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.

Rodney Page said he would not choose any other place to raise his two sons, Jayden and Bryson, in any other city other than East Lansing.

Local families and residents on living in a college town

By Kayla Robinson
Entirely East Lansing
EAST LANSING – Raising a family while living in a college town can have its ups and downs, depending on the person you’re talking to and how they feel about it. It could be no problem at all, or it could be seen as a disadvantage. Twenty-nine-year-old Andrew Davis, a sales associate at Rally House who lives in East Lansing, said living in the city when you’re not in college can be too much if you’re not into the so-called “party lifestyle.”

“If you’re not into the party scene, it’s really not a good place to live,” Davis said. “I try to get as far away from students as I can. I was never really into that scene when I was in college.”

On the flip side, Davis also said he would still recommend people to raise families here.

In college town, senior population growing

By Chloe Kiple
Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING—In a city of nearly 48,000 residents, whose median age is just 21, there are also nearly 5,000 seniors 65 years and older. And the older demographic is growing rapidly, presenting the college-town with new challenges. “Between 1990 and 2010, the East Lansing population of 50-plus [year-olds] increased by 40-percent,” said Prime Time senior center program planner Lisa Richey. “The number of adults aged 65 and older is expected to double within the next 25 years, so we have that to look forward to.”

For this reason, new senior facilities and programs have been cropping up in East Lansing and nationwide. Recently, the City Council voted to turn the old Bailey Community Center into a new senior living home.

It’s time you start noticing the art in East Lansing

By Katie McCoy
Entirely East Lansing

Map of different art locations around downtown East Lansing

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The art scene in East Lansing is a creative and eclectic culture that could exist only in a college town. With many different features, such as the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, the East Lansing Art Festival, and the up-and-coming cultural mosaic, the amount of public art leaves East Lansing with a unique presence. World-renowned architect, and winner of the architect’s Pritzaker-Prize, Zaha Hadid designed the Broad Art Museum which opened in 2012. The stainless steel structure and uncommon architecture brings artists from all around the world to feature their art.

East Lansing ride-sharing services cause concern over regulations

By Tori Zackery
Entirely East Lansing

Earlier in the spring semester, the Michigan State University Police Department issued emergency alerts warning of multiple sexual assaults involving ride-share drivers in East Lansing. The alerts, among other recent headlines regarding ride-sharing services, caused residents to question their safety when using the popular companies, like Uber and Lyft. “I personally do not use ride sharing services alone, before the recent events and especially after,” said Michigan State student Adonne Washington. “I tend to only use them with groups of three or more and when the place is out of walking distance.”

Washington is originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, where Uber driver Jason Dalton is accused of murdering six people and injuring two others in between his scheduled Uber rides. While he harmed none of his own passengers, East Lansing Police Lt. Wriggelsworth said Dalton is an example of the major risks people take when using ride-sharing services.

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.

Standardized online test preparation with East Lansing schools

By Kayla Robinson
Entirely East Lansing
EAST LANSING – East Lansing Public Schools are preparing for the standardized test called the M-STEP that will take place this spring and are also making the transition from pencil-and-paper to online testing. Christian Palasty, director of technology and media services, said that many faculty members have been getting special training for this online assessment. “My department, which is the Technology and Media Services, has been working on the devices to make sure they are well prepared,” Palasty said. “We have done professional development with the teachers, we have walked students and staff through the practice test of what the M-STEP will look like, we’ve made resources available, and we have also trained the librarians so that there is on site support on the days of the test.”

Palasty said that there will only be one type of electronic that will be available when it comes time to take the test. “We are going to do the testing solely on our laptops, but not on our iPads,” Palasty said.

New literacy technology to be added for children at the public library

By Gabriella Galloway
Entirely East Lansing

New technology will be added to the children’s area of the East Lansing Public Library with proceeds coming from the fifth annual Books, Bites and Bids fundraising event on Friday, April 29. According to Jennifer Amormino, executive assistant to the library director, the type of new technology that will be put in will be determined by the funds raised at the event. This new technology will be installed after the library reconstruction. “We’ll be adding in early literacy stations that include some new interactive technologies like iPads, and the money raised during Books, Bites & Bids will go towards enhancing that — in particular, we’ll be able to buy things like new desktop computers, software and programs, furniture, etc,” said Eva Weihl, youth services librarian. Due to reconstruction at the library, this year’s event will be held at the Hannah Community Center.

“For the Love of Cities” author selected to lead placemaking workshop

By Danielle Chesney
Entirely East Lansing

Community and Economic Development Administrator Lori Mullins describes the reason for the recent peacemaking efforts in downtown East Lansing. EAST LANSING – The East Lansing Community and Economic Development office enlisted a lover of cities to lead their upcoming placemaking workshop April 22. Community and Economic Development Administrator Lori Mullins contacted Peter Kageyama last fall. Kageyama said that she had heard him speak and wanted to find a way to bring him to East Lansing. Kageyama is the author of “For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places” and “Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places,” and hosted a TEDx talk on how to build a relationship with one’s city in 2011.