Innovative Ideas

In A Changing Rural America, What Can Charter Schools Offer?

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by Terry Ryan and Paul Hill This post originally appeared on the Brookings Brown Center Chalkboard Rural America is not your grandparents’ heartland. Its population is getting older: 21 of the 25 oldest counties in the United States are rural. It’s no longer overwhelmingly white: One in five rural residents is a person of color, and more than four of five new rural residents…

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Two Idaho Schools Invited to Join National Effort to Reimagine K-12 Learning 

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 uture Public School and Treasure Valley Leadership Academy (TVLA) are proud to announce their selection as members of the 2017 Invent Cohort at NewSchools Venture Fund. The New Schools Venture Fund Invent Cohort represents a $5.6 million investment in some of the nation’s most promising school models. Idaho’s Future Public School and TVLA are among 29 organizations from across the…

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Duo to Create Dream School in Idaho

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by Andrew Reed, Idaho Ed News rad Petersen never considered a career in teaching — not as a child, not in high school and not in college. He was geared to embark on a law career, but detoured to a path in education. He’s now creating his dream school. “I’m committed to making the most successful school in Idaho and the…

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Introducing Idaho’s New Education Entrepreneurs

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by Wendy Sand, Guest Contributor Innovation is in high demand. Consumers expect it of businesses. Businesses seek it out in their employees. And as we raise and cultivate the next generation of thinkers, it makes sense that we should also demand it of our educational system. This requires leadership that is not content with the status quo. That actively seeks…

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Making STEM Education Count: A Letter From Students

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This post first appeared in the Coeur d’Alene Press | By North Idaho STEM Charter Academy‘s Class of 2018 As Juniors in high school, we are concerned about our future. Since we have started high school, we have taken on challenging classes in an effort to prepare ourselves for higher education. We all started taking high school level classes in…

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Funding our Future: Idaho School Funding Simulator

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By Terry Ryan With the right political leadership in coming months and years, Idaho is well positioned to be a national leader in modernizing its public education finance system. The state’s current funding formula goes back to 1994, and according to the Education Commission of the State, “the current formula did not contemplate a variety of different learning modalities, the…

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Idaho’s Public Charter Schools Struggle To Find And Fund Facilities

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By Marc Carignan Idaho’s charter public schools are among the state’s top-performing schools. Five of the state’s top 15 public schools in (as measured by 2015-16 achievement tests) are charter schools. In math, the top three schools are all charters. Moreover, there are currently about 6,000 students on charter public school waitlists statewide. And by 2022, Idaho will have approximately…

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Beyond Textbooks

Helping Students Learn in Troy by Moving Beyond Textbooks

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By Anthony Warn Troy, Idaho, is a small and rural north Idaho town nestled in the rolling hills of the Palouse. The Troy School District, whose 23 teachers serve just over 250 students in one elementary school and a shared middle and high school building, faces many challenges as it works hard to serve its community. Troy’s students have recently demonstrated…

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Innovation Network Dinner

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Bluum partnered with Education Northwest to convene a group of school leaders and superintendents from public district, public charter, and private and parochial schools to define innovation and inspire action. Learn more about the topics discussed.      

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A Place for Valuable Networking, Idea-sharing and Dreaming

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A great opportunity for “collaboration, idea-sharing and dreaming.” This is what a room full of Idaho’s most innovative education leaders said about a recent gathering to discuss innovation and autonomy. Bluum partnered with Education Northwest to convene a group of school leaders and superintendents from public district, public charter, and private and parochial schools to define innovation and inspire action. Leaders…

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