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Turning the (multiplication) tables

The Michigan Mathematics Educators (MichME) initiative is changing the way math is taught in West Michigan schools, one teacher and classroom at a time. After four years, the program has rewired the way math is taught by more than 250 educators and administrators...

Want your voice heard? Then register to vote, teacher tells students

A Godwin Heights High School teacher makes it her mission to register eligible voters...

Grant will help prepare Wyoming area students for college

Grand Rapids Community College is the recipient of a $2.1 million, six-year grant from the U.S. Education Department to boost chances for all students to succeed in college and beyond...

Space to breathe, move and reflect

Margie Muñoz is harnessing the darkness of a basement classroom to help students manage stress and other challenges...

Student: emphasis on values changes school culture

Since implementing a curriculum that focuses on behavior, high school teachers and administrators say they have seen a major decrease in the number of disciplinary referrals...

Former rule-breaker, current relationship-builder

Bradley Tarrance is the new principal at Godwin Heights Middle School. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

New shoes for a new school year — for free

In the Image’s annual “Shoes Help Our Elementary Students” program put shoes on the feet of 1,700 students from more than 39 elementary schools...

District Makes Registration an Easy Extravaganza

When it comes to getting students ready for school, Godwin Heights Public Schools pulls out all the stops. Parents recently enrolled their children for fall classes during the district’s fourth annual Enrollment Extravaganza...

‘She will fill your bucket if you are empty’

This art teacher provides a solid skill base, then encourages her students to infuse their work with elements of their own lives. And she shares her own, which she says creates a safe space for them to reflect...

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...

From conflict to commencement: African refugee finds success through perseverance

In the fall, Jeanette Mukampabuka will begin studying for an engineering or nursing degree at Western Michigan University and wants to eventually pursue her master’s degree...

School safety supervisor: putting out fires and building relationships

As safety supervisor, Jeff Wainwright believes building relationships, along with securing doors and scanning cameras, creates the strongest sense of security for students...

Refugee author tells students, ‘It is the story of your community’

Sandra Uwiringiyimana’s story of fleeing conflict and leaving her country behind resonated with students who read and discussed her book, “How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child.”
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Video featuring parents encourages more to get involved

Parents’ voices unite in an uplifting video that shares their experiences in the district and encourages others to get involved

Hispanic families struggle with uncertainty about Dreamers’ future

Students who are Dreamers, among about 700,000 young people nationwide who arrived to the U.S. as children of undocumented parents and are enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, wonder if they will be able to go to college or secure financial aid. They feel betrayed by the system
Godwin Heights is among four high schools where Chief Carmody meets with students

Retiring police chief says teen sessions will continue

James Carmody has made it a priority to give high school students a voice at the table. Every week he meets with students, rotating between Wyoming, Godwin Heights, Lee and Kelloggsville high schools
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