Jennifer Capell, Idaho Arts Charter School Teacher, Wins Grant Award

Ms. Jennifer Capell, a 3rd-4th grade teacher at Idaho Arts Charter School in Nampa, ID, 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 two more »

Now, That’s Using Your Head

From The Coeur d’Alene Press October 26, 2014 TWIN FALLS — At a school known for its strength in knowledge more than its athletic prowess, leave it to a Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy player to use her head to get the job done. The principal’s daughter, no less. Mary Nicklay scored on a header off a more »

Pocatello Community Charter School Students Experience Expeditionary Learning

By Rebecca Long Pyper From Idaho State Journal October 14, 2014 If people really learn best by doing, the students at Pocatello Community Charter School are on their way to becoming little Einsteins. The school, whose motto “we are a crew, not passengers” means teachers are called “crew leaders,” is committed to taking kids out more »

Inaugural Math Institute Comes to Anser Charter School

Anser Charter School in Garden City will host a three-day institute highlighting their celebrated work with Common Core math on October 6th-8th .  Anser is an award-winning Expeditionary Learning public charter school and is considered a national leader in K-8 CCSS Math practices. The institute aims to empower educators to be a catalyst for promoting mathematical thinking more »

Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection for School Years 2013-14 and 2015 16

Starting in October, schools can begin to submit information for the Civil Rights Data Collection survey. This survey is done biennially as required by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The data collection will cover the 2013-14 school year and be required of all public local education agencies (LEA) and schools including long-term more »

Heritage Community Charter School Accredited

By Kelcie Moseley From Idaho Press-Tribune September 23, 2014 CALDWELL — The first year of operation for Heritage Community Charter School in 2010 was rough — nobody who was around then will deny that. The challenges of starting a school coupled with a high school pilot program that stretched the school’s capacity created chaos during more »

Star-Spangled Lessons

By Brian Walker From CDA Press September 10, 2014 RATHDRUM – On Tuesday, 200 years after Francis Scott Key penned “The Star-Spangled Banner,” that history came to life at North Idaho STEM Charter Academy. Activities surrounding the bicentennial of the national anthem at Fort McHenry, including actors who fielded students’ questions, were brought to the more »

Charter School Takes Virtual, Worldwide Trips

By Camille Wells From Idaho Education News August 29, 2014 Students in one Idaho school are taking dozens of field trips to educational sites around the world each school year. How is this possible, especially in tight economic times? The Idaho Education Network provides schools virtual access to visit these locations, where they can interact more »

Meridian Kids To Get A Brain Workout

By Jennifer Swindell From Idaho Education News September 3, 2014 Students can perform better if they train their brains, says Mary Helen Green, a counselor at Meridian Technical Charter High School. She has been given the opportunity to test her idea this school year as a state tech pilot grant recipient. The State Department of Education more »

New Charter School Set to Open Sept. 2

Syringa Mountain School nearly at enrollment capacity By Terry Smith From Idaho Mountain Express August 27, 2014 Syringa Mountain School, Blaine County’s new state-funded charter school, announced this week that the school has nearly met its capacity and goal of 165 students. The school, for students K-5, has been in the formative stages for the more »
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