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UIX: What's the future of education? In Grand Rapids, it's all about being unconventional

Whether you're looking to learn coding or would like to explore a career in art or design, there's a host of creative ways you can do that in Grand Rapids. From boot camps to building confidence, organizations like Grand Circus, The Factory and UICA are thinking outside the box when it comes to education.

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Parks, peas and potential: The best of Michigan Nightlight 2016

Before we launch into another year of stories about the issues, people and programs that impact Grand Rapids' children, we wanted to revisit the best-read 2016 Michigan Nightlight stories from Rapid Growth.

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With eyes on reform & empathy, GR educators call for change to standardized tests for ELL students

Grand Rapids educators and researchers are calling on the state to rethink their approach to the way standardized testing is conducted for English language learners.

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Say what? Talking to kids about race doesn't have to be daunting

Parents, caregivers and early childhood educators play an important role in helping young children form healthy racial identities and attitudes toward others. But for many adults, talking to kids about race can be uncomfortable. The Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance's 'Talking to Kids About Race' workshops empower adults to address the topic that helps children learn to respect and value themselves and others for their own unique racial and ethnic backgrounds while celebrating diversity and encouraging inclusion.

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'Before the time of us': How trips to Lake Michigan are changing students' worldviews

While many of us may take for granted how easy it can be to make the 35-mile trip to Lake Michigan, the overwhelming majority of Grand Rapids Public Schools' fifth grade students have never seen this body of water. Financial hardship, lack of transportation and other barriers prevent many of the children from seeing this Great Lake, but GRPS and Open Systems Technologies are quickly changing that.
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