Program helps teachers teach students with poor English skills

Thanks to a cooperative venture between Idaho's institutions of higher learning and 14 "high-need" school districts, more than 300 teachers statewide are better trained to teach students with poor English skills how to better master their language skills and other subjects.

A $750,000-plus Eligibility Partnership Grant administered through the Idaho State University Intermountain Center for Educational Effectiveness (ICEE) is proving to be effective in teaching teachers the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP), which in turn prepares the educators to better teach all subjects to English language learners and students with poor basic English skills. The implementation of the grant, in the second of its three-year length, is receiving positive reviews across southern Idaho. [Read more…]

Have questions about your medications? ISU College of Pharmacy can help

Do you have questions about the use of your medications? Consumers with questions about their medications don't have to worry about where to get information. Pharmacists are their best and most accessible medication experts.

During the month of October, Idaho State University College of Pharmacy students and faculty members will host several events to educate the public about the role of a pharmacist and how patients can get answers to medicine-related questions.

In conjunction with American Pharmacist Month, sponsored by the American Pharmacist Association (APhA), the student chapter at ISU will promote the pharmacy profession with published articles about common questions, sponsor an ISU football game with an information booth at the pre-game Bengal Fest, and host an open house at the College on Oct. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The theme of American Pharmacists Month, "Know your medicine, Know your pharmacist," encourages patients to get to know the resources a pharmacist may provide.

For example, did you know that taking your medications properly is one of the best ways to avoid future health care costs? Each year, thousands of people end up in the hospital, fail to get better, and spend more money than necessary simply because they do not take their medication properly, according to APhA.

Pharmacists can educate patients about medications, both prescription and nonprescription. The APhA says that every person should be able to answer several questions before taking any new medication. Many of these questions include the length of time a medication should be taken; determining if a medication contains anything that can cause an allergic reaction; determining if alcohol or any other medicines, foods or activities should be avoided while taking the medication, and other concerns.

APhA says that consumers should expect a higher level of service from today's pharmacists. Consumers should look to their pharmacists to provide medication-counseling services, including drug-regimen reviews and drug-interaction checks, coordination of patient care with physicians and other health area providers, and monitoring of side effects. Some pharmacists can also perform limited patient testing, such as cholesterol screening, glucose monitoring and blood pressure checks, for serious health-threatening problems.

During the Oct. 26 College of Pharmacy open house, clinical pharmacists, faculty and students will be available to answer these and several other questions. In addition, the open house will feature tours of the College, refreshments, information regarding immunizations, heartburn awareness programs, diabetes education and poison prevention.

For more information about the ISU College of Pharmacy open house, call 282-4597.

Visiting Chinese scholars schedule lectures at ISU

Two visiting professors from Nantong University (NTU) in China, Dean Wu Xingdong of NTU's School of Foreign Studies, and Dean Gu Haiying of the NTU School of Public Health, will deliver a series of lectures at Idaho State University during the week of Oct. 2-6.

Dean Wu will address issues of contemporary education, culture, and history in China, and Dean Gu will devote his remarks to various specialized topics concerning the electrochemistry of cells, proteins, and enzymes. Dean Gu's lectures will be sponsored by the Institute for Biomedical Technology. [Read more…]

ISU to present High School Choral Invitational Festival Concert Oct. 14

NobleThe Idaho State University music department will present the High School Choral Invitational Festival Concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

The concert will feature nearly 500 students from 14 high schools from throughout Idaho who are participating in a two-day workshop for choral groups hosted by the ISU choral music program. In addition, the ISU Concert Choir and ISU Women's Choir will be featured in the evening performance.

Weston Noble, an internationally known choral conductor, will direct the concert and workshop.

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