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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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Book Study: Why Don't Students Like School?
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 10, 2015, 04:47 PM

Northwest Professional Educators is partnering with TeachIdaho for a book study on "Why Don't Students Like School?" by

Daniel Willingham.  The book study is designed for the participant to learn easy-to-apply, scientifically-based approaches for engaging students in the classroom.   Continue Reading...

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...

The action of the teachers in Mansfield, WA, to establish a "local only" teacher association for bargaining has attracted the attention of public policy think tanks and the media.

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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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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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The certified teaching staff in Mansfield, WA, has taken the bold step to declare independence from the Washington Education Association (WEA) by replacing the Mansfield Teacher Association (MTA), a local affiliate of the WEA, with a new local teacher organization that has no ties to the WEA.

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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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Science Star Jeff Wehr Reports
posted by: Cindy Omlin | September 30, 2014, 06:29 PM

Jeff Wehr, NWPE member and award winning science teacher at Odessa High School in Washington state, recently reported on some remarkable research achievements by students in the school's Advanced STEM Research (ASR) Laboratory.  Described in a feature article by ESD 101 as “an inquiry based study program that allows students to conduct independent study in any scientific discipline,” ASR is a concept which Wehr brought to Washington from his former teaching position in Montana.

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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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