Today we highlight Professional Development Director, Courtney Painton. Courtney has been an LPLC team member since 2022 and provides professional development for K-3 educators in evidence-based literacy and mathematics instruction to teachers across Idaho and beyond. She is also responsible for developing and overseeing a comprehensive model of professional development for early childhood educators, care providers, and parents. Courtney shares "The coaching support and tools we provide, as well as the relationships we create with educators, are invaluable in helping teachers reflect and implement best practices in their classrooms." Thank you for all you do for the community and beyond, Courtney!
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LPLC wishes you a wonderful new year. A new year brings new personal goals and resolutions. We encourage you to consider fine-tuning your knowledge and understanding of dyslexia by taking advantage of our "Understanding and Supporting Students with Dyslexia" course. Register and learn more here: https://www.lplearningcenter.org/product-category/courses/
Yesterday, LPLC training specialists Cindy, Courtney, Cristianne, and Lori served 400 paraprofessionals from Minnetonka School District in Minnesota through our "What Works in Reading: Tips for Paraprofessionals" webinar. This training provided attendees with background knowledge of the Science of Reading and provided practical strategies to support reading instruction and student engagement. We are grateful for our Minnestoa partnership--the 11th State LPLC has partnered with outside of Idaho.
LPLC wishes you a Happy New Year full of endless opportunities.
Today we highlight student Franzua, a third grader from LPLC's Literacy Pods program in Wood River. Franzua shares, "Maestra (teacher) Gabby, since I have been with you in this literacy program, I feel better about my English and reading." Franzua and many other children are gaining skills they need to be successful this school year through our Literacy Pods Program. Read more about LPLC's Literacy Pods via a recent Times-News highlight here: https://bit.ly/CBS2_LPLCLiteracyPods
LPLC extends our deepest appreciation to our community of supporters this holiday season! Since first opening our doors over 26 years ago, you have helped us provide over $1,810,000 in financial aid, train 10,000+ educators, and reach 100,000+ children in Idaho (and beyond). Thank you for all that you continue to make possible. If you haven't yet joined us with a gift this season, you can make a difference here: https://bit.ly/LPLC_Give
LPLC is wishing all a happy holiday season.
Today we highlight student Max, a first grader from LPLC's Literacy Pods program in Vallivue School District. Max has shared, "I want to learn and be a great reader and make you proud, and I am proud too." LPLC is so grateful to make an impact on Max and countless other students through our Literacy Pods Program. Read more about LPLC's Literacy Pods via a recent CBS2 highlight here: https://bit.ly/CBS2_LPLCLiteracyPods
We are grateful for the support CapEd has provided to LPLC and other local nonprofits to bolster educational resources for children statewide. Read the recent Idaho Business Review spotlight below which includes highlights from CapEd's Chief Marketing Officer Todd Christensen and LPLC's Professional Development Director Courtney Painton.
Treasure Valley initiatives benefit from CapEd partnership The credit union has given $100,000 divided into various amounts to support the Caldwell and Kuna school districts’ early learning collaboratives...
Today we highlight the Pesky Award for Inspirational Teaching (PAIT). This year's PAIT award recipients are Shannon Nicholson, a sixth-grade teacher at Grace Jordan Elementary in Boise, and Sarah Wang, an English Language Specialist for grades 1-3 at Endeavor Elementary in Nampa. A big thank you to both teachers for making a difference in the lives of countless students. Additional information about PAIT as shared in Boise State's news can be viewed here: https://www.lplearningcenter.org/pesky-award-for-inspirational-teaching-2023-winners-announced/
Today we highlight Academic Services Director, Aubrie Gribble. Aubrie has been supporting students at LPLC since 2016. Aubrie provides implementation of academic intervention and academic coaching services to LPLC’s clients as well as guidance and leadership to LPLC’s educational specialists. Aubrie shares “The importance of the work at LPLC lies in providing specialized, evidence-based interventions and support that empower individuals to overcome challenges, unlock their academic potential, and build essential skills for lifelong learning, contributing to their overall success and well-being.” Aubrie, your presence at LPLC is a gift to many!
Learning obstacles are turning into opportunities here at LPLC. Pictured is Educational Specialist, Pragnyaa Chakravarthy and student Kayla working on place value concepts and using the rule of operations to solve for an unknown variable. As Pragnyaa likes to say, "Each one of us has a mathematician within us!"
Are you, or is someone you know, in need of mental health services? Lee Pesky Learning Center is accepting new counseling clients and can help. To learn more visit: https://bit.ly/LPLCCounseling
LPLC has a special visitor at the center this month. The kindness elf, Joy, is spreading cheer throughout the center this season. Look for her at your next visit to LPLC.
Stay connected with LPLC through our quarterly eNewsletter. View our impact, staff spotlights, recommended reads, events, and much more here: https://conta.cc/3uAcnLn
The learning continues here at LPLC! Pictured is Educational Specialist and Academic Coach, Meagan Payne with student Ollie working on note-taking strategies and study skills. Nice work Ollie!
Today LPLC is sending gratitude to our partners at CapEd Credit Union. CapEd is generously providing grant monies that will be used to fuel LPLC's Tier 1 Every Child Ready to Learn (ECRL) program. This program ensures childhood educators have the resources needed to assist students in making gains in early literacy, mathematics, and self-regulated learning. Thank you for all that you continue to make possible, CapEd! To learn more about LPLC's grant, read the article here: https://bit.ly/CapEdGrant2 CapEd Credit Union
We are grateful for the recent highlight in the Times-News showcasing LPLC's Literacy Pods Program. Click on the link below to read the full article and learn more about the children who are creating pathways to learning in Wood River with the support of their tutors: https://www.lplearningcenter.org/lplc_ion-copy/
In honor of GivingTuesday, an anonymous donor will match every gift made TODAY dollar-for-dollar up to $2,000. LPLC invites our incredible community to make a gift-- and double your impact--in support of countless children and educators in the Treasure Valley and beyond. You can double your impact here: lplearningcenter.org/give
Join LPLC tomorrow for GivingTuesday -- a day that encourages global generosity! We invite you to lead the movement by supporting children and educators in overcoming obstacles to learning. Learn more and make an impact here: https://bit.ly/LPLC_Give
LPLC gives thanks to our community supporters this holiday. Your generosity changes lives and learning trajectories.
LPLC extends our deepest thanks to those that generously donated to our Fall Food Drive. Your donations will support families in need this fall. If you still have non-perishable items to donate, visit Idaho Food Bank's website for details https://idahofoodbank.org/.../give-food.../food-donations/
Did you know that LPLC provides one-on-one Academic Coaching to our clients? Through coaching, students benefit from individualized support to strengthen their study skills, time management, organization, and goal setting. Meet our Academic Coaches, Shelby Gergawy, Heather Smith, Erin Miller, and Meagan Payne.
Through the generous partnership of the Kellogg Foundation and IDAEYC, LPLC's Every Child Ready to Learn project has provided training and support to over 200 early childhood providers across the state of Idaho. In the words of a recent cohort participant, "We just can't thank you enough for always being there for us and helping each step of the way. Because of that, we have transitioned to a greater level of quality care with all that you have provided." Little Me With Daycare/Preschool
We are continuing to overcome obstacles to learning this Fall at LPLC. Pictured is Educational Specialist Renee Tobin with student Morgan working on utilizing his graphic organizer before moving on to the drafting phase of the writing process. Way to go Morgan and Renee!
Today LPLC is recognizing World Kindness Day, an international holiday devoted to promoting kindness throughout the world. In honor of World Kindness Day, LPLC is providing a few recommended reads for young readers. Spread kindness today and every day!
1. Kindness Makes us Strong by Sophie Beer
2. Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller
3. Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud
4. Kindness is my Superpower by Alicia Ortego
Today we highlight Educational Specialist, Pragnyaa Chakravarthy. Pragnyaa has been helping students recognize their hidden mathematical talents and curiosities at LPLC since 2013. She shares “To overcome math anxiety, it is critical that students understand how each one of us has a mathematician within us. Math is everywhere in everything we do. This mindset shift will happen when students discover their math-related strengths.” Thank you for changing the lives and mindsets of so many students, Pragnyaa!”
This past weekend LPLC’s educator training extended far beyond Idaho’s borders! LPLC’s dedicated training specialists delivered a live webinar of “Implementing Daily Literacy Routines” to a group of Ohio’s early childhood professionals. LPLC extends gratitude for our impactful partnership with Ohio Early Childhood Resource Center, and kudos to our training specialist’s Cristianne and Lori for providing support to teachers across the nation.
Did you know LPLC is accepting new counseling clients this fall? If you or someone you know could benefit from one-on-one counseling services, visit our website here to submit a client inquiry form. https://bit.ly/LPLCCounseling
Today, at LPLC, we want to recognize Idaho Family Reading Week! This year’s theme is “Art is All Around Us.” Enjoy an art-themed book by yourself or with a loved one this week. To get more family activity ideas and information about Idaho Family Reading Week visit your local library or learn more here: https://libraries.idaho.gov/rtm/2023-idaho-family-reading-week/
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