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Statewide reading decline: how some high-poverty schools buck the trend

Principals in Wyoming and Grand Rapids identified how to use data to improve instruction, build teacher leaders and zero in on reading instruction practices

Students march for their lives: ‘If others aren’t going to do it, I think...

Six teenage organizers from Forest Hills and Grand Rapids led a crowd of thousands in the March for Our Lives at Rosa Parks Circle

GRPS superintendent continues Transformation Plan listening tour

Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal will meet with parents, students, community members and school staff this week to get feedback on the GRPS Transformation Plan

‘They’re right. We are just a bunch of kids. But we’ve also been the...

Students at City High/Middle School joined others demonstrating across America Wednesday, a month after the massacre that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida

Students reflect on play where a young Gerald Ford and black teammate tackle a...

Related Black History Month stories Underground railroad module turns fourth-graders into historians Technology turns biography reports into multimedia efforts The documentary, "Black and Blue: The Story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward, and the 1934 Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game," debuted in 2011. In...

Local students push for change in wake of Florida school shooting

Students at City High/Middle School are joining the ranks of a national student-led movement to make their schools safer, stepping up where adults have failed to act

She supports school with business partners, great food

Rachel Lee encourages other neighborhood parents to check out the school, and helps in the classroom and on the playground, all while running her own restaurant, Citizen

Teachers Tell Their Stories, to Help Other Teachers

"What inspires you to come to school every day and teach children?" interviewer Rosie del Valle asked Gladiola Elementary intervention math coach Kristi Baumbach. Baumbach, who had answered previous interview questions without hesitation, paused. "Now, I'm crying," she said, as...
Alana Bracey, a fourth-grader at Southwest Community Campus School, brought the audience to its feet with her powerful voice

‘We’re Living His Dream’

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” -- the Rev. Dr....
Kattie Eason makes sure all traffic has stopped on Wealthy Street to make way for eighth-graders (from left) Sharkia Caldwell, Zaionna Love and Kalyce Russell

Stop, Look and Here’s Some Love

When Kattie Eason first stepped onto a Wealthy Street SE corner to serve as a school crossing guard at Henry Elementary School – now Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy -- she was 21 years old.

Finding the Right Fit

How do you turn a would-be class clown into a productive student? How do you motivate a fifth-grader who just doesn't fit in or refuses to keep up with classroom assignments? Some area parents have turned to ATYP Junior --...

A pipeline from K-12 to college — and back again

Partnering with Ferris State University's School of Education, GRPS this week launched the new Academy of Teaching and Learning at Innovation Central High School.

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...

A New Vision for a Historic School

Since its founding in the 1920s in the neighborhood bearing its name, Ottawa Hills High School has educated plenty of distinguished students. They include former U.S. District Attorney Patrick Miles Jr., renowned gospel singer Marvin Sapp, and famous athletes...

Community’s Gift: A Book for Every First-Grader

At the Congress Elementary School library, volunteer reader Alexis Rangel of Lake Michigan Credit Union delved into the magic of Caldecott Medalist's Dan Santat newest book, "After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again." She then gave...

Wyoming Bond Funds Mean Major High School Upgrade

Voters paved the the way Tuesday for major renovations and districtwide upgrades by decisively approving a $79.5 million bond. Work will begin as soon as summer break, beginning $40 million in investments planned at Wyoming High School, 1350 Prairie...

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Impacting America.. My Way

When I think about Rosa Parks and what she did, or how she impacted America, I begin to think of ways that I could possibly be an impacting person and be influential for people today. One thing that I...

Watch Riverside Middle-Schooler Read Winning MLK Essay

Editors Note: Twanyea Smith, a student at Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Riverside Middle School, won the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest for sixth- through eighth-grade students. Here he reads his essay at the MLK Day celebration at...

My Hero, My Friend

My definition of a hero is someone who helps people. Dr. King fits this definition because he did help people by trying to stop segregation. My friend Brent is also a hero but in a different way. He helps...
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