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The search is over.  After numerous public forums and interviews with Dr. Mary Ann Ranells, former superintendent of Lakeland School District in Rathdrum, ID, the West Ada board of directors has offered Dr. Ranells its superintendent position and she has accepted.  This follows a contentious and controversial struggle between West Ada’s new board members and former superintendent Dr. Linda Clark.

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NWPE Member David Jones Garners $500 Grant
posted by: Cindy Omlin | December 08, 2015, 09:08 PM

Congratulations to Mr. David Jones, a general music and band instructor at Spirit Lake Elementary in the Lakeland School District, who was awarded a $500 grant from Brenda Miller, NWPE Regional Director.  Ms. Miller presented the award at a school staff meeting on November 17th.

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NWPE Member Karen Garner Awarded $500 Grant
posted by: Cindy Omlin | December 01, 2015, 05:18 PM

 

Congratulations to Ms. Karen Garner, a first/second grade teacher at Idaho Arts Charter School, in Nampa, ID, who was awarded a $500 Classroom Grant from NWPE.  Brenda Miller, NWPE regional director, presented the award at a school staff meeting. 

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Congratulations to Ms. Catherine Goff, a Kindergarten through 6th grade resource room teacher, at Idaho Arts Charter School, in Nampa, ID.  Ms. Goff’s scholarship will help her attend the 2016 General and Special Education Conference in Seattle, WA, at which she will learn the latest brain-based theories/studies in reading, writing, and math strategies and interventions.

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Advocating Teacher Choice at West Ada Listening Session
posted by: Cindy Omlin | December 01, 2015, 05:01 AM

 

The West Ada School District Board of Directors conducted its second community listening session on November 30 to hear the characteristics that community members think are important in hiring a new superintendent.  Superintendent Linda Clark’s contract was terminated by the Board on November 9 when it refused her resignation.

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Congratulations to Mr. Zach Parker, an NWPE member and high school World History teacher at Sage International School of Boise, a public charter school.  Mr. Parker was recently awarded a $500 Classroom Grant from NWPE, the state’s only non-union professional teacher association.  Brenda Miller, NWPE Regional Director, presented the award at a recent school staff meeting. 

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Becky Baird, NWPE member and founder of Xavier Charter School in Twin Falls, Idaho, and the Xavier Charter School Board oppose Common Core State Standards. According to an article published in the Times News, Xavier Charter School leaders, although not stating that the standards are bad, don't believe that they "accurately reflect the curriculum and values of the Twin Falls public charter school."

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Jason George Science Teacher Extraordinaire
posted by: Cindy Omlin | October 05, 2015, 11:39 PM

Congratulations to NWPE member Jason George, a teacher at Vision Charter School in Caldwell, Idaho. Mr. George has been recognized as one of Idaho’s top secondary science educators. According to the Idaho Press Tribune, Mr. George was honored with three other teachers as part of the annual Idaho Science Teachers Conference held in Rexburg, Idaho, last week. NWPE Regional Director Brenda Miller attended the event and honor ceremony held at the Legacy Flight Museum.

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Karen Stear Hometown Hero
posted by: Cindy Omlin | September 29, 2015, 06:44 PM

This summer, NWPE member and Kuna, Idaho, 4th grade teacher Karen Stear was joined by the Kuna post master, two police officers, a paramedic and a fireman to tell their stories to children in the Kuna Library’s Hometown Hero Program.

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Teacher Choice Gains Steam
posted by: Cindy Omlin | September 28, 2015, 02:16 PM

It's obvious that teachers are looking for options to the national labor unions for their professional protection and support.  Mike Antonucci, director of the Education Intelligence Agency, reports that in states without compulsory union fees, NEA affiliates lost more than 47,000 active members in 2014 while NEA affiliates in agency fee states gained about 5,300 active members.  Let's look at the numbers in the Northwest.

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NWPE Supports Lawsuit Against Boise School District
posted by: Cindy Omlin | September 15, 2015, 01:21 PM
Northwest Professional Educators issued a statement supporting the Idaho Freedom Foundation's action against the Boise Independent School District.  Our statement follows.   Continue Reading...

Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE), the state’s premier non-union professional educators’ organization, fully supports Idaho Freedom Foundation’s (IFF) complaint over the Boise School District’s use of tax payer dollars and union dues.

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Chad Booth, NWPE member in Coeur d'Alene Public Schools, was chosen as last year's district Middle School Teacher of the Year.  He was featured as the Member Spotlight in the August 2015 issue of the Association of American Educators' Education Matters newsletter.  Learn more about Chad's experience as a teacher and advocate for teacher choice below.

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Kim Zeydel Featured in AAE Education Matters
posted by: Cindy Omlin | August 26, 2015, 07:47 PM

Kim Zeydel, Idaho Teacher of the Year and NWPE member extraordinaire, was recently featured in the Association of American Educators' Education Matters newsletter.  Learn more about Kim with this reposting of the article, "Idaho Teacher of the Year Kim Zeydel Speaks Out."

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The Association of American Educators (AAE) recently profiled a number of charter school teachers for National Charter Schools Week, including Northwest Professional Educators member Bill Proser, founder of the nationally acclaimed Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy in Coeur d'Alene, ID, and its longtime honors literature, history, and economics teacher.  This is the second consecutive year that the Charter Academy has been ranked in the top 100 of the most challenging high schools as rated by the Washington Post.  It is the number one performing high school in Idaho.  Bill also serves NWPE’s president of the board of directors.  We appreciate Bill's advocacy and hard work on behalf of student and teacher choice!  Bill gives his insights on charter schools and what motivates him as an educator below.

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Meet Christina Aus, Moscow, ID Charter Teacher
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 15, 2015, 08:28 PM

The Association of American Educators (AAE) recently profiled a number of charter school teachers for National Charter Schools Week, including Northwest Professional Educators member Christina Aus, Special Education Teacher/Gifted and Talented Teacher/Speech Therapy Paraprofessional at Moscow Charter School, in Moscow, ID.  Christina is an NWPE Member Leader, an ambassador who shares the benefits of teacher choice and NWPE membership with her fellow educators in north Idaho.  Christina gives her insights on charter schools and what motivates her as an educator below.

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Meet Lisa Young, NI-STEM Charter Teacher
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 15, 2015, 07:54 PM

The Association of American Educators (AAE) recently profiled a number of charter school teachers for National Charter Schools Week, including Northwest Professional Educators member Lisa Young, a fourth-grade math teacher at North Idaho STEM Charter Academy, in Rathdrum, ID.  An NWPE grant winner in 2013, Lisa also recently celebrated receiving a $5,000 grant from the Idaho National Laboratory that will be used for a classroom makeover. Her expanding charter school was the grand prize winner of the ID21 Award receiving a $50,000 grant for its innovative learning style by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation.  Lisa gives her insights on charter schools and what motivates her as an educator below.

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The Association of American Educators (AAE) recently profiled a number of charter school teachers for National Charter Schools Week, including Northwest Professional Educators member Becky Baird, Lead Teacher for Xavier Charter School's Grammar School (K-4).  Becky is a founding teacher of the school which offers a classical education curriculum accented by the fine arts.  Xavier believes that all students benefit from a rigorous, content-rich educational program that develops academic potential and personal character. Classes are taught at honors level, with the expectation that our students are college bound.  

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Meet Zach Parker, Boise, ID Charter Teacher
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 15, 2015, 06:33 PM

The Association of American Educators (AAE) recently profiled a number of charter school teachers for National Charter Schools Week, including Northwest Professional Educators member Zach Parker, High School English and History teacher at Sage International Charter School in Boise, Idaho.   Prior to teaching at Sage, Zach taught at Caldwell High School and Victory Charter High School where he played an extensive role in developing the entire English and History curriculum as well as advising several student clubs/organizations.  Zach gives his insights on charter schools and what motivates him as an educator below.

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Congratulations to Jennifer Palmer, 11th-12th grade Math teacher a Madison High School in Rexburg, ID.  Ms. Palmer was recently presented with a $300 teacher scholarship from Northwest Professional Educators by Brenda Miller, Regional Director for Outreach and Membership in Idaho.  Ms. Palmer will use the funds to help pay for her attendance at the July 2015 Intermountain AP Institute in Bountiful, Utah.  The conference is College Board approved and is designed to provide teachers with assistance and guidance to teach AP courses.  Tips are given for refreshing and improving existing AP courses as well as strategies and activities for teaching course content.

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