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New leader for Center-based Special Education programs named

Paul Dymowski will oversee the transition of special education centers from Grand Rapids Public Schools to Kent ISD and will become the program's day-to-day administrator when the transition is complete in July 2019...
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Missing school quickly adds up to lost learning

In an effort to reduce student absences, school districts across Kent ISD are participating in a campaign encouraging students to “Strive for Less Than 5” days absent each year...

Hey, budding writers: get published & win cash

Short stories can be submitted at www.writemichigan.org through Friday, Nov. 30.

Local candidates talk education issues at town hall forum

With the November elections less than two months away, some voters see education as a major campaign issue. Candidates in four contested legislative races -- three House races and a state Senate contest -- answered questions at a forum this week at East Grand Rapids High School...

Kent ISD creates new position to promote diversity, combat racism

New Kent ISD director aims to make sure “all of the kids in the village are taken care of”...

Understanding what the fuss is all about: A primer on the M-STEP

The new school year coincides with the release of the last school year’s state assessment data (2017-18) — the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP)...

Park Party Photo Gallery

SNN was at Lamar Park on June 21 along with an estimated 8,400 kids and their parents for the kickoff of partner Maranda’s annual Park Party series. More Maranda Park Parties are still to come this summer, including a popular one in Kentwood this Thursday from noon-2!

State officials get an earful on proposed social studies standards

About 80 people turned out at the Kent ISD for a hearing hosted by the Michigan Department of Education on proposed changes to the state’s K-12 social studies teaching standards, with many lodging objections...

Camp will offer essentials of civic learning, policy engagement

Kentwood Public Schools and the Michigan Center for Civic Education are offering a free summer workshop/camp on Aug. 6-8 focused on civic learning, current events and the Constitution...

Career and education planning, a for-credit course

About 20 local ninth- through 12th-graders are exploring careers this summer and earning three free college credits along the way...

MDE seeks parents for focus group June 21

The Michigan Department of Education is seeking 12 parents for a June 21 focus group about the Parent Dashboard. No experience with the dashboard is needed, and participants will be given $40 as a thank you for their time...
Students from Hudsonville Public Schools won the first Youth Collaboration Award in 2016 (photo courtesy of ArtPrize)

June 7 deadline for new Educator Award plus Youth Collaboration competition at ArtPrize

Area schools can register (for free) to participate in the Youth Collaboration part of ArtPrize. With the sponsorship of Western Michigan University, student teams will be eligible to win one of two cash prizes of $2,500, selected by public vote and experts. Registration is open through June 7...

Students, business sponsors, honor veterans with series of ceremonies and activities

The event honored veterans across West Michigan and helped students see them and their service as more than a sound bite...

Michigan Teacher of the Year tells DeVos his concerns about school choice

East Kentwood’s Luke Wilcox and other State Teachers of the Year had the opportunity to meet with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and shared their concerns about her policies on vouchers and charters...

Through music and movement, students with disabilities learn life skills

At Lincoln School, students with autism, multiple impairments and cognitive disorders learn through movement, music and story thanks to a partnership with Grand Rapids Ballet...

Let’s review center-based special education programs, say superintendents

A study will bring in an outside consultant to evaluate whether GRPS center-based programs are providing best practices compared with other districts in Michigan and beyond...
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