Teacher Evaluations

Teacher evaluations were intended to be a tool for teachers to receive feedback and improve, and to identify and elevate the best. Sometimes they are meaningful, but other times a trivial checklist. In this series, we take a look at the state of teacher evaluations – where they are now and how they got here.

Idaho EdNews Podcasts

9.23.22: This week’s podcast

Idaho State University President Kevin Satterlee wants the Pocatello campus to go carbon-neutral. He also wants the campus community to redouble its commitment to engagement and civil discourse. For this week’s podcast, Kevin Richert interviews Satterlee about these initiatives — and enrollment, student retention, scholarships and the remaking of Holt Arena. Idaho Education News ·…

This week’s Podcasts 9.16.22

Carly interviews Sarah Jensen, Miss Idaho 2022, about getting ready for the Miss America Pageant while teaching math at Gem Prep Meridian North. Sarah talks about what today’s kids need in a role model, what it was like to start teaching the year of the pandemic, and how Idaho education is underrated. Idaho Education News…

This week’s podcasts: 9.9.22

EdNews senior reporter Kevin Richert sits down with the first teenager to win a seat on the Boise School District’s board of trustees. Boise High School’s Shiva Rajbhandari talks about how he will juggle his senior year and a two-year term on the board. His victory has sparked much conversation on our Facebook page. Find…

This week’s podcasts: 9.2.22

Kevin Richert Podcast, Episode 67: Breaking down an extraordinary week There was … a lot of news this week. A batch of school bond issues and levies — big-ticket elections in Coeur d’Alene, Vallivue and Middleton, and a small but important election in tiny Three Creek. And then came the Legislature. In a one-day “extraordinary…

Episode 66: A high-stakes week ahead for education

There’s plenty on the line for education next week. First, on Tuesday, 12 school districts will seek $261.4 million in bond issues and levies. Then, on Thursday, lawmakers will return to the Statehouse for a special session. Gov. Brad Little wants a $410 million permanent increase in education spending, along with $500 million in tax…

Episode 65: A tall task at North Idaho College

Nick Swayne has walked into one of the toughest jobs in Idaho education. The new North Idaho College president takes the helm of a two-year school in turmoil. Its accreditation is in jeopardy, and Swayne needs to fill several top administrative posts. Enrollment is dropping. And come November, voters will elect three trustees — and…

Episode 64: Meet new Idaho EdNews reporter Carly Flandro

Carly Flandro has gone from the newsroom to the classroom back to the newsroom. The former teacher is one of our new reporters here at Idaho Education News. She joined us on June 27. This week, she joins Kevin Richert to talk more about two of her recent reporting projects: an in-depth look at Idaho’s…

Episode 63: A crucial election in Coeur d’Alene

Over the past year, Coeur d’Alene has been a microcosm for education hot-button politics. Blowback over pandemic protocols. Allegations of critical race theory. Polarized school board elections with partisan overrtones. And this month, the  Coeur d’Alene School District will seek a 10-year, $80 million plant facilities. This week, Kevin Richert talks with Coeur d’Alene Superintendent…

Episode 62: What’s the COVID-19 prognosis for the fall?

Across much of the state, the first day of school is just around the corner. Meanwhile, coronavirus case rates are creeping upward, statewide and nationally. What should parents and educators know about the BA.5 variant, and its implications for the new school year? To get answers, Kevin Richert interviews retired St. Luke’s health system CEO…

Episode 61: A huge surplus, and a big convention

Idaho is closing the books on a record-setting budget surplus. And the Idaho Republican Party just wrapped up a state convention that veered the party sharply to the right. Both developments will shape the 2023 legislative session. To explain it all, Kevin Richert talks with Idaho Capital Sun reporter (and friend of the podcast) Clark…