Fellowship

I Hope We Dance This School Year

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Marita Diffenbaugh is a veteran educator and 2020 Bluum Idaho New School Fellow working as a leadership partner with Elevate Academy’s co-founders Monica White and Matt Strong (INSF Alumni, 2017). Marita is planning, developing, and launching Elevate Academy North, a 6-12th grade Career Technical school in northern Idaho. In a recent conversation with my step-dad, he compared what we are…

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Apply for Bluum’s 2020 School Finance Fellowship

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The Idaho School Finance Fellow will help transform education for Idaho’s neediest students by empowering financial experts who are passionate about improving the prospects of children and families. We seek to recruit top finance talent into the ranks of Idaho’s public school leadership. The one-year fellowship will prepare an individual for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all of the financial-related…

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3 New Fellows Join the 2020 Idaho New School Fellowship Cohort

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Bluum’s mission is to create, grow, and support high quality schools across Idaho. Research shows that quality school leadership is one of the primary drivers for improving student achievement. For the past four years, Bluum has offered the Idaho New School Fellowship (INSF) to help elevate top education talent into the ranks of Idaho’s public school leadership. The Idaho New…

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Idaho School Leadership Fellowship – A Retrospective

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Dr. Clinton Condra is a 2019 Bluum Idaho School Leadership Fellow working with Treasure Valley Classical Academy to learn aspects of school leadership, including responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and leading the academic and instructional needs of the students and staff in one of Bluum’s partner schools. Idaho School Leadership Fellowship – A Retrospective By Clinton Condra, Ph.D. The 2019-2020…

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Idaho’s Most Remote Public Charter School – Island Park

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Idaho’s varied, naturally wild geography – from the rolling hills of the Palouse Prairie to the plains around the mighty Snake river – lends itself to a state full of communities that are just as diverse. For the most rugged and rural, public charter schools offer a unique way for people to create schools that are most relevant to their…

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Idaho New School Fellow Brings Career-Technical Education North

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“Idaho is my home,” says Bluum’s newest Idaho New School Fellow, Marita Diffenbaugh, when asked why she’s inspired to create what will be a school of choice for students who qualify as at-risk, with CTE offerings that reflect workforce needs and opportunities in North Idaho. Marita is dedicated to using her strengths and experiences to ensure respect and opportunity for…

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Laying the Foundation: Leadership in Classical Education

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by Clinton Condra, Idaho School Leadership Fellow, Treasure Valley Classical Academy I was introduced to Idaho in January 2018, when I arrived in snow-covered Coeur d’Alene to teach American government at North Idaho College. The Gem State made a good impression on me: its landscape was varied and beautiful; its climate was desirable; and, last but not least, its people…

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New Charter School Opens Doors Boasting a Classical Education for K-6

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by Nik Streng, The Argus Observer FRUITLAND — For the first time in more than 30 years, the Olde School in Fruitland will have students in the classrooms, as the Treasure Valley Classical Academy was set to open its doors this morning for the first day of school. The academy is a charter school in Fruitland, which will house kindergarten…

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Classical School Brings New Life to Classic Rural Community Building

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Overshadowed by a stately brick building in downtown Fruitland, the faded blue mailbox marked “Fruitland Community Library Book Drop” hints at the structure’s past purpose. Chain-link fence surrounds the entire perimeter to protect the $3.2 million-dollar transformation taking place inside. Constructed as a school in 1928, the stalwart structure has been a landmark ever since. When it was closed as…

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The Power of Place: New School Fellows Create McCall Community School

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Our Idaho New School Fellows are a growing and varied group of individuals who are creating innovative schools to prepare students to thrive in our rapidly-changing world. Meet Dr. Jenny Schon and Patrick Berg; two veteran educators who share a vision of a personalized, community-centered school that reflects the values of their rural Idaho town. McCall is a small mountain…

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