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My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

Whether learning online or in a traditional classroom, keeping your student motivated is important—it offers the opportunity for innovation and powerful learning experiences.

Alexandra Negrete, a teacher at statewide virtual public high school Great Lakes Cyber Academy, shares three tips to help challenge students to reach their highest potential.

My Town GR Central: Law school offers free legal advice workshop March 21

My Town GR Central: Law school offers free legal advice workshop March 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Get legal advice while saving your money during Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s free Access to Justice Legal Workshop this Saturday.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on March 21, visitors to the Grand Rapids campus can gain legal advice regarding criminal record expungement, divorce, custody, paternity, evictions, home repairs and other issues.  The workshop is free and no appointment is needed.

WMU-Cooley’s Grand Rapids campus is located at 111 Commerce Ave. SW in Grand Rapids

Is kindergarten too young for virtual learning?

Is kindergarten too young for virtual learning?

As parents across Michigan register their five year olds for kindergarten, many may wonder if virtual learning is the right solution for their child. Others may believe kindergarten is too young for virtual learning. Before deciding, parents are encouraged to attend a Kindergarten Round-Up session hosted by Michigan Connections Academy. Experts in virtual learning will be on hand to provide critical insight on this 21st century learning alternative.  

Michigan Connections Academy offers a complete online learning experience from home for students in grades K-12 that combines a high quality education, flexible scheduling, Michigan-certified teachers and an innovative, award-winning curriculum. 

My Town: Search for Kent ISD's next superintendent down to two

My Town: Search for Kent ISD's next superintendent down to two

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The search for Kent Intermediate School District’s next superintendent is down to two people.

After the first round of interviews this week, the Kent ISD School board whittled down the pool of four finalists to two- Ron Caniff, superintendent of Grandville Public Schools; and Tom Martin, superintendent of West Ottawa Public Schools.  Superintendents Dr. Curtis Finch of the Mecosta-Osceola ISD and Dr. Sara Magana Shubel of East Grand Rapids Public Schools were not selected for second round interviews.

Caniff and Martin will be interviewed a second time Tuesday, March 31.  The person selected for the job will replace Kevin Konarska, who is retiring on June 30, after nine years of leading Kent ISD.

My Town GR Central: WMU-Cooley Law School holds open house for prospective students

My Town GR Central: WMU-Cooley Law School holds open house for prospective students

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – WMU-Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus will host an open house for prospective students and their guests on March 26, beginning at noon.

The open house will include a question and answer panel with students and alumni, a discussion with the dean and faculty, information about academic programs and scholarships, campus tours, and an opportunity to participate in a mock Criminal Law class.

“This open house allows all individuals an opportunity to see how a legal education can help achieve personal and career goals,” said Nelson Miller, associate dean of WMU-Cooley’s Grand Rapids campus. “Attendees can experience what Cooley has to offer in a very casual setting.”

My Town EGR: Aquinas College to host Dr. Barbara Rylko-Bauer in honor of Women's History Month

My Town EGR: Aquinas College to host Dr. Barbara Rylko-Bauer in honor of Women's History Month

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. In honor of Women’s History Month, on March 19, author and anthropologist, Barbara Rylko-Bauer, Ph.D., will deliver her presentation, “Writing Women's History: A Polish Doctor in Nazi Camps.”  

My Town: Aquinas College president elected to national board of directors

My Town: Aquinas College president elected to national board of directors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Dr. Juan Olivarez, president of Aquinas College, has been elected to the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Board of Directors. CIC is the only national organization that focuses solely on providing services and a broad range of initiatives directly to independent colleges and universities to help improve the quality of education and strengthen institutional resources.

“The council is pleased to have Dr. Juan Olivarez as a board member,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “CIC continues to implement many exciting new programs, projects, and services, and needs a strong board of directors to oversee their planning and execution. I am certain that Dr. Olivarez will serve the council admirably and look forward to working with him.”