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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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5th Grade Student From Ammon Creates Community Garden to Feed Hungry Families

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Sidonah Colvin is on a mission to help feed hungry families in her community. She’s doing this by working with the mayor and other city officials of Ammon, Idaho, to create a community garden, and she’s doing it in the midst of a global pandemic. Sidonah’s project started at school – Alturas International Academy in Idaho Falls. Alturas is an…

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5 Things We Learned from Idaho Charter School Leaders as Their Students Switch to Online Learning — and 2 Thoughts for the Future

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by Kristen McCarver and Josh McCarty As the need to transition to remote learning grew more apparent, many of Idaho’s charter school leaders began to plan their transition from their current teaching methods to remote options. We brought these schools together virtually to talk about how they are working to serve their families, children and communities during the COVID-19 shutdown,…

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Rural Charter School Offers New CTE Opportunities for Students in Salmon, Idaho

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by Kristen McCarver “Thank you so much for doing this, it’s the first time he’s shown interest in something other than hunting,” said one parent of the new 6-week welding class offered by Fernwaters Public Charter School. Prior to this program, few 7th and 8th grade students in rural Salmon, Idaho were able to engage in career exploration. Salmon is…

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A Step Toward Strengthening Idaho’s Career-Techincal Education Programs

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At Bluum, we aim to help Idaho’s children reach their fullest potential by cultivating great leaders and growing innovative schools. Through our experience of helping to open or expand high-performing schools throughout the state, we have learned some lessons about quality, leadership, and innovation. Recent research we’ve sponsored once again highlights the earnings gap between college graduates and those who…

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Bluum Schools to Provide Free All-Day Kindergarten

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News Coverage: Albertson Foundation awards $1.5 million for all-day kindergarten 17 Idaho schools staring up free all-day kindergarten North Idaho STEM to offer all-day kindergarten Albertson Foundation grant to focus on all-day K Education Notebook: Alturas receives kindergarten grant from Bluum Press Release, 1/22/2019 | Download   The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation has awarded the Boise-based education nonprofit Bluum…

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Meeting the Potential of a Virtual Education

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Lessons From Operators Making Online Schooling Work When the first virtual school began more than 20 years ago, it offered an incredible promise: Suddenly, students could get access to a great education and a diversity of courses regardless of place or time. They could have flexibility to “attend” school around medical appointments, sports practices, or whatever else life threw at…

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75 Education Organizations Seek to Address Teacher Diversity

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Research has shown that teacher diversity helps close the achievement gap for students of color, and improves educational outcomes for all students. Bluum is joining seventy-five education organizations—representing teachers, preservice teachers, school counselors, education staff, principals, superintendents, charter school leaders, education reformers, tutors, and teacher educators—signing a letter, organized by the Association of American Educators Foundation, calling for action to address…

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