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Educators say it’s urgent to bring more teachers of color into the pipeline

More than 100 educators gathered at Kent ISD to address the need to recruit, hire and retain teachers of color to serve a growingly diverse population of students...

What are we waiting for? Time for Michigan to fully fund its schools

The research couldn’t be more clear. The Michigan School Finance at the Crossroads report by Dr. David Arsen documents a quarter-century of decline in our schools, finding Michigan last in the nation in new dollars invested in education since 1995...

Nick Minnema – special and driven, for all the right reasons

The Forest Hills Transition Center student and athlete competed this month at the Special Olympics World Games half a world away – in the United Arab Emirates’ capital city of Abu Dhabi, as well as the UAE’s largest city, Dubai...

GRCC counselors reach out to help students with mental health needs

Along with free, confidential one-on-one counseling, they offer a slate of general workshops and mind-body wellness events based on mindfulness, managing emotions, sleep and other topics...

Superintendent Association committee zeros in on equity to improve gaps in education

A seven-member committee of local educators is working to address disparities in education that exist along along racial and socioeconomic lines. The group meets monthly with the goal of building awareness and working toward change...

Social worker reaches out to students, parents to meet mental health needs

With one in five children experiencing a mental disorder nationally, extra support staff can help students and parents connect with the help they need...

Making it right to be real

Thornapple Kellogg High School recently kicked off a series of assemblies building on the Making it Cool to be Kind program...

MSU finance study finds education funding going backwards, with Michigan dead last among the...

A study on Michigan school finance, detailing how state lags in revenue growth and student performance, calls for a more equitable funding system...

Equity coach researches bias in school discipline to reduce racial disparities

Not all disciplinary actions are handed out evenly in Michigan schools and it’s affecting how kids are learning. The Michigan Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative is researching how to help school districts mete out their disciplinary practices more equitably...

State program to fight racial bias in school discipline is moving ahead despite federal...

A federally funded program of the Michigan Department of Education supports school district efforts to reduce racial disparity in discipline by addressing together student issues of behavior and learning...

State’s new letter-grade system for schools gets mixed reviews

New legislation means Michigan schools will receive grades in several categories, but no overall grade...

‘She’s one of us’

Her mother said she sees her daughter retaining information and communicating more and more. She wants to do things herself. ‘She wants to be little Miss Independent’...

You can’t fatten a hog by weighing it

There is no common sense in the the current state of politics. The most recent example iste record setting excess that recently concluded the 99th session of the Michigan Legislature...

Academy aims to groom future teachers for GRPS

A partnership between Grand Rapids Public Schools and Ferris State University, the Academy of Teaching and Learning aims to motivate students to go into teaching...

Walking through the ‘door of opportunity’

Wyoming high school students Mounahinde (Terry) Almame and Rohim Mohammed visited Lisa Monroe and Jodi VanDam’s fifth-grade class to talk about their experiences as refugees...

From making meals to selling Christmas cards, students learn job skills

Now in its 15th year, Region 1 Transition Services provides continuing education opportunities for adults, ages 18-26, with special needs in northern Kent County. The program’s goal is to help students gain employment, become involved in their local communities and lead independent lives...
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