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Innovation

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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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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New Ideas for a New Era of Public Education In Idaho – Discussion with Dr. Paul T. Hill

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In late January, Idaho law- and policy-makers and education stakeholders joined Bluum for a special dinner and discussion about new ideas for a new era of public education in Idaho. After Terry Ryan welcomed our distinguished guests, Idaho Charter School Network‘s President, Bill Russel, took a moment to present two lawmakers with the Champions for Charters Award. Sen. Lori Den…

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North Idaho STEM Charter Academy

U.S. Asst. Secretary for Planning, Evaluation & Policy Development tours innovative Idaho school

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North Idaho STEM Charter Academy is one of the state’s highest performing schools; in addition to a 100% college acceptance rate, their inaugural graduating class also designed and built a satellite. As a public charter school, they have the freedom to innovate, and in turn share their best practices for success with other educators and schools. In a recent visit…

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Innovation in American Education – Discussion with Checker Finn

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Idaho lawmakers, policymakers, school leaders, and education stakeholders joined Bluum for a special dinner presentation about the improvements and ongoing challenges in education over the last quarter-century and what the future holds for students in Idaho and the nation. Our goal was to stimulate discussion around the challenges of the past, the lessons learned from across the country in school improvement…

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New Year, New Opportunities for Ambitious Ed Entrepreneurs

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America’s current education system is not preparing all students for the future demands of college, career, the global economy, and effective participatory democracy. This is a challenge facing all communities – urban, suburban and rural – as student needs become more complex and achievement gaps persist. Bluum helps grow successful schools and develop innovative leaders by offering fellowships to aspiring…

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Rocket to the Moon: Fellows Prepare for New School Launch

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It was a scene one would expect to witness at any summer program in America; students sat cross-legged on the floor of a classroom in a circle, anxiously waiting to be informed of the day’s agenda. But this was no ordinary day, and no summer ordinary program. This was Rocket to the Moon, a 4-week pilot developed by the founders…

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Building a Community – Charter Makes a Home in Historic Building

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by Kristen McCarver, Bluum The only immediate clue to the age of the building is a brass plaque embedded in the brick on the northwest side. “This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.” There’s a modern glass and steel awning that protects the entrance, and much of the façade is obscured by beautiful, mature trees.…

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