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…]

Museum begins fall enrollment for children’s educational academies

The Idaho Museum of Natural History is beginning the fall enrollment for their two educational academies for children.

The Natural History Academy is for children in elementary school and the Pint-Sized Science Academy is for children ages 4 and 5. Classes this year will feature information about planets and the nighttime sky, snowbirds, winter time survival, insects and geology. Both academies offer young scientists an exciting and fun learning experience.

Classes begin Oct. 17 and run through Nov. 15. With exception to the Edson's Legacy class, classes for the Natural History Academy are $15 and Pint-Sized Academy classes are $14. [Read more…]

Hundreds of teachers expected at ‘Effective Schools Conference’ Oct. 6

Hundreds of teachers from throughout southern Idaho will attend the Intermountain Effective Schools Conference scheduled Oct. 6 at Century High School in Pocatello.

Idaho State University President Arthur Vailas will welcome participants to the conference, which is sponsored by the ISU Intermountain Center for Educational Effectiveness and The League of Schools.

"This is an example of the Idaho State University College of Education reaching out to the community to deliver services to area teachers," said Dr. Chuck Zimmerly, coordinator for the ISU College of Education's Center for Policy Studies, which is helping put on the conference. "Most of the teachers are coming from southeast Idaho, but some are coming from as far away as Boise."

More than 15 presenters are scheduled to give presentations during the conference. Area teachers, ISU faculty and experts from outside the region will present subjects ranging from "Utilizing Crime Scene Investigation Techniques in Science" to "The New Face of Diversity."

Idaho teachers are normally released for classes on the first Thursday and Friday of October to attend in-service conferences, the time this conference is held.

The League of Schools, a consortium of southeastern Idaho school districts, and the Idaho Center for Education Effectiveness Center for Policy Studies, located in the College of Education at ISU, have been providing professional development opportunities to regional teachers and administrators for eight years.

For more information on the conference, call (208) 282-3202, 282-4312 or 282-5382; e-mail or; or visit

ISU Adult Education Center launching array of classes in October

The Idaho State University Adult Education Center will offer numerous classes beginning in October. The center offers classes to "fill the gap between K-12 and technical/higher education."

Adult education classes in reading, writing, math, and language are starting Monday, Oct. 2. Classes are offered Mondays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition, English as a second language (ESL) classes will also begin Oct. 2 and will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. [Read more…]