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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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Congratulations to Helen Sauer, a K-7 special education teacher at Heritage Academy in Jerome, ID, who has been awarded a $250 New Classroom Start-Up Grant from Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE), the Northwest’s only non-union professional teacher association. Cherri Sabala, NWPE Board Member, presented the grant award which will fund purchase of special education curriculum for reading, written language, and math so that Ms. Sauer can assist students according their ability levels.

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Nation’s Report Card Reveals Mixed Progress
posted by: Ruthie | November 07, 2013, 05:30 PM

According to the recently released NAEP scores, or the "Nation's Report Card," reading and mathematics achievement for American 8th graders has improved in the last two years. However, 4th graders' achievement has remained sub par. Overall, there have been gains in both subjects since the assessments in the early 1990s.

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Annette Lutes, NWPE Member, Wins NWPE Grant
posted by: Cindy Omlin | April 21, 2013, 04:10 AM

Ms. Annette Lutes, an NWPE member and 8-12th grade special education teacher at Black Canyon High School, has been awarded a $200 classroom grant from Northwest Professional Educators.  Mrs. Brenda Miller, an NWPE representative, presented the grant at a school staff meeting.  The grant will be used to help fund an iPad be used with a student who needs it for a communication device.  Annette stated that the technology will be shared through integrated activities that include general education students and special education students within a collaborative teaching setting.

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Congratulations to Katie Kirkbride, a special education and life skills teacher at Prairie View Elementary School in the Post Falls School District in Idaho.  Katie was presented with a $250 New Classroom Start-Up Grant from Northwest Professional Educators to purchase computer software to help her self-contained special education students develop pre-academic and academic skills and adaptive software to assist students with limited motor skills.  NWPE Executive Director Cindy Omlin presented the award to Ms. Kirkbride at a staff meeting on Thursday, February 28, 2013.

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Earlier this month, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute released a groundbreaking study by the District Management Council's Nathan Levenson on how to improve both the quality and efficiency of special education. According to the results, the amount of money spent by school districts on special education varies greatly around the country. In contrast to the status-quo opinion, some districts that spend less than others are getting better academic outcomes for students.

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