School Models

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 Remotest 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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Be The Change You Want to See – Kipp Columbus

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by Terry Ryan The images over the last month have been hard, sad, and disheartening to watch. Start with the callous murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, move to watching greedy opportunists loot stores and burn out community businesses while smiling for social media, then watch a military helicopter push legitimate protesters away from Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. What…

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Idaho’s Charters Are Preparing Students for College and Career, Even During Distance Learning

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Educators across the country are trying to figure out what the new normal will be, but for Addie and Luke, students at Sage International School of Boise, top of mind for next year is not how they will be learning, but the academic rigor of their senior year. Sage is a K-12 public charter school. Charter schools educate roughly 8%…

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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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How Idaho’s Gem Innovation Schools Are Keeping Learning Going During COVID-19

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by Alan Gottlieb Originally Published on the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s Flypaper Blog on 4-16-2020 In these uncertain days, with many brick-and-mortar schools shuttered indefinitely, one of Idaho’s leaders in online education has moved in a deliberate and intelligent fashion to transition its brick-and-mortar-based students to online learning. That’s because the leaders of Gem Prep, a growing network of three…

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One of Idaho’s First Charter Schools Plans Ambitious Expansion

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by Alan Gottlieb When Jed Splittgerber’s oldest son was a baby, Jed assumed Milo would attend the nearby Boise public elementary school when it was time for kindergarten. “It’s a great school and our driveway touched its backyard,” he said. But as Milo approached school age, Jed began researching options. And when he heard from a coworker about Anser Charter…

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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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Three Distinct Charter Schools, One Shared Mission: To Provide High-Quality Choices for Students in Rural Idaho

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by Alan Gottlieb This story originally appeared in The 74 on 1/29/2020 At 17, he’s old to be a high school sophomore, but academically, Axel lags far behind his classmates. School for him has been a series of frustrations and disappointments. Axel, who asked that his last name not be used for privacy reasons, has been kicked out of several…

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Drafters of Nation’s First Public Charter School Laws Remind Democratic Presidential Candidates that Democrats Have Long Supported Charters

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Former Minnesota Democratic State Senator Ember Reichgott Junge, author of the nation’s first charter school law, visited Idaho in early 2016 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the passage of Minnesota’s landmark education legislation. During her 2016 Idaho visit she presented the origins of chartering and helped dispel the myths of chartering to an audience of Gem State legislators. Ms. Reichgott Junge, along with former Colorado Democratic State Representative Peggy Kerns, and former California Democratic State Senator Gary…

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