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A New Kind of First Aid – for Student Mental Health

If a child has green snot coming from his nose, he might be taken to a doctor, right? asked Karyll Russell, Sparta Middle School counselor. But when a child is showing signs of anxiety, depression or other mental-health disorders, people...

Armed Forces Luncheon to Connect Students, Veterans

A new event honoring America’smilitary will help West Michigan students appreciate what soldiers past and present have done for their country, says Katie Pennington, Kenowa Hills High School principal. She is one of the organizers of the first annual Armed...

The Weight of the Test

Taking the PSAT left Kent Innovation High School sophomore Anna DeBraber feeling stressed, frustrated and as if the years of work in class and the community didn't matter. She became so emotional about it that she created a 7-minute Facebook...

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...

Surprise! Good Vision and Learning are Linked

Marley Beauchamp slips on a pair of 3-D glasses, but it's not because she plans to munch popcorn while watching a popular animated film. Instead, Kent County Health Department vision and hearing technician Denise Knight holds in front of the...

Summer Learning Can Mean Big Fun

Educators across Kent County are making efforts to curb summer-learning loss, the tendency for students to lose ground on what they've learned during the long, lazy summer months. A new Grand Rapids Public Schools Summer Literacy Program, funded by a...

Wanted: Substitute Teachers. Lots of Them

On the next-to-last day of school, all of North Godwin Elementary School’s teachers were present except for one, the physical-education teacher. Ella Moran, a veteran substitute, filled in for him by overseeing a noisy game of tag and helping...

Dyslexia Causes Struggles for Students, but They Can Still Excel

What do Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Thomas Edison and approximately 20 percent of students have in common? They have been forced to approach learning differently due to dyslexia. Dyslexia is a reading difficulty that slows the development of reading skills,...

When Words Don’t Make Sense, Magic Pens Can Help

Jenny Green feels she can do well in her English classes – as long as she gets a little help with the reading part. “When I read something, I don’t get it in my head,” said the Lowell High School...

Not Your Older Sister’s Career Fair

MiCareerQuest 2015 Draws 6,000 Teens to DeVos Place

Competing Plans to Fix Roads Produced Proposal 1, Lawmakers Say

State Rep. Robert VerHeulen, R-Walker, isn't saying how he will vote on the May 5 ballot proposal that would provide funding for roads, schools and local governments. But he's adamant about cautioning voters that there is no secret "plan...

Proposal 1 May Be Complicated, but Has Major Implications for Schools

Non-partisan analysts break down May 5 ballot issue to help guide voters

Helping Students Grow After Bullying Incidents

When Tarena VanDyke was accused of bullying another student, it really hurt, she said. “I’ve never seen myself as a bully,” said the Northview High School senior. “I hope I’m a nice person.” But after watching a series of videos about...

Gay-Straight Alliances Foster Safe Haven for LGBT Students

The laughter inside the classroom reaches a crescendo when Caleb Smith hauls out Bruce the Shark — the somewhat official mascot of Rockford High School's Gay-Straight Alliance. Bruce, who moonlights as a hand-held puppet, quickly earned his keep when...

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...

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...
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