- Sponsorship -

Schools Learn New Ways to Teach Reading

Collaboration is the way forward, say leaders of West Michigan's Reading Now Network. Teachers teaching other teachers, more staff with reading expertise, and learning from those whose students are excelling, are all actions the region's schools are taking to...

Book Speed-Dating: Finding the Perfect Read

Byron Center High School sophomore Lexi Hess may have found her perfect match. She plucked the book, The Star Won't Go Out, by Esther Grace Earl, out of a pile of books atop a classroom table. "I want to read...

The Rhythm of the Words

Oriole Park Elementary Schools students walked, tiptoed and froze on cue to classical music during a half-hour singsong session filled with music exercises based on rhythm and beat. "Snail, snail, snail, snail. Up and down and all around," they sang...

Students Read What They Love, Develop Literacy Skills

West Middle School eighth-grade students Anja Whitehouse and Katie Townley are definitely what you would call "readers." They finish one book to start another, immersing themselves in fantasy, historical fiction and sci/fi. Their favorite tomes are nestled amid folders...

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...

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...

Regional Media Center a Treasure Chest of Teaching Tools

For rent: The sky. Cost: $50. Assembly required. This "sky" is inside the StarLab, a portable planetarium that looks like a big, gray, glob of a bounce house from the outside. When students walk inside, though, they find themselves in...

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...

Want to Boost Reading Comprehension? Make it a Contest

Sure, students can read a bunch of books to get principals to shave their heads, kiss a pig, eat insects and jump out of planes -- but can they remember what they read? Reading comprehension was the goal of the...

Students Collect Books for Inmates to Promote Literacy

Lee Middle School students are helping local prison inmates turn the page to a better life -- literally. The Godfrey-Lee Public Schools eighth-grade students recently became aware of the stark correlation between illiteracy and incarceration, and it inspired them to...

Superintendent: ‘This is a Revolution. We Will be ‘The Region That Reads’

West Michigan teachers and administrators recently heard the five common practices that lead to success in reading, and many are ready to implement those findings to a whole new level at their own schools. Dig deeper into data. "Own" every...

Read Any Good Books Lately? These Students Have

So you think today’s teenagers aren’t into reading? Talk to Bill Foster. He loves books – real books, made of paper and ink – and the fascinating realms they contain. “I love the fact you can just take yourself into...

Ruff Reader Dogs Bolster Student Confidence

Mollie gently sidles up to Wyoming Public School's West Elementary third-grader Riley Doggett, who's sitting on a comfy beanbag cushion. Riley starts to read out loud a biography about Davy Crockett. Before he finishes the first paragraph, Mollie gingerly begins...

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...

Cans of Food Become Votes for Favorite Books

“Bud, Not Buddy” prevailed in the first round. “Charlotte’s Web” defeated “The One and Only Ivan.” In a shocker, “The Cat in the Hat” failed to advance. But the “I Survived” series survived the competition by piling up a...
Sponsorship
Sponsorship