Jun 24, 2015

Writing Workshop Tomorrow!

Writing with Kids!
June 25th, 10am-noon
Slocum Hall, 2nd floor
Weiser, Idaho

Tomorrow, June 25th, I'll be teaching a writing workshop in Weiser, during the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest & Festival​.  The workshop will be one of a series of workshops held in Slocum Hall--a wonderful space being renovated for creative workshops and retreats.

We'll be workshopping in the 4-H tradition of learning by doing and the topic is writing with kids. Cost is $10/person or $20/family.  Half will go to Slocum Hall renovations and half will be donated to send 4-H kids to camp this summer.  

The full workshop description: 

Tell It Like You Mean It - Writing Stories with Kids

Techniques for growing a story through local characters, familiar settings and plots so unbelievable they must be true.

Jun 6, 2015

Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Nominee Announced

Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Nominee Announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National History Day (NHD) announced today a teacher nominated to receive the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award. Nominees have shown outstanding creativity, commitment, and inspiration in developing student interest in history. Each state winner is awarded $500, and is eligible for the National Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award. Two national winners, announced on June 18, 2015, will receive $10,000 in recognition of their outstanding efforts.

Johanna Harness of Nampa, Idaho, is one of only two winners from the state. Middle and high school teachers are nominated by their administrators, peers, or themselves for the award. Each participating state is allowed to select one high school and one middle school teacher to receive the state award and consideration for the national award.

“National History Day firmly believes that quality teachers are the best educational tools that students have,” said National History Day Executive Director Cathy Gorn. “The teachers selected as Behring award recipients are a credit to their discipline, and exemplify what it takes to be a quality educator.”

Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award winners are NHD participating teachers who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom. Their work must clearly illustrate the development and use of creative teaching methods that interest students in history and help them make exciting discoveries about the past; award-winning teachers also demonstrate a commitment to helping students develop their interest in history and recognize their achievements.

Harness' students are currently fundraising to pay for their trip to nationals. Contributions can be made here: http://gofundme.com/idahonhd.


NHD is a nonprofit education organization in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD offers yearlong academic programs that engage over half a million middle and high school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top projects have the opportunity to advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. NHD is sponsored in part by Kenneth E. Behring, Patricia Behring, HISTORY®, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Joe Weider Foundation and the WEM 2000 Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation.

For more information about NHD, visit www.nhd.org.
TWITTER: @NationalHistory
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/nationalhistoryday

Thank You, Dorothea Dix Think Tank

Many thanks go out to the Dorothea Dix Think Tank for their generous contribution to help Virginia travel to compete at the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland. Virginia has immersed herself in understanding the work of Dean Brooks over the last year, and receiving this donation is a huge honor.

The Dorothea Dix Think Tank was created by Dr. Dean Brooks to decriminalize mental illness. It was established as a donor-advised charitable fund with the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care.


Virginia and Paul leave for National History Day a week from today. They are nearly 75% of the way to their goal, and donations will be accepted through the end of their trip.