COVID-19

Second graders create distance between each other

A COVID-19 Education Case Study: Idaho, Local Control and the Pandemic

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by Alan Gottlieb When it comes to reopening schools to in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic this school year, Idaho has been a study in contrasts. K-12 students in some remote rural districts have been back full face-to-face, masks optional and social distancing not enforced, since the beginning of the school year. In some more urban areas, older students are…

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Discussion – Creating a New Normal: Post-Covid Assessment and Accountability Possibilities

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If you missed it, you can view a recording here! The cancellation of end-of-year standardized testing in 2020 and concerns about testing in 2021 raise questions about the future of assessment and accountability in a post-Covid “new normal.” Does it make sense to maintain the current assessment and accountability system given the shocks to K–12 education from recent health and…

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Resources for Families with Young Children Learning At Home

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Bluum and Public Impact partnered to curate a list of resources that families may use at home to support young learners—preschool to early elementary—during distance learning. This document compiles online resources, most of which are available at no cost, that address some foundational building blocks of early learning: These resources address five key components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary,…

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New Resource: The Together Work-From-Home Teacher

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Over the last few months, Bluum helped host nearly 30 Idaho educators as part of Together Teacher courses. The program is designed to help educators build the organizational skills necessary to be great classroom teachers. The course trains educators on how to make the best use of their time by “creating customized organizational systems that hold up to fast-paced, high-volume,…

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Curated School Reopening Resources by National Education Experts

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Bluum and Public Impact partnered to identify how states are addressing school reopenings to inform policymakers and school leaders in Idaho. This document collects our findings to key questions based on a review of national media, third party reports, and a select number of state plans (Nevada, Utah, Texas, North Carolina, Colorado, and Indiana). State and district reopening plans are…

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WHEN IT COMES TO EDUCATION INNOVATION LEARNING COMES FIRST

Creating Social Distancing When Reopening Schools

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There are a handful of Idaho schools currently weighing the decision to re-open in May, for at least a couple of weeks. Some schools have contacted Bluum to share their plans and ask questions. As part of the conversation, Greg Richmond, Bluum’s Chief Officer for Growth and Strategy, has consolidated information from a variety of national experts and networks into…

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