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I am searching for additional participants for my dissertation. My topic is on the value and effectiveness of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR)/Community Based Rehabilitation Services (CBRS) as a school-based mental health service.

I am needing Idaho general education teachers (k-12th) who had a PSR/CBRS worker in their classroom during the 2019-2020 school year prior to COVID closures. Even if you are a middle/high school teacher and only had a worker for one class period per day you still qualify as a participant.

I am conducting individual interviews via Zoom, which are taking approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. I am also looking for participants for a focus group, which will take place via Zoom.

My dissertation topic and data collection are approved through the Institutional Review Board for Grand Canyon University where I attend. I also have the approval to request participants through public Facebook sites/pages.

If you are interested in interviewing with me please send a message to me directly or email me at [email protected]

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I hope many teachers/staff took part in the email blast to the WASD Board of Trustee's on Eric's recommendation. Perhaps you too received a response from Trustee Smylie today. I appreciate that he took the time to take the blast seriously and crafted a response to at least say that he hears us.

As a side note... why is the school board scheduling meetings for 3pm? School is not even out at every building at that time - and we do have an incredibly vested interest in what is happening in this district. Further, with the meeting being recorded, I do not understand why it is not posted immediately for review. These are all transparency issues - and should be brought to their attention. I am hearing through the grape-vine we are in yellow again next week.

Be well teachers/staff!
Please share this with everyone, especially if you have or know of a child that goes or will go to Eagle High School or any school with a cellular tower. People need to at least have the information to make a choice as to whether or not to be concerned.
Please go here to find out the measurements observed, information about studies that have been done and recommendations for levels of radiation and more in-depth information.
http://www.eaglehealing.com/radiation.php
Please go here to sign my petition to have the cell tower removed and pass a law banning cell towers from school property. There is plenty of information out there to show there is damage being done, and we shouldn't be having out children and teachers being exposed to this. Why take that risk?
https://www.change.org/p/west-ada-board-of-trustees-remove-…
The West Ada Board of Trustees approved a cell tower which was installed on the Eagle High School property in early 2017.
A meter that measures RF radiation was rented and readings were taken inside and outside of Eagle High School. And what was found was disturbing. There were levels observed up to 66,667% higher than the levels that have been shown in studies to cause biological effects/changes, and up to 40,000% higher where students sit in some classrooms.
Here's a small description of the radiation being emitted from cell phones, WI-FI, cell towers, as well as any device which uses those things. This is a microwave radiation, the same as what your microwave uses to cook food. I don't think that it's too much of a leap to say that the higher the levels the more damage and faster the damage will be done. If you cook food in your microwave at high, it cooks very fast. If you lower the power level or put it on defrost, it will cook the food much more slowly. Have you seen the videos on YouTube where people set up several cell phones and they cook an egg?
Devices such as cell phones, cordless phones, baby monitors, laptops, tablets, game consoles, etc are considered two-way microwave devices. The difference between all of those devices and cell tower masts is that they can be turned off. They can be kept at a distance from the body to minimize the risk. And people have a choice as to whether to use them or not. With cell masts, there is no ability to turn them off. It's 24/7/365. So if you work at or attend that school for many years, those people are exposed to the radiation that I measured. And the levels in some of the classrooms were higher than using a cell phone.
Two teachers and two students were diagnosed with cancer at one school when a cell tower was put there.

Educators working together for students and staff in the public education system. The WAEA is over 9000 members strong in the West Ada School District/Joint School District #2.

We serve both Certified and ESP staff.

Operating as usual

Lobby Day 2022 12/14/2021

Lobby Day 2022

Want to advocate for education in Idaho?

What: Idaho Lobby Day 2022

When: January 16 & 17, 2022

January 16th:
5p - at Linen Building = Lobby Day Training & Dinner w/ Special Guest: Governor Little

January 17th:
8a - at ID State Capitol, Lincoln Aud.
Lunch provided @ IEA Headquarters

How: Join PACE. Make a $20 contribution to the Political Action Committee for Education & join us on Lobby Day.

Join pace here: https://idahoea.org/iea-pace/

Why: Your voice & vote matter.

RSVP for Lobby Day here: https://secure.ngpvan.com/Gz_U_OxBr0Cokx_VOGDj5g2?emci=547fc545-ce56-ec11-94f6-0050f2e65e9b&emdi=a0129135-d156-ec11-94f6-0050f2e65e9b&ceid=17808876

Lobby Day 2022

11/30/2021

After all the hustle and bustle of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” is #GivingTuesday, a time to remember to focus on the people and organizations who are in desperate need of our help. This year, the WAEA asks you consider giving to the IEA Children’s Fund (and you certainly don’t have to be a member to do so), which is dedicated solely to helping IDAHO’S public school children in need.

Please help us make sure that no student in Idaho goes without warm winter clothes, the glasses they need to read, or the supplies that will set them up for success in our public schools!

To donate follow this link:
https://pages.donately.com/ieachildrensfund/donate

Know someone who is in need of support from the fund? Follow this link:
https://ieachildrensfund.org/members/

#ieachildrensfund #WeAreWAEA #GivingTuesday2021 #idahoedu

After all the hustle and bustle of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” is #GivingTuesday, a time to remember to focus on the people and organizations who are in desperate need of our help. This year, the WAEA asks you consider giving to the IEA Children’s Fund (and you certainly don’t have to be a member to do so), which is dedicated solely to helping IDAHO’S public school children in need.

Please help us make sure that no student in Idaho goes without warm winter clothes, the glasses they need to read, or the supplies that will set them up for success in our public schools!

To donate follow this link:
https://pages.donately.com/ieachildrensfund/donate

Know someone who is in need of support from the fund? Follow this link:
https://ieachildrensfund.org/members/

#ieachildrensfund #WeAreWAEA #GivingTuesday2021 #idahoedu

IEA Awards 11/23/2021

IEA Awards

West Ada teachers are awesome. Nominate WAEA members for Idaho Education Association Annual awards.
https://idahoea.org/iea-awards/?emci=a22630c6-d04b-ec11-9820-c896653b26c8&emdi=17105842-054c-ec11-9820-c896653b26c8&ceid=11620288

IEA Awards Every year, members of the IEA recognize their colleagues for their outstanding efforts and successes on behalf of Idaho’s children.

media.npr.org 11/19/2021

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Last day before break! Take our VP Carmi Scheller’s advice and “have fun with your students” today.
We’ve all worked hard, but sometimes it’s important to remember it’s not always all about the work!

For more wisdom from Carmi, listen to our most recent podcast on “teacher burnout” here:

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1837804/episodes/9568299

For more fun animal photos, click here 🙂

https://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2021/11/18/1056851585/comedy-wildlife-photography-award-winners-2021

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11/18/2021

It is pretty clear, to anyone who cares to look or ask, that teachers working today are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety, stress and pressure about their jobs. Some are predicting a "great resignation" if something doesn't change soon.

Today we talk with Carmi Scheller, the WAEA Vice-President, about teacher burnout: what it is and what we need to do as a state, as a district and as individuals to ensure we don't lose some of our most caring and talented teachers, who feel as though they just can not stay in the profession any longer...

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1837804/9568299

#WAEA #WaeaATB #burnout #AmericanEducationWeek

It is pretty clear, to anyone who cares to look or ask, that teachers working today are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety, stress and pressure about their jobs. Some are predicting a "great resignation" if something doesn't change soon.

Today we talk with Carmi Scheller, the WAEA Vice-President, about teacher burnout: what it is and what we need to do as a state, as a district and as individuals to ensure we don't lose some of our most caring and talented teachers, who feel as though they just can not stay in the profession any longer...

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1837804/9568299

#WAEA #WaeaATB #burnout #AmericanEducationWeek

Episode 8 - The Darden Dispatch - 11/15/21 - WAEA: After The Bell... 11/17/2021

Episode 8 - The Darden Dispatch - 11/15/21 - WAEA: After The Bell...

Unable to attend the most recent WA Board of Trustees meeting, or just want a quick reminder of all the important things that happened?

We discuss the meeting that occured on Monday, November 15th with our ever-vigilant WAEA observer, Sue Darden.

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1837804/9560859
https://westadaea.org/waea-podcast

#DardenDispatch #WAEA #WaeaAfterTheBell

Episode 8 - The Darden Dispatch - 11/15/21 - WAEA: After The Bell... Unable to attend the most recent WA Board of Trustee meeting, or just want a quick run-down of all the important things that happened? We discuss the meeting that occured on Monday, November 15th with our ever-vigilant WAEA Observer, Sue Darden. ...

11/16/2021

Students need you. You make a difference and often you don't know who it is that looks forward to seeing you and learning with you. Showing up matters.

Students need you. You make a difference and often you don't know who it is that looks forward to seeing you and learning with you. Showing up matters.

West Ada School Board candidates talk top priorities, COVID-19, growth 10/28/2021

West Ada School Board candidates talk top priorities, COVID-19, growth

Learn about the Trustee candidates running for School Board on 11/2.

Please help us to get out the vote!

https://www.kivitv.com/news/west-ada-school-board-candidates-talk-top-priorities-covid-19-growth?fbclid=IwAR0euqsIlTjTsDI_-ztz2Jr1JOcbd31pZenXW45t8wSfM9xuIjtnLywcEbE

West Ada School Board candidates talk top priorities, COVID-19, growth Four candidates are vying for two seats on the West Ada Board of Trustees. We spoke with each candidate about their top priorities, COVID-19 and growth.

Episode 7 - Meet the Candidates - WAEA: After The Bell... 10/20/2021

Episode 7 - Meet the Candidates - WAEA: After The Bell...

https://westadaea.org/waea-podcast

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1837804/9396844

On November 2nd, voters in West Ada Zones 1&3 will pick the two individuals to replace Trustees Klopfenstein and Buffi on the WA Board of Trustees. In this episode, we sit down to talk with two candidates, Brent Hart (Zone 1) and Anita Beckman (Zone 3) to get a sense of who they are, what qualifies/motivates them to be in this position, and what their priorities would be if elected.

** NOTE - Lori Frasure (also Zone 1) and Angie Redford (Zone 3) were asked to take part in this episode as well, but both camps refused to participate... more on this in the episode.

Episode 7 - Meet the Candidates - WAEA: After The Bell... On November 2nd, voters in West Ada Zones 1&3 will pick the two individuals to Replace Trustees Klopfenstein and Buffi on the WA Board of Trustees. In this episode, we sit down to talk with two candidates Brent Hart (Zone 1) and Anita Beckman...

10/14/2021

Dear WASD Community Member and Voter,

On November 2nd, voters in the TV will elect a new school board members, and these elections will impact all of us. In the toxic political climate we are in today, dozens of individuals across Idaho are looking to initiate a hostile takeover of our school boards and the Idaho School Boards Association. This is not hyperbole, and I am not trying to scare you into taking action; this is simply a matter of fact.

We must ensure that districts are run by pro-public education, pro-educator trustees that appreciate the value of the work you do in your classrooms day in and day out. The best way to do this is by calling voters and encouraging them to vote for locally recommended candidates. We hope you can find one or two days in October (Tuesdays and Thursdays through the end of October from 6 until 8PM) to join us in reaching out to voters. We are providing food and drinks and a safe social-distancing environment, or you can choose to make calls from the convenience of your own home.

Please reach out to Cord Breuer, IEA & WAEA Region 9 GR-PACE Representative at [email protected] and let him know you are available to fill a shift or two. We will then get you a calendar of dates that works best for your busy schedule.

WAEA Podcast - West Ada Education Association 10/12/2021

WAEA Podcast - West Ada Education Association

Did you miss the WASD School Board meeting last night, or just want a quick rundown?

On this episode of our “After the Bell” podcast we chat w/ Sue Darden, our resident WAEA Observer about:

The latest w/ the Trustee Amy Johnson protests

Dr. Bub's update/District spotlights

Trustee/School Board Rezoning Map

Revised communications policies

https://westadaea.org/waea-podcast

WAEA Podcast - West Ada Education Association

City of Meridian Live Stream 10/12/2021

City of Meridian Live Stream

If you’d like to watch a “meet the candidate” forum hosted by Meridian City Council tonight at 7:45p. Please use the link below. This is for zone 1 & 3 candidates for WASD School Board.

https://meridiancity.org/live?fbclid=IwAR0MCzi-0AgvXUXOyRpN15_yYi-U8TzHh45GlxtZodLlPgOr40-TXUcHikg

City of Meridian Live Stream

Photos from Idaho Education Association's post 09/23/2021

Congratulations Todd!
It’s so great that your outstanding work as a dedicated teacher was recognized. What an honor!

WAEA Podcast - West Ada Education Association 09/09/2021

WAEA Podcast - West Ada Education Association

Check out episode 3 of “After the Bell!”

A talk w/ Sue Darden (our resident board meeting expert) about the trustee meeting that occured on 9/8/21.

We discuss Sue's history w/ the WAEA & board meetings before diving into the mask announcement, Academic Freedom policy, a supplimental levy & more.

https://westadaea.org/waea-podcast

WAEA Podcast - West Ada Education Association

WAEA Podcast - West Ada Education Association 08/23/2021

WAEA Podcast - West Ada Education Association

WAEA: After the Bell Episode 2

What is WAEA: After The Bell?
~"After The Bell" is a series of conversations with teachers, administrators, education support professionals, reporters and other stakeholders in Idaho's largest school district. In addition to seeking to build better bridges of communication within our organization, we at the WAEA believe the more voices we hear from, the more educated and effective our actions will be.

In This Episode:
West Ada hired over 230 new certified employees this year! We took the opportunity to chat with a few of them at the new teacher event held on August 18th about where they are from, what their previous experiences are and about the prospects (both exciting and scary) for the upcoming school year.

https://www.westadaea.org/waea-podcast

WAEA Podcast - West Ada Education Association

WAEA Podcast - West Ada Education Association 08/19/2021

WAEA Podcast - West Ada Education Association

WAEA: After the Bell Episode 1

What is WAEA: After The Bell?
~"After The Bell" is a series of conversations with teachers, administrators, education support professionals, reporters and other stakeholders in Idaho's largest school district. In addition to seeking to build better bridges of communication within our organization, we at the WAEA believe the more voices we hear from, the more educated and effective our actions will be.

In This Episode:
We spoke with Dr. Derek Bub, the district's new Superintendent, at the new certified employee event. We discussed a number of things from his educational background, his goals for the year, what COVID-19 has taught us, his thoughts on unions, per-student spending, ESP pay, and his advice to new teachers.

https://www.westadaea.org/waea-podcast

WAEA Podcast - West Ada Education Association

08/17/2021

Boy sometimes things just go haywire! The survey (1) that went out multiple times (3) today to get an accurate accounting of member expectations and opinions should only be submitted once. If you received a message that it did not submit go to the last email of the three and take it. The formatting and branching did not stay in place in the transfer.

If you can't find the survey check your junk mail or spam. It is sent from Constant Contact and the [email protected] email account.

If you do not have it at your school or home email address please send a message to [email protected]. Subject: Member - no survey received. I will check the Constant Contact list of contacts and our member rosters, get you added to the main communication source, and send the email with the survey your way.

Carmi - VP WAEA

07/27/2021

Members check your email for a message about an opportunity to improve your retirement planning. Specific to PERSI and provided by our retired members' chapter, The South West Educators Association – Retired (SWEA-R).

Members check your email for a message about an opportunity to improve your retirement planning. Specific to PERSI and provided by our retired members' chapter, The South West Educators Association – Retired (SWEA-R).

07/14/2021

IEA MB FB Live Zoom Meeting

Are you taking advantage of all that membership has to offer? Check out the first Save With Dave event. Then head over to the IEA Member Benefits page to learn more about the benefits that come with membership.

06/21/2021

While we were excited to see that WASD has approved a pay increase to $12.45 (custodial) and $13.08 (ESP), the district NEEDS to realize it is simply NOT ENOUGH to fix our problem of adequate staffing. We have been fighting for $15 for a while now... how much longer until our staff have the wages they deserve?

Housing/Rent prices, gas, food, healthcare & daycare expenses are pricing our critically necessary and ESSENTIAL educational support staff out of the Treasure Valley and out of education.

HEDU – Idaho State Legislature 02/24/2021

HEDU – Idaho State Legislature

Some Idaho legislators are again attacking public education and the teachers committed to educating the children in Idaho. Now they are going after teachers' rights to affect the learning and teaching environment in their own district. The ID State Legislator is attempting to bring back the Luna laws, laws that the citizens of Idaho overwhelming rejected ten years ago.

HB 174 introduced by Rep. Dorothy Moon, R-Stanley, would revisit Luna Laws by allowing local school boards to reject teachers' requests to negotiate their annual contract and deny them the opportunity to address concerns that directly impact the classroom.

This bill would tell teachers that their voice simply doesn't matter and makes it harder for districts to recruit and retain the high-quality and passionate teachers necessary to ensure all students receive the best possible education.

"This is another attempt to subvert the professional status of Idaho educators," says IEA President Layne McInelly. "The people have already spoken on this issue when they voted on Prop. 1 to overturn the disastrous Luna Laws."

HB 174 could return to the House Education Committee for a full hearing at any time. Please contact your legislators and tell them to vote NO on this misguided legislation!

https://legislature.idaho.gov/sessioninfo/2021/standingcommittees/HEDU/

HEDU – Idaho State Legislature *The notification e-mail will contain the committee name, date and time of the meeting held, and a link to the agenda or minutes .pdf document.

Board of Trustees / Board Meeting Recordings 02/10/2021

Board of Trustees / Board Meeting Recordings

Link to tonight’s important School Board meeting

https://www.westada.org/Page/35419

Board of Trustees / Board Meeting Recordings The following audio/video recordings are not the official record of the Board of Trustee meetings. The official records are the typed minutes available in this section of the web page and also archived permanently at the District Service Center. The audio/video records of the meetings are provid.....

'It's emotional arguments as opposed to sound, logical reasoning': West Ada teacher discusses potential return to full-time in-person learning 02/09/2021

'It's emotional arguments as opposed to sound, logical reasoning': West Ada teacher discusses potential return to full-time in-person learning

https://www.ktvb.com/mobile/article/news/local/208/west-ada-teacher-in-person-discussion/277-5e281248-0fae-4ca8-b221-28393c2acbe5

'It's emotional arguments as opposed to sound, logical reasoning': West Ada teacher discusses potential return to full-time in-person learning Zachary Borman, a speech and debate teacher at Rocky Mountain High School, fears the West Ada school board may be pushing for a return to in-person too soon.

02/08/2021

Soon the West Ada School Board will be voting to move our secondary schools to 100% in-person instruction. This decision will likely affect thousands of families' lives and routines in profound ways. They are doing this without listening to or asking the opinion of teachers, staff members, students or parents in the district.

By eliminating social distancing from our plan, we are ignoring warnings coming to us from around the world. Dr. Pate and other medical professionals have indicated great concern about the variants of COVID currently being spread through the US. Specifically the B.1.1.7 variant that has forced school in the UK back into full remote instruction. Recommendations to avoid the need for fully remote instruction focus on the importance of physical distancing. Adopting the current recommendation dismisses the risk of widespread outbreaks, and provides no reason for doing so.

The School Board, and many community members, have made the claim that the hybrid schedule has been bad for learning. They do so with nothing more than anecdotal data, most of which dates back to last spring.While no one would deny that synchronous instruction has introduced new challenges, many teachers have communicated success in learning this year due to the benefits of lowered class sizes, and increased access to instructors and digital content. The disruption to learning caused by bouncing between instructional strategies could be far worse than simply maintaining the hybrid schedule. A schedule that teachers and students have been able to adjust to, and one that they can thrive in if only they are given some sort of stability.

It is unprincipled to make such a large decision for so many people, without regard for what they think, with no evidence that they will be safe and with no guarantee learning will be improved.

As a district we have adopted the High Reliability schools model. The foundation of HRS is the safe supportive and collaborative schools for all students and staff. These criteria give no considerations for the safety of students, staff or our community at large. Input from all students, teachers and community members was not sought. Many teachers and students are being left unsupported. The school board requires educators and staff to adhere to HRS guidelines, why is this important decision being made without adhering to these same ideals? While reopening schools is something we all want, it needs to be done safely, and collaboratively so that we are all on the same page and walking into the future together.

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