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Understanding what the fuss is all about: A primer on the M-STEP

The new school year coincides with the release of the last school year’s state assessment data (2017-18) — the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP)...

Dear Secretary DeVos: don’t overlook needs of the whole student

In a time of dramatic change and challenge in public schools, teachers increasingly have made their voices heard regarding policies of the U.S. Department of Education under Secretary Betsy DeVos...

Students help refugee peers adjust to life, schools in the U.S.

Students from a handful of area high schools are making an impact at two West Michigan organizations tasked with helping refugee students and their families succeed...

Michigan Teacher of the Year tells DeVos his concerns about school choice

East Kentwood’s Luke Wilcox and other State Teachers of the Year had the opportunity to meet with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and shared their concerns about her policies on vouchers and charters...

Lessons in how to handle grief take center stage at this elementary school

Staff at Cedar View Elementary find ways to help students understand and deal with grief...

Teachers learn alongside students in ‘read-aloud’ classroom tour

A quartet of literacy coaches from Kent ISD recently led a trio of early literacy essentials read-aloud field trips for teachers, administrators and other K-12 staff...

School safety supervisor: putting out fires and building relationships

As safety supervisor, Jeff Wainwright believes building relationships, along with securing doors and scanning cameras, creates the strongest sense of security for students...

At these schools, students’ hearts and minds are both nurtured

Endeavor and Challenger elementary schools are both recipients of the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools Award

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

Trip to March for Our Lives in D.C. motivates students to ‘make the change’...

City High School’s Caleb Hekman was one of a group of 42 local students who went to the national March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.

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

Students take action, lend voices to honor Florida school victims and plead for violence...

The number 17 served as a marker not only for moments of silence in honor of those killed, but for students’ thoughts on how to make schools safer and kinder

‘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

Donation sparks program that helps students get counseling

The program’s name, “Bridging the Gap,” comes from the decision to use the funds to help families pay for amounts not covered by insurance
Jeffrey Larsen, Lowell High School AP literature teacher, would rather be armed with school supplies

Local educators on school shootings: ‘Arming teachers is not the answer’

Kent County teachers and principals agree more must be done to stop mass school shootings, but say arming teachers is not the answer. More resources for mental health counselors and stricter firearms requirements are needed to keep students safe, they say

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
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