welcome to Kent School Services Network

Exceptional resources and opportunities anchored in hope, encouraging excellence, while striving for the highest achievement for all.

our mission is to use the Community school strategy to center Student and family voice, identify solutions, and advocate for systems change, resulting in student success and well-being.

Our work

We use the Coalition for Community School's Community School Standards as a framework for what we do. The standards are designed to engage and support the community schools movement as an evidence-based strategy to promote equity and educational excellence for each and every child, while strengthening families and community.

The Latest News

Students learn today — and also lead today

All districts — Back in 2007, I wrote an article for The Alan Review about youth leadership qualities, making the point that phrases like “Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders” is misleading. After all, today’s youth are leading today, in many varied and meaningful ways... 

Longtime leader in education leaves legacy as communicator

Kent ISD — During the Kent ISD Student Leadership Community’s year-end celebration, Kent ISD Superintendent Ron Koehler was doing what he does best: watching and listening in the background...

Hands-on gardening nurtures health education and active lifestyles for kids

Grady's Garden, a local food and nutrition, edutainment, and technology company, is working to provide children in Grand Rapids with practical access to locally grown herbs, fruits, and vegetables...

Staff supports families with games, hygiene items

Kentwood — Explorer Elementary staff members collected more than 200 family games and hygiene items to donate to The Community Basket, a food pantry at 3178 68th St. SE...

we are a community school initiative In 47 schools across six districts in Kent County