Pre-K The Idaho Way: Exploring The Community Collaborative Model
Participants will focus on early child development, research, and educational practices that enable infants and young children to reach their maximum potential. They will learn about recent data surrounding the community collaborative model, and utilize a step-by-step toolkit for interacting with communities to increase access to high-quality learning based on this model.
Martin Balben, BA
is Project Director at the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children where he oversees their effort to achieve state investments in early learning. He has dedicated his career to educational causes and has worked candidates from both political parties that understand this core value. Previously, Martin lead the campaigns and elections work at Conservation Voters for Idaho and has filled various roles in his career including directing grass roots field efforts, campaign management, political strategy, and lobbyist. He takes pride in being the recipient of the 2015 Rotary Club’s Distinguished Educator award for his community organizing efforts with students.
Beth Oppenheimer, BA has served as the Executive Director of the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC) since 2010. She has spent many years advocating for the needs of our children and families and is committed to advancing opportunities for all Idaho families. As a working mother of two children, she understands the challenges facing working families and their abilities to support their children’s early care and learning. Previously, Beth served as the Associate Director for the Student Union Building at Boise State University. She has also worked at the University of Idaho, and has worked on education, policy, and development issues for the Junior Achievement of the National Capital Area and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, DC. Beth is very involved in her community and serves on several boards and committees which include the Treasure Valley YMCA, United Way Vision Council and is the newest member of the Boise School District Board of Trustees.
Omair Shamim, M.D. MHS MK is the Director of Idaho Head Start Collaboration Office, in the Department of Health and Welfare. He worked as a National Head Start Fellow at the Office of Head Start and gained tremendous national experience. He has also worked at a local Head Start program for ten years as the Health and Nutrition Services Manager improving the health outcomes of low-income children. Omair has a passion for healthy living, he is a Boise State Alumni with master's degrees in Health Sciences and Exercise Science and Sports Studies, and has been teaching at Brown Mackie since 2013. Prior to moving to the United States, Dr. Shamim was a vascular surgeon and ER doctor at the busiest hospital in Pakistan.