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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...

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...
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