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Kris Daratha Awarded Grant for Community Project
posted by: Cindy Omlin | December 07, 2016, 12:00 pm   

Congratulations to Kris Daratha, NWPE member and winner of a $500 NWPE grant to supplement Waterville High School's science program. With the help of a STEM grant last year, he and his students entered a national competition for design and implementation of solar heated sidewalks. They were able to create a prototype and three solar panels. The NWPE grant will help them improve the prototype and unleash five portable, heated sidewalks around Waterville, WA, in order to keep the community safe during harsh winters.  Mr. Daratha’s project is reusable, will continue year after year, and is a great way students will experience how STEM can better their community.

Jennie Lilya Awarded Grant for STEAM Kit
posted by: Cindy Omlin | December 06, 2016, 08:43 pm   

Congratulations to NWPE member Jennie Lilya, kindergarten teacher at Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center (BCCLC) in Blackfoot, Idaho!  Ms. Lilya has been awarded a $350 classroom grant to purchase a Fairy Tales STEAM Kit which combines classic stories with hands-on STEM and literacy activities for the school's kindergarten program.

DeVos Named Secretary of Education
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 28, 2016, 02:44 pm   

Last week, President Elect Donald Trump had a big announcement to deliver about his education agenda. Four days after meeting with the President Elect, Betsy DeVos, 58, has been named the intended appointee to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of Education. Who is Betsy DeVos you might ask? A high-profile advocate for school choice, Ms. DeVos is chair of the American Federation for Children, a Washington, D.C.-based organization devoted to expanding school of choice options across the country. She also sits on the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

Advice for Overworked Teachers: How to Get Relief During the School Year
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 21, 2016, 05:19 pm   

Teachers are asked to do a lot, often with very little. You aren’t simply an educator. At any given time during a day in the classroom, you’ll be asked to play the role of parent, mentor, friend, disciplinarian, and more...and that’s all while working to ensure your overcrowded classroom of students meets their ever-changing testing requirements.

Civics Education: What People are Saying
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 21, 2016, 02:52 pm   

Last week, the United States finished one of the most contentious and bitter elections in recent memory.  While there are a lot of things that could be said about the election, one thing that became clear to people on all sides is that the US has neglected teaching civics in its schools.  According to The Atlantic: 

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