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Students in the Summer Refugee Program listen to a Boise librarian during a library excursion on Tuesday, August 3. Sami Edge / Idaho Education News

Standing in front of the foreign languages ​​section of the Collister Library Branch, library assistant Katie Fuller told her tour group that they might recognize some of the titles.

“Arab!” one of the children shouted, pointing to a book on the shelf. “French!” another said.

“Do you speak French?” Fuller asked Mohammad, an elementary school student at Future Public School in Boise, for his affirmative answer.

About a dozen refugee students from the Boise area spent their penultimate day of summer camp on Tuesday visiting the Boise library and talking about school readiness with camp leaders and local officials. models. The theme of the day was “Prepare for Academic Success”. Students in the Boise School District are back in class on August 16, and schools across the state open in the following weeks.

Lulu, who starts kindergarten next year, plays with the mail deposit at the Boise Library Collister branch. “It eats my hand!” She cried. Sami Edge / Idaho Education News

After the library, Isha, a rising eighth grader, moderated a panel with Lisa Sterling, English Development Teacher in Boise, and Herve Mashindora, Refugee Liaison Officer for Central District Health, asking written questions. by summer program students.

“How can I tell my teacher that I need help? Isha asked. “What should my priorities be? “” How can I ask a question (in class) without feeling embarrassed? “

“Do your best, and maybe your progress will be different from that of someone else in your class, but don’t give up… Your learning is what you have control over,” Sterling told the children. “And find an adult in your school that you trust.” “

Most summers, the Idaho Refugee Office encourages local students to participate in city programs or summer camps offered by the YMCA, said Christina Bruce-Bennion, head of service programs for the IOR. This year’s summer camp grew out of a tutoring program held for refugee students and English learners at Collister United Methodist Church in Boise during the height of the pandemic. The IOR, the International Rescue Committee, and community partners, including Glocal, The Agency for New Americans, Library at Collister and Bryt, have teamed up to provide weekly summer programming for children, in a space provided by the church. During the summer, students learned to paddle board and tent pitching, worked on art projects and toured the downtown Anne Frank Memorial following a human rights discussion. The program ends next week.

Department of Education Sponsors College and Career Readiness Summit

Registration is open for the Idaho College and Career Summit, which runs from September 29 to October 8. The event, which is sponsored by the State Department of Education Advanced opportunities and GET UP Idaho Programs, is an opportunity for professional development, networking and collaboration for college access professionals, such as school administrators, counselors, college and career coordinators, and student support staff, according to a statement. SDE states press release.

Key summit speakers include:

  • smart heather, research director of the Stanford Center on Adolescence
  • JP Michel, founder of SparkPath
  • Kyle reyes, Vice President of Student Affairs at Utah Valley University

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 conference will be held virtually. More information about the event is available here.

Applications are open for the LifeChanger of the Year award

the National Life Group Now accepting applications for the LifeChanger of the Year, an annual program that recognizes K-12 educators and other school staff.

“The program celebrates those who make a significant difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership,” read a press release from the State Department of Education. Appointments, which can include anyone working for the school district, can be made by any boss in the district, including students with the permission of a parent.

LifeChanger winners (out of 15 in total) will win cash prizes for themselves and their school. The grand prize winner will win $ 10,000 split evenly between himself and his school or district. There will also be four grand prize finalists and 10 LifeChanger winners.

Nomination link, including more information about the program, is available here.

Bluum hosts a leadership development workshop

To help prepare for the 2021-2022 school year, Bluum will host a workshop in August to introduce school leaders to a new practice that can guide them through the new school year.

The workshop will present the approach of the 5 squares of the Noble History Group, which “operationalizes the concepts of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management from Goleman’s (1995) work on emotional intelligence and is grounded in personal values,” according to a press release from Bluum. The release adds that the 5-square approach will help meet the mental health needs of students and staff.

The workshop is called “How to Lean in Times of Uncertainty and Stress” and will take place on August 16 starting at 9:00 am. There is no cost to attend the event and it can be attended in person and virtually.

More information about the event, including the registration link, is available here.

48 Idaho Libraries Receive ARPA Grant

On July 19, the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) announced the allocation of $ 1.8 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to libraries in Idaho. A total of 48 libraries were selected, out of more than 850 libraries statewide.

Several of the selected libraries were part of Idaho schools, including:

  • Hagerman Elementary School Library, Hagerman Joint School District
  • Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind
  • Jefferson Common School District
  • Farnsworth Middle School Library, Jefferson School District
  • Roberts Elementary School Library, Jefferson School District
  • Madison Junior / Senior High School Library
  • Murtaugh School Library
  • Richfield School Library
  • Tigert Middle School Library, Soda Springs School District
  • University of Idaho Library

According to the ICfL, many libraries plan to use their grants for technology, including upgrading or purchasing computers, software, devices and wireless access points. Some libraries have also requested funds for the purchase of a vehicle to enable staff to bring library materials and services to communities.

Funding scholarships to help tackle learning loss

On Thursday afternoon, the Idaho Out-of-School Network (ION) announced $ 400,000 in funding for youth programs that meet the academic, social and emotional learning needs of students.

The Idaho Community Youth Program awards have been given to organizations in Idaho so that they can expand high-quality summer programs and after-school learning.

Laureates also receive training and support from ION, including attending the Power Up Summit in Boise, which takes place September 7-9.

About Sami Edge

Journalist Sami Edge, a University of Oregon graduate, joined Idaho Education News in 2019. She is a member of the Education Writers Association 2019 and reports results for Latino students in Idaho. She is also a member of the American Press Institute in 2019. She can be contacted at [email protected].

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