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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...

Districts on the hunt for 3,000 missing students

School leaders have been working to find students who didn’t show up in the fall, make sure they’re being educated and maybe even persuade them to return...

KCHD encourages local educators to get vaccinated

The Kent County Health Department continues its quest to make sure that everyone involved with county schools is able to be inoculated...

Virtual job-shadow opportunities available

Groundhog Shadow Day, which gives area students an inside look at different careers, is going virtual this year...

Partnership continues focus on student emotional, mental health

A group is working to identify trauma and provide support early in order to increase student success...

Online poetry, multimedia course encourages mental well-being for middle schoolers

A Grand Rapids nonprofit has made online writing and mental health materials available free of charge. At least one local middle-school teacher says the series is powerful and helps build community among classmates...

Capitol riot gets personal in heart-sinking moment for history teacher and Michigan elector

The day after a violent mob broke into the U.S. Capitol, teacher and Michigan elector Blake Mazurek sat down with School News Network to discuss Wednesday’s events and how teachers and parents can help children navigate trauma and uncertainty in the wake of such events...

Time is now for teachers, school staff to sign up for vaccines, officials say

Kent ISD leaders are urging employees to get in line for COVID-19 vaccines now after the state opened up eligibility to teachers and other school employees...

Schools lean toward in-person classes but keep virtual, hybrid options

Schools move toward more in-person classes as the second semester of the school year begins...

In year of COVID craziness, school stories of inspiration still shine

A video School News Network captured some of the stories that celebrate remarkable achievements of 2020 in this video holiday message...

Schools, organizations step up to feed students, families

Area schools continue to provide free grab and go meals at regular distribution events and community partners are helping to fill in the gaps to make sure everyone is fed during a very challenging time...
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