Education news briefs from around Idaho

Oakley teacher selected for Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

Rose Warrell
Rose Warrell

Rose Warrell, a fourth-grade teacher at Oakley Elementary, is one of two Idaho teachers and 150 educators nationwide selected to participate in the week-long Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, July 17-22 in Jersey City, N.J.

The National Council of Teachers in Mathematics and the National Science Teachers Association sponsor the academy, where teachers learn ways to capture students’ interest in math and science.

Lessons discussed during the academy will: deepen teachers’ understanding of math and science content through data, statistics and measurement; build expertise in facilitating student learning through problem solving and inquiry; and use links between math and science to support student learning.

Warrell has been teaching for 12 years.

Weiser teacher awarded $2,000

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Jessica Mosley

Jessica Mosley, a fourth-grade teacher at Park Intermediate School in Weiser, was named a national winner in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States annual citizenship education contest.

Mosley is a member of the United States Navy Reserve. She is recognized for her involvement in the school’s annual Veterans Day assembly and commitment to teaching civic responsibility.

Mosley will receive a $1,000 award for professional development and $1,000 for her school. She will also receive an all-expense-paid trip to Charlotte, N.C., where she will be presented with the award during the 117th VFW National Convention in July.

One Stone to launch student-led design thinking school

One Stone, a student-run service organization, announced it will expand leadership learning and 21st Century skills programs with the launch of a high school this fall.

The new school will be independent and tuition-free. There will be no classes, grades, teachers or classrooms. There will be rigorous learning, with an emphasis on science, engineering, technology and math. One Stone will be a collaborative place where coaches help each student explore their purpose and their passions. Students will be integrated into the community and will learn by doing.

“By seeing students as the customer in education, we can be more effective in understanding how to get high school students really engaged in learning and best prepared for the life they envision for themselves,” said Simone Migliori, a One Stone Board Chair and Boise High School senior.

You can learn more about the school at a pop-up experience informational night on Tuesday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. at One Stone.

National high school mock trial championships underway in Boise

Nearly 600 students from 46 teams from across the United States, South Korea, Northern Mariana Islands and Guam are in Boise this week for the 2016 National High School Mock Trial Championships. Students are at the Boise Centre participating in simulated courtroom action and activities.

The Ambrose School in Meridian is representing Idaho at the championships along with runner up Logos School of Moscow.

Click here for information on event times.

Statewide 3D printing competition

Students and teachers from 14 schools will be showing off their 3D design and printing fabrication skills at the FabSLAM Showcase competition on Saturday.

(Generic caption) Educators from around Idaho participate in three days of training during the Idaho STEM Action Center's FabSLAM 3D Design and Fabrication Workshop at the Discovery Center of Idaho in Boise, Idaho, on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Educators will then return to their schools (with a free 3D printer) and assemble a team of students to complete the 3D fabrication challenge. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger for Idaho STEM Action Center)

In March, the Idaho STEM Action Center held a workshop that trained teachers how to operate, maintain and troubleshoot 3D printers.

Teachers took those skills and had to identify a problem in their community that could be addressed using 3D printing and digital fabrication and then develop and document a product to help resolve it. At the FabSLAM Showcase, the schools will present their solutions to a panel of judges and a public audience for review and feedback.

The showcase is Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m – 1 p.m., at the the Discovery Center of Idaho.

Scholarship to be awarded to Caldwell alumnus

Idaho Teacher of the Year Melyssa Ferro will be awarding a four-year scholarship to Caldwell High School graduate, Ricky Rodriguez. In 2014, Rodriguez graduated from Caldwell High and had plans to continue onto college, but didn’t get the chance to attend because he had to work to support his family.

“He is eager to start work on his bachelor’s degree in psychology this fall at the University of Phoenix,” Ferro said. “Not only so that he can make a better future for himself but also to serve as a role model for his high school aged brother and to his eighth grade sister.”

Rodriguez will receive the Teaching It Forward scholarship on Friday at Caldwell High.