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Welding Student at Elevate Academy

Next Step Ready

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Elevate Academy supports first graduating class beyond high school by Lindsay Trombly 80 NAMES ON A WALL Elevate Academy, a Caldwell-based Career Tech school for grades 6-12, expects students to be Next Step Ready by showing up, being present, being flexible, being a team player and having pride in their work. To meet their mission for “all students to take responsibility…

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Maura sits in her 6th grade classroom

Idaho Charter School Alumna Reflects on Experience

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Executive Assistant at Anser Charter School returns to her roots by Lindsay Trombly Maura Romano learned at 11-years old that attending the neighborhood district school wasn’t for her. She said she wasn’t excelling at her previous school. Her parents got her on the waitlist to attend Anser Public Charter School and once she was admitted into the school — everything…

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New school leaders Becky Smith an Amber Stark stand together

Keeping it in the family

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Upper Carmen Charter School welcomes next generation of leadership by Alan Gottlieb Bluum seeks to develop innovative education leaders in communities throughout the Gem State to ensure children reach their highest potential. In the tiny town of Carmen live two exceptional leaders who founded Upper Carmen Charter School. Jim and Sue Smith have been running the school since 2005, and this…

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Idaho New School Fellows Emily and Deb cut the ribbon at Cardinal Academy

School is a Family Affair for these Idaho New School Fellows

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Cardinal Academy supports pregnant and parenting teens to finish high school by Lindsay Trombly Pregnant and parenting teens will arrive for their first day of high school at Cardinal Academy, Boise, Idaho, on Sept. 13. In tow will be their little ones, as Cardinal Academy offers childcare just downstairs from classrooms. This is just one of many of the benefits Cardinal…

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Rising Up To Serve More Students

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RISE Charter School partners with Kimberly School District to provide another option for students by Lindsay Trombly Students enrolled in the newly-created RISE Charter School in Kimberly, ID will ride the school bus with their siblings who attend nearby Kimberly Elementary and Middle Schools to experience going to school – together. RISE opens its doors to students this August. Superintendent…

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Tips for Parents on How to Prepare Their Little Ones for Kindergarten

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by Lindsay Trombly For most families, back to school is top of mind this month, as students and parents prepare to dive back into learning. Last fall, 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, which can still be helpful as students…

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Logan Waetje

Idaho New School Fellow Will “Elevate” Career-Tech Education in Southeast Idaho

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by Lindsay Trombly Idaho Falls educator Logan Waetje will become the 20th Bluum Idaho New School Fellow when he starts his Fellowship in early July to work with the Elevate Academy team in launching a school in 2023. “I see a school in Idaho Falls that serves the underserved. I’ll bring the energy, and the enthusiasm, the support… I love…

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Children in a kindergarten class smile at the camera at Gem Prep in Nampa

Free, All-Day Kindergarten Provided to 17 Idaho Schools

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News Coverage: Free all-day kindergarten provided to over 1,000 Idaho kids Idaho foundation funds all-day kindergarten in 17 Idaho schools Press Release, 5/27/2021 | Download The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation is fully funding all-day kindergarten for more than 1,000 students in the Bluum network of public charter and private schools. Students who attend all-day kindergarten have been shown…

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Kurt Kargou

Kurt Kargou Continues His Impact on Schools Through a Financial Leadership

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This content was originally included in Teach For America, Idaho’s newsletter Kurt Kargou was lured to Idaho by a fellow 2013 Teach for America (TFA) Corps member in Houston, Brad Petersen, who moved to the Gem State to open Future Public School, a Garden City-based charter school. After his corps service, Kurt had developed school finance expertise by working in…

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Civics & Citizenship in American Schools: Teaching Citizens & School Profiles

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Teaching Citizens & School Profiles by Alan Gottlieb Bluum interviewed educators from four very different public charter school networks to get a sense of how they approach teaching civics and history. Those approaches varied significantly, from Democracy Prep’s action-oriented curriculum with an emphasis on real-life experience and current events, to Great Hearts’ close study of American history source material and…

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