Innovative Ideas

United We Stand: Charter School Educators Offer Competing Perspectives on Educating for Citizenship

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by Alan Gottlieb, with Foreword by Terry Ryan Foreword “Good citizenship is when effective citizens do simple but powerful things on a daily basis that keeps our country strong and free.” – Benjamin Franklin As a Boise-based education nonprofit committed to improving opportunities for Idaho’s families and young people Bluum cares deeply about what is taught in our schools, and…

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Local author produces a reading series

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by Sue Smith, Upper Carmen Charter School  Sue Smith, long time educator, has just published the fifth book in a five-book series.  This series of books is used to teach very young, deaf, dyslexic, learning delayed, and English as a second language students how to read. She developed this reading program over a period of thirty years, based largely on…

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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 for 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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Everything is FRAGILE

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Handle with Care Shane Pratt is a veteran educator in Idaho’s Treasure Valley, who recently shared this insight on navigating the effects of COVID-19 with his team of educators.  by Shane Pratt, Principal of Rolling Hills Public Charter School  With the lingering stresses of the pandemic and the consistent issues of life that present themselves, I cannot help but find…

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MOSAICS Public School Donates Over 1,200 Pounds of Food

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Student Council Seeks to Support Their Community MOSAICS Public School, a new STEAM charter school in Caldwell, has a mission to create community stewards. The student council at MOSAICS takes this mission seriously. This past holiday season, the council organized a food drive and set a goal of donating 750 pounds of canned goods to the Salvation Army. After just…

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Cardinal Academy is Tailored to Educate Parenting Teens

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Powerful partnership with The Salvation Army builds on rich history by Alan Gottlieb  Cardinal Academy, a new public charter high school for pregnant and parenting students opening this fall, offers a powerful example of how charter schools can fill voids school districts are unable or unwilling to fill themselves.  In the case of Cardinal Academy, the void was created when…

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Educators Help Shape Future Citizens

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Bluum is fortunate to work with some of the best educators not only in Idaho but in the United States. The most important thing these educators do is help form and shape our future citizens. This work has never been more important as school leader and charter founder Stephen Lambert made clear to his team at Fruitland’s Treasure Valley Classical…

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Idaho Public Charter School Commission Approves Cardinal Academy

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Cardinal Academy, a Boise charter school for expectant and parenting teens that has evolved from the Booth Marian Pritchett school, was approved this morning by the Idaho Public Charter School Commission. Veteran educators (and Idaho New School Fellows) Emily Bergstrom and Deborah Hedden-Nicely have put together a powerful team of educators and community partners to serve some of our community’s…

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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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