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Gem Prep: Pocatello has plans to relocate into old Sears building inside Pine Ridge Mall

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by Shelbie Harris, Idaho State Journal The Sears store at the Pine Ridge Mall in Chubbuck closed its doors in 2014 — the same year one local public charter school, Gem Prep Pocatello, opened its own. Now four years later, Gem Prep has plans to move from its current location on Jessie Clark Lane behind O.K. Ward Park in Pocatello…

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Next Gem Prep Charter School in the Works for Meridian

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by Holly Beech, Meridian Press A public charter school that blends online learning into the classroom is seeking approval to open in Meridian next year. Gem Prep: Meridian would be the fourth in a network of schools run by Gem Innovation Schools, Idaho’s first charter management organization. The organization also operates Gem Prep: Nampa, which opened last fall, Gem Prep:…

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Beyond Textbooks

Troy Moves ‘Beyond Textbooks’ To Find Success

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This post first appeared on Idaho Education News | By Anthony Warn We in Idaho hear a lot about low test scores, go-on rates that are in reverse, debates about school funding formulas, and too many students unprepared for college and career. That’s why news about academic success coming out of a rural community like Troy is exciting and worth digging…

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Gem Prep: Pocatello Students Learn Basics of Computer Coding with FabLab

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This Post First Appeared in Idaho State Journal | By Josh Friesen POCATELLO — The Gem Prep: Pocatello charter school has been putting a different spin on the way children are taught since the school opened in 2014. Its latest innovation? The FabLab. And inside, kids are learning in plenty of new and exciting fashions. “The point of the FabLab…

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Parents’ Guide To Idaho’s School And Learning Choices

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By Terry Ryan and Suzanne Metzgar We’ve created this Parents Guide Idaho’s School And Learning Choices to empower parents! We want to provide a resource that defines your options and offers ideas for how best to take advantage of these for your child(ren). We believe that providing information about Idaho’s many — and growing — learning options can help parents…

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Gem Prep: Nampa Gets $482,000 More in Grant Money

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Nampa’s newest charter school, Gem Prep: Nampa, has been awarded two grants prior to its planned opening in fall 2016.

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Overlook of the Upper Carmen in Idaho

Talking Innovation Schools With Representative Wendy Horman

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The idea behind the bill is to allow the professionals who work closest with Idaho’s children to define how they view success for students and to allow them to create the environment to achieve that.

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Charter Schools Should Not Have All the Fun

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One size does not fit all. Not clothes, not cars, not diets, not housing and, importantly, not schooling. Traditional, or what I will call “legacy” schools and school districts have focused on standardization, uniformity and predictability. Parents and state governments demanded it. It served our nation well for over 100 years. Times have changed, and so must we.

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Gem Prep Working on Nampa Location

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Gem Prep Charter School is getting ready to open its doors in Nampa this August. The Nampa school district in October unanimously approved the school to be under advisory of the district. Since then, Gem Prep has worked to secure a building and solidify a student population. The building, though, is still being determined.

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When It Comes to Education Innovation Learning Comes First

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The digital age has brought many opportunities to teach in new and innovative ways but a new study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) reports on the academic outcomes for students in online schools across the country and the results are not good.

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