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General education news for parents, educators, and students in North Idaho.

Local schools receive STEM grants

"The Idaho STEM Action Center just awarded more than a quarter-million dollars in grants to pre-K to 12th-grade education professionals and organizations throughout the state.

Kootenai County schools receiving grants include: Athol Elementary, Canfield Middle, Fernan STEM, Greensferry Elementary, Lakeland School District, Lakes Magnet Middle, Mountainview Alternative and North Idaho STEM."

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New task force focus: College and careers

As we near the midway point in successfully implementing the 20 recommendations from the 2013 Task Force for Improving Education, it’s time to turn our attention to the postsecondary part of Idaho’s K-through-Career education system.

I believe our success in implementing transformative initiatives in our K-12 education system over the past three years is due largely to the process used by that task force. The group’s diverse makeup, the study of best practices and research, and the robust discussion of potential improvements led to a five-year roadmap for improving student achievement and creating a world-class K-12 education system in Idaho.

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Dangers of vaping to be discussed

Monte Stiles and Ray Lozano, two leading experts in drug education and prevention, will pay a visit to Coeur d’Alene in January to discuss the dangers of e-cigs and vaping.

“A lot of young people — and even their parents — are under the mistaken impression that e-cigs are a harmless alternative to cigarettes,” said Steven Meier, director of the University of Idaho’s Addictions Training Program. “These dynamite speakers help reinforce the notion that vaping is far from harmless, and may in fact introduce a whole host of new health hazards that are especially dangerous for young people.”


Wednesday, Jan 11: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Community Room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.

Tuesday, Jan. 17: 6-7 p.m. Coeur d’Alene High School auditorium, 5530 N. Fourth St. 

Both events are free and open to the public. More event info:

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Project helps bridge students, bright future

Idaho schools now have some extra help providing students access to opportunities.

The Inspiring Futures Project is helping connect schools with community businesses so students can have a wider array of internships, apprenticeships and job shadows to choose from.

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Literacy: Now read this - By NORMAN GISSEL Guest Opinion

"Literacy, the ability to read and comprehend the written word, has always had a high economic, political, and cultural value. Those who are blessed with high literacy are favored with high social status. They receive the best jobs, and are paid the most. As we are now in the Information Age (some call it the Data Age) literacy has been assigned the highest possible value. Virtually every new job created in the coming years will require a community college or a four-year college education, whose educational requirements are unattainable to the nonreader. Those few remaining jobs available for the nonreader are being replaced with machines and robots at an accelerating rate or simply done away with."

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Idaho Head Start behind

"Many Idaho children from low-income families are not benefiting from a federal program specifically made to help them, a recent study found.


The study, conducted by the National Institute for Early Education Research, a unit of the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, examines how effective Head Start and Early Head Start are in each of the 50 states."

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IDeal program allows tax deductible donations to pay for college

"Mary Altimus of Coeur d'Alene wants her children to go to graduate college without having to pay off student loans. She has been saving for their college since they were born.

When she heard about IDeal, the Idaho college savings program, she thought it was too good to be true. She easily navigated the online signup and now has a chunk of money deducted from her paycheck each month to fund her kids’ accounts."

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EXCEL grant helps bring music and art into curriculum

"COEUR d’ALENE — Students at Winton Elementary School made paper turkeys, silhouette portraits and other crafts Monday as part of the school’s efforts to bring more arts into the classroom.

Nancy Mueller, the school’s music teacher, got a grant from the EXCEL Foundation, an organization that funds grants to teachers for innovative classroom projects in the Coeur d’Alene School District.

The “Let’s get STEAMed Up” grant brings arts into focus along with the other STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math."

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The Jingle Books Challenge has begun!

Jingle Books Challenge 

The annual "Jingle Books" book drive has begun! Last year EACH elementary school student got to select THREE books! How many will we let them choose this year? You can help promote reading proficiency by the end of third grade by donating new and gently used children's books to CdA schools K-3 kids to help improve reading literacy. Donate through Dec 8 — collection boxes can be found at the district office, in all schools, and at local libraries, chambers of commerce, and participating businesses.

Read the CDA Press article about this fabulous program.

Mentors needed!

Because of your company’s heart and values, I am asking for your partnership!

Goodwill® GoodGuides is a national mentoring program for youth between the ages of 12 and 17 who are at risk for making harmful choices such as dropping out of school or joining a gang. These youth may also be at risk for delinquency.

The goal of the GoodGuides program is to help youth build career plans and skills, and prepare for school completion, post-secondary training, and productive work.

We are funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Mentoring is one of the most important things you can do for today’s youth. Through your guidance and support, you can empower teens to make positive decisions. You can help them stay in school, excel in their classes, or make plans for their future careers.

As a GoodGuides mentor, you will:

  • Offer encouragement and guidance to youth in your community.
  • Help prepare youth for good jobs and careers.
  • Contribute to the well-being and capabilities of youth.
  • Make a difference in the lives of others.

Because consistency is critical for successful mentoring relationships, a minimum of a one-year commitment is required from all adult mentors.

We provide training and a calendar of opportunities for mentors and mentees.

A mentor would have a group of no more than four mentees at an hour each week/four hours per month for 12 months. You would be with other mentors and their mentees in an afterschool setting.

We have youth ready for mentors at:

  • Post Falls High on Mondays from 2:45-3:45
  • Centennial Middle School on Tuesdays from 2:45-3:45
  • West Valley High School on Thursdays from 3-4

Some businesses allow salary exempt employees to leave work early one day a week to volunteer as a mentor!

In addition to mentoring, youth will be touring colleges and businesses for career readiness. Those trips are optional for mentors.

Would you or any of your employees/coworkers/friends like to be a mentor? Contact Sherri Richardson, Program Manager for GoodGuides Youth Mentoring, 509-220-1918 or email


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