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‘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...

Class, Meet Gator — 972 Miles Away

An giant reptilian eye stared, unblinking, at a room full of elementary students on a recent Monday. It belonged to a juvenile alligator, in the hands of an expert on the creatures at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher,...

For These Seniors, Degrees Already in Sight

Three years ago, 25 district sophomores decided to get an early start on college. All are well on their way to graduating this fall, having already saved thousands on higher education. Enrolled in the district's Middle College program -- a...

Vietnam Vets Bring Realities of War Back Home to Students

Speaking to juniors at their alma mater, a pair of Vietnam veterans provided students both with historical perspective and a lesson more personal. Chuck Smith and Tom Hoskins told a Cedar Springs High School history class of the war's gritty...

Learning to Love Reading

After the school day ends, second-graders at Beach Elementary are still at work to become masters of the alphabet. In "super switch" groups based on reading level, they travel to other classrooms to receive extra help with reading. Most join...

Young Authors Learn from Published Ones — and Each Other

A room full of authors gathered at Cedar Springs Middle School. One was a guest speaker, author David Stricklen, and the rest were seventh-graders. Students in Amy Blauw's class have spent the past several months crafting their own page-turners through...

Building a Band Program, From Squeaks to Symphonic

If you talk to a sixth-grader or a high school senior from Kent City's band program, you will hear a similar story. For first-chair saxophonist and senior Zach Carlson, it began in elementary school during recess. "I would ask my...

Community, Consistency + Shared Expectations = Stronger Academics

A new banner meant to create a shared experience across age groups is getting educators, administrators and parents out of their seats, partnering up and modeling what their K-8 classrooms will come to look like. They're learning the ropes of...
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