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Nonprofit gets supplies to schools in need

Hundreds of teachers have received an average of $750 in school supplies thanks to nonprofit The StoreHouse, 4411 Plainfield Ave. NE in Grand Rapids, which runs a resource store for teachers...

School coordinators tap into communities, connect resources

Eighteen months into the pandemic, there’s perhaps never been a time more pressing for families to have a sense of belonging in their schools...

Eating the elephant one step at a time

The challenge is designed to inspire and design solutions that support a circular economy, a closed-loop system that minimizes the use of raw materials and the creation of waste...

Online learning a mixed bag of offerings this year

While all districts offered some form of virtual learning last year, this year the offerings are more limited, where they exist at all...

Student voice sought by area superintendents

Local districts will survey students next school year on key topics to hear and learn from the voice of students...

In a crazy year, teachers still taught, students still learned, and fun was still had

In a school year unlike any that came before it, teachers, students and parents all found creative ways to teach and learn despite the pandemic...

Local school leaders welcome governor’s proposed K-12 spending plan

Kent ISD schools are eager to see passage of a proposed School Aid Fund Spending Framework from Gov. Whitmer...

Post-pandemic years will focus on student recovery

Several West Michigan educators contributed to the MI Blueprint for Comprehensive Student Recovery, recently released by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state education leaders to support student recovery from the pandemic’s impact...

Series addresses vaccine information for students

Educators and medical experts provide information and answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, during the three-part series “Keeping Our Students Safe” offered by Spectrum Health, in partnership with Vaccinate West Michigan...

Today’s classrooms look more like the world

Kent County schools are experiencing substantial change in the racial and ethnic makeup of their students, with classrooms looking more and more like the society and world around them...

New equity fellowship open to more Kent County teachers

Area educators have a new opportunity to become Equity Fellows, trained in creating more equitable schools and classrooms...

Social justice, perseverance top the year’s biggest lessons

All this week, students, teachers, parents and administrators reflect on what a year of living through the pandemic has been like for them...

The lessons we’ve learned: patience, grace, subtraction …

All this week, students, teachers, parents and administrators reflect on what a year of living through the pandemic has been like for them...

How the year has changed our lives

All this week, students, teachers, parents and administrators reflect on what a year of living through the pandemic has been like for them...

State still pushing for federal waiver of M-STEP this spring

A Jan. 25 request from the Michigan Department of Education to the U.S. Department of Education to not administer standardized testing, including the M-STEPS, in spring 2021 is still on the table...

Applications open for School Leader Fellowship program

The goal is to empower leaders to confront systemic inequities in order to achieve equitable outcomes for all students. Applications will be accepted through the end of day on Friday, Feb. 19...
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