WAEA West Ada Education Association

WAEA West Ada Education Association


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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]

Thank you,
Sara Palmer
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.
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?
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.

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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.


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.


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.


WAEA Podcast - West Ada Education Association

[08/17/21]   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


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.

[06/21/21]   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!


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


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


'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.

[02/08/21]   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.


Remember to join the WAEA and the Parent/Patron Coalition meeting Saturday morning!


Educators and our community coming together across the state to improve public schools Idaho. Please join the IEA along with regions 7, 8 and Middleton on December 19th at 10 am. Scan the QR code to find a form and register for the meeting! We look forward to having the community together to discuss our public schools!


Ten of the previous IEA teachers of the year came together to sign this powerful letter. Take a look!

In a strong showing of collaboration, ten educators who have been honored as Idaho Teacher of the Year have signed an open letter aimed at prioritizing the health of students and staff, as well as spotlighting some of the long-term issues they would like to see addressed.

✅A need for smaller class sizes,
✅More personnel in Idaho schools,
✅Supporting mental health initiatives,
✅Investing in facilities, technology, and infrastructure.

They ask all of us to join them in calling on state and local leaders to create an action plan to protect the health of students and staff while the pandemic still rages. Click here to join them. https://bit.ly/3m4ok1L

fb.me 12/05/2020

Idaho Public Schools

What can you do to make Idaho Public Schools great for our kids? Follow the link to make your voice heard. https://bit.ly/2HNHXwT


kivitv.com 10/27/2020

School districts across the state lack substitute teachers

kivitv.com Westfall says there are 30 subs for the entire Kuna School District, but they're looking for more. Idaho Education Association President Layne McInelly says many across the state are looking for substitutes.

kivitv.com 10/20/2020

Classes in West Ada canceled Tuesday, teachers voice concerns


kivitv.com "I don't think we should be going in, and I think that we should be doing this until that board meets and they change their plan, but I don't think that's realistically going to happen," said Borman, "and I don't want to lose my job. I can only take so many sick days in row."


Are you an educator and feel your voice isn't being heard?

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WA Educators WANT:
🍎... to teach & students to be learning
🍎... our classrooms safe for students & staff
🍎... more time to prepare quality instruction for our kids
🍎... to be a part of the decision making process
🍎... to decrease the risk & spread in our community



Wondering WHY Westada teachers need your support? Here is a great infographic to explain! #redmeansremote


A must-read for educators and parents.

Thanks for posting Maggie O'Mara.
#askaneducator #idedu


I am both a parent of West Ada students and a teacher of almost 30 years. Because of this, I see things through two lenses. It can be extremely difficult to play both roles, especially at times like this. The contention surrounding the start of the school year weighs heavy on me. We (teachers, administrators, school boards, and the education system in general) are being vilified on social media and in the news. I want to share a teacher’s perspective with the hope that it helps to bring a bit more understanding. I ask that my name not be used, however, because I honestly cannot take much more hate and disdain at this point.

As you know, teachers do not go into education for the money. We teach because of our passion for and commitment to our students. We yearn to get back to the classroom and our students BUT only if we can do so safely. Sadly, that one word is often left out of the arguments for reopening our schools. Are we essential? You bet! But, our work environment is like no other. The comparisons made between teachers and other essential workers are filled with flaws and misconceptions. Unless someone has been in a classroom for days, weeks, months, or years on end, they simply do not know or understand the inherent risks, risks that have the potential to have devastating impacts on ourselves, our families, our colleagues, and our students. Many of us are concerned and hesitant to return to the classroom because we know the realities of the looming situation.

Putting an exclamation mark on these concerns, the legislature and the governor recently worked together to adopt legislation that removes nearly all accountability for school districts if they act negligently or fail to protect their students and staff members as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. If we are being completely transparent, such a bill would not have been given consideration if they were not anticipating the consequences that are inevitable. This “no-accountability” bill reeks of lies and deception; if it is truly safe enough to resume in-person education, there is no need for this legislation. Right?

Furthermore, many parents are offering to sign waivers to get their kids back into the classroom full-time. Do they assume that the primary concern of the school district has been potential litigation instead of the health and safety of students and staff? Not so. These waivers look out for their own needs but do not offer any protection for the teachers and staff. Together, these things only make our already uncertain working conditions even more concerning for us. If our government leaders and these parents have it their way, they may just force us back into in-person learning regardless of the data and/or recommendations of medical professionals.

The school system is data driven. We look at data and work with experts in the field to improve our teaching practices and improve education for our students. But now, even though the data and the experts have provided clear recommendations, some parents are asking our school board and district administrators to ignore data. To me, that is unconscionable! The only data they want to consider is the data that supports their concerns. Are young people less at risk for contracting COVID-19? Yes! Do students most benefit from in-person instruction? Yes! Do our students want to be back amongst their peers and teachers? Yes! There is data to support these claims. But, what about the data that supports the risks of reopening schools for in-person learning? What about the data that supports the role of children in spreading COVID-19 to adults? Look at what has happened in Florida and Georgia schools, for example. Even closer to home, look at what has happened to the Mackey School District after just one week of reopening. The data confirms that there IS significant risk.

More than parent input or demands, school districts must listen to health professionals, those who are most qualified to analyze the data and make recommendations. Our leaders must make decisions based on the well-being of the greater good. As a teacher AND as a parent, I am grateful that they have had the strength to do that.

While I have read many parents' comments on social media arguing that we have been “off” since March 13th or that we “don’t want to have to work to earn our paycheck,” I can tell you that is far from the case. What did my “work schedule” look like during the pandemic? Personally, I spent four to five extra hours a day working with my high school students. Whenever they were available, I made myself available, whether it was early in the morning or later in the evening. Like my colleagues, I set appointments to work with individual students and/or groups through Microsoft Teams. I made phone contact with both my students and their parents at least once a week. I supported their academic progress, of course, but I also supported their social emotional well-being, knowing that such support is essential. I absolutely had a pulse on what was going on, as did many, many educators. How many car parades and celebrations did we see taking place throughout the valley? Many! And, when the school year ended, we kept going, preparing for the unknown, working desperately to get ready to teach in whatever situation we face.

Was remote learning ideal last spring? No! And because of that, many parents are quick to assume that it will not be any better as we begin another school year. Instead of saying that remote learning can’t work because it didn’t work well last spring, I would hope they could look at why it did not work well overall and give us a chance to show improvement. The reality is, we were all thrown into it without warning, without time to adequately prepare for it. We were not prepared for many of the struggles with technology. Those are no longer excuses that can be made. We are committed to making things the very best they can be for our students. Will it be ideal to teach and/or learn remotely? Again, no. But it may just be safest. Remember, we cannot leave out that word or consideration.

Parents want to talk about choices. To them, it is simple. There is a choice of online learning or in-person learning. Unfortunately, it is not that simple. Do all teachers have those same options? Not always. There are only so many online teaching jobs available and those who are in the highest risk categories are typically given first consideration. So, younger teachers, those who likely have younger children at home, and those who may not have the choice to teach online because of the lack of available positions, they are the ones who will be put at risk in the classroom. Is it acceptable for their health to be placed in jeopardy because of parental choice?

Finally, I want to share an observation of many of the parents who feel like their messages have not heard. Some of them presented at a special board meeting a couple of weeks ago. Even though the chairman of the board clearly stated numerous times that all presenters needed to wear masks even while at the microphone, many refused to do so. For me, their actions spoke louder than the actual messages they intended to share. These tacit messages provide a strong indication of just one of the many challenges we will face in our classrooms. If mature adults refuse to follow the most basic protocols and respectful requests, their children will likely not either. When those children, following their parents’ example, do not wear masks or follow other safety protocols, we could quite possibly face devastating consequences. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Your actions speak so loudly, I can not hear what you are saying.” We must consider all that was and continues to be said in both words and actions throughout our community!

Again, I am not “just” a teacher but am a parent of students, as well. Like other parents, I would prefer my own children learn in a traditional classroom. They love school! They want to get back to a life of normalcy. So do I. Unfortunately, that is not the safe option. I cannot help but worry about the way they would be impacted if something happens to me as a result of going back into the classroom before it is safe to do so. The potential impact of a less-than-ideal school year is far less than the long-term impacts of possibly living without a parent. Am I being dramatic? I sure hope so. But, what if I am not? Are other parents honestly ready to demand that I take such a gamble for myself and my family? It sure seems like it, and that causes me great concern.


A passionate but concerned teacher

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