Michael Strickland

Michael Strickland

Michael Strickland, of Pocatello, teaches for Boise State University and is a visiting scholar at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity and Justice at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education.

Boise Public Library

Facilities projects, reading accessibility, digital inclusion: How libraries shape Idaho

By: - February 1, 2023

“The only thing that you absolutely have to know,” said Albert Einstein, “is the location of the library.” Today’s library goes far beyond books. In Idaho, especially in small and/or rural areas, the library can be the only place in town to hold a meeting, access reliable, high-speed internet, conduct a private telehealth appointment, or […]

Robb Elementary School vigil

Parents must be prepared to talk to their kids about school shootings. Here are tips on how.

By: - July 5, 2022

The more things change, the more they stay the same, or so the saying goes. In January 2021, I wrote a column called “Talking to your kids about recent mob violence.” The recent tragedies in Uvalde, Texas, and several other states bring on the sad occasion to write this piece again. I need to repurpose […]

Photo of a child with a backpack and surgical mask preparing to enter a classroom with COVID-19 precautions

Tips for Idaho teachers in the wake of the delta variant

By: - September 27, 2021

For a while, things have been returning back to normal, albeit a “new normal.” Due to COVID-19, most students did not have in-person instruction last year, and most of those who did only returned part-time with mask mandates in place. Now, we are weeks into a new school year. The hopes were to once again […]

A teacher uses a white board

Teachers transformed education during pandemic. Let’s use what we’ve learned to heal, grow.

By: - May 17, 2021

In “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho, Santiago is a shepherd boy who travels in search of extravagant treasures. He journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert. The story teaches us about listening to our hearts and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path. With each passing obstacle and hurdle […]