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Two Idaho Arts Charter School teachers and members of NWPE have received awards to advance student achievement and professional development. 

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Congratulations to Mrs. Colleen Thomson, Director of Instruction at North Idaho STEM Charter Academy, and the school team of 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teachers, who have been awarded a $250 classroom grant from Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE).  The grant will be used to take 4th, 5th & 6th grade students to compete in the Idaho Tech: NASA Space Consortium Mars Rover Competition at the University of Idaho on April 26th.

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Eric Lichte, NWPE Member, Receives NWPE Grant
posted by: Cindy Omlin | April 18, 2013, 10:36 PM

We are proud to announce that Mr. Eric Lichte, an NWPE member and life skills teacher of 18-21 year old students at Gateway PREP in Nampa, ID, received a $250 classroom grant to build work/potting benches for the PREP Greenhouse which will serve as student workstations to prepare potting plants and manage tools.  Mr. Lichte noted, “The opportunity to work in a greenhouse not only develops skills but also provides experience for potential employment after the completion of the program. The greenhouse is an interactive classroom that not only teaches students but also teaches the community the capabilities of the students.”  Mrs. Brenda Miller presented the grant at a teacher staff meeting.

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We are proud to announce that Leora White, an NWPE member in Nampa School District, Idaho, has been honored with a $200 NWPE scholarship award to attend and present at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference in Denver, CO, this April.  Leora, a math teacher at Lone Star Middle School in Nampa, stated that the conference will help with implementation of the Idaho State Common Core Standards and raise student achievement in areas identified as needing improvement.  Mrs. Brenda Miller, an NWPE member representative, awarded the grant at an 8th grade assembly.

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Congratulations to Ms. Nancy Schmid, an NWPE member and first grade teacher at Hope Elementary School, in Hope, ID.  NWPE Executive Director Cindy Omlin presented Ms. Schmid with a New Classroom Start-Up Grant for $250 at an afternoon staff collaboration meeting on Wednesday, March 6.

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Cursive Writing: Spare Tire or Fourth Wheel?
posted by: Cindy Omlin | March 04, 2013, 06:25 PM

Many people view cursive writing as analogous to a spare tire, it's not completely necessary but it's definitely a good tool to have in your repertoire. However, the Idaho State Board of Education highly values cursive, enough, in fact, to make it a requirement for Idaho schools. The measure passed with a recent vote in the Senate. 

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Congratulations to Katie Kirkbride, a special education and life skills teacher at Prairie View Elementary School in the Post Falls School District in Idaho.  Katie was presented with a $250 New Classroom Start-Up Grant from Northwest Professional Educators to purchase computer software to help her self-contained special education students develop pre-academic and academic skills and adaptive software to assist students with limited motor skills.  NWPE Executive Director Cindy Omlin presented the award to Ms. Kirkbride at a staff meeting on Thursday, February 28, 2013.

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Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE) has awarded Mr. Scott Westermann, a high school math and science teacher in Castleford Schools, with a New Classroom Start-Up Grant for $250 to purchase student kits and lab supplies for physical science classes.  Mr. Andy Wiseman, Castleford Schools Superintendent, presented the award to Mr. Westermann at a staff meeting on Monday, February 25.

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Idaho Charters Push for More Funding
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 08, 2013, 09:08 PM

Idaho recently hosted a School Choice Rally advocating for charter schools to have the same funding as public schools. Dedicated students gathered at 3am and 4am to attend the rally and talk to state lawmakers about the need for greater funding. "When I see the other schools with fancy gyms, I wish we had that equipment," advocated one student.   Continue Reading...

 AAE-NWPE Member Selected as Idaho Teacher of the Year

Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE), AAE's state chapter serving teachers in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon, is proud to announce that member educator Katie Pemberton has been selected as the 2013 Idaho Teacher of the Year. 

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Congratulations to Ashlee Burke, a 6th grade teacher of math, science and western civilization at Ammon Elementary School in the Bonneville Joint School District.  Ms. Burke has been awarded a $250 New Classroom Start-Up Grant from Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE).  Charlotte Shearer presented the award on behalf of NWPE at a staff meeting on February 29, 2012. Ms. Burke, a first year classroom teacher, said that this NWPE grant would be an amazing help with every penny to be used to enhance her students' education.  She'll use the funds to purchase lab equipment and supplies to increase student achievement in science.   Continue Reading...

Idaho Arts Charter School Teacher Wins NWPE Grant
posted by: Cindy Omlin | June 09, 2011, 04:02 AM

Mr. David Mullins, 7th-8th grade mathematics and technology teacher at Idaho Arts Charter School in Nampa, ID, has been awarded a classroom grant for $500 by Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE), the state’s only non-union professional teacher association.  The grant will fund purchase of an Apple iPad to improve instruction and student participation.  Kim Hunter presented the award on behalf of Northwest Professional Educators at a school staff meeting in May.

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Yesterday, lawmakers in the Idaho Senate passed landmark legislation that would phase out tenure, restrict union power, and limit contracts to one year among other components. The legislation passed on a 20-15 vote and is among three bills in the legislature that are set to carry out Superintendent Tom Luna's "Students Come First" education plan.   Continue Reading...
Stranger than Fiction: Vandalism in Idaho
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 22, 2011, 03:16 AM
Idaho State Superintendent Tom Luna experienced quite the scare this week, waking up to an act of vandalism in his driveway. In the wake of his proposed bold education reform agenda, Mr. Luna has received quite the union push back to say the least. Luna's truck was left spray painted and the tires slashed Tuesday morning resulting in fingers pointing in the direction of the Idaho Education Association, Luna's biggest critic.   Continue Reading...

Candidates for Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna and challenger Dr. Stan Olson, former superintendent of Boise Schools, were asked the following questions regarding teacher choice and professional associations:

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Northwest Professional Educators, Association of American Educators' state partner for Washington, Oregon and Idaho, awarded a classroom mini-grant to Kathy Muscat, guidance counselor at Jerome High School in Jerome, Idaho. The $300 award will fund ACT test preparation guides for the school's ACT test prep course.  Continue Reading...

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