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Kids who attend Upper Carmen Public Charter School stand outside the school

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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Everything is FRAGILE

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Handle with Care Shane Pratt is a veteran educator in Idaho’s Treasure Valley, who recently shared this insight on navigating the effects of COVID-19 with his team of educators.  by Shane Pratt, Principal of Rolling Hills Public Charter School  With the lingering stresses of the pandemic and the consistent issues of life that present themselves, I cannot help but find…

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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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Educators Help Shape Future Citizens

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Bluum is fortunate to work with some of the best educators not only in Idaho but in the United States. The most important thing these educators do is help form and shape our future citizens. This work has never been more important as school leader and charter founder Stephen Lambert made clear to his team at Fruitland’s Treasure Valley Classical…

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I Hope We Dance This School Year

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Marita Diffenbaugh is a veteran educator and 2020 Bluum Idaho New School Fellow working as a leadership partner with Elevate Academy’s co-founders Monica White and Matt Strong (INSF Alumni, 2017). Marita is planning, developing, and launching Elevate Academy North, a 6-12th grade Career Technical school in northern Idaho. In a recent conversation with my step-dad, he compared what we are…

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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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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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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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Laying the Foundation: Leadership in Classical Education

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by Clinton Condra, Idaho School Leadership Fellow, Treasure Valley Classical Academy I was introduced to Idaho in January 2018, when I arrived in snow-covered Coeur d’Alene to teach American government at North Idaho College. The Gem State made a good impression on me: its landscape was varied and beautiful; its climate was desirable; and, last but not least, its people…

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How should Idaho Charter Schools think about Fund Balances?

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by Matt Kuzio, Board Chair, Future Public School One of the most important jobs of a board of directors is to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of its school.   This is not an easy task and is commonly the steepest learning curve for a board.  How does the State funding formula work?  Are we insured correctly?  Is our five-year forecast…

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