NOC Sparks – Hayden





NOC Sparks – Hayden

Sparks trainings are designed to assist early-career teachers (five years or less experience) in building a solid base for a long career as professional educators. Participants are surveyed ahead of time about the issues and topics that are important to them, and veteran educators facilitate the discussions. SPARKS retreats feature plenty of fun and fellowship as well as strategies for career advancement and personal growth.


Spending a weekend learning about classroom management, technology, stress management, the Idaho Code of Ethics for educators, teacher contracts, and the Idaho Education Association is what SPARKS is all about—as well as building lifelong friendships with other education professionals. Layne McInelly, IEA Vice President


SPARKing: Testimonials from SPARKS Participants

Regions 4, 5 and 6 in Eastern Idaho held a SPARKS retreat at Greystone Manor in Lava Hot Springs, with 18 participants from eight different local associations. Here are some of the superlatives that came from attendees following the training.

  • “SPARKS was a great way to collaborate and obtain ideas from fellow teachers. Comfortable environment and a great way to make new friends!” Erica Hernandez, Blackfoot EA
  • “I LOVED SPARKS! This was an amazing experience. I learned so much from other teachers. Thanks!” Julie Jenkins, Preston EA
  • “The knowledge and friendships from SPARKS will help me become a better teacher. I am excited to share and put into practice what I have learned.” Cinniman Schwartz, Oneida EA


Contact Katye Harris, NOC Associate for more information at or (208) 667-1502

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