Events

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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Let’s Celebrate 2,274 New Learning Opportunities

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Mark your calendars to help us celebrate the opening of three unique schools, the expansion of two more, and the 2,274 new educational opportunities they represent for the children and families in their communities. Elevate Academy Idaho New School Fellows Matt Strong & Monica White have spent nearly two years building Elevate Academy, which will train and create a pipeline…

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400 Attendees, 40 Schools & Community Partners Celebrate Choice in Education

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All kids deserve a school that works for them. That’s why we brought together a variety of schools of all types to help families learn about their options for the 2019-2020 school year. The event was one of 240 separate events held across the Gem State to celebrate National School Choice Week. There were drawings, student performances, music, and a…

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New Ideas for a New Era of Public Education In Idaho – Discussion with Dr. Paul T. Hill

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In late January, Idaho law- and policy-makers and education stakeholders joined Bluum for a special dinner and discussion about new ideas for a new era of public education in Idaho. After Terry Ryan welcomed our distinguished guests, Idaho Charter School Network‘s President, Bill Russel, took a moment to present two lawmakers with the Champions for Charters Award. Sen. Lori Den…

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Idaho New School Fellows break ground in Caldwell

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by Kristen McCarver Cars lined both sides of Chicago Avenue in Caldwell on a clear, warm, autumn day, and a growing crowd gathered near an excavator in the dirt lot that is the new home of Elevate Academy. Parents, future students, business partners, and even Caldwell’s Mayor, Garrett Nancolas, helped Elevate Academy break ground for their new facility (which will…

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School Open House, Big Success

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by Shay Angelo NAMPA, Idaho, October 2018: Gem Prep: Nampa held an open-house ceremony this month to celebrate the opening of their new school building located at 310 W. Iowa Avenue, Nampa, Idaho. The school community along with local business and education leaders attended the celebration. Students played an integral part in the ribbon cutting ceremony and festivities. A highlight of the…

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Innovation in American Education – Discussion with Checker Finn

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Idaho lawmakers, policymakers, school leaders, and education stakeholders joined Bluum for a special dinner presentation about the improvements and ongoing challenges in education over the last quarter-century and what the future holds for students in Idaho and the nation. Our goal was to stimulate discussion around the challenges of the past, the lessons learned from across the country in school improvement…

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Expanding Excellence for Idaho’s Children

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By Suzanne Metzgar It may not be gaining national attention—at least not yet—but an educational renaissance is transpiring right here in the Gem State. Bluum is a new organization working to revolutionize educational opportunities for Idaho’s children. Our early successes, combined with the transformational work underway, has the potential to reshape the education landscape for future generations. Created just two…

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