- Sponsorship -

Teachers Say Children Need to Play, Not Work All Day

If you think kindergartners still play with glue and paper all day, think again. In fact they're not playing enough, educators say, so they've set aside a day to do just that. See how children learn through playing at...

Reading initiative shows early positive results

Where there is a problem, there is a solution. So when scores indicated that many Cedar Trails Elementary students would not meet state of Michigan reading guidelines, the school implemented a Reading Now Network program customized for its students. With guidance...

At Home on the Range

"Zinga, zinga, zinga, zoo." "Higher ... now higher ... still higher," said vocal teacher Linda Tata. The boys repeated the melodic phrase in higher and higher tones -- and then lower and lower -- until each reached the end of his...

Gifts from the Hearts of Staff

Holidays are times for sharing and school administrators are making sure their students have something extra during the winter break. Since many New Beginnings High School students find much of their support system at school, explained Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, staff...

Making STEM a Team Sport

You could tell the sixth-graders gathered in the Red Hawk Elementary cafeteria know there's excitement ahead, but since this was just the second meeting of the new robotics team, they were just learning the rules to the upcoming challenge. A...

Building Strength from the Inside

Eighth-grader Gavin Spicer gave the challenge 100 percent and that is what mattered. Gavin was chosen by his classmates when Mike Benson, team captain of The Conquerors strongman team, asked for the strongest person in the room to take center...

Students Sock It to the Community

As soon as the class decided on its next charity project, eighth-grader Kolten Wolf was on board. "When I heard about 'Socktober' I texted all of my cousins and asked everyone I knew to help out," he said. By the...

‘Precious Cargo’

Those who work with students both inside and outside school walls know that supporting students can be key to their success. So it is likely not a surprise to find bus driver Stephanie Malloley volunteering for an area youth program. "Two...

Classroom energy + student enthusiasm = math success

Four years ago, Cedar View fifth grade teachers Jennifer Kahler and Erin Cairy switched the traditional teaching style of explaining math concepts and helping students as they worked individually to what they call "Collaborative Math." Fifth grader Colten Schreiner knows...

Team Targets ‘Anything That Might Impede Education’

"I am not that person holding a sign on the busy street corner and I don't sleep under the bridge. But, I am homeless." Students in rural Kent County schools may never use those words, but community resource coordinators Jennifer...

Dog Groomer, Band Fan, Roving Boater

School: Cedar View Elementary Other positions you have held in education: Previously I was a teacher, a school principal, a program coordinator, and a discipline coordinator. How about jobs outside education? I was a dog groomer and pharmacy tech prior to...

Reading Always Comes First

School: Beach Elementary Other positions you have held in education: Before coming to Cedar Springs, I was a teacher, an assistant principal and a principal with Grand Rapids Public Schools. How about jobs outside education? My first job was as a...

Make them Feel ‘Valued, Capable and Loved’

School: Cedar Trails Other positions you have held in education: I was a principal and early childhood director for DeWitt Public Schools for three years; an early childhood specialist for Ingham ISD for three years; and a Great Start Readiness...

District Hops into New School Year with Positive Message

High school biology and chemistry teacher Edward Johns has always believed his job is to help students become the "best versions of themselves." But he says training sessions offered by the district this summer have given him a new...

Six Teachers Seek National Board Credentials

Big names in teaching in Kent County – Michigan Teachers of the Year for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 – have joined forces to share the best ways to engage students and get them to achieve at high levels. A cohort of...

Teacher Travels the World to Enrich Lessons Back Home

The lights are off. A projector screen glows with a map of Berlin with a line dividing the former East and West sectors. Shayne Dove, perched on a table near the screen, sports a neat, long beard and a graphic...
Sponsorship
Sponsorship