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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...

Tech Center Students Strut Their Stuff at Home & Garden Show

The West Michigan Home & Garden Show at Devos Place opened on a cold, clear Thursday. Inside was a much warmer welcome – spring had arrived. Students from Kent Career Tech Center were putting finishing touches on a lush landscape...

Student-Designed Robots Face Off In District Match

Huge blue and red medicine balls flew through goals, catapulted by quick-moving robots scuttling around the floor. The crowd cheered as high school robotics teams synchronized efforts to score the most points during a fast-paced competition at Grand Valley...

Uniserv Director Served County with Integrity, Humor, Honesty

Henry William "Bill" Dungey, Jr. was a lifelong advocate for justice, a champion of causes, and a towering presence who evoked warmth and kindness wherever he went. For Kent County school districts, those qualities made him one of the...

Press Conference Launches Reading Now Network Initiative

West Michigan instructional leaders will soon begin visiting schools, talking to principals and teachers to answer a critical question: "What strategies work best in teaching students to read?" This is the groundwork of Reading Now Network, a collaborative effort to...

Students, Teachers to Converge for Annual Livestream for Education

For Linda Olejnik, attending her first Livestream for Education was like getting "a creative shot in the arm for teaching" in her American literature classroom. Olejnik, now the assistant principal at Catholic Central High School,  said speakers were dynamic,...

Students Suffer as Schools Struggle with Budget Shortages

When Christie Ramsey's son Michael was in first grade in Rockford Public Schools, there were about 20 students in his class and a paraprofessional to help the teacher. This year her daughter, Abigail, has 25 students in her first-grade...

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....

Students Face New Challenges at Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee

The Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee recently held at the Gerald R. Ford Museum was kicked off as one of the largest "bees" in the country. 191 schools participated in the event's 37th year, which for the first time...

Message to Latino Youth: Dream Big

For as long as she can remember, Allison Arnold has been able to rely on the Latino Youth Conference for encouragement and support. The University of Michigan freshman first attended in middle school. The fact her mother, Christina Arnold,...

Schools and Business Align to Build Talent and the Economy

As someone who has long worked in politics, education and business, Kevin Stotts knows the schools of West Michigan pretty well. And he's convinced they need to do better if the area is to thrive. "Were not graduating enough kids...

Junior ROTC Alive and Well at Innovation Central

Innovation Central High School is known for its Center of Innovation programs, but a new program, The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program, has been offering its own unique experience. JROTC is offered as a class during the school...

Student Competitors Put Skills to the Test

Cakes were baking and hammers were swinging at the Skills USA regionals recently hosted at Kent Career Tech Center, where 400 students from across the state competed for scholarships and a chance to head to State and National Championships. Baker...

Placing Students with Special Needs in Real-World Jobs

You can learn only so much inside a classroom, especially if you're a young adult with special challenges. At some point, savvy educators say, you need to bust out and immerse yourself in the real workaday world. Joe Carlon and Michael...

Contest Offers Partnerships With Its Prizes

Changing the way students and parents view manufacturing jobs is the goal of a local video contest with more than $10,000 in prizes for area schools. "The perception is factory jobs are mundane, dirty and not a desirable career," said...

Veterans Honored on the Big Screen through Student Documentaries

Veterans' stories from World War ll and the Korean War premiered on the big screen during the recent Red Carpet Event at Wealthy Theater. One Hundred students from Kent Innovation High School produced documentaries with footage from interviews they...
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