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“Education Today” informs and offers valuable direction to help current and future students from all walks of life build a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.

podcasts Education TodayHosted by WWJ’s Laura Bonnell, “Education Today” reports air each weekday on WWJ. For more, visit this page and click on the EDUCATION TODAY podcast library.


Education Today: Vacation Or Staycation?

The awesome thing about living in Michigan is that the state becomes a vacation wonderland in the summer.

CBS Detroit–07/23/2015

Students at Wayne Elementary School show off their new school supplies, provided by Kids In Need Foundation & Mike Morse Law Firm.

Education Today: Stay Motivated!

My mother always got the most important things right: love, time, and attention. Let’s get that right for our kids.

CBS Detroit–07/17/2015

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Education Today: Staying Motivated As A Parent During The Summer Months

Have a family vision and enlist each member to play a role in achieving your family’s goals.

CBS Detroit–07/10/2015

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State Of Detroit Families: Rainbows, Stars And Stripes

Whether you agree with the Supreme Court or not, one thing is clear: families can’t be defined in only one way.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/02/2015

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State of Detroit Families: Detroit Parent Network Interviews Tonya Allen

Tonya is a visionary leader who has been a champion for children and families at Skillman and in earlier roles.


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State Of Detroit Families: Education Is A Priority, Parents Tell Michigan Legislature

The legislature can no longer hide behind the notion that Detroit parents don’t care about their kids. Many took a day off from work and home to make the trip to Lansing.


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State of Detroit Families – Dispatch From Mackinac, Part III

In Brightmoor, a new Meijer store is a big deal. The store bring close to 300 good jobs to families in Detroit and much more than that.


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The State Of Detroit Families: Dispatch from Mackinac, Part II

The Detroit we live in now is on a comeback trajectory but many families here haven’t yet experienced the upside.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/04/2015

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The State Of Detroit Families: Dispatch From Mackinac

“My mother had a test for her children who wanted to stay home from school for being sick . . . go to school or take on her homemade enema. Needless to say, I had perfect attendance.”

CBS Detroit–05/28/2015

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Rising Alone: How Detroit Students Can Overcome

We fail to realize that first generation college students – those who rise from poverty – are many times more likely to struggle in college than their middle class peers.

CBS Detroit–05/21/2015


Detroit Parents: Start Planning Today For Learning This Summer

These days we know that keeping students engaged in learning throughout the summer months is incredibly important. Unfortunately, it can be challenging.


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Be a Hero on Mother’s Day… and Every Day

Here are four ways anybody can help struggling moms in the Detroit area to be heroes for their kids:

CBS Detroit–05/07/2015

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Detroit Families: Parent Voices Are Powerful Voices!

How can your voice be heard, too? Start with something you care the most about. Attend a meeting. Volunteer to be on a committee or a team.

CBS Detroit–04/30/2015

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Detroit Families: Make The Choice To Be Engaged In Solutions

Transportation is just one of many things Detroit families face as barriers to getting to school.


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Detroit Families: Helping Parents Help Themselves

As parents, we can make our greatest contributions through conversations that shape the adults our children will become.


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Detroit Families, Faye Nelson Of DTE Energy Speaks With Detroit Parent Network

On what she believes is the most pressing issue facing families today, Faye shared “I am very concerned about the lack of family structure.”

CBS Detroit–04/10/2015

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Education Today: Are You Invested In Your Child’s Learning?

We can no longer depend on educators alone to advocate on our student’s behalf; parents must step into the classroom and build a bridge between home life and school life.

CBS Detroit–04/03/2015

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Kalamazoo College Students Share Concerns With Officials

About 100 Kalamazoo College students have shared their concerns about safety and discrimination with school officials.

CBS Detroit–03/07/2015

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Michigan Pays $4.9M For Membership In Common Core Group

Michigan is paying $4.9 million this school year to continue its membership in a group developing standardized tests aligned with national Common Core education standards.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/07/2015

Michael T. Ritchie, president of Comerica Bank-Michigan announces Free Prix Day during a panel discussion with Bed Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix (left), and Grand Prix drivers Ricky Taylor (right) and Jordan Taylor (far right). (Photo courtesy of the Detroit Grand Prix)

Detroit Grand Prix Announces Free Prix Day During STEM Talk At Cody High School

Students from Cody High School heard from Detroit Grand Prix representatives and were invited to the course on the May 29 Free Prix Day.


Strategic Staffing Solutions Detroit Branch Manager Shalini Lawson reads to students at Bagley Elementary School. (Source: Strategic Staffing Solutions)

Bagley Elementary School Receives 400 Books From Strategic Staffing Solutions

Bagley Elementary School received more than 400 books this week from Strategic Staffing Solutions.

CBS Detroit–02/13/2015

Dean of Engineering Nabil Grace examines the ElectroPuls testing instrument with students Alan Killewald, Erisa Panajoti, and Marinna Plinka. (Lawrence Tech photo.)

Lawrence Tech Receives $5M for Engineering Scholarships

Lawrence Technological Universityhas received a bequest in excess of $5 million, which will be used to fund full scholarships for engineering students.

CBS Detroit–01/26/2015

Visitors to the SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium at Great Lakes Crossing can get up close and personal to many of the 5,000 creatures on display. (By Edward Cardenas)

Aquarium Brings The ‘SEA LIFE’ To Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (Video)

SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets opens to the public Jan. 29 with more than 5,000 creatures.

CBS Detroit–01/22/2015

The Michigan Science Center held a splashdown party for NASA's Orion spacecraft. (By Edward Cardenas)

Students Experience Orion Space Mission At Michigan Science Center (Video)

The Michigan Science Center held a splash down celebration Friday for the inaugural flight of the Orion spacecraft.

CBS Detroit–12/05/2014

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