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Early Childhood Fair April 23 Offers Dozens of Resources

Finding just the right childcare provider or preschool for your child takes a lot of time and leg-work. Even Michael Ghareeb, director of Early Childhood at Kent ISD, understands. A new event in Grand Rapids aims to change that. From 9...

Millage Approval a ‘Huge Feat’ for 20 School Districts, Leaders Say

Christie Ramsey was very happy for her three children in Rockford Public Schools, following Tuesday’s approval of an enhancement millage providing $19.9 million for local schools. But she was just as happy for all 94,000 students in Kent ISD,...
Susan Domeier has gotten to know classmates and friends including Ayuba Bedaso, at right

Filipino ESL student is still learning, and loving it, at age 84

At age 84, Susan Domeier likes to spend three hours, two evenings a week in her English as a Second Language class. Her native language is Tagalog, and though she has spoken English for decades, she wants to improve her vocabulary and conversational skills

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...

What’s the Problem with Math? Series to Show Kent Teachers Seeking Answers

Editor's note: Teachers have strived for years to improve the math performance of American students, who consistently test below the average of other developed countries. This week, School News Network begins a multipart series on why so many area...

The Lost Decade

Now he tells us. In an extraordinarily introspective interview with The Bridge online magazine, state superintendent Mike Flanagan recently acknowledged Michigan was “10 years behind” high performing states such as Massachusetts and Minnesota in education achievement gains. Lost decades have typically...

Kent ISD Administrator Honored with National Award

Laurie VanderPloeg, director of Special Education and Early Childhood at Kent ISD, is regarded as a superstar in her field. But her colleagues say she's one of the biggest team players they know. VanderPloeg traveled to San Diego, California over...

Early Childhood Specialist Named to National Seat

Kathryn O'Hara-Wallis is headed to Florida this winter, but she's not going as a vacationer. The early childhood specialist for Kent ISD's Great Start Readiness Program is one of several educators from across the nation who will serve as liaisons...

Hitting the Airwaves for Clean Water

A group of Forest Hills Central Middle and Northern Trails ⅚ School students (now at Northern Hills Middle) were on the air this month promoting good care of the earth. Students worked with WGVU radio and television last school year...

‘I’ll Saw this Wood Up – I’m Not Scared of It’

From the courtroom to the archery range and beyond, a quartet of female high school students are breaking into fields dominated by males. Two Kent Career Tech Center students were among 32 students across Michigan to receive 2016 Breaking Traditions...

The Art of Economics

Erin Quick has heard policy debates for as long as she can remember, but a challenging assignment that combines economics with art left her with a new take on both fields of study. A junior at Kent Innovation High School,...

Consultant hired to review center-based special education programs

The Kent ISD School Board approved a contract with consultant Beth Steenwyk to review practices and provide a comprehensive, third-party review of special education center programs...

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...
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