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Students help refugee peers adjust to life, schools in the U.S.

Students from a handful of area high schools are making an impact at two West Michigan organizations tasked with helping refugee students and their families succeed...

Michigan Teacher of the Year tells DeVos his concerns about school choice

East Kentwood’s Luke Wilcox and other State Teachers of the Year had the opportunity to meet with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and shared their concerns about her policies on vouchers and charters...

Learning the language to help their children learn in school

The KPS Parent Academy aims at meeting the needs of the 1,800 students in the district who are English-language learners by helping their parents learn English...

Local business mentors have big impact on students

Each Friday, employees from Walther-Trowal allot a half-hour of their workday to spend time with Discovery Elementary students, doing school work and just having fun...

At these schools, students’ hearts and minds are both nurtured

Endeavor and Challenger elementary schools are both recipients of the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools Award

Water everywhere, but is it safe? Students take a closer look

Students examine what’s in the water from wells in area municipalities, as well as in tap water from their schools and homes

Teachers help teachers take it to the next level at Van Andel Education Institute

Mastermind is a group of West Michigan teachers, principals, social workers and other educators who have met monthly at Van Andel Education Institute this school year, working together to overcome challenges common to many of them

Michigan Teachers of the Year to speak on leadership at GVSU forum

Michigan MTOYs Luke Wilcox and Tracy Horodyski will talk about their roles as Teachers of the Year, the importance of leadership in their schools and communities, empowering fellow staff members and helping students grow

A Champion of Students from the World

Amina Mohamed's English-language learner students read along with her during story time at Glenwood Elementary. "There was an old woman who swallowed a pie, a Thanksgiving pie, which was really too dry," they read. The story continued, punctuated by giggles...
Fifth-grader Jaden Nguyen floats on his back, a water safety skill

Water All Around, but Some Children Can’t Swim

With his lifejacket snug and dripping wet, Challenger Elementary School fifth-grader Jaden Brown pulled himself up an East Kentwood High School Aquatics Center pool ladder. He had just practiced swimming in deep water with his classmates. During three sessions at...

Teachers Tell Their Stories, to Help Other Teachers

"What inspires you to come to school every day and teach children?" interviewer Rosie del Valle asked Gladiola Elementary intervention math coach Kristi Baumbach. Baumbach, who had answered previous interview questions without hesitation, paused. "Now, I'm crying," she said, as...
Seventeen Kentwood Public Schools elementary students made up the first iLEAD cohort

‘If I Can Do it, You Can Do It’

Dressed in red, resemblant of flaming hot sauce, Bowen Elementary fifth-grader Yoe Shi Yar played David Tran, a Vietnamese immigrant who founded Huy Fong Foods, Inc. "I was born in 1945 in Soc Trang, Vietnam. I am 72 years old....

Getting Real with Straight Talk

To truly address diversity and culture, sometimes you have to get down to the nitty-gritty. That was shown by East Kentwood students who recently discussed issues including gender roles, bridging a disconnect between general education and English-language learner students,...
Alana Bracey, a fourth-grader at Southwest Community Campus School, brought the audience to its feet with her powerful voice

‘We’re Living His Dream’

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” -- the Rev. Dr....
Social worker Pam Buschle uses an iPad with her prosthetic hand

Limbs Lost, She Gives Back with Her Heart

With her kind voice and seemingly ever-present smile, it's easy to see how Challenger Elementary social worker Pam Buschle has impacted the lives of children over the past 26 years, offering support and a helping hand to many.

From Construction Class to Happy Homeowners

Talk about being invested in your students' work. After students spent last school year building a house through the East Kentwood High School residential construction class, Principal Omar Bakri bought it. "I wasn't planning on it," said Bakri. "I stopped by...