Friday, June 2, 2006

Teacher leadership institute slated

Top educators to address conference

Express Staff Writer

The Sun Valley Leadership Institute holds the second annual Summer Institute on Teaching June 11 to 16 to inspire classroom leadership. The teaching institute brings prominent master teachers to build leadership among Idaho educators.

"If we are to lift learners, teaching must be passionate, professional and inspiring. It is our responsibility, as a community, to ensure that our teachers have the best tools and training to educate our children," Bob Mobley, Sun Valley Leadership Institute chairman, said.

The Sun Valley Leadership Institute, a non-profit organization that focuses on helping individuals in leadership positions, partners with the Blaine County School District to inspire and support student success. Blaine County teachers of all subject areas and all grade levels will be offered full scholarships to pay the conference fee, which will be held at the Community Campus in Hailey.

The forum draws on the experience of master teachers and educational leaders. The keynote speakers include James Carter, an Alabama superintendent, who lowered the dropout rate from 42 percent to six percent in his school district and was active in the Civil Rights movement. Other speakers include Ann-Marie White, a nationally recognized innovator specializing in math and science and James Banner, a long-time Princeton University history professor. Blaine County Superintendent Jim Lewis and Assistant Superintendent Mary Gervase will also address educators.

Interactive group activity, one-on-one instruction, seminars, and the development of a yearlong action plan tailored for each participant compliment daily keynote speakers.

Idaho teachers employed outside of the Blaine County district may register for the program. Grants are available to assist with the hotel costs. All participants earn two university credits for attendance.

For more information or to register contact Susie Reese at or 578-5007. More information about the conference is available online at

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