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Meet the NWPE Board!
posted by: Cindy Omlin | March 02, 2017, 04:04 PM

Northwest Professional Educators has a new board of directors. Get acquainted with these distinguished educators who have passion for teacher choice and student achievement! 

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Congratulations to Andrea McDougall, a math and geometry teacher at Century High School in Pocatello, ID.  Ms. McDougall has been awarded a $250 New Classroom Start Up Grant to purchase classroom materials and equipment to advance student learning within an integrated math instruction curriculum.

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Ms. Stacey McFarland, Xavier Charter School teacher in Twin Falls ID, has been awarded a $250 New Classroom Start Up Grant to purchase adaptive seating, specifically including two Kore Wobble Chairs and seven Bouncy Bands, for her second grade classroom.

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Mr. Vincent Taylor, a fitness, health, and dance teacher at Idaho Arts Charter School in Nampa, ID, has been awarded a $250 New Classroom Start Up grant from Northwest Professional Educators to purchase equipment that can be used in all of his classes.  The additional equipment will enhance movement and create lifelong skills in all of the subject areas he teaches in grades 3-12.

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Ms. Michelle Morrison, NWPE member and kindergarten teacher at Idaho Arts Charter School in Nampa, ID, has been awarded a $250 New Classroom Start Up Grant from Northwest Professional Educators.  Ms. Morrison will use the funds to purchase materials to advance learning with the Scottish Storyline Method which builds on the principle that learning, to be meaningful, has to be memorable, and that by using learners’ enthusiasm for story-making, the classroom, the teacher's role, and learning can be transformed.  Through the use of key questions, Storyline takes a topic and allows students to travel through a story as characters reacting to the incidents that are developed as the story unfolds.

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NWPE's Jason George and Students Score Awards
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 21, 2017, 07:47 PM

Congratulations to award-winning NWPE member Jason George (Presidential Award Winner in Science Education for 2016).  Mr. George who is a longtime NWPE member and advocate for teacher professionalism contributed to the state’s effort to update Idaho’s science learning standards.  He also recently led his students from Vision Charter School in Caldwell, ID, to a number of awards at the Idaho Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).  The awards include an all-expense paid trip to the International Science Fair in Los Angeles for Mr. George and the team consisting of T.J. Herndon, Brooklyn Legg, and Luke Campbell who won first place overall competing in the category of Engineering, specifically in the area of high efficiency rocket nozzles. They won the Airforce Engineering Award, Gold in Category, Best in Category, and Best in Fair.

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Misty James, NWPE Member, on School Choice
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 25, 2017, 07:54 PM
Misty James, NWPE member, teacher, and Ed.D candidate in Caldwell, ID, pens this editorial supporting public schools and school choice.   Continue Reading...
Independence Voice Key to NWPE Scholarship Winner
posted by: Cindy Omlin | December 08, 2016, 07:28 PM

Congratulations to NWPE member Tanya McAtee, grades six and eight science and social studies teacher at St. Paul’s Academy in Bellingham, WA.  Ms. McAtee has been awarded a $470 NWPE scholarship to attend the National Science Teachers Association’s annual conference where she focused on middle school instructional strategies to integrate the three strands of New Generation Science Standards (NGSS) through inquiry-based science instruction.

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Kris Daratha Awarded Grant for Community Project
posted by: Cindy Omlin | December 07, 2016, 05:00 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.

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NWPE Grant Advances Odessa Science Program
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 16, 2016, 04:54 PM

Congratulations to Mr. Jeff Wehr, NWPE member and Odessa High School science teacher.  Mr. Wehr was awarded a $500 grant to purchase technological resources to make science more engaging and relevant to students.  NWPE’s support will help the science department's goal of “creating scientists by actively involving students in engaging science tasks, allowing students to see themselves as scientists, and exploring and collaborating with local, state, national, and global science professionals.”

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We are proud to announce that Jim Loucks, NWPE member and director of the West Valley High School Marching Band and Color Guard in Spokane, WA, shares that West Valley High School is just one of only 15 high schools selected nationwide to participate in the following prestigious events in New York City:   Continue Reading...

Congratulations to NWPE member, Linda Buczynski, K-5 visual arts teacher at Sage International School of Boise.  Ms. Buczynski was awarded a $500 Teacher Scholarship on Friday, October 28, by NWPE Regional Director Brenda Miller to attend and present at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Conference in New York City this spring.

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NWPE’s Tim Larson 2017 ESD 101 Teacher of the Year!
posted by: Cindy Omlin | September 22, 2016, 12:06 AM

Congratulations to NWPE Member Tim Larson, a third grade teacher at P.C. Jantz Elementary in Odessa, WA.  He has been honored as Educational Service District (ESD) 101’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.  ESD 101 serves and supports 59 public school districts and 46 state-approved private schools in seven counties in northeastern Washington.

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NWPE's Jeff Wehr and Students Stack up Science Awards
posted by: Cindy Omlin | September 20, 2016, 06:22 PM

NWPE’s Jeff Wehr and his students have had another amazing year!  Mr. Wehr, Advanced STEM Research and Education teacher at Odessa High School in Washington state, was honored to be selected as the 2016 Teacher of the Year for the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair.  He was also selected as the 2016 Teacher of the Year for the Washington Science Teachers Association.  Additionally, he was selected by the Society for Science and the Public to be a guest panelist for STEM research in education, an event which was held in Washington, DC, on October 1st.  As if that was not enough, Mr. Wehr was recently awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) by President Obama.  The National Science Foundation flew Mr. Wehr and his wife Julie (also an NWPE member) to Washington DC for an incredible week filled with an awards banquet, awards ceremony, and visitation to the White House and Capitol Hill.

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NWPE's Jason George Achieves Highest Science Honor
posted by: Cindy Omlin | September 19, 2016, 09:53 PM
President Obama has named 213 mathematics and science teachers, including NWPE member Jason George, teacher at Vision Charter School in Caldwell, ID, as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools. Jason received his award at a ceremony in Washington, DC, on September 8.   Continue Reading...
Bradley Hansen on his charter teaching experience
posted by: Cindy Omlin | June 01, 2016, 05:58 PM

NWPE member Bradley Hansen teaches at Xavier Charter School in Twin Falls, Idaho. According to its website, Xavier Charter Schools are dedicated to providing a classical, intellectually rigorous, content-rich, liberal arts education preparing students to excel in every duty and guiding them toward wisdom and virtue by implementing a classical curriculum which includes the humanities and classical sciences with music, drama, visual art, and dance as core subjects.  Mr. Hansen offers his perspective on working in a public charter school.

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This week, May 2-6, NWPE recognizes a special group of public school educators who teach in the charter school arena. These dedicated teachers face unique challenges and we’re proud to recognize their efforts!  Today we feature Virginia Hammond, a high school algebra and geometry teacher at Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy which was founded by Dr. Bill Proser who also serves as president of the NWPE Board of Directors.  The Academy is the top performing public high school in the state of Idaho according to the Washington Post.

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Jon Stadtlander, a teacher at Compass Public Charter School in Meridian, ID, gives his perspective on the value of school choice for professional educators as we start our celebration of National Charter Schools Week!

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Congratulations to Ms. Gabrielle Saurette, 7th grade English language arts and ancient literature teacher at the Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy, who has been awarded a $500 NWPE Classroom Grant.  Ms. Saurette will use the funds to purchase a technology cart and ghosted whiteboard to allow her to project hand drawn grammar diagrams, to edit student work in real time and most of all to remove comprehension barriers from students with special needs.

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Idaho Education News reports that the Washington Post has once again cited the most challenging high schools in Idaho.  Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy, founded by NWPE President Dr. Bill Proser, makes the list once again.  It received highest honors in 2013 and 2014. Riverstone International, a private school and newcomer to the list, received top honors this year with the Academy coming in at second place. However, the Washington Post lists no score for the private school and the Academy had higher ACT scores. This gives Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy top honors for the most challenging public high school in the state of Idaho.

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