$3M donation going to GRPS teacher training

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A large chunk of a private donation from a Grand Rapids couple to the University of Michigan will benefit a professional development program for Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Former Perrigo CEO Mike Jandernoa and his wife Sue, a former teacher, earmarked $3 million to go toward expanding a partnership between GRPS and the U of M-based TeachingWorks, which provides more training for teachers.

The goal is to improve the quality of teaching and therefore students’ proficiency in math. A Wednesday release from the university says Kent County math proficiency levels are below 40 percent for eighth-graders and just above 40 percent for third-graders.

Most of the rest of the Jandernoas’ $4.3 million donation to U of M will go straight to the Ross School of Business, with $1 million establishing a scholarship fund for undergraduate students. Some of the donation also went to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Fellowship Fund at the university’s Ford School of Public Policy.