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Thankful for parents, thankful for teachers

The pandemic has expanded parents’ role in education, from homework helper and field trip chaperone to full-time teacher and Zoom monitor. Educators, too, have adapted...

‘Hope on the horizon’ as local teachers start getting COVID-19 vaccine

Lincoln School special education teacher, Ann Post believes there is 'hope on the horizon' for Kent ISD teachers and educators across Kent County after receiving her first round of the COVID-19 vaccine...

Good behavior encouraged at home

For students learning from home, positive behavior rewards are still possible...

Pen pals build bonds during remote learning

How does a teacher create get-to-know-you opportunities for her new class of third-grade distance learners?

Online poetry, multimedia course encourages mental well-being for middle schoolers

A Grand Rapids nonprofit has made online writing and mental health materials available free of charge. At least one local middle-school teacher says the series is powerful and helps build community among classmates...

Schools lean toward in-person classes but keep virtual, hybrid options

Schools move toward more in-person classes as the second semester of the school year begins...

A veteran teacher adapts to new reality: ‘nothing compares to this’

An elementary school teacher of 40 years says education has never seen anything like 2020...

Cohorted specials usher in ‘a new kind of community’

Cedar Trails Elementary School’s “specials” teachers — art, music, physical education and literacy and technology — have joined forces to create an outdoor recreation program...

Many districts had shifted gears prior to statewide high school closure

Under new order, colleges and high schools must close for in-person learning through Dec. 8. Kindergarten through eighth-grade can continue in person...

Laughter, lessons & support for virtual students, parents

Key to learning from home: get outside, be safely social and find ways to bond, moms say...

Schools in nine districts announce closures as COVID cases spike

New temporary school building closures were announced by nine school districts in Kent ISD this week, as schools contend with a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Kent County and Michigan...

At-home learners stay connected through a new resource

In late October, Kent City Elementary opened a designated room to give families who have chosen virtual education extra resources and support...

Building closed, great teaching & learning go on

This middle school moved from in-person to remote learning temporarily. SNN got perspective from inside the building while students learned from home...

Bus drivers work as daytime cleaners during pandemic

It’s also a plus to have familiar faces around school...

‘These kids just really want to be singing’

Determined to bring back choir in a safe manner, this teacher made changes to her classes based on the latest scientific research and best practices by fellow teachers...

Teaching from a distance: ‘they have to learn to be patient’

Lana Tran, a 26-year district teacher, is in her regular classroom this year, but behind a locked door. Her 18 students are at home, their parents having chosen distance learning...
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