Business-education group names ISU’s Rankin ‘University Teacher of the Year’

RankinThe Idaho Business Education Association has named Idaho State University professor of education Dr. Roger Rankin its "University Teacher of the Year." Brenda Jacobsen, an ISU business education instructor, said that Rankin deserved the award.

"He understands the concept of business education and how that fits under the umbrella of the university," Jacobsen said.

The Idaho Business Education Association provides new ideas for business-education teachers. It has workshops to teach technology, methodology and workplace skills, said Rankin.

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ISU gains national recognition for teaching nutrition to seniors

Generosity by an Idaho State University student group in Pocatello has earned the group recognition at a national convention in Texas in late September.

Members of ISU's Beta Rho Chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron (Phi U), a national honor society for family and consumer sciences, will be honored with a second place Certificate of Merit Award at the society's national meeting this fall in Grapevine, Texas. The ISU group will be acknowledged for its program "The Path to Nutrition and Health," which was designed for senior citizens in the Pocatello area. The ISU chapter of Phi U is made up of dietetic and family and consumer sciences majors. [Read more…]

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…]