Student Engagement and Postsecondary Readiness

The Student Engagement & Postsecondary Readiness team is comprised of a range of programs and services designed to foster and establish optimal conditions for learning and readiness for college and career. This includes addressing barriers to postsecondary education, toxic school climates, suicide, dropout, habituation to low expectations and delinquency during, and after, school hours. These issues are significant impediments to student success throughout K-12 and beyond. The goals for this team include:

  • Providing advanced opportunities for Idaho students.
  • Establishing and communicating high standards and expectations for all students.
  • Increasing student participation in social, recreational and academic enrichment activities.
  • Cultivating supportive and healthy learning environments.
  • Imbedding high levels of family and community involvement in school activities.
  • Expanding opportunities for low-income and minority students to build skills and plan for postsecondary education.
  • Creating the norm that all students consider postsecondary education as a viable option.
  • Enacting student-centered and data-driven decision making.
  • Integrating measures that cultivate healthy school / community partnerships.

Idaho School Counselors Association 2014 Counselors of the Year

The Idaho School Counselors Association, Idaho's only professional organization focused on promoting excellence in school counseling by empowering professional school counselors to meet the needs of all Idaho's students and constituents, recently named the 2014 counselors of the year. Recipients are nominated by their peers for outstanding service and dedication to student success and are chosen by the Idaho School Counseling Association's Professional Recognition Committee. The 2014 Counselors of the Year were recognized at the Association's annual conference held in Coeur d' Alene on October 3, 2014. The State Department of Education congratulates these outstanding advocates for Idaho students. School counselors provide critical support for student success and these individuals represent the best in Idaho.

Matt Engle

Matt Engle, Elementary Counselor of the Year, Prospect Elementary, West Ada School District

Griselda Escobedo

Griselda Escobedo, Middle/Junior High Counselor of the Year, Vera C. O’Leary Middle School, Twin Falls School District

Connie Benke

Connie Benke, High School Counselor of the Year, Vallivue High School, Caldwell School District