Welcome New IEA Region Directors

We are very excited to announce the hiring three Region Directors, all of whom are already up and running in their new positions. Welcome aboard Tracylea Balmer (Regions 3 and 8), Alex Jones (Region 9/West Ada), and Denise Cobden (Region 1). Tracylea Balmer After a year working as an organizer with the IEA, Tracylea is…

Celebrating Idaho’s Amazing Educators

We are all looking forward to a great school year in 2021-2022. The young minds that will return to school this fall will be more ready to learn than ever before. Not coincidentally, Idaho’s parents and guardians will also be more ready than ever for those young minds to return to school! The untapped potential…

IEA Reacts to Superintendent’s Budget Proposal

With Idaho sitting on a budget surplus of about $1.4 billion, the Superintendent’s budget proposal calls for an 8.5% overall increase. Some of the notable highlights include: > $39.3 million for optional full-day kindergarten for eligible students >  An additional $82.8 million to fund the next phase of the Career Ladder teacher compensation plan, including…

Classroom Organizing: Out with the Old

Last year was rough on every teacher. I hope that you have been able to step away from your classroom and recharge in a way that was meaningful to you. If you were like most educators, organization was not in the forefront of the brain while trying to meet the teaching challenges of the last…

The Basics of Differentiation

Why Differentiation? Differentiation within our classrooms is more important now than ever. Each year, our students arrive in classrooms with a wide variety of needs and strengths. These differences have been intensified with the changes of the past few years. So, how do we meet the needs of all our students? Educators of all grade…