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Katie Watkins Wins NWPE Grant
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 05, 2015, 07:08 PM

Congratulations to Emmett, ID, teacher Katie Watkins who was recently presented with a $300 Classroom grant from Brenda Miller, Northwest Professional Educators’ Regional Director for Outreach and Membership in Idaho.  A new teacher, Katie finds that “building a solid, engaging, and interactive curriculum for students can be especially trying when the resources are not available.”

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Congratulations to Heidi Metzger, first grade teacher at Longfellow International Elementary School in Boise, ID, on winning a $300 professional development scholarship from Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE).   NWPE Regional Director Brenda Miller presented the award at a school staff meeting.

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Ms. Lisa Stover-Russell, a first grade teacher at East Elementary in Mountain Home School District, was recently awarded a $400 Classroom Grant from Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE). NWPE Regional Director Brenda Miller presented the award at a school staff meeting.  Ms. Stover-Russell will use the funds to purchase four Kindle Fire tablets to differentiate instruction while increasing student engagement.

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Michelle Daly Awarded Scholarship
posted by: Cindy Omlin | April 23, 2015, 12:00 AM

Ms. Michelle Daly, an 8th grade Earth Science teacher at Post Falls Middle School in Post Falls, ID, was recently awarded a $300 professional development scholarship from Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE).  NWPE Regional Director Brenda Miller presented the award at an all school staff meeting.  Ms. Daly will use the funds to attend a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) conference.

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Bill Weaver Wins NWPE Grant for Music Program
posted by: Cindy Omlin | April 22, 2015, 10:28 PM

Congratulations to Mr. William Weaver, a Kindergarten through 5th grade music specialist at Nampa Idaho’s Iowa Elementary.  Bill was recently awarded a $350 Classroom Grant to purchase a book and musical instrument to enhance music instruction in the school’s self-contained special education programs.  NWPE Regional Director Brenda Miller presented the award at the all school SOAR assembly.

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Today, the Idaho House of Representatives made Idaho the fifth state to pass legislation to implement the Civics Education Initiative, a bill designed to increase citizen engagement by requiring high school students to pass the same U.S. Citizenship Test that immigrants must pass to become U.S. citizens as a high school graduation requirement.  The bill, already passed by the Idaho Senate, now goes to Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter for signature.

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Pam Sutton Wins New Classroom Start Up Grant
posted by: Cindy Omlin | March 18, 2015, 09:25 PM

Congratulations to Pamela Sutton, a first grade teacher at Marsing Elementary School in Marsing, ID, who was awarded one of Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE) $250 New Classroom Start-Up Grants.  Pam plans to purchase basic school supplies to help students learn organizational skills, creative expression, and confidence in writing. Brenda Miller, NWPE Regional Director, presented the award at a staff meeting.

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Kelly Hughes, a K-12 music teacher at Garden Valley Schools, ID, and a Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE) member, recently received a $250 New Classroom Start-Up Grant to purchase a bass drum with carrier to help outfit a new school drum corps. NWPE Regional Director Brenda Miller presented the award at a school staff meeting.

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West Ada NWPE Members Win Grant Awards
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 25, 2015, 10:52 PM

Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE) Regional Director Brenda Miller recently awarded  $250 New Classroom Start Up Grants to two West Ada teachers and NWPE members, Sarah Holloway and Robin Stewart.  The awards were presented at the teachers' school staff meetings.

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Education Week recognizes Dr. Linda Clark, superintendent of West Ada School District in Meridian, ID, for her leadership in innovation.   NWPE appreciates Dr. Clark's focus on innovation because as a non-union professional educators association that offers a modern approach to representation and advocacy without a partisan agenda, we know that innovation leads to progress through more choices that better serve the diverse interests and needs of today's students and teachers.  Please enjoy the article "Idaho School District's Scarce Resources No Barrier to Innovation" below.  

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Teachers Labor for Choices Beyond the Union
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 23, 2015, 10:48 PM

NWPE Director Cindy Omlin pens the column "Teachers Labor for Choices Beyond the Union" published in Idaho Education News:  

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Congratulations to NWPE member Beth Richtsmeier, a teacher at Meridian Technical Charter School in Meridian, Idaho.  Three of her students were recently featured in Idaho Education News for developing an innovative web program that tracks the daily physical activities of legislators.

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Civics Bill Widely Supported by NWPE Members
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 18, 2015, 08:12 PM

Senator Jim Patrick from Twin Falls, Idaho, has introduced a bill to deal with an important issue for Idaho's education system, namely, increasing the knowledge and engagement of Idaho’s young voters-to-be.  According to Sam Stone, political director for the Civics Education Initiative, about 92 percent of immigrants applying for U.S. citizenship pass the American citizenship test on their first try, but studies in Arizona and Oklahoma have found that less than 5 percent of high school students passed the test.

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Along with the numerous coaltion partners such as the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, Idaho Coalition of Charter School Families, the Idaho Charter School Network, Idaho Business for Education and the Idaho Federation of Independent Schools, and others, Northwest Professional Educators' (NWPE) Brenda Miller helped plan one of the premiere National School Choice Week (NSCW) events in the country.

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NWPE Regional Director Brenda Miller, a former teacher union and PTA leader, recently shared how reflection on what is best for her own children and that of other families led her from a strict adherence to supporting the status quo to being a strong advocate for student and teacher choice.  Read about her journey in this guest column published in the Idaho Statesman  during National School Choice Week.

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NWPE's Beth Brubaker Inspires Innovation
posted by: Colin | January 27, 2015, 02:25 PM
Congratulations to NWPE member and Invent Idaho co-founder Beth Brubaker of Hayden, Idaho.  After 26 years, the Invent Idaho competition has expanded from grades 1-8 with this year being the first to be open to high school students.  Beth shares in the Coeur d'Alene Press article "Imagine, ignite, innovate "  why Invent Idaho is such an important event for Idaho’s youngsters.   Continue Reading...

Boise educators and families will gather to celebrate their school and teacher association choices at a “Coffee Kickoff” on January 26, 2015, organizers announced today.

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Idaho Hosts Common Core Education Event
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 16, 2015, 09:39 PM

Idahoans for Local Education (I4LE) is a group working to advance local control in Idaho's education system and stopping Common Core State Standards.  I4LE wants to preserve Idaho’s local educational sovereignty by keeping educational decision making close to home, where parents can make a difference.  It also works to ensure that Idaho‘s education system has the highest standards so students are given the ability to be anyone they want to be.  To this end, I4LE is sponsoring an event hosting Dr. Peg Luksik addressing "Common Core, SBAC Tests & The Truth."

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State leaders should trust parents to make smart decisions about their children’s educational futures. That is the key message of an historic march and celebration that will take place in Boise on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 12:00 pm, school choice supporters announced today.

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Back in 2005, Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy teacher Jean Robinson and a trio of students from across the United States and Mexico had the opportunity to work with Dr. Kobie Boykins, a mechanical engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in Pasadena, CA, and NASA's current spokesman for the Space Program.   They were selected through National Geographic's JASON Project which takes a team of teachers and students somewhere in the world to work with research scientists.

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