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PA 269: A Wall of Silence

When it's time to vote, when are you most confident of the decisions you make? Is it A: When you're well informed and can easily explain how your vote will affect you and your family? Or is it B: When you...

Parents Respond: Students are Being Over-tested

Public school parents' top priorities for their children should be raising their level of hope and maintaining a high level of interest in what they're taught, not standardized tests that have too much funding attached to them, according to...

The Weight of the Test

Taking the PSAT left Kent Innovation High School sophomore Anna DeBraber feeling stressed, frustrated and as if the years of work in class and the community didn't matter. She became so emotional about it that she created a 7-minute Facebook...

Closing the Word Gap

When a home visitor from school told Jessie Kent that she could read books to her son Michael, she had her doubts. How could a child barely a year old absorb and retain any words she read to him? Michael...

Students Speak Out About Mental Health

For students battling anxiety and depression, sometimes the greatest stress comes from seeking success. In today’s culture of high-stakes testing, high-cost college and all-everything excellence, getting anything less than an A on an exam can push a student’s panic button....

Passionate Team Embraces New Learners of English

Growing numbers of English-language learners led Thornapple Kellogg Schools to hire its first ELL district coordinator this year and create a team that's passionate about its students and mission. ELL student numbers have been rising yearly in the district,...

It’s About Time

Good things happen to those who wait. Having not read the entire 1,016 pages of the Every Student Succeeds Act, signed into law by President Obama on Dec. 10, I'm not totally prepared to hail it as the best thing...

‘To Learn, They Have to Feel Safe’

When a student walks in Sarah Gammans' office and closes the door, it's always possible she might have to ask the question. Do you have a plan to kill yourself? And the student might answer, "Not today, Mrs. Gammans. But last...

Why Are Kids Hurting & What Can We Do?

While school counselors do their best to help students struggling with mental-health problems, some need more intensive professional help. Lately, agencies providing that help have stepped up capacity to meet an increasing need. At Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services,...

Mom Is ‘Determined to Do It’

When Danielle Warner-Cavasos gets an A on a test, she puts it right where her children will see it: on the fridge. That's how much getting her high school diploma means to her, and she wants them to know it. "They...

Schools Can’t do This Alone

Hillary Clinton said "It takes a village to raise a child." Education reformer Jamie Vollmer says "schools can't do this alone." Our community agrees. We contribute to the health of our children and their families by investing in the Kent School...

‘A Girl Like Her’ Shows Harsh Realities of Bullying, Suicide

When offered the opportunity to comment on bullying, the consensus from students who recently attended the screening of "A Girl Like Her" was it's real, it's what's happening and the truth of it is scary. Alyssa Mason, a student...

Watch this Movie, Please.

One of the enduring principles of comedy is juxtaposition. Take, for example, this joke from actress Sara Silverman: "When I was 14, I started dating my father's best friend. It was weird." "But not as weird as my father having a best...

New State Schools Chief Aims to Put Michigan in Top Tier

If Michigan is to become a top 10 education state within 10 years, its students need to spend less time taking tests and more time taking college courses. Those were among the reform ideas new State Superintendent Brian Whiston brought...

Elementary Counselors: ‘The Normal Has Changed’

Elementary school counselors at Kelloggsville Public Schools and Forest Hills Public Schools are helping students navigate their way through a world of evolving technology, high academic expectations and exposure to issues unheard of 20 years ago. Lisa VanKampen, Hillary DeRidder,...

See Something Wrong? Tell Someone with OK2SAY

Tatum Kleis is glad to know that if she sees someone being bullied, there’s a number to call. “It makes me feel safer,” the North Rockford Middle School eighth-grader said of the OK2SAY confidential tip program. “If I see a...
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