Empowering Parents provider apps are open

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Companies and individuals wishing to offer goods or services on the Empowering Parents online marketplace can now submit an application.

The application window opened Sept. 22, the State Board of Education announced Wednesday.

Empowering Parents is a statewide program that awards eligible parents and guardians funds to purchase a range of education-related resources and services, from internet connectivity devices and computer hardware and software to educational materials and tutoring services.

The grants are funded by $50 million in federal coronavirus relief funds allocated earlier this year by the Idaho Legislature and Governor Brad Little.

Candidate sellers will need an employer identification number and a description of the services or goods they will provide in the marketplace, the State Board said. Go here for more information, including how to apply.

More than 15,500 people have applied for the grants since the application window opened nearly two weeks ago, according to Wednesday’s press release. Eligible families can receive $1,000 per student and up to $3,000 per family. The grants are available for public, private, and home-schooled students in grades K-12.

Families will be able to spend their purses on the market in October.

Families can still apply for an Empowering Parents grant here.

Applications for Presidential Scholarships are open to students

High school students with outstanding academic achievement who will graduate between January and August 2023 can now apply for the 2022-2023 US Presidential Scholarship Program.

Seniors who have scored in the Top 20 in separate male and female categories on the SAT or ACT entrance exams in the past two years are automatically considered for participation, the State Department of Education. The Presidential Scholars Program will notify such students of their automatic consideration.

State Superintendent Sherri Ybarra can also nominate up to 20 other nominees – 10 women and 10 men – based on their “scholarship, accomplishments and demonstrated commitment to community service and leadership,” the announcement said. of Wednesday. Students who wish to be considered for nomination can apply here. Applications close Friday, November 4.

Students in vocational and technical education fields can also apply.

The following are required to apply:

  • Student name
  • Email addresses of students, parents and teachers
  • Student home mailing address
  • High school name
  • School mailing address
  • College CEEB code (click here to find yours)
  • An essay, no longer than 500 words, describing the improvements the students would make to a part of the American education system
  • A self-assessment outlining personal characteristics, school and community leadership and service activities, academic achievements, and special challenges overcome while successfully completing high school
  • A copy of transcripts
  • A letter of recommendation from a high school counselor, principal, or teacher

Students who wish to be appointed as a CTE should note this in the self-assessment portion of the application.

There is also an artistic component that is part of the program for which students can apply here.

SDE approves course on dyslexia

Students in the Lee Pesky Learning Center’s Pathways to Literacy program work with tutors to improve their reading and writing skills.

The state Department of Education has given the green light to the Lee Pesky Learning Center, an Idaho-based nonprofit, to offer a course that meets dyslexia professional development requirements for educators.

Idaho House Bill 731, which took effect in July, requires SDE to identify screening tools and intervention practices to screen elementary school students for characteristics of dyslexia. Elementary teachers and all secondary school teachers, administrators and counselors with a teaching certificate are required to receive this professional development.

According to the National Center on Learning Disabilities, one in five people has learning and attention problems. These include dyslexia – a neurobiological challenge that makes word recognition, fluency, spelling and decoding more difficult.

The Lee Pesky Learning Center’s Dyslexia Professional Development includes a 15-hour course that meets legal requirements, the organization announced Thursday. Courses emphasize the science of reading, characteristics of evidence-based literacy education, and various selection and assessment tools.

“Ensuring educators are trained in the signs of dyslexia will help with early identification,” Thursday’s announcement said.

The training course is offered on November 5 and December 3, with a limit of 30 in-person and 90 virtual places. The self-paced online course will be available by the end of this calendar year. School districts interested in on-site professional development should contact the Learning Center.

Caldwell students become ‘doctors for a day’

Earlier this month, Caldwell High School students worked with five doctors from Full Circle Health as part of the school’s Doctor for a Day program.

Students in the school’s anatomy and physiology, medical terminology and rehabilitation sports medicine classes participated to “learn from real medical professionals about the lungs and respiratory system,” the district announced Thursday.

Experiencing “how physicians interact with patients and how they interact with the public is beneficial for students,” said participating physician Sarah Gerrish.

Students alternated between “hands-on” stations to learn physical examination techniques, patient interview techniques and suturing, Wednesday’s news release said.

The Goal: To inspire and encourage students from underrepresented communities to consider medicine or other health care careers.

The Caldwell event mirrors that at the University of Washington, Gerrish added. “We’ve used (college) formatting to bring residents into high schools where there are underrepresented medical students to get them excited about health care.”

The school is working to hold more sessions this year, according to the press release.

Caldwell students participate in their school’s “Doctor for a Day” program.

The CEI inaugurates a workforce training center

The College of Eastern Idaho has a new Workforce Training Center slated to partially open this fall.

Starting in October, the center will provide professional development and enhance career opportunities for IEC students and community members, IEC President Rick Aman announced at the groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday. , reports EastIdahoNews.com.

The facility, located at 101 Technology Drive in Idaho Falls, will help improve the pool of students needed for the industry, Aman said, from plumbing and heavy equipment operation to welding and fabricating. point. Classes are due to start next month, but the center will not be fully operational until February.

The Regional Development Alliance, Inc. donated $727,865.73 to support the facility. Bonneville County donated the building that now houses the center to CEI earlier this year, on the condition that it include workforce training.

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