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Rick Joseph and his class

Learning and growing: A community process

Rick Joseph likes to walk into the first day of school eager to learn and take on a new year…as a teacher that is! As Michigan Teacher of the Year, Joseph teaches fifth and sixth grade at Birmingham Public Schools, but admits that he never stops learning from his students.

Laura Chapman

How I encourage student engagement with the first "good morning"

Tables are arranged, whiteboards cleaned and the teacher’s desk organized. As my students walk in, I greet each with an individual “good morning,” knowing that simple gesture is the first step to building a strong, successful classroom full of engaged students.

Brian Whiston

Q&A: Parents and teachers work together to inspire students

Brian Whiston, state superintendent of Michigan, was named 2014’s Superintendent of the Year while working for Oakland Public Schools. Today, he brings that same dedication to teachers and students across the state.

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Family tragedy inspires anti-bullying initiative in Muskegon schools

Notice, invite, challenge and empower. Those are the words that make up the mental health education curriculum for schools in Muskegon County, a curriculum inspired by a family tragedy and a sad statistic regarding mental health in teens.


The comeback kids: How Grand Rapids Public Schools are making a dramatic turnaround

For years, Grand Rapids Public Schools seemed to be sinking. Now, that's all changing. GRPS Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal explains how, and why, the district is improving — and where it needs to go.
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Students head back to class in Utica Community Schools

Utica Community Schools welcomed their students back on the first day, but Plumbrook Elementary took it a step further. They made a video with music and dancing to let their students know they are happy to have them and to ease the minds of parents sending their children to school for the first time.

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