Middle Cities welcomes Leadriane Roby, Grand Rapids Public Schools’ pick for superintendent

During a Feb. 24 school board meeting, Grand Rapids Public Schools named Leadriane Roby the new district superintendent. ( Photo: Richfield Public Schools) Leadriane Roby was in a meeting when she found out she got the job of Grand Rapids Public Schools superintendent. The excitement is still in her voice when she talks about that moment. “‘Ahhh!’ That’s what I was doing internally,” she said. “Like, ‘Oh my God, oh my God, I got it.’" Roby, currently assistant superintendent for Richfield Public Schools in Minnesota, has 20-plus years of education experience. She earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in K-12 Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University. “I’m extremely excited per

Middle Cities welcomes Rita Raichoudhuri, Kalamazoo Public Schools’ next superintendent

Photo: Joel Bissell | MLive The new leader of Kalamazoo Public Schools is a Chicago school administrator with nearly two decades of experience in education. Rita Raichoudhuri, 39, was chosen as superintendent in a unanimous vote Wednesday, Feb. 19, after three rounds of interviews, multiple community forums and six months of work by the district’s Board of Education. “I am honored and thrilled that I have been invited to become a part of the KPS family and a member of the Kalamazoo community,” Raichoudhuri said in a statement emailed to MLive. “The outpouring of support and encouragement has been truly humbling.” Raichoudhuri is currently executive director of early college and career edu

GRPS selected for national after-school tennis program

The city of Grand Rapids is partnering with the United States Tennis Association to get more youth involved in the sport. Pictured is NorthPointe Christian's Sam Bradley playing at Hope College's DeWitt Tennis Center on Oct. 19, 2019. (Kayla Renie | MLive.com)Kayla Renie | MLive.com Grand Rapids is partnering with the United States Tennis Association to provide youth with opportunities to learn the game of tennis. The city is one of three in the country -- joining Los Angeles and Orlando -- chosen for a pilot partnership initiative that resources after-school programs with the training and equipment to then teach youth to play tennis. In addition to the training, the program also offers the

State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice Comments on Teacher Shortage Report

The Michigan Department of Education released the following press release today: State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice Comments on Teacher Shortage Report LANSING – In response to the recently-released report Examining Michigan’s Education Workforce, How to Address the Talent Shortage Facing Michigan’s Schools, State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice offered the following statement: “We appreciate the fine work done by the study’s partners – MEA, AFT Michigan, and Middle Cities Education Association – as well as the consulting work of Public Policy Associates. The work shines a light on a major challenge in Michigan public education, namely, a substantial teacher shortage that has hurt public

Report Issued Following Middle Cities-Sponsored Teacher Shortage Solutions Summits

Teachers from across Michigan have put forward ideas they have to improve the education profession with the goal of attracting more people to the field in a wake of educator shortages in classrooms. This project was conducted in partnership with the Michigan Education Association, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, and the Middle Cities Education Association. Public Policy Associates, Inc. conducted a series of listening sessions to get a feel for where the frustrations are with teachers. The report that came out of five listening sessions with 120 public teachers from across the state identified several key reasons people consider leaving the profession: inadequate compensation, stud

Eastpointe Community Schools expands band program to fifth graders

Eastpointe Community Schools is implementing a fifth grade band program at its two upper elementary schools, Pleasantview Elementary, seen here, and Bellview Elementary. Photo: Caitlyn Kienitz Eastpointe Community Schools is expanding its band program to include the fifth grade students at its two upper elementary schools, Pleasantview Elementary and Bellview Elementary. Wesley Noeyack, the Eastpointe High School band and choir director, led the charge for this expansion. “They brought it back because they thought if we started expanding the program at the lower levels, it would give us the opportunity to cultivate those students and help them grow, and help their interest peak earlier to gi

Ferndale Schools' Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum focus of visit from State Superintendent

State Superintendent Michael Rice speaks with students at Ferndale High School, including senior Sadorian Robertson, during a visit Thursday, Jan. 30. Photo: Bill Good As part of a series of statewide visits to local school districts, State Superintendent Michael Rice made a trip to Ferndale Jan. 30. Rice stopped at Ferndale Upper Elementary School and High School during his visit. A big part of his visits was taking in Ferndale Public Schools’ Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum. SEL is the teaching of social and emotional development skills. The district views these in the same way as teaching math and science, in that they can be taught and developed over time and are important to

Over 200 cameras installed in Niles schools to increase security

Niles Schools are making sure students are safe by increasing security. A nearly $450,000 grant has enabled education officials to “see” what’s going on inside and outside their buildings. They now have 240 cameras throughout their schools. Officials told us they were elated when they realized the grant money would cover the cost of putting an extensive surveillance system throughout their corporation. This is a major step in making parents and students feel safe throughout their school day. “Every elementary school, every high school," said Dan Applegate, Superintendent of Niles Community Schools. "Better coverage, updated digital technology, cameras on our bus. We’re so fortunate to be abl

Two Bay City schools receive grant funds for STEM learning materials

© Andrew Whitaker | awhitake@mlive.com/mlive.com/TNS Saginaw County-based Hemlock Semiconductor recently awarded 11 recipients grants totaling $100,000 to help with learning opportunities, improvements to school safety and more. Kolb and McAlear-Sawden elementary schools in Bay City are two of the recipients that won a CARE Grant from Hemlock Semiconductor Operations. More than 1,000 students will benefit from the funds. The money will help the schools purchase nonfiction reading materials intended to get K-5 students excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The schools also will be able to buy STEM kits that will give hands-on experience with these subjects to all st

Waterford elementary students earn spot in state robotics tournament

Students from Waterford schools compete at the Monroe County Community College Midway robotics tournament. (Photo: Natalie Broda, The Oakland Press) Three students from Waterford’s Haviland Elementary School have qualified to compete in the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation’s annual VEX IQ State Championship this February. It’s the first time a Waterford team has earned a spot in the competition, according to the district. Students Isaac Stolnicki, Logan Klausen and Everhett Boyd comprised one of three Waterford teams to compete at the recent Monroe County Community College Midway robotics tournament. The Haviland team, along with Joseph Stolnicki, their coach, will compete again

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