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A one-of-a-kind offer is being made to every teacher in the state providing free professional development workshops.

Grand Valley State University and its Charter Schools Office are offering the program. The university operates 78 charter schools across the state. It offers those teachers professional development workshops.

“Our professional development workshops are opportunities for teachers to come together and really study the practice of teaching.”

SNN: Wyoming Class Library

Aug 6, 2018
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Sometimes all it takes is the right story….and one inspiring teacher…to turn students away from their phones and screens and onto a world between the covers of actual books. 

A Wyoming Junior High classroom is a testament to the power of words. English teacher Katie Sluiter’s encourages eighth-graders to choose from her library of 1,000 popular works. It’s a collection that keeps on growing.

Grand Valley State University has completed what school officials are calling “the first step in expanding the school’s health campus in downtown Grand Rapids.”

SNN: Wyoming Summer Jobs

Jul 16, 2018
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Teen Outreach, which meets weekly during the school year, is helping students bridge the time between graduation and college in beneficial ways.

Zayveon Hymon is spending the summer on a construction crew, doing minor repairs, major projects and gaining valuable experience before moving on to college and careers. For Twenty hours a week he learns to use the tools of the trade and build his résumés alongside Dale Cross, owner of Wyoming-based Sarge Construction.

SNN: Kentwood Civic Camp

Jul 9, 2018
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The Declaration of Independence was signed two-hundred-and-forty-one years ago, making the USA an independent nation. An August event takes a deeper dive into that document and the laws of the land.

If you really want to understand what our nation’s forefathers had in mind when they got together to create the United States of America, an upcoming summer camp could be for you. Kentwood Public Schools and the Michigan Center for Civic Education are teaming up to offering a free summer workshop in August.

SNN: Summer Journal #1

Jul 5, 2018
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Ever wonder what teachers do after the last bell of the year rings? School News Network reports tracked some down to find out.

When do you see a public school teacher driving a Porsche? Most likely, when it’s somebody else’s Porsche. Lowell High School English teacher Jamie Christians has a couple summer gigs.

SNN: SmartArt Top 10

Jun 12, 2018
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A $1,000 college scholarship from Consumers Energy will go to the top winner of this year’s SmartArt competition, a contest that stands for Students Making Art with a Renewable Theme. 

Watercolor wind turbines and pastel solar panels are some of the images and mediums used to create works of art with a renewal energy theme. They’re among the top ten finalists chosen in the sixth annual SmartArt competition. It’s a collaboration between Grand Rapids Public Schools, ArtPrize and Consumers Energy.

SNN: Kent City Poppy Poster Contest

Jun 5, 2018
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As the school year draws to a close, students in Kent City are making connections with veterans in an annual contest that brings awareness to military service through a creative outlet.

Kent City art teacher Clare Johnson helped students prepare for the annual American Legion Post 123 poppy poster contest. It’s her way of making sure they think about those who came before them and sacrificed their lives in military service.

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The annual Mackinac Policy Conference has come to close. During last week’s program a discussion about the state’s preparation for future economic growth.

What are the elements for economic development?

“The bedrock is really three things: Workforce talent, infrastructure and a quality of life. Okay, those are the bedrocks.”

Birgit Klohs is CEO of regional non-profit economic development organization, The Right Place.

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Michigan's House Democrats want the state to provide full-tuition scholarships for community college students.

Lawmakers announced the plan, titled the HirED Opportunity Act, in the Capitol on Monday. It would grant the scholarship to recent high school graduates who enroll fulltime in a community college.

They must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and participate in mentorship and community service programs. For older adults, the program would cover tuition and place them in a career training program.

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