ESP Corner Winter 2015

ESP Corner Time to Get Involved Education Support Professionals know only too well that when budgets get tight, the first place districts look to make cuts is among their ranks. It seems that the acronym “ESP” begins to stand for “Expendable School Personnel.”  It is imperative that ESPs work to make themselves appear less expendable…

IEA Career Resources and Training

Among the many benefits of being an IEA member is access to tremendous professional development opportunities. Teacher evaluations and the ISAT by SBAC test are among the most prominent realities in the current landscape of Idaho education. To ensure that members are fully informed about and prepared for these important measurement tools, the IEA offers…

Tiered Certification and Career Ladders

IEA Members Making Their Voices Heard on Controversial Proposals The Idaho State Board of Education has passed along to the legislature two proposals that could significantly alter how teachers are evaluated and compensated. The original Tiered Certification proposal drew heavy criticism from IEA members and other education stakeholders at public hearings in Pocatello, Lewiston, and…

Member Spotlight: Melissa Hunt

Blackfoot Teacher “Dreams Big”—and Wins $100,000 Grant Stoddard Elementary School teacher Melissa Hunt entered the “Dream Big Challenge” contest with the most noble of motivations–but very little expectation of actually winning. Then came the announcement that she was one of three finalists for the $100,000 grant from Farmers Insurance that goes to the winner of…