I’m a teacher and school shootings are my worst nightmare. Real change requires action, not idle blame.
My primary intention: modeling and demonstrating optimism and how to positively interpret adversity.
Idaho needs to invest state dollars in high-quality preschool options for families.
State investment in residency programs makes sense for Idaho. Training more doctors will lead to healthier Idahoans, economic benefits and returns on investment that far outweigh the costs.
The University of Idaho needs to move into the 21st century and stop limiting student education based on assumptions drawn from decades earlier.
Finding qualified special education teachers — particularly in rural areas — is just about as easy as electing a Democrat to a state office. Good luck! Our exceptional children deserve the best.
Increasing degree and certificate rates for Idahoans is an important cultural change. Like most cultural changes, we must make continued, consistent efforts on multiple fronts to achieve important goals.
It would be good if the people making decisions about these programs would talk with the people who are tasked with carrying out the mandate in order to make improvements that will benefit all concerned.
The State Board believes there is a postsecondary path and a bright future for every student.
Idaho has made exciting and substantial progress.
Stop telling students that their success or failure is the result of “the system” and not their own efforts. We should always look for ways to improve education, but we can do it with integrity and enthusiasm.
That shockingly small number comes from a deliberate calculation to make the process so overwhelming as to hang up a sign that reads “need not apply” for the bulk of Idaho’s teachers.
A Google Expeditions project grew from a few devices into a districtwide initiative in Blaine County.
The Blaine Amendment is designed to protect citizens’ hard-earned tax dollars from subsidizing the churches and religious schools in Idaho.
A school should treat graduating students like society treats top athletes. Invite parents, community members, political figures and media to cover college signing day celebrations.
Technology such as virtual reality, when used in a meaningful way, can enhance student thinking and inspire creativity in the demonstration of new knowledge.
Maybe we have to teach kids that asking for help is okay, that letting go isn’t giving up, and that sometimes the only pathway to peace might also mean coming face to face with our own shadow and embracing it with love, empathy and compassion.
To help reduce stress it’s important to think ahead and plan for the upcoming day or week.
I think every parent, student and teacher would rally behind thoughtful reform, geared specifically and solely to help the kids. In the meantime, we’re lucky enough to have a dynamic and thriving educational system intact here in Idaho.
We need to work together as a state on communicating effectively about the cost and value of higher education. At the University of Idaho, we’ve taken steps to make our application and admissions processes easier.