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School 2.0

The year of schooling at home: hard work, loneliness and little blessings

In this time of distance learning, parents like Keshia Alhasan have truly lived the adage that parents are their children’s first teachers...

Our Kids, Our Future: COVID-19 and the looming crisis in public school funding

Schools had to adjust overnight to the new reality of the pandemic, and now face a funding crisis with literally billions of dollars at stake...

Father recovering from COVID-19 thanks ‘Team Gladiola’ on Zoom

Principal Cheryl Corpus began Parent Zoom sessions the second week of the district’s Continuity of Learning Plan, and often more than a dozen parents logged on to ask questions and connect with staff and each other...

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...

Engage students in a project from the Van Andel Institute

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

‘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...

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...

‘Please just stay home’

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

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...

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...

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...

Creative ways to cope and learn

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