Williamston High School partners with Michigan State University on research project to improve science program


On Sept. 5, five doctors who specialize in education gathered to discuss the future of Williamston High School’s science curriculum. Two of the doctors were research associates from Michigan State University’s Education Department. MSU is working with the University of Helsinki in Finland on a research project called PIRE. The school wants its students to enjoy learning and thanks to the PIRE program, it now has a way to measure that enjoyment.

Williamston elementary schools implement STEAM into the curriculum


Principal Pat VanRemmen never could have imagined how positive the effect of adding STEAM to the curriculum would be at Discovery Elementary. The new elective, focused on bringing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math together, has been a hit with both the parents and students. “I had one parent commenting about how their daughter is coming home with ideas for inventions,” VanRemmen said. The program was implemented in Discovery (young 5s through second grade) and Explorer (third through fifth grade) Elementary Schools in the fall. STEAM is an additional elective all students must take.

30-year teacher set to receive career award

In her first year as a second-grade teacher at Mason Public Schools, Kristine Brickey was never expecting to receive any awards. But fast-forward 30 years and she was nominated for the Michigan Council of Teachers of English Middle School Teacher of the Year for 2017 by her peers and won.

In Buffalo, there is a large gap between city and suburban public schools

BUFFALO, N.Y. — In a mid-size city with about 260,000 people, there are many options for parents when it comes to where they want to send their children to school. Three main options are public schools, private schools and charter schools. Cost of tuition, the quality of academics and the location play a large role in any parent’s decision. The school system in Buffalo has not changed much from years ago. There has unfortunately always been a large gap between Buffalo public schools and public schools in the suburbs.

Michigan has a new teacher retirement plan

Gov. Rick Snyder signed off on a bill that will causes significant changes to the retirement plans for all new teachers and school employees hired after February 1, 2018. The collaborative billed compiled by Michigan’s House and Senate will automatically enroll all new school employees into the program starting next winter. The plans will have school districts pay 4 percent of the employee’s salary into their 401 (k) plan. New employees may also contribute their personal funds and the state would match their addition by 3 percent. University of Michigan-Flint teaching major Alicia Williams believes the changes are for the better.

A Northern Michigan school district promotes diversity in a non-diverse region

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Northern Michigan is not a very diverse region, which is reflected in the extremely small percentage of different ethnicities in Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS). Shown here are the total numbers of students of each ethnicity via Mary Beth Stein, a student services coordinator at TCAPS. Below are the numbers from the 2010 census year. Gina McPherson, a preschool teacher at TCAPS, has a lot of experience with this.