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Tech tools are now ‘part of everyday life’ for teachers

Despite the many obstacles of the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers have seen positives shine through in the form of lessons — and gifts — they’ve experienced as a result of being forced to try new things...

Care, concern, collaboration and relationships: pandemic positives

Despite the many obstacles of the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers have seen positives shine through in the form of lessons — and gifts — they’ve experienced as a result of being forced to try new things...

Pandemic-era teaching no longer ‘an impossible task’

Teachers from Cedar Springs and Rockford share their “Lessons of the Pandemic” experiences with School News Network...

Six feet apart, but closer than ever

When the virus forced educators to change course, one Lowell teacher found a way to keep building community despite social distancing. Andrew Sargent shares his “Lessons of the Pandemic” story with SNN...

Vaccine clinics for GRCC, Kentwood communities focus on accessibility

Leaders at Grand Rapids Community College believe vaccines are an effective tool in slowing the spread of COVID-19, so they are working to make the vaccine process accessible for everyone...

Teachers weigh in on lessons of the pandemic

Teachers are recognizing what they've learned after 18 months in pandemic-mode

Hurray, it’s back-to-school! Now what?

Educators and students across Kent County are excited by the return to in-person learning but face uncertainties around masking and the resurgent virus...

Help wanted: Schools work to fill vacancies

Just like local businesses, area schools are facing an employee shortage...

Post high school, she’s pursuing big dreams in the Big Apple

A year after graduating from high school during the pandemic lockdown, Mariah Barrera is wrapping up her first year at Columbia University in New York City...

In a crazy year, teachers still taught, students still learned, and fun was still had

In a school year unlike any that came before it, teachers, students and parents all found creative ways to teach and learn despite the pandemic...

Virtual preschoolers stay on track, connect through activities

Read-alouds, group songs, fine-motor skills, weekly teacher-parent-child meetings are all happening online...

Students see light at the end of the tunnel

A few area high school students share why they are getting the COVID vaccine...

‘School is about relationships’

New hire will coach football, work to increase student engagement...

Distance learning becomes a permanent choice

The district has learned a lot about online education during the COVID pandemic and wants to keep a virtual option available...

The year of learning virtually: a challenge for students and teachers alike

Local districts are making adjustments to better serve their online students, even as more return to classrooms...

Move to four days a week in person delayed by one week due to increased COVID cases

GRPS students in grades K-8 who were in person for learning just two days a week will have a choice to be in class four days a week or go to all-virtual learning starting in April...
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