In her 35 years as an educator, Lee Pesky Learning Center’s Professional Development Director, Cristianne Lane, is no stranger to leading writing workshops for teachers and children. Cristianne, and the experienced training department at LPLC, facilitate writing workshops of which hundreds of teachers across the state of Idaho have attended. A published author herself, Cristianne and LPLC staff realize the importance of fostering a love of learning in young children.
Alan and Wendy Pesky, founders of Lee Pesky Learning Center, have been honoring outstanding teachers since 2011 with an award they created–the Pesky Award for Inspirational Teaching (PAIT). In partnership with Boise State’s College of Education, PAIT recognizes inspirational K-12 teachers in the state of Idaho and beyond who make a difference in the lives of their students through passion and caring.
On Friday, December 3, 2021, CBS2 featured Lee Pesky Learning Center as part of their Leaders in Learning series. The segment sheds light on the various ways that LPLC is supporting students in Idaho (and beyond) and how local community partners such as CapEd Credit Union are collaborating to strengthen early childhood learning in Idaho.
On October 15, 2021, Lee Pesky Learning Center (LPLC) received support in the amount of $600,000 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Support from the Kellogg Foundation—November 1, 2021 through October 31, 2024—will increase high quality childcare through training and coaching early childcare providers using research-based best practices to support whole child development.
On November 6, 2021 News 12 Brooklyn featured former Lee Pesky Learning Center student, model, and marathon runner Nate Katsuki. Nate, along with eleven other runners representing LPLC, will be running in this year’s New York City Marathon on November 7th to raise funds and awareness for LPLC.
This past September 2021, Lee Pesky Learning Center (LPLC) expressed a warm farewell to Dr. Evelyn Johnson. After a decade of leading Lee Pesky Learning Center as Executive Director and, most recently, CEO, Dr. Johnson will be continuing her professional journey as VP of Research and Development at Aperture Education. Dr. Johnson also led LPLC’s research on our unique self-regulated learner framework, the early detection of learning disabilities, and a professional development model for early childhood educators.
Lee Pesky Learning Center Co-Founder, Alan Pesky, is releasing his new memoir titled More to Life than More: A Memoir of Misunderstanding, Loss and Learning on September 7th (Skyhorse Publishing). In his memoir, co-authored with Claudia Aulum, Alan Pesky grapples with difficult life questions as he chronicles his relationship with his son, Lee Pesky, who died unexpectedly of a highly invasive brain cancer in 1995 at 30 years old. To honor Lee’s legacy, Alan founded Lee Pesky Learning Center (LPLC) in 1997.
Lee Pesky Learning Center CEO, Dr. Evelyn Johnson, recently spoke with Boise Public State Radio’s Gemma Gaudette about Pathways to Literacy, a program serving as a direct response to school closures amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Johnson is also joined by an LPLC parent, Maria Aguilar, and a tutor of the program, Jack Johnson. When asked…
Our very own Professional Development Director, Cristianne Lane, was recently featured in an Idaho Press article discussing Idaho Lawmakers’ decision-making process about implementing full-day kindergarten. With Lee Pesky Learning Center’s mission to understand and overcome obstacles to learning in mind, Cristianne highlighted the reality that the key to closing educational opportunity gaps for our most…
Announcing The Let There Be Project A Collaborative Project Benefiting Lee Pesky Learning Center and The Alliance of Idaho The Let There Be project was dreamed up by Alan and Wendy Pesky to benefit The Alliance of Idaho and the Lee Pesky Learning Center, both Idaho-based nonprofits. The Alliance of Idaho protects the human…