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Education Nominee Generates Concerns And Hopes for Future

As someone who taught for 25 years, is the daughter of teachers and married one, Mary Bouwense’s life has been steeped in public schooling....

Finding True North

Brandi Pilcher knew she was going in the wrong direction, but didn't know how to change course. That is, until she found her north...

Financial Literacy Helps Students Navigate Complex World

Their teen and youngadult years typically are a pivotal time for students. Karen Wolthuis hopes their decisions can be simplified by a program offering...

‘It Takes All of Us to Make This Work’

It was the first day of school during Byron Garrett's second year as principal when he met a kindergartner who spoke no English. Garrettt spoke...

‘Our Districts Can’t Continue on This Path’

Superintendent Mike Weiler says he wants to provide the best programs and opportunities he can for the 1,340 students of Kent City Community Schools,...

Banking on Parent Educators, Parents As Educators

In a room designated for storytelling at the Wyoming branch of the Kent District Library, Ethel Rodriguez spoke in Spanish with Careni and Joel...

Keeping the ‘Monster’ Out and Students in Class

Truancy and chronic absenteeism have been described by educators as "the monster at the door." Kent ISD school districts are trying to ensure the...

Rx for Better Readers: the Doctor is IN

Parkview Elementary first-grader Marquis Morgan grabbed a book from a bin containing those written at his reading level. He began paging through "There Was...

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...

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...

Science Boring? Not Around Here!

Editor's note: STEMosphere, an interactive expo featuring hands-on and "brains-on" science activities, brought students and adults alike to Grand Rapids Public Museum on Nov....

Easing Fears and Teaching Respect

For many students, the election of Donald Trump as president provoked fear and uncertainty, especially in schools with large immigrant and Muslim populations. For...

Nurturing the In-between Years: It’s All About Relationships

Middle school is a notoriously tough time for students, as they make the transition from well-ordered elementary school to increasingly independent high school. In...

Nurturing the In-between Years

This is the first installment of a two-part series on the challenges of middle school and what local districts are doing to meet them...

Area Forum Points to Agreement on Need to Improve Education; But How?

At the risk of oversimplification, Amber Arellano believes the problem of delivering an equitable education to today's K-12 students can be divided into two...

Should I Stop or Should I Go? Too Many Motorists Don’t Know

When you see red lights on the school bus start flashing in front of you, it always means stop, right? And when you see yellow...
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