Friday, August 9, 2013

August 2013 Political Luncheon: Common Core Standards in Idaho

Pocatello, ID —  Idaho's new standardized education curriculum is the topic for discussion Wednesday, August 14th at the Bannock County Democrats Political Soup luncheon. ISU Assistant Professor Dr. Wendy Ruchti will be the speaker.

"You've heard the talk on both sides," said Ruchti of her presentation, "but come and find out what the Common Core State Standards (now renamed the Idaho Core Standards) really are, and ask questions, too." Ruchti will discuss the history of the standards, how they were created, their design, who supports and doesn't support them and why, and their potential future. Along the way she will address several "myths and rumors" about them to help listeners develop an informed opinion of the standards.

Ruchti's career has emphasized Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. She is a National Science Teachers Association online advisor and serves on the ISU Undergraduate Curriculum Council and as an Idaho Science Teachers Association Region 5 Board Member. She has a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University with a master's degree and PhD in Education from the University of Idaho.

The Idaho Legislature approved the Idaho Core Standards in 2011. This year teachers across the state will begin teaching the new standards in mathematics and English Language Arts after two years of professional development. For more information, see

This event will be held at the Bannock County Democratic headquarters, 355 Yellowstone Ave., across the street from Mama Inez restaurant. Delicious salad will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Political Soup is a great way to stay in touch with fellow Democrats in our area, as well as to pass around ideas and suggestions. Entrances are at the front and back of the building; with parking in back (please do not take parking spaces belonging to businesses along adjacent buildings). We look forward to seeing you there. For more information about this event, please contact our organization at or call (208) 234-8908.

Education Rally: Help Wanted

Willing to make a difference for education? Here's how you can! We are planning a series of events in September to highlight the current state of public education and its impact on our children. We're making plans and need your help. Can you take photos or write press releases? Would you like to put up posters or are you willing to pass out literature? Would you like to organize a rally or help others to? Could you recruit speakers about education? Would you like to talk at a rally, 2-5 minutes only! As you can see, there's lots to do and your help will make a tremendous difference! To help in any way, please contact us by phone at (208) 234-8908 or email us at soon as possible.

P.S. Please contact us by August 16, 2013 at the latest.