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Kent ISD workshop shows parents how to help students explore careers

Equipping parents with material, advice, to coach their teens on career choices...

Kent ISD administrator named to federal special education post

Kent ISD Director of Special Education Laurie VanderPloeg, who has led special education in the county for the past eight years, is headed to Washington, D.C., to lead special education for the entire nation...

GRCC, Tech Center create a recipe for student bakers to earn college degree

Interested in becoming a chef or baker? A new GRCC and Tech Center culinary partnership has the perfect recipe to make it happen, fast...

New leader for Center-based Special Education programs named

Paul Dymowski will oversee the transition of special education centers from Grand Rapids Public Schools to Kent ISD and will become the program's day-to-day administrator when the transition is complete in July 2019...

Transferring special education centers to Kent ISD makes sense, consultant says

National special education consultant weighs in on GRPS board decision on center-based programs...
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Missing school quickly adds up to lost learning

In an effort to reduce student absences, school districts across Kent ISD are participating in a campaign encouraging students to “Strive for Less Than 5” days absent each year...

Kent ISD creates new position to promote diversity, combat racism

New Kent ISD director aims to make sure “all of the kids in the village are taken care of”...

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...

Former homecoming king knows grades matter… and a little AC/DC helps

Former high school jock and homecoming king Ryan Graham is now the team captain at the Tech Center...

Leaders begin transition of center programs from GRPS to Kent ISD

The Grand Rapids school board voted to discontinue operating special education center programs on behalf of all 20 Kent ISD school districts, effectively turning them over to the intermediate district as of July 2019...

Outdoor ‘classroom’ experience equips area teachers with hands-on projects

What once was a golf course became a classroom for area teachers the first week of August. The instructors were taking part in Groundswell’s Summer Institute at Blandford Nature Center, which is restoring the former Highlands golf course...

‘Teamwork makes the dream work’

Members of the awards committee for the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children spend hours debating applicants for the Teacher of the Year award. From videos of support to written testimonials, KTC instructor Michael Spagnuolo stood out and was named their 2018 Teacher of the Year...
Murphy Hossink, sixth grade, Highlands Middle; Camp volunteer Naideli Loyo, senior, Wyoming High; and James Dubin, eighth grade, North Rockford Middle, learn how to listen to the heart

Students explore, learn, create at summer camps

A pair of four-day “camps” at Kent Career Tech Center are giving students the chance to explore what it’s like to work in culinary arts, automotive repair, engineering, construction and more...

Vote here for your favorite Duck Tape prom outfit

Kent Career Tech Center students Baylee DeVos and Blake Johnson have both been named finalists in the the Stuck at Prom Scholarship Competition and are in the running for a $10,000 scholarship...

MySchool@Kent students overcome obstacles to get to graduation

Students choose online high school for a variety of reasons. Here, a few of this year’s graduates reflect...

MDE seeks parents for focus group June 21

The Michigan Department of Education is seeking 12 parents for a June 21 focus group about the Parent Dashboard. No experience with the dashboard is needed, and participants will be given $40 as a thank you for their time...
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