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Whose Top Priority?

Education is my top priority. Our children are our future. Ask virtually any politician a question about education and those are the responses you’re likely to hear. Well, Michigan residents aren’t buying it. Seventy-six percent of respondents to a recent survey...

Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee Names Winner

The Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee, hosted by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, recently welcomed 4th-8th grade students from 180 schools in six counties to compete for a chance to move on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in...

School Chiefs Help Habitat

The superintendents took part in the house-renovation session, titled KISA Superintendent Build Day 2013, hosted by Charles Rushmore, a financial advisor who works with districts. The house on Visser Street is one of 10 in a two-block area to...

‘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...

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. ...

Young Inventors Learn to Create through Fun and Exploration

Camp Invention, a nationally recognized summer enrichment camp for kids, launched its second year at Kent ISD on June 16 with an intriguing question: How can machines imitate and utilize movements seen in nature? This year’s theme, “Morphed!” put 1st-6th...

Educators learn early response tools through Mental Health First Aid

Training educators to respond to early symptoms of mental illness is critical, and an approach 30 educators learned during a recent Mental Health First Aid training certification course at Kent ISD. That idea hit home again in the days following...

How Hunger Hurts Learning: Schools Seek to Feed Students’ Tummies and Minds

The list of ways hunger can affect a child's health is a long one. Chronic health issues like asthma, behavioral issues like anxiety and social issues like bullying are just a part of that list. Nan Evans has seen children...

Sarah Waller: The Tech Center’s Iron Chef

Let it be said here and now – OK, so written here and now – that the raspberry patch in my back yard cannot grow fast enough, and I have a diminutive warrior of a teaching chef to blame. Her...

Survey Says: You Like Us, You Really Like Us

Newsflash: Readers really like School News Network for news about students in their school districts that other media just doesn't cover. And your No. 1 suggestion for improvement: you want to see your district front and center in our...

LEAP Conference Helps Parents of Special Needs Children

The halls of Kent ISD's Educational Service Center bustled on a Saturday morning with parents of special needs children seeking resources, ideas and expertise. The daylong LEAP (Lead/Empower/Assist/Parents) Conference was designed for parents and providers of children with special needs....

Kent Career Tech Center Principal is Top Michigan Administrator

As principal at Kent Career Tech Center, John Kraus leads a more-than 100-member staff for more than 20 career-focused programs. He also oversees the educations of some 2,400 students on the center's campus and four satellite sites. Here's who John Kraus...

SNN Receives Grant to Promote Student Journalism, Workshops

The school news website created two years ago to serve staff, families and students could include writing from the students themselves about what goes on in their classrooms. Kent ISD and School News Network (SNN) was recently awarded a $3,500...

Once he knew the why, ‘Everything fell into place’

Jeff Bush, the new principal at Kent Innovation High School, was not a star student when he was in high school...

From Immigrant to Valedictorian and Millennium Scholar

When Kaleab Mamo arrived in Michigan from his native Ethiopia, he started his freshman year at Creston High School speaking no English.  Now, he’s finished his high school career as the Creston Class of 2013 valedictorian and begins his college...

College? Careers? Where’s the Gap?

We need more college graduates. We need more work-ready high school graduates. We, as educators, want clarity. Which is it? We need both. The skills for success in both areas are largely the same. And, for the most part, we're not teaching them. Why?...
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