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All-Day Kindergarten Pilot Aims to Demonstrate Its Efficacy

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by Alan Gottlieb When Michelle Ball learned last year that she would receive funding through Bluum from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation to expand Idaho Falls-based charter school Alturas International Academy’s kindergarten program from half-day to full-day, she was ecstatic.   As a former kindergarten teacher, she knew how big a difference those extra hours could make in the academic and…

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What’s Cookin’ in the Forge Kitchen?

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Idaho public charter school serves 4,000 meals a month by Lindsay Trombly Kitchen Manager and mother of three, Monica Harshman, makes the kitchen the “heart of the home” at Forge International School. She ensures students can access nutritious, consistent meals, and reaches families on a deeper level by battling food insecurity. Harshman said Feeding America projects that 1 in 8…

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Resilience: Lessons from 2021 Idaho Graduates

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by Alan Gottlieb A one-word description emerges after speaking with several 2021 Idaho charter high school graduates about the most unusual conclusion to their secondary school careers: resilience. It would be easy for the class of 2021 to feel a collective sense of self-pity. After all, portions of their junior and senior years were disrupted by a global pandemic that…

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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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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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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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New Charter School Receives Nearly $1 Million in Early Fundraising Efforts

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Since December, a highly anticipated school this fall in Idaho Falls has received in support from a variety of sources Alturas Preparatory Academy (APA), a new International Baccalaureate (IB) charter school founded as a sister school of Alturas International Academy (AIA) in Idaho Falls, has been awarded a competitive federal grant and has attracted numerous local donors eager to see…

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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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