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Supporting New Teachers

Imagine what it would be like to keep up to thirty 5-year-olds under control without a lot of knowledge on how to manage such...

‘We Are in This Together’

A buzz spreading throughout southwest Michigan is extending to seven more counties, boosting students' ability to read by bringing books and resources into schools.For...

Blandford Expansion Grows Nature’s Learning Lab for Students

Generations of students have trekked the wooded trails of Blandford Nature Center, explored its mucky frog pond and plant-rich meadows, and learned about the...

Report: Are We Caring for Our Children? Not Well Enough

When Carol Paine-McGovern sees child poverty continuing to rise in Kent County, she takes some comfort in the work local schools and their communities...

‘I Know I’ve Got a Lot to Learn’

Sostika Monger realizes she needs help in mastering the process of fulfilling a longtime dream.So in between peering at X-rays and handling prosthetics, the...

Ready to Launch: New Early College to Boost Student Careers

Students interested in careers in manufacturing now have a direct pathway into the workforce, and they can get there with an associate's degree earned...

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...

On Groundhog Day, Students See Possible Careers

Elijah Becker, a freshman at East Grand Rapids High School, already has a plan for his future: working in video editing or visual effects...

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...
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