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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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Introducing a New Computer Science Curriculum
posted by: Cindy Omlin | October 19, 2016, 06:00 AM

The world around us is rapidly changing.  It looks dramatically different than it did thirty years ago, twenty years ago, or even ten years ago.  Driving this change is the swiftness with which computer technology is growing and how much it is affecting our everyday life.  More and more, computers are being integrated into everyday parts of our lives.  There are now computers in our phones, our cars, and even our refrigerators!

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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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Ms. Lisa Stover-Russell, a first grade teacher at East Elementary in Mountain Home School District, was recently awarded a $400 Classroom Grant from Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE). NWPE Regional Director Brenda Miller presented the award at a school staff meeting.  Ms. Stover-Russell will use the funds to purchase four Kindle Fire tablets to differentiate instruction while increasing student engagement.

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Education Week recognizes Dr. Linda Clark, superintendent of West Ada School District in Meridian, ID, for her leadership in innovation.   NWPE appreciates Dr. Clark's focus on innovation because as a non-union professional educators association that offers a modern approach to representation and advocacy without a partisan agenda, we know that innovation leads to progress through more choices that better serve the diverse interests and needs of today's students and teachers.  Please enjoy the article "Idaho School District's Scarce Resources No Barrier to Innovation" below.  

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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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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...

EdTech isn’t just producing awesome results - it’s also taking hold of our education system in a big way. And in 2015, teachers can expect to see tons of new EdTech trends in the works that are revolutionizing the way of education. These technological innovations are helping teachers:

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Bridging the Nonfiction Divide
posted by: Cindy Omlin | December 17, 2014, 11:38 PM

Did you know that national goals push for an increase in nonfiction reading overtime from 50% in 4th grade, to 55% in 8th grade, and to 70% by 12th grade?

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Electronic Communication is Risky Business
posted by: Cindy Omlin | December 15, 2014, 07:25 PM

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently passed new legislation requiring school districts to develop guidelines for electronic communication with parents and students.

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5 Resources to Teach Your Students Programming
posted by: Cindy Omlin | October 24, 2014, 09:51 PM

As we progress into the 21st century, it’s becoming clear that learning how to program is no longer an option for our students.  For many teachers who never learned these cutting edge skills in school themselves, knowing how to help their students tackle these concepts may seem to be a daunting task.  Fortunately, the world is filled with resources for beginning programmers and the teachers who are helping them.  We’ve included our five favorite below:

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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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Will MOOCs Replace the Traditional Classroom Model?
posted by: Ruthie | April 11, 2014, 06:46 PM

The question about the future of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other online classes is one that concerns many educators.  No matter your feeling about the role of MOOCs in post-secondary education, the fact is that we’re in the middle of a period where education is undergoing a dramatic change.

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Guest Post: Top Five Free Educational Apps
posted by: Ruthie | April 08, 2014, 09:34 PM

In today's technological society, a growing number of children engage in daily use of smartphones and other handheld devices, providing a unique opportunity for teachers to integrate learning and technology. Below is a list of five, free educational apps, which can be easily integrated into lesson plans and used to cultivate interest in educational subjects.

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The Best of Teaching Channel
posted by: Ruthie | March 14, 2014, 08:57 PM

The Teaching Channel is one of those resources that has sprung up over the past few years and has really begun to shine.  It’s a unique case where teachers can find practical lesson plans, classroom management tools, and pedagogical tips from other teachers in a professional and easy to navigate way.  I’ve yet to be disappointed in anything that Teaching Channel puts out, but with so many high quality videos a teacher with limited time may not know where to start.  Here’s a few of my suggestions:

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Using Podcasts in the Classroom
posted by: Ruthie | December 11, 2013, 09:24 PM

I have to admit, I’m a spoken-word type of person. I like attending lectures and prefer an audio book to music. In fact, I haven’t bought any new music for my iPod for years, even though I’m constantly trolling for something new and interesting to listen to. This is why podcasts quickly took over my listening.

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Virtual Education and School Counseling
posted by: Ruthie | November 18, 2013, 09:06 PM
Virtual schools are not only bringing a whole new element to education, but also to school counseling. Approximately 310,000 students in 30 states now attend “multi-district, fully online” schools, according to one report.  As the field grows, schools are continuing to develop best practices to meet students' academic and socials needs.   Continue Reading...
Addressing Social Media Behavior in the Classroom
posted by: Ruthie | November 12, 2013, 03:03 PM

Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Instragram, SnapChat, or one of the many other apps or social networks, students across the country are engaging in social media activity daily. While these mediums constantly evolve and allow students plenty of learning opportunities, teachers should also recognize potential challenges.

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Ten Tips for Becoming A Connected Educator
posted by: Ruthie | October 29, 2013, 05:47 PM

As October and Connected Educator Month draw to a close, it’s never too late to get connected! Here are ten simple tips for "connecting,” derived from an Edutopia blog by Elana Leoni.

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iNACOL Conference Live Stream
posted by: Ruthie | October 28, 2013, 04:48 PM

 

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is hosting their annual Virtual Symposium this week  in Orlando, Florida. A widely attended event with online educators and AAE members, the conference kicked off this morning with an introductory address by INACOL President and CEO Susan Patrick and a panel, Driving an Innovative Policy Roadmap Towards the Transformation of Student Learning, with speakers from across the country.

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