Ready for Kindergarten with Early Childhood Connections

Early Childhood Connections is a school readiness program funded by the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region, The Guido A. and Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. A team of 11 family coaches serve the Battle Creek community with 14 toddler playgroups and monthly home visits to over 250 […]

Preparing Students for Jobs – West Michigan Virtual Academy

Sit up straight. Make eye contact. Make sure you have references. Use action words to describe what you do. List volunteer experience. Don’t bring your cell phone with you. Make sure you know about the company. These are just a few of the tips that Jennifer Bare-McDermott shared with students at West Michigan Virtual Academy […]

Pathways to Potential at BCPS

Pathways to Potential is a newer program launched in the fall of 2014 at Battle Creek Public Schools that has successfully decreased truancy by 30% during the 2014-2015 school year (over the previous year).  The program houses a Department of Human Services worker referred to as a “Success Coach” within the the school to assist […]

Kindergarten teacher takes to YouTube to promote reading

Children aren’t the only ones who are learning in Cindi Buckley’s kindergarten class at Minges Brook Elementary School in Battle Creek. The parents of Buckley’s students also are learning courtesy of YouTube videos created by Buckley. The 40-year teaching veteran says she came up with the idea because she was seeing a real need to […]

Project Lead The Way – STEM Education

Science. Technology. Engineering. Mathematics. Through a partnership with local businesses and Battle Creek Unlimited, Lakeview School District recently launched a program in the middle and high school called Project Lead the Way (PLTW), an activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum to provide students an opportunty to apply what they know, identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead […]

Youth Entrepreneurship – Willard Library & Generation E

Kessy Cook participates in band, is a part of the equestrian team, plays on a softball team AND still has time to manage her own company. A Pennfield Schools student, Kessy is just 11 years old and launched The Melty Bead Triplets with the help of a few of her friends and Stephanie Boyd, Children’s […]