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Taking on a Tough Topic: Severe Stress in Students

So many things in life can cause stress, including for teens and young people. School News Network reporter Charles Honey sees this first-hand. He writes about schools in the Kent County Intermediate School District and witnesses issues facing students...

‘We all aspire to learn more’

Celebrating 30 years as a post-secondary college experience in the arts and sciences, the academy serves students with education and a place to belong...

The Price of Poverty: Students Struggle to Overcome Families’ Financial Hardships

Editor’s note: This month, School News Network launches a continuing series on poverty in the schools and how it affects students’ learning. We will examine not only the problems poverty creates for students and their families, but the schools...

Building a Talent Supply Chain

West Michigan rebounded from the 2007-09 recession by exceeding job growth in the nation as a whole by 500 percent.  To continue that trend, business and education must work hand-in-hand to help students get a better understanding of the...

School Funding: What Does The Future Hold?

While the Michigan economy has, officially at least, been in recovery for more than six years, school districts are still struggling to make ends meet. But with the recovery continuing, the future should look better, right? Guess again. While the current...

What’s the Problem with Math? Series to Show Kent Teachers Seeking Answers

Editor's note: Teachers have strived for years to improve the math performance of American students, who consistently test below the average of other developed countries. This week, School News Network begins a multipart series on why so many area...

Nurturing the In-between Years

This is the first installment of a two-part series on the challenges of middle school and what local districts are doing to meet them...

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...

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...

Journaling, Imaginations Make Waves of Summertime Learning

Dante Botello may never have entertained the notion of caring for a pet monkey had it not been for his Spanish Elementary teacher, who drove to his house this summer with a stack of books and two lawn chairs...

State Poverty Numbers Grim, but Local Student Advocates See Signs of Hope

Lynn Heemstra has been working to improve the lives of Grand Rapids children since 1998. As executive director of Our Community’s Children, a nonprofit advocacy agency, Heemstra has seen some success in getting youths into after-school programs and other...

Dear Governor & Legislature: Thank You

Superintendents: they heard you. Teachers: they heard you. Parents: they heard you, too. Gov. Snyder and Grand Rapids executive John Kennedy last week joined legislators, members of the governor’s staff and Grand Rapids Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal to announce the results of...

Thank You

I'd like to take the promise of this holiday season to thank all who work with children, with adolescents and young adults to help them become the men and women who will someday lead our community and our country. There...

Teachers Tweak Instruction to Engage Students at All Learning Levels

Discovery Elementary School's first-grade classrooms were bustling with activity. In one room, students read parts in the play "The City Mouse and The Country Mouse." In another, teacher Carla Schuch pointed to the words "deer" and "dear" as a...

Can teachers be trained to handle guns in crisis? Not likely, police vets say

Former Grand Rapids Police Sgt. Larry Johnson knows the lightning-quick thinking and split-second actions required to handle an active-shooter situation

Recent Tragedies Heighten Schools’ Concerns About Mental Health

The theater was quiet except for the rustling of popcorn bags. When the movie ended, the silence was louder. That silence was what the movie was about: not talking about mental illness because of its stigma, not hearing the sounds...
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