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Students seek ways to attract more people into teaching

Teams of Kent Innovation High students were challenged to research the causes of the shortage of college students training to be teachers, and formulate a possible way for GVSU's College of Education to address the problem

Blended online, in-class MySchool@Kent program expanded to middle school

The MySchool@Kent program, previously just for high school students, gets a test run at the middle school level
The Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee is Tuesday, March 27 at 6:30 pm in the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

Champion spellers compete Tuesday at The Bee

Winners from school spelling bees across West Michigan will gather Tuesday, March 27 at 6:30 pm in the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum for The Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee. The winner of this, the 41st Bee, will go...

Superintendent: It’s a Tough Job

There may be no tougher job than that of a school superintendent. I’ve worked with nearly 100 in Kent ISD alone over the past two decades. All were smart, caring and compassionate people. All were subject to withering criticism

Tech Center’s 3D Autism Project a national finalist in Samsung ‘Solve for Tomorrow’ contest

For months now, in a digital technology program at Kent Career Tech Center, nearly 40 high schoolers propel themselves into a real-world project in digital design, animation, graphics and game-making
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
James Hissong, Kent ISD grants and development coordinator, tried his rather unsteady hand at welding, using a machine designed to teach welding skills using virtual reality technology

Grant Gives Students Welding Skills, Virtual-style

Whether you are in high school attempting to settle on a career, an adult back to school to upgrade skills or a young child dreaming of what to be when you grow up, equipment coming soon to Kent Career...
Kent County Sheriff’s Department forensic technician Dawn TenBrink shows students from Forest Hills, Lowell, East Kentwood and Wyoming around a simulated crime scene

So, What’s Your Job Like?

Cold weather can sometimes be a plumber’s ally. That was one of the first things Nathan Bush and Ben Smith learned as they stomped their work boots against the cold as Pat Bishop soldered copper pipe. “You can help it...

Virtual Reality Welding Training to Expand Student Options

The Michigan Department of Education announced this week that Kent ISD and 13 other ISDs and school districts across the state were awarded Career and Technical Education (CTE) Innovation and Equipment Grants. The grants are intended to expand programs and...

Transcripts Should Tell More Complete Story, Leaders Say

John Kraus thinks high school transcripts ought to show both a student's achievement in the classroom as well as learning that happened outside school walls, which would convey career employability skills. Kraus, principal of Kent ISD Secondary Programs including Kent...

Thank You

I'd like to take the promise of this holiday season to thank all who work with children, with adolescents and young adults to help them become the men and women who will someday lead our community and our country. There...

Bride Selects Student-created Wedding Cakes for Reception

It's not often students get to create the prettiest -- and surely the most romantic of all -- wedding cakes. Forty-five advanced baking-pastry students at Kent Career Tech Center were invited to do just that. This fall, they made...

Can’t Keep A Can-do Man Down

It took the better part of four years for Mike Alanowski to get his foot in the door as a full-time employee in the facilities department at Kent ISD. And now that he's entrenched, it's doubtful anyone will ever be...

Test-Driven Curriculum: Meet the 6Cs

The messages of Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, co-author of the book “Becoming Brilliant,” and Lou Glazer, president of Michigan Future, merge two ideas: Schools need to better prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow. There is a framework for developing skills...

Fred Thorne: 47 Years of Service to Children

Fred Thorne gave all but 30 of his 77 years to the children of Sparta and Kent County as a quietly competent and humble school board member who was supportive of staff and committed to creating new opportunities for...

Dia de los Muertos a Celebration of Life

Schools throughout Kent ISD this week studied and celebrated Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a a Nov. 2  holiday to honor the dead that originated in Mexico and is recognized throughout Latin America. Here are some district...