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School 2.0

School News Network will continue reporting on how districts, teachers and families are helping students learn outside the school walls, as well as sharing stories on classrooms and student activities that were in process before the statewide school closure. We want to serve our schools and you, our readers, during such a difficult time, so please send us your ideas for stories we should be telling and questions that should be answered. Thank you, and live safely!

What will school look like in the fall? Community leaders prepare for various scenarios

Much is still to be determined about reopening for the 2020-2021 school year, and superintendents are preparing for various scenarios. Families are asked to complete a survey to provide input and share their opinions...

‘A physical escape you hold in your hands’

Jennifer Ward, a Grandville High School English teacher, has been purchasing and mailing reading materials to her students during online learning...

‘Please just stay home’

An eighth grader whose parents are both essential workers has a message about the state’s executive order...

‘I’m a 2020 grad, and wouldn’t want it any other way’

Across Kent County schools had to scramble to revamp graduation activities in a time of COVID-19...

Engage students in a project from the Van Andel Institute

Community and cultural organizations are providing many ways to enhance student learning...

Learning about home, at home

A piece of area history through the eyes of an eighth grader who, via an optional enrichment class exercise, produced a photo essay on her family’s home...

Teachers tap into one another’s knowledge for remote teaching

Educational technologist Brooke Storms created this list of remote learning resources, complete with free tutorials and getting-started guides...
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Create your own exhibit or journal outdoors with help from Zoo, Museum

Cultural organizations are providing many ways to enhance student learning...

Museum, library seek stories of pandemic for future generations

Poignant submissions from Kent County students are sprinkled throughout the growing collections of COVID-19 stories on the websites of both the Grand Rapids Public Library and the Grand Rapids Public Museum...

Area organizations offer educational projects, learning activities to teachers, students

Cultural organizations are providing many ways to enhance student learning...

Preschoolers Zoom, play to learn

Comstock Park’s preschool teachers have gotten creative with online learning with their students including weekly Zoom meetings, story time, closed Facebook groups and themed activities...

Counselors reach out to anxious students, stressed parents

From anxious students to stressed parents, school mental-health workers are addressing the social and emotional problems exacerbated by the coronavirus shutdown...

Creating art anywhere

A new reality of art lessons during the pandemic is the resource savviness required to make it work, technologically and material-wise...

Creative ways to cope and learn

The Brown family is finding ways to stay educated and entertained at home...

‘Everything we can do matters’

Seventeen teachers and staff members delivered nearly 125 graduation yard signs to the homes of Lee High School and East Lee Campus students...

Athletes Stay in Shape During Time Off School

An at-home athletic training program helps keep all students on the go during the school shutdown...
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