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Nerissa Armstrong Awarded $500 Scholarship for Social Studies Conference
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 08, 2017, 03:52 pm   

Congratulations to Nerissa Armstrong who receives a $500 NWPE Scholarship to attend the 2017 National Council for the Social Studies Conference in San Francisco next fall.  Ms. Armstrong is a Meridian Middle School teacher of World Civilizations in the West Ada School District in Meridian, Idaho.

Emily Ball Awarded $500 to Enhance Reading Instruction
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 08, 2017, 03:24 pm   

Congratulations to Ms. Emily Ball, 3rd and 4th grade Language Arts, Science, Social Studies teacher at the Idaho Arts Charter School in Nampa, Idaho!  She has been awarded a $500 grant to enhance her Engage New York curriculum.  She will use the funds to purchase additional books which will help her students develop their fluency, comprehension, and reading stamina skills through hands-on reading practice.

Taylor Warren Awarded $500 Grant for Flexible Seating
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 08, 2017, 03:13 pm   

Congratulations to Taylor Warren, 4th grade teacher at Endeavor Elementary in the Nampa School District, Nampa, Idaho, who was awarded a $500 grant from NWPE.  She will use the funds to redesign her classroom using flexible seating equipment such as stability balls, wobble cushions, stack stools, carpet squares, a classroom set of clipboards, and small storage units.

Chloe Lucas Expands Student Reading Opportunities with NWPE Grant
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 08, 2017, 03:09 pm   

Congratulations to Chloe Lucas, English teacher at Council Jr./Sr. High School in Idaho’s Council School District, on her $500 NWPE Classroom Grant to purchase Kindles and appealing Kindle books to expand the current resources available in the school and city libraries located in her small community.

Mary Spiker, Idaho 2017 Teacher of the Year, Addresses High Poverty Effects on Education
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 08, 2017, 01:47 pm   

Recently, Mary Spiker testified in front of the Idaho Senate and the Idaho House Education Committees on the significant challenges faced by teachers in the modern kindergarten classroom.  Ms. Spiker is not only Idaho’s 2017 Teacher of the Year, but also an NWPE member.  She is involved in the Idaho Council of the International Literacy Association and the Building Level Match Coach program in Pocatello.  Read her testimony below to learn what those challenges are, what she and her colleagues did to address the challenges, and what she recommends to better meet students' needs:

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