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Giving Voice to Children

Most elementary students have never attended an opera. Coit Creative Arts Academy fourth- and fifth-grade students have created, produced and performed one. The project, done in partnership with Opera Grand Rapids Children's Opera, was led by the Creative Connections arts...

Haunting photo of ‘classy’ young woman takes top prize in Congressional competition

Nick Ensing’s photo “Classy,” taken of his good friend Mariah Jennings, was named grand prize winner and will hang in the U.S. Capitol for a year

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 an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books." Marquis, who keeps track of his reading with teacher...

Teacher, Math Team Create Buzz of Excitement at Lakeside Elementary

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series on the difficulties students have learning math, and what methods some schools and teachers are using with success. While his 44-student third-grade math team sat with fingers crossed, Lakeside Elementary teacher...

Adding Sugar to Education’s Cake

As a young mother new to the district in the early 1970s, Candace Hinshaw remembers hearing about a magazine sale at Pine Ridge Elementary to raise money to bring in outside performers. "They brought in an individual who was doing...

Together, Parents & Teachers Foster Good Readers

With a red crayon, Sydney O'Keefe, 4, colored on white paper over a cardboard "D." The letter magically appeared bright and bold. While Sydney had fun with literacy activities, her mother, Nicole O'Keefe, talked about ways she works with Sydney...

Low Test Scores & Low Income Linked; Staff Seek to Help

At Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, the Kent County district with the lowest family income, the correlation between M-STEP scores and poverty is stark. More than 90 percent of students qualify for free or reduced priced lunch in the one-square mile...

They did the monster math

Students in Patti Reeder and James Rex’s classes were challenged to use exponential function to create a scenario in which zombies take over the world...

Art Walk Homage to Award-winning Artists

At Century Park Learning Center, a riot of color swirling like a Chihuly tangle of glass sprouted all over the school. The inspiration for students: picture book illustrations found in Caldecott winners. Rainbow-beaked birds like toucans dangled overhead, like Richard...

Teacher Hosts Weekly Library Days to Keep Students Reading This Summer

Oriole Park Elementary School teacher Ginger VanderBeek scanned the shelves in the children's section at the Wyoming branch of Kent District Library for books about kings and queens. She grabbed a few possibilities for fourth-graders Maya Wiltrout and Emma...

Reading is elementary for these word detectives

For the first full school year, students across the district are using the Units of Study for Teaching Reading, a curriculum developed by author and educator Lucy Calkins...
James Hissong, Kent ISD grants and development coordinator, tried his rather unsteady hand at welding, using a machine designed to teach welding skills using virtual reality technology

Grant Gives Students Welding Skills, Virtual-style

Whether you are in high school attempting to settle on a career, an adult back to school to upgrade skills or a young child dreaming of what to be when you grow up, equipment coming soon to Kent Career...

She chose music over medicine, and her students are glad she did

Wendy Tenney Tenney is one of 10 Michigan educators who were named as 2018-19 Regional Teachers of the Year...

Calling All Senses: Help Me Read!

In a small room within the teacher's lounge, Southeast Elementary School fourth-grader Aubrianna Vernon focused on the consonant blend, "spr." With her index finger, she wrote the letters in the air, on a table and in sand spread on...

Adding a Coach, Studying Data Successful In Improving Math Grades

Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series on the difficulties students have learning math, and what methods some schools and teachers are using with success. Students at Thornapple Kellogg Middle School have been doing better at math this...

Students Explore Hip-Hop as ‘Something that You Live’

Matthew Duncan lightly shakes a can of spray paint and, like the serious aerosol artist he is, deftly sprays an immaculate orange “o” on a canvas. And so begins a lesson on graffiti – or more properly called “writing,” he...
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