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Teacher Grants Fund History Drama, Snowshoe Treks and More

Tim Kosiara imagines his Century Park Learning Center students strapping on snowshoes and making their way across the frozen tundra to stay in shape.Teacher...

Fast Talking, Storm Chasing, Globe-Toting Teacher

The first thing you notice in Dave Carmichael's weather and science class is that he often carries around a globe, using it as a...

Filling a Need by Filling Backpacks

Surrounded by tubs and shelves bursting with food, Jenny Steele ticked off the numbers of children at half a dozen schools who would soon...

Schools to Business: How Can We Better Prepare Students?

Grandville Public Schools leaders want to know what skills and traits employers are looking for in their young workers, and they're going straight to...

Senior Conference Puts Focus on College, Careers

Senior Cahari Rhodes is sure of a few things about his post-high school plans: find a school with a strong performing arts program and...

Understanding Tourette’s: ‘It Makes Me Feel Different’

Jackson Houtman has been volunteering at an animal shelter and wouldn't mind having a pet of his own someday. He's also been trying to...

Way Beyond ABC’s: Kindergartners Master a Growing List of Academic Skills

Byron Center’s Brown Elementary School kindergarten students are seated on a carpet in a big circle fronting a white board. They are making sense...

Is Play Still a Kindergarten Expectation?

Ask any parent of a dinosaur lover who can identify an Apatosaurus atage 3 if learning occurs during play, and the answer is an...

District Welcomes New Principals

New Year, new faces in the top office at five buildings: John Philo at the high school, Ken See at the middle school, Ana...

Curbside Literacy, Scout Style

Spencer Phillips kicked around a handful of ideas for a project that would earn him the rank of Eagle Scout."I wanted to do something...

Ukuleles: Officially a Thing

Music teacher Susan Berce sang and strummed her ukulele as students walked into class. "There she was just a walkin' down the street, singin'...

‘Line Up Straight, Try the Corndogs, Don’t Hurt People’s Feelings’

Karie Uhl knows kindergarten is a time of big transition for children. Uhl, who just finished her fifth year teaching kindergarten at South Elementary...

New Group Gives More Parents a Voice

As a mother with three children in public schools, Barbara McFall wants to support her children’s educational experience. But sometimes she senses a wall...

Skilled Trades Fair Offers New Opportunities

Four days after Derek Mabie turned 18 he started working at Swoboda, a Kentwood-based automotive parts manufacturer.Since then, Mabie, a tool-room technician, has nearly...

Plant, Wait, Pollinate

It's a small garden with the potential for enormous impact. And it's all organic, so that means worms and manure. But don't worry, says...

Part Silly Adult, Human Monkey Bar; All Kindergarten Teacher

Gerald Neff sits on a kindergartner-size table at the front of his classroom on a recent morning and welcomes his class to a new...
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