REGIONAL GROUPS

The Educate Idaho Network comprises five Regional Groups that collectively encompass the entire state. Each group is responsible for coordinating partnerships and collaboration in their geographic areas. We believe that our members/partners across the state can be most effective when they’re creating projects and working toward goals that are localized and focused specifically on regional circumstances, resources, and needs. The Network encourages the Regional Groups to share successes and best practices with their counterparts throughout the state.

  1. North Idaho Education Partnership
  2. North Central Idaho Education Partnership
  3. Treasure Valley Education Partnership
  4. South Central Idaho Education Partnership
  5. Southeast Idaho Education Partnership

North Idaho Education Partnership

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Spring 2016 Update: The North Idaho Education Partnership held community meetings in late March in Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene. The intent of the community meetings was to share information about the proposed project and developing partnership, and to get feedback and support from community members.

The project planning team had two teleconferences to work through the proposed project, and to review feedback from the community meetings.  The final regional planning meeting is scheduled for April 27th at North Idaho College.  The proposed project will be reviewed and the next steps in the development of the partnership will be discussed.


South Central Idaho Education Partnership

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Spring 2016 Update: The South Central Idaho Education Partnership held its final regional planning meeting at the College of Southern Idaho on March 29th.  Forty-two people attended the meeting on a day when some school districts in the region were closed due to a snow storm. Mark Hanson from Sentient Technologies shared the work that the ten-member project planning team had done since the last regional meeting. They used the feedback from the local community meetings and the input from the previous regional meeting to develop the project goal of bringing businesses, community, and families together to help educate about career and college pathways.

Shannon McGuire reviewed the next steps for the development of the regional partnership. The United Way of South Central Idaho indicated a willingness to provide backbone support for the partnership. Co-chairs, Bill Maikranz, Executive Director of the United Way of South Central Idaho, and Janet Avery, Curriculum Director for the Jerome School District, along with Brendalynn Love, Federal Programs Director and Grant Writer for the Jerome School District are collaborating to complete the grant application and to work through the details of the proposed project.


Southeast Idaho Education Partnership

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Spring 2016 Update: The Southeast Idaho Education Partnership had its second regional planning meeting at Eastern Idaho Technical College in Idaho Falls on April 4th, 2016.  Sixty-seven people attended the meeting. The mayors of Idaho Falls and Ammon participated in the meeting and shared some welcoming comments. A project was chosen from the top three projects identified through an online survey, and people worked in groups with a facilitator to develop the project design. A project planning team was identified to take the input from the meeting and to refine the project design.

Community meetings are scheduled in Pocatello and Idaho Falls on April 28th, 2016. The final planning meeting for the Southeast Idaho Education Partnership is scheduled for May 16th at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.


North Central Idaho Education Partnership

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Spring 2016 Update:  Preliminary meetings were held on April 12th in Moscow, and on April 13th in Lewiston to recruit people to participate on the regional planning team.  Fifteen people attended the meeting at the University of Idaho in Moscow, and nine people attended the meeting at Lewis and Clark State College in Lewiston. Despite the tight timeline, there was a lot of enthusiasm for the idea of forming a regional partnership and identifying a project that can impact postsecondary enrollment and completion.

The first planning meeting in Central Idaho will occur at the Fairfield Inn Conference Room in Moscow on May 4th, 2016. The goal will be to combine two planning meetings in one to expedite the planning process. A project will be identified by the end of the first meeting, and a project planning team will begin to work on refining the project based on input from the meeting.

Community meetings will occur in late May in Lewiston and Moscow, and the final planning meeting will occur in Lewiston in June after the summer conference. Cezar Mesquita, Director of Admissions at the University of Idaho, and Andy Hanson, Vice President for Student Affairs at Lewis and Clark State College, have agreed to serve as co-chairs for the regional planning team.


Treasure Valley Education Partnership

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Spring 2016 Update: Since its inception in 2011, TVEP has engaged over 200 organizations, representing nonprofit providers, K – 12 educators in nine school districts (and one private high school), higher education at six postsecondary institutions, funders, and businesses – all connected to systems supporting learning. The partnership represents over 200,000 students and youth in the Treasure Valley and more than a third of all public school students in Idaho. TVEP is uniquely positioned to bring together those who care about education to work collaboratively to identify and employ better practices aimed at improving student success. The work focuses on a set of five goals from birth to career and uses data to identify gaps in services and illuminate practices that work. Working groups meet monthly, each comprised of 20 to 30 cross sector partners with expertise in their specific goal area. TVEP facilitates the working groups, manages partner engagement and guides the progress of year-long action plans. Local data is used to understand what is working, where there are challenges, and what barriers exist to overcoming challenges. Within each work group, key outcomes and indicators have been identified by the community to increase shared responsibility.