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.
Facilities projects, reading accessibility, digital inclusion: How libraries shape Idaho
By: Michael Strickland - 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 […]
Parents must be prepared to talk to their kids about school shootings. Here are tips on how.
By: Michael Strickland - 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 […]
Tips for Idaho teachers in the wake of the delta variant
By: Michael Strickland - 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 […]
Teachers transformed education during pandemic. Let’s use what we’ve learned to heal, grow.
By: Michael Strickland - 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 […]