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Student Numbers Show Transformation Plan is Working, Leaders Say

The news that Grand Rapids Public Schools lost far fewer students than projected is evidence that Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal’s Transformation Plan is working, school leaders say. The district reported losing fewer than 100 students on Oct 1, far fewer...

Mentor Program for African-American Boys Aims to ‘Create Next Generation of Global Leaders’

Delicious-smelling bags of Popeyes chicken lie within reach of seven boys at lunch time. But before they dig in, Robert Hurd has a few things to ask them. “Any April suspensions?” he asks the third- through seventh-grade students gathered around...

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

And the Wheels on the Bus are Children’s Feet

Tyonna Jackson ordinarily enjoys the four-block walk to school, but there was one brutal day this winter when riding a bus would have come in handy. Still, she braved the elements because she had the next best thing to a...

‘They Want to Learn so Much’

High School English language teacher Edith Trumbell spends her days with students from Mexico, China, Congo, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Syria, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Japan. For her, teaching them is a privilege. She talks about it with tears glinting...

GRPS board plans next steps for superintendent search

The board is aiming to make a decision by April for a successor to Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal, who will retire at the end of June after more than seven years of leading GRPS...

Film Award Boosts Would-be Director’s Dreams

Aaron Voogt considered it a long shot, but he was willing to take the gamble. A year ago as he viewed contestants' work at the Mosaic Film Experience, Aaron, then a junior at Kenowa Hills High School, wondered how his...

20 Districts, Many Ways to Add Five More Days

How do you add five days to the school year without disrupting family schedules, while increasing student learning and not starting before Labor Day? Ask Ron Caniff and he’ll tell you: It’s not easy. The superintendent of Kent ISD, which serves...

Energy-Efficiency Requires Constant Vigilance

On a frigid, snowy afternoon at Sibley Elementary School, students were bathed in light and perfectly warm as they worked. In a computer lab/library, natural light flowed through a floor-to-ceiling window onto first-grade teacher Lisa Gillespie as she helped a...

Partnership gets $300,000 grant to fund outdoor environmental classes

The Wege Foundation announced a $300,000 grant to help fund a partnership of area environmental groups and educators...

Superintendents Support Students In the Face of DACA Decision

As a mother and grandmother, Teresa Weatherall Neal knows well the value of family. And as superintendent of nearly 17,000 Grand Rapids Public Schools students, she thinks about the families they all come from. So Neal’s reaction to President Trump’s...

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...

From Baby Scholars to Early-college Learners, Successfest Celebrates Education

It was called Successfest, and it sure felt that way to the mothers who took the stage with their preschool children. They were the most recent graduates of a program called Baby Scholars, which helps parents get their five-month to...

For Gerald R. Ford student essay winners, courage begins at home

More than 900 students submitted writings on the theme of courage for the annual Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation annual essay challenge...

All eyes on art: students make short films out of ArtPrize experience

Mosaic Film Experience’s Mosaic Mobile teamed with ArtPrizeto give West Michigan students with a platform to tell their unique stories...

Student-Run Chicken Biz Begins with Serenade

Sixth-grader Elizabeth Mealing launched into song to attract a new feathered friend. "Chicken, I will never eat you," she sang. "Chicken, you are so perfect. Chicken, I will never beat you. Chicken, you are so soft. You are loud, but...

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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...

My Hero, My Friend

Winners of the 2015 MLK Essay Contest A record 327 essays were entered for the 10th annual Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest earlier this year. School News Network is publishing the three winning submissions...

What Can You Do to Accomplish a Dream?

We all have a dream no matter where we live or who we are. Everybody DREAMS! Some people have selfish dreams like to win millions of dollars in the lottery, or to become a princess or a prince. But...
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