More than 50 local association presidents from around the state gathered at Idaho Education Association headquarters in Boise recently for training and collaboration, as well as special remarks from Sherri Ybarra, Idaho’s State Superintendent for Public Instruction. They received important information about a variety of topics related to state and local education issues, along with IEA-related programs and strategies.
In contrast to her predecessor, Superintendent Ybarra was complimentary of the IEA and professional educators, noting that “prior management was unable to verbalize some of the great things that have happened in education”. She went on to express her hope that all education stakeholders can work together to help Idaho students succeed.
“Education is not a sideline sport,” Ybarra told the local presidents. “You have to roll up your sleeves and get involved.” She also shared her thoughts and positions on topics such as higher standards, the elimination of several data collection points, and resource centers for rural districts. Ybarra also discussed her budget request for FY17, emphasizing flexibility at the local level for discretionary funding, a $1.75 million line item for improved college/career counseling, and a rural schools initiative.
Following the remarks from Ybarra, local presidents were brought up to speed on the statewide Career Ladder and received information about how to create effective local teacher compensation schedules, and how to build an electronic portfolio using the IEA’s Teacher Evaluation Toolkit. An update on the Idaho Public Teachers: Dedicated to the Ones We Love awareness campaign, information about pertinent legal topics, and strategies for working effectively with local school boards were also featured.