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Kent ISD program helps launch aviation careers for high schoolers

High school students who attend the aviation programs at the Kent Career Tech Center get a head start on their aviation careers by learning the fundamentals of aircraft maintenance and electronics...

Educators say it’s urgent to bring more teachers of color into the pipeline

More than 100 educators gathered at Kent ISD to address the need to recruit, hire and retain teachers of color to serve a growingly diverse population of students...

New Kent ISD special education director brings a family tradition to job

Kirsten Myers, the new director of special education for Kent ISD, comes from a rich family tradition of educators. She was recently hired to replace Laurie VanderPloeg, who was appointed last October to be director of the Office of Special Education in the U.S. Department of Education...

New welding lab for high school students is a ‘big deal’

The new lab will be used for a two-year high school program scheduled to begin in the fall of 2019. Experts estimate more than 400,000 welding jobs will need to be filled by 2025...

A limp can’t slow this high-achieving fighter who helps others

Lauren Hudson, the most recent student recipient of the YWCA West Central Michigan’s Tribute Award, overcame the painful effects of a rare hip disease to do great work in school and for others...

Superintendent Association committee zeros in on equity to improve gaps in education

A seven-member committee of local educators is working to address disparities in education that exist along along racial and socioeconomic lines. The group meets monthly with the goal of building awareness and working toward change...

Who needs March Madness when the Spelling Bee is a nail-biter?

EGR eighth grader Jack Lado won his second-straight Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee, earning him another trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. ...

Director of Kent ISD’s new center-based program is on a hiring spree

Kent ISD’s new director of center programs says hiring is well under way for the nine center-based special education programs being transferred to the ISD from Grand Rapids Public Schools...

‘You’re so far ahead of everyone else’ – Tech Center HVAC grads find challenging,...

'That (HVAC) program just had a huge impact on my whole entire life,' says Dan Flores, now a successful sales engineer and HVAC industry leader in Chicago...

Bomb-defusing robot gets tweaked at Tech Center mechatronics lab

Students in the Kent Career Tech Center’s mechatronics lab are modifying a bomb defusing robot that’s on loan from the Kent County Sheriff’s Department...

Equity coach researches bias in school discipline to reduce racial disparities

Not all disciplinary actions are handed out evenly in Michigan schools and it’s affecting how kids are learning. The Michigan Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative is researching how to help school districts mete out their disciplinary practices more equitably...
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Sweet salute: Students create gingerbread home for veterans

Kent Career Tech Center Hospitality students put their skills to the test, designing a sugary, candy-clad gingerbread house as a gift for Grand Rapids Home for Veterans residents....

‘Cooking Matters’ class teaches students to prepare healthy meals

Students in the CORE Program learned how to prepare healthy meals for themselves and their families through a hands-on class offered by the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids...

Sometimes, parents really do know best

Gloria Baker is competing for a national research scholarship with the help of instructors in the Health Sciences Early College Academy...

Lincoln Developmental Center renovations showcased

Area education leaders recently got a look at renovations at Lincoln Developmental Center, 862 Crahen Road NE...

Turning the (multiplication) tables

The Michigan Mathematics Educators (MichME) initiative is changing the way math is taught in West Michigan schools, one teacher and classroom at a time. After four years, the program has rewired the way math is taught by more than 250 educators and administrators...
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