IMESD News/Press

ESD Hires New Communications Specialist

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Intermountain ESD is pleased to announce the hiring of Michele Madril as their new Communications Specialist. She replaces Casey White-Zollman, who recently took a position as Vice President of Communications at Blue Mountain Community College. Madril will serve as the Public Information Officer for IMESD and component school districts, working with them to coordinate their communications.

ORBIDA Dyslexia Simulation & Dyslexia 101: Put Yourself into the Shoes of a Dyslexic

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On April 25, 2015 from 9:30AM to 12:00PM, the InterMountain ESD and Pendleton Special Education Parent Teacher Association are offering a special workshop for anyone who would like a better understanding of dyslexia. This workshop is designed with several activities and simulations to demonstrate what it’s like to have dyslexia and how to use effective teaching techniques to assist students.

Dyslexia effects up to 20% of the population worldwide and symptoms range from mild to severe. Dyslexia effects individuals in any area of language: reading, writing, spelling, speaking, or verbal language. It is classified as a cognitive disorder, not an intelligence problem.

During this workshop, participants will:

  • Get the facts about Dyslexia
  • Experience the frustration and feelings of failure that individuals with dyslexia feel daily
  • Learn about effective teaching techniques

Join Us For This Free Training! It is open to parents, educators, community agencies and partners. 

Nominations for 2015 Crystal Apple Awards Due April 1

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Nominations for the 2015 Crystal Apple “Excellence in Education” Awards are due Wednesday, April 1 by 5:00pm. Nomination forms, qualifications and a list of past winners are available on the Crystal Apple website by clicking here. All nominations must be made using the online form.

The Crystal Apple Awards will take place in two locations on separate dates to reflect the IMESD’s regional service areas: May 11, 2015, in the Gilbert Event Center at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande (for winners in Union County school districts), and on May 20, 2015, at the Pendleton Red Lion (for winners in Umatilla and Morrow counties).

The purpose of the awards is to recognize individuals who help to make our schools and students successful. More than 50 education staff will be honored this year between the two ceremonies.