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NWPE Fall 2014 Grant-Scholarship Winners
posted by: Cindy Omlin | December 31, 2014, 07:22 PM

We are proud to announce that the following teachers have been awarded Fall 2014 NWPE Grant/Scholarship awards.   Please click the links to learn more about the teachers and their awards.

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NWPE is proud to congratulate Kim Zeydel, Idaho's 2015 Teacher of the Year!!  Kim, an NWPE member and teacher at Meridian Academy, West Ada School District's alternative school, was awarded the honor at an assembly in front of the school's 150 students by State Superintendent Tom Luna.  Other dignitaries who attended the assembly include Gov. Butch Otter, West Ada Superintendent Linda Clark, Meridian Mayor Tammy De Weerd, and several lawmakers.

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Chad Harris Awarded NWPE Grant!
posted by: Cindy Omlin | December 11, 2014, 11:09 PM

Congratulations to Mr. Chad Harris, a 5th grade teacher at Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center in Blackfoot, ID, who was recently awarded a $500 Classroom Grant from Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE), the state’s only non-union professional teacher association.  Mr. Harris will use the funds to obtain books and art supplies in order to expand the arts and humanities program in his classroom and school.

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Congratulations to Ms. Lorelle Williams, a 7th Grade English teacher at Madison Jr. High in Rexburg, Idaho, who has been awarded a $400 professional development scholarship from Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE), the state’s only non-union professional teacher association. Ms. Brenda Miller, NWPE Regional Membership Director, presented the award at a staff department meeting. Ms. Williams will utilize the award to take the course “Teach Like a Champ: Effective Strategies for an Engaged Classroom” offered through Learner’s Edge.

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Wendie Muñoz Awarded NWPE Grant
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 17, 2014, 09:48 PM

Congratulations to Ms. Wendie Muñoz, an English and U.S. Government teacher at Canyon Ridge High School in Twin Falls, ID.  Brenda Miller, NWPE Regional Director for Idaho, recently awarded a $500 grant to Wendie to fund the purchase of technology to enable students to complete digital portfolios that will help them learn through technology as well as enhance technological skills in preparation for college and career endeavors.

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Congrats Jennifer Capell, NWPE Grant Winner!
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 13, 2014, 09:58 PM

Congratulations to Ms. Jennifer Capell, a 3rd-4th grade teacher at Idaho Arts Charter School in Nampa, ID.  Jennifer was recently awarded a $500 Classroom Grant from Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE), the state’s only non-union professional teacher association. Ms. Brenda Miller, NWPE Regional Membership Director, presented the grant at a staff meeting. The award will fund the purchase of two Chromebooks so that students can utilize Khan Academy resources which can be tailored to their individual learning needs.

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Northwest Professional Educators is proud to help one of our talented Northwest colleagues win a $100,000 grant from Farmers Insurance!

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Congratulations to the students and staff at Prairie Elementary School in Cottonwood, ID!  The school has been designated a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.  The Blue Ribbon School program honors schools that achieve high marks or make significant improvements in their learning.  See television news coverage here.

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"We are a crew, not passengers!"
posted by: Cindy Omlin | October 15, 2014, 07:48 PM

 

Congratulations to the students and staff at Pocatello Community Charter School (PCCS) in Pocatello, Idaho.  The school and its program of Expeditionary Learning (EL) were recently featured in the Idaho State Journal article, “Pocatello Community Charter School students experience expeditionary learning.”  According to the Journal, “If people really learn best by doing, the students at Pocatello Community Charter School are on their way to becoming little Einsteins.”

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From Field to Classroom - Bill McFall Leads by Example
posted by: Cindy Omlin | September 30, 2014, 03:20 AM

I recently learned that NWPE member and Troy High School chemistry teacher Bill McFall and the Troy High School Agriculture Science and Technology (AST) program had received honors for their work on an innovative program called “From Field to Classroom – A Reduction in Fossil Fuel Usage with Creation of BioFuel.”

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NWPE member Chris Best, Vallivue High School math teacher in Caldwell, ID, reports on his attendance at the Foundation for Teaching Economics Institute on Economics and the Environment which a scholarship from NWPE helped finance for him: 

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Boise Voters, Teachers Deserve Better
posted by: Cindy Omlin | August 22, 2014, 07:56 PM

The Boise School District trustee candidates are rightfully outraged that the district gives flagrantly biased special treatment to the Boise Education Association (BEA) and its endorsed candidates. Playing favorites and barring a free exchange of information has been commonplace in the district for years.

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Congratulations to NWPE members Dave Johnson, North Idaho STEM Charter Academy, and Marie McGrath, Idaho Arts Charter School!  Both have been awarded Idaho Outstanding Regional Teacher Awards for National History Day (NHD) 2014 by the Idaho Historical Society.

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Idaho Arts Charter School Awarded High Honors
posted by: Cindy Omlin | July 17, 2014, 07:12 PM

Congratulations to our NWPE members at Idaho Arts Charter School for its continued achievements.  The Arts Schools Network (ASN), has awarded The Arts Innovation Award to the school and its Electric Rock Orchestra for "breaking the mold" in using arts in teaching academics, and for making a positive difference in the students' lives and their community.

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Congratulations to NWPE members Darlene Frates and Beth Brubaker at North Idaho STEM Charter Academy who led their students to capture seven of 11 awards at the Idaho TECH Mars Rover Challenge held at the University of Idaho on May 2!  Student teams from grades 4-6 competed in the science and engineering design competition by building a Mars Rover using a LEGO kit provided by the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium.  The Consortium sponsored the event. Each rover went through a number of design challenges including: Hill climb, blind driving, speed test and rock collection. The 27  student teams also gave presentations explaining their design process.    

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Congratulations to Donna Sulfridge, NWPE member in the Mountain Home School District.  Nominated by Northwest Professional Educators, the Idaho State Board of Education appointed Donna to represent the elementary classroom position on the Idaho Professional Standards Commission (PSC) at their June 18-19 board meeting.

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Congratulations to NWPE member, Bradley Veile, a teacher at Lakeside High School in Plummer, ID.  Brad is participating in the twelve day Memorial Library Summer Seminar in New York City from June 21 – July 2, 2014.  Brad is one of 24 teachers from across the nation chosen to participate in the seminar through a competitive, national application process.  The focus of this year’s seminar is Holocaust Education, a topic with which Brad has been involved since 1991.

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Congratulations to Xavier Charter School's  teachers and students on taking first place in the state competition of the U.S. Academic Decathlon held in Boise, ID, in March.  The United States Academic Decathlon is a national organization that has been around for more than 40 years.  Its mission is to promote learning and academic excellence among students of varying achievement levels by developing and providing multidisciplinary academic competitions.  Students compete in ten events.

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Congratulations to NWPE member Jean Robinson, Earth Science teacher at Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy, and her middle school ExploraVision team!  Jean led her middle school students to win the Region 6 competition of the 2014 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision program, the world's largest K-12 science competition.  The students' project could lead to a potential scientific and medical breakthrough for the treatment of migraine headaches.

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Congratulations to Ms. Megan Neary, a 4th grade teacher at Skyway Elementary School in Coeur d’Alene, ID.  Ms. Neary has been awarded a $400 Classroom Grant from Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE) to purchase hands on math materials to aid in the teaching of fractions which are receiving greater emphasis under the Idaho Common Core Standards.  The materials will help students work with fractions and understand them at a concrete level, according to Ms. Neary.  “Our state standards last year did not address fraction concepts to such a deep level of understanding so the information we are teaching is very new to our grade level. I have found that my students enjoy working with hands on materials and I feel this would help them master these concepts in a fun, meaningful way!”

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