academic Center have spent part of their school year researching the presidency of their school's namesake. It's common practice for West Michigan students who routinely study...

Bocce Games, School-wide Campaign Create Connections

As second graders at Forest Hills' Meadow Brook Elementary School, Zada Karas and Korey Festian know what Project Unify is all about. "We get to make new friends that we probably wouldn't get to meet outside of Project Unify," said...

Education Researcher Says We’re Teaching Too Much to be Good at Anything

There aren't enough hours in the day for educators to teach everything we're asking of them, let alone constructively criticize peers to improve how we teach young people. That's the abbreviated, cliff notes version of education guru Robert Marzano's theory on...

Byron Center and Kenowa Hills named to AP Honor Roll

Byron Center Public School District and Kenowa Hills School District are listed on the College Board’s 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll — a list of 547 districts across the U.S. and Canada being honored for increasing access to...

Challenge Scholars Helps Reinvigorate West Side

There's a lot of positive energy emanating from Grand Rapids' West Side and many say at least some of it is because of the Grand Rapids Public School's Challenge Scholars program. Backed by a $32 million commitment from the Grand...

College Visits Show Students Opportunities

LeKae Scarlavai is finding it just a bit easier to decide what to do with the rest of her life. That's after the 17-year-old junior at Kent City High School took part in her school's career and college day event....
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