East Lansing Public Schools find strategies to bridge achievement gap

 

Michigan State University education professor Dr. Dorinda Carter-Andrews on the achievement gap results in East Lansing Public Schools. Carter-Andrews has been working with the district since 2007 to find new ways on how district members can narrow the gap. By Camille Douglas
Entirely East Lansing

Pinecrest Elementary’s Title I reading teacher, Sarah Colechin, makes sure to meet with each of her students individually each week to see where they need extra help. Colechin’s job, supported by federal funds, is to help first through third graders struggling in academics to help close the “achievement gap.”

The achievement gap measures differences in academic performance between groups of students. Groups are generally categorized by economic status, race/ethnicity and by gender.

Documentary on human trafficking features areas of East Lansing

“Break the Chain” is a documentary that focuses on the discussion of sex and labor trafficking issues in Michigan. The premiere date of the documentary is to be set sometime in the beginning May. By Camille Douglas
Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING – In a tiny conference room that can probably fit no more than 10 people in the Capitol Building in Lansing, documentarian Laura Swanson waited for the arrival of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. Swanson says she stood behind a wooden table in the middle of the room as her two crew members finished setting up two large Canon cameras on tripods. Stabenow entered in a cobalt dress suit.

East Lansing Public Schools discuss how to reduce the achievement gap

By Camille Douglas
Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING – Teachers’ relationships with students can play a major role in helping low-achieving students catch up with their peers, participants in a panel on the achievement gap said this week. Title I reading teacher Sarah Colechin at Pinecrest elementary believes in this idea that developing a teacher-to-student relationship is key to helping students improve their education performance. As a Title I teacher, she was employed by the federal government, not the district, to work with students in grades first through third that are falling behind in academics. Since the beginning of her career at Pinecrest elementary six years ago, Colechin has seen a huge improvement in motivating her students to succeed academically. “It’s really all about showing your students that you care for each one of them,” Colechin said.

Bailey Community Center approved for renovation

By Camille Douglas
Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING — The Bailey Community Center will be undergoing renovations to its eastern half in the near future. The East Lansing Planning Commission approved the application at their meeting March 23 to transform the building into a facility with senior housing, day care programs and office spaces.  

The application proposed to remove the one-floor eastern portion of the building and add a three-story building complete with 25 new apartments for independent senior citizens, ages 55 and above. The majority of the first floor of the building will be marketed to a daycare provider and low traffic office uses. A gym will also be built on the first floor and will be preserved for scheduled community uses.

City council to accept new technology and innovation task force

Council member Shanna Draheim on the new task force. Camille Douglas
Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING – The East Lansing City Council tabled the acceptance of the proposal for a new technology and innovation task force at their meeting March 8 until clearer details regarding the task force’s responsibilities is released. A technology and innovation task force is a group of technological experts that assist a city in expanding technological communication to reach out to community members. This force will not serve as another committee under the city of East Lansing. It will most likely consist of about two to three technological experts that will report a couple times throughout the year to analyze the technology concerns and communication needs of the residents.

Board of Education to accept district-wide water testing proposal

East Lansing Board president Nell Kuhnmuench on the proposal to test the water in all eight school buildings. By Camille Douglas
Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The East Lansing Board of Education will be accepting the proposal for drinking water sampling and lead analysis from Materials Testing Consultants soon, according to board president Nell Kuhnmuench. The board was set to accept the proposal and reveal the new details regarding the testing procedures at their special meeting on March 1, but due to severe weather conditions, the meeting was canceled and has not been rescheduled. The board tabled the proposal after a 5-2 vote in favor of the testing at their meeting Feb.

East Lansing High School introduces new college preparatory program

By Camille Douglas
Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING, Mich. – East Lansing High School social studies teacher Bob Filter showed a presentation on the school’s new program to help get more students ready for college during the Board of Education’s Feb. 22 meeting. The program, known as AVID, stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. It was enforced at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year to selected freshmen.

New community bystander intervention network to combat sexual assault

By Camille Douglas
Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING, Mich.  – The Michigan State University Police will start a program in April to fight sexual assault called a bystander intervention network. The bystander intervention network will train employees from various local bars and restaurants on how to spot sexual assault incidents and how to intervene to help victims. The network will also train taxi drivers from the Greater Lansing Taxi Authority.  

“We chose to focus on training local restaurant staff members and drivers from the Greater Lansing Taxi Authority because very often, their jobs require them to be in interaction with the students,” said Detective Sgt. Andrea Beasinger of the Investigations Division of MSU’s Police Department.

5 Questions with Orlo Johnson

How long have you’ve been a resident in East Lansing? Eight years. Why did you choose to live in East Lansing? For me, it is convenience of the distance to the stores. It is a half mile north to go over the bridge and just a mile south to Frandor.