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Idaho Schools

Monica Harshman stands in front of the stove in the Forge Kitchen

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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TWO NEW FELLOWS JOIN THE 2021 IDAHO NEW SCHOOL FELLOWSHIP COHORT

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by Kristen McCarver and Lindsay Trombly Bluum’s mission is to create, grow, and support high quality schools across Idaho. Research shows that quality school leadership is one of the primary drivers for improving student achievement. For the past five years, Bluum has offered the Idaho New School Fellowship (INSF) to help elevate top education talent into the ranks of Idaho’s public…

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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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Curated School Reopening Resources by National Education Experts

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Bluum and Public Impact partnered to identify how states are addressing school reopenings to inform policymakers and school leaders in Idaho. This document collects our findings to key questions based on a review of national media, third party reports, and a select number of state plans (Nevada, Utah, Texas, North Carolina, Colorado, and Indiana). State and district reopening plans are…

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Idaho’s Communities of Excellence CSP Grant: Cohort 1 Baseline Evaluation

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Prepared by the Idaho Policy Institute In 2018, a consortium of leaders in education (Idaho Public Charter School Commission, Idaho State Board of Education and three non-profits, Bluum, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation and Building Hope) came together to apply for a competitive Charter Schools Program (CSP) grant from the U.S. Department of Education (see Appendix A) to…

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5th Grade Student From Ammon Creates Community Garden to Feed Hungry Families

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by Kristen McCarver 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.…

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Idaho New School Fellow Brings Career-Technical Education North

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by Kristen McCarver “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…

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New Charter School Opens Doors Boasting a Classical Education for K-6

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by Nik Streng, The Argus Observer FRUITLAND — For the first time in more than 30 years, the Olde School in Fruitland will have students in the classrooms, as the Treasure Valley Classical Academy was set to open its doors this morning for the first day of school. The academy is a charter school in Fruitland, which will house kindergarten…

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Remote Mountain Town Rallies Around New Charter School

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by Devin Bodkin, Idaho Ed News ISLAND PARK — The shriek of a circular saw rang through the woods that surround the old Star Lite Motel near Mack’s Inn Resort in Island Park. Cutting and cobbling strips of vinyl flooring is one renovation toward transforming the bygone eight-room motel into the remote mountain town’s sole public school. “People here have…

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Idaho New School Fellows “Elevate” At-Risk Students

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“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 out what’s working in education…

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