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  • Assistive technology helps students to overcome barriers to learning and completing work. Not every student with a disability has an IEP. Many disabilities are hidden.
  • Three levels of service are offered to schools at no cost to the school district: Formal on-site assessments for students on an IEP, training to school staff on how to use devices and programs for student access, and informal consultation for anyone either at our offices or by email/phone.
  • The IATP operates 4 AT lending libraries in the state. These libraries provide a free “try before you buy” opportunity for consumers that is aimed at reducing technology abandonment rates in the sate. The nearest lending library to you is located in Couer d’Alene.
  • Community and University Resources for New Educators

    1. 1. Community and University Resources for New Educators Coeur d’Alene School District October 23, 2013 Wanda Quinn and Paul Amador
    2. 2. Overview • Grant Opportunities • Teacher Resources • Student Resources
    3. 3. Grant Opportunities • Local: – EXCEL Foundation – Coeur d’Alene Tribe – Idaho Community Foundation – Avista Foundation – Coeur d’Alene Rotary – Kiwanis of Coeur d’Alene – Idaho Education Association Children’s Fund
    4. 4. • Grants Available: Beginning of Summer, Beginning of September • The EXCEL Foundation funds grants to teachers for innovative classroom projects in Coeur d’Alene School District 271. Funding is meant to improve the learning experience of students and encourage teachers with creative approaches to education. The EXCEL Board seeks unique and inventive ideas which will increase a students motivation to learn while developing higher level thinking skills and depth of knowledge. •
    5. 5. Coeur d’Alene Tribe • Education Grants offered to non-profits and schools through the Coeur d’Alene Tribe • Applications currently due September 30th, Notification in January
    6. 6. Idaho Community Foundation • Geography Knowledge Fund: Deadline Oct. 15 (extended to October 25th). Grants of up to $300 given to further the study of geography by Idaho students in kindergarten, elementary and junior high grades in public or private schools. • Northern Regional Grant Cycle: Opens Nov. 1, closes Jan. 15. Distribution is scheduled to begin in June. Open to applicants from Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootena i, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce and Shoshone county schools. •
    7. 7. • Focus on supporting education • Grants awarded quarterly, applications accepted year-round •
    8. 8. Coeur d’Alene Rotary • Youth Group Grants: must benefit organizations that provide services to the youth population. The typical funding award is between $500 and $1,000 • Applications due: March 1st •
    9. 9. Kiwanis Club of Coeur d’Alene • Grants considered on a monthly basis •
    10. 10. Children’s Fund • The IEA Children’s Fund is a special fund devoted to providing financial assistance – be it money, clothes, food, school supplies, or health care services – to Idaho public school children and their families who face extraordinary needs. • The IEA Children’s Fund is a special fund devoted to providing financial assistance – be it money, clothes, food, school supplies, or health care services – to Idaho public school children and their families who face extraordinary needs. The Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The IEA does not reveal the names of the members requesting specific grants nor of the students for whom the grants are requested.
    11. 11. Teacher Resources University of Idaho Regional Mathematics Center College of Natural Resources Classroom Presentations NCCE: Northwest Council for Computer Education Grace Nixon Summer Institute Community Water Resource Center IdaH2O University of Idaho Professional Development Opportunities (for Credit and non-credit) • Science on Tap • • • • • • •
    12. 12. • The Idaho Regional Mathematics Centers strive to ensure that Idaho’s teachers of mathematics are highly talented, trained, and effective professionals. Operating as regional support centers for all K-12 public schools in Idaho, the Idaho Regional Mathematics Centers provide professional development for teachers and schools and conduct research to support mathematics teaching and learning in Idaho – In-School Professional Development – Free Resources for Teachers • Conact the Center Director Dr. Julie Amador Email: Phone: (208) 664-7010 • Contact the Regional Math Specialist Abe Wallin Email:
    13. 13. Classroom Presentations • • • • • • • • • • Typically 50 minutes, includes 1-3 different hands-on activities Fun and convenient way to enhance your classroom science experience Activities emphasize natural resource tools, concepts, and careers Currently scheduling visits for October/November/December (also available in the spring months) Example visit content areas: Hands-On Forestry-You’ll never look at a tree in the same way! Using forestry tools such as clinometers or laser range finders, students make calculations and learn how to estimate tree height and value. Then, take a core sample from Take an inside look into the heart of a tree. This visit may also include a fire d emonstration component. Real World GPS-Explore how technology is integrated into natural resource management using global positioning systems and answer questions to real life scenarios as though you are natural resource professional. Wide Open Spaces-Discover the multiple uses and values of the unforested land that dominates nearly half the earth. Play the role of a grazer and see how your forage habits impact management. This visit may also include plant identification and soil texturing. Anatomy of the Skull-Make no bones about it, investigating skulls can reveal a very detailed story about an animal. Identify specific parts, survival characteristics and more. This visit may also incorporate various animal pelts. Contact: Paulette House: or 208-885-5018
    14. 14. • NCCE is professional learning organization for educators and hosts the largest education conference in the Northwest. With a membership base from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, NCCE provides resources and professional development opportunities to our members throughout the year. • Focuses on Computers and Technology to Advance Education and Instruction • – Free NCCE Membership – Free Annual Conference Registration
    15. 15. NCCE Annual Conference • Keynote Speakers: – Eric Sheninger, Principal, New Jersey – Elia Saikaly, Adventurer – Filmmaker, Ontario
    16. 16. • Free Professional Development Opportunities for K-12 educators • Teaching with Primary Sources • Workshops are available to teachers, librarians, and media specialists with a focus on the digitized primary sources to help students engage in learning, develop critical thinking skills, and build content knowledge. • University of Idaho Professional Development Credit Available • Classes held Summer 2014
    17. 17. • Provides funding for teachers to pursue professional development and graduate education in English • Summer institute held via distance and a unique intensive summer residence experience in Moscow • More information: Dr. Gary Williams: or 208.885.6156
    18. 18. • K-12 Student Activities in the Classroom and in the Field focused on: – – – – Watersheds Macro-invertebrates Zooplankton Water Quality Testing Contact: Marie Pengilly:
    19. 19. • Other Watershed, Water Quality, and Natural Resource Student Activity Opportunities: • Coeur d’Alene Tribe: Heather Keen • Department of Environmental Quality: Jamie Brunner • Lake Management Plan: Laura Laumatia
    20. 20. • University of Idaho Extension is offering an innovative program to train citizen volunteers about regional water quality issues. Once a volunteer becomes a certified Master Water Steward, they then adopt a stream location to conduct regular monitoring on. Monitoring includes habitat, biological, chemical and physical assessments. All data collected from the Stewards is uploaded to a website that is made publicly available. The main focus of the program is to educate citizens on the status of their water quality and to help them understand the effects on streams, rivers and lakes. Youth involvement is also strongly encouraged. • Contact:
    21. 21. Professional Development Credit • Professional Development support and programs in Coeur d’Alene provide: – On-site assistance to schools in the 10 northern counties for meeting certification requirements and enhance ongoing instructional and curriculum development programs – Continuing professional development growth opportunity for school district administrators – Access to area education practitioners and other specialists that design programs and serve as instructional leaders
    22. 22. • Science on Tap Coeur d'Alene is held monthly on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm (except for June, July and August) and is open to anyone interested in exploring the latest science and technology by engaging with featured scientists and researchers at the Fort Ground Grill, a local gathering place in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The public will have ample opportunities to ask questions, voice opinions and learn about new subjects in a casual and informal setting. For more information, please visit:
    23. 23. Student Resources • Dig n’IT (Digital Innovation Generating New Information Technology) • Women in Mathematics and Science • Women in Engineering: November 15th • Idaho Assistive Technology Project
    24. 24. • Science, Technology, Computers, and Information Summer Opportunities – Paid Mentorship/Internship Opportunities for High School Students – Free Summer Camp for Middle School Students or 208.667.2588
    25. 25. Women in Science • The Women in Math and Science (WIMS) Program began in 2006 with a simple idea: get young women in Idaho schools to think about careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields by letting them actually do some exciting science. – All day experiential science experiences for high school girls at the UI Coeur d’Alene campus and NIC, teachers work alongside their students – Interaction with women scientists doing real world research and working in industry • Held annually in early October • Free to students, funds generally cover school transportation costs, etc…
    26. 26. • November 15, 2013 is Women in Engineering Day, a free one-day workshop for female high school students, grades 11-12, designed to introduce students to career options in engineering and computer science. • Participants will have the opportunity to: EARN a scholarship toward your undergraduate degree in engineering. LEARN about the diversity of careers in engineering. INTERACT with current students, faculty and industry professional. STAY overnight with college women in a dorm or sorority (optional). TOUR engineering labs at the University of Idaho. PARTICIPATE in hands-on engineering design activities. Registration deadline is October 25, 2013!
    27. 27. Idaho Assistive Technology Project • Any device or system that provides superior access for a person with a disability • Includes physical, learning, sen sory, learning, speech, and cognitive/emotional disabilities
    28. 28. Free School Services • Formal Assessments for students on an IEP (Any member of the IEP team may request an AT assessment) • Training for school staff on how to use devices and programs • Informal Consultation on AT solutions for anyone, including students on a 504 plan (Available to parents, teachers, and to the general public at our offices or by email or phone)
    29. 29. AT Loaning Libraries – 30 day free loans of devices and programs for anyone • In Coeur d’Alene at the UI Harbor Center Mike Mann, MS, ATP North Idaho Library Coordinator Idaho Assistive Technology Project 208-292-1406 local 800 IDA-TECH main
    30. 30. Thank You, Questions, Other Resources… Wanda Quinn 208-292-2531 Paul Amador 208-292-2536