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Ida Lynn (Kaufman) Cowart

Ida Lynn (Kaufman) Cowart (NE '96)


At the time of the Award, Ida Lynn (Kaufman) Cowart was:

Bess Streeter Aldrich Elementary School
Omaha, NE

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 2

Biographical Information

"I am convinced that sharing ideas and strategies with fellow teachers is at the heart of education," says Ida Lynn (Kaufman) Cowart, who teaches at Bess Streeter Aldrich Elementary School, a two-year multi-age center for second- and third-graders in Omaha. Mrs. (Kaufman) Cowart's classroom, the "ideal laboratory" as she calls it, has hosted over 40 teachers and teacher-candidates and has been featured in a learning styles video that will serve to train future teachers. Mrs. (Kaufman) Cowart is responsible for a number of projects and pilot programs; she has developed the Brownie Company project to give students an actual experience of the business world; she has piloted a program of exchange among students from diverse cultural and ethnic communities; and she has expanded the school's Everyday Publishing Company program to include informational and resource materials researched, authored and published by students.

Additional Information

Gifted & Talented Education, Looping, Multi-age Classrooms, Team Teaching