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Teachers Tweak Instruction to Engage Students at All Learning Levels

Discovery Elementary School's first-grade classrooms were bustling with activity. In one room, students read parts in the play "The City Mouse and The Country Mouse." In another, teacher Carla Schuch pointed to the words "deer" and "dear" as a...

Working at the Y Opens Doors for CORE Students

It's precisely 8 a.m.on a recent Monday, and the team meeting of the Kent Transition Center CORE program is right on time inside classroom space at the Mary Free Bed YMCA on Grand Rapids' Southeast Side. Group members are being...

Zoo, Museum Offer Free Educator Day on Aug. 8

Work at a school? Then Tuesday is your day to visit the zoo and public museum to learn about what both institutions can offer your classrooms and students. Teachers and educators with ID get free admission and parking at John...

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...

College, careers and their dreams — focus of Latino Youth Conference

Several hundred Latino eighth-graders from schools throughout West Michigan braved slippery roads and chilly winds to join the 20th Annual Latino Youth Conference and hear about the power of their dreams...

Recent Tragedies Heighten Schools’ Concerns About Mental Health

The theater was quiet except for the rustling of popcorn bags. When the movie ended, the silence was louder. That silence was what the movie was about: not talking about mental illness because of its stigma, not hearing the sounds...

Schools a Hot Spot at Heated Town Halls

Editor’s note: This is a news commentary from SNN reporter and editor Charles Honey, whose children attended Grand Rapids Public Schools. It was democracy in action, and man, was it messy. Also invigorating. I’m talking about the recent town hall meeting...

Test-Driven Curriculum: Meet the 6Cs

The messages of Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, co-author of the book “Becoming Brilliant,” and Lou Glazer, president of Michigan Future, merge two ideas: Schools need to better prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow. There is a framework for developing skills...

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”...

Cub Reporters Cover “Design, Build, Innovate” Summer Camp

This week's edition is dedicated to the work of high school students from public schools across West Michigan, who attended SNN's inaugural journalism camp in July, thanks to a grant from Gannett Foundation. Gears for STEM Begin To Turn at...

A Challenge to West Michigan: 3-D Printers in Every School

Crestwood Middle School seventh-grader Beck Han’s bright blue earbud attachments, created on a 3-D printer, fit nicely over science, technology, engineering and math teacher Breanna Yarnott’s ears. She even modeled them in class. The attachments address the problem of earbuds...

‘They’re right. We are just a bunch of kids. But we’ve also been the...

Students at City High/Middle School joined others demonstrating across America Wednesday, a month after the massacre that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida

State’s new letter-grade system for schools gets mixed reviews

New legislation means Michigan schools will receive grades in several categories, but no overall grade...

Why Are Some Schools High Achievers in Reading?

At Sunfield Elementary in Lakewood Public Schools, students read while waiting in line for the bathroom. At North Godwin Elementary in Godwin Heights, kindergartners practice memorizing more words by sight than at most other schools. At Byron Center's Brown...

What’s Up Next? Getting Ready for College

Are you a student planning to go to college next fall? Are you the parent of a student planning to go to college next fall? If you answer yes to either, there’s an app for you. It will send you...

Ready or Not, Schools Start Opening Aug. 21

Got those backpacks ready? The first day of school is two weeks earlier than the traditional post-Labor Day start for many districts, and administrators are working to make sure families are aware of the change. First days vary across Kent ISD's...
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