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Earlier today, we announced the first of three stand-out finalists for the Shellie-Ann Braswell ‘Shine Brighter’ Award. Each finalist was nominated by the public charter schools they support! Three grants will be awarded at the 1st Annual Building Hope IMPACT Summit & Awards in June to promote the continuation of the volunteers’ work: one $5,000 grant and two $2,500 grants.

The second finalist is Sabrina Payne, volunteer at Project Impact Stem Academy in Kuna, ID. For Sabrina, whose activities range from leading the PTA to organizing a family STEM night to bring the community together and showcase how children’s learning connects to future careers, giving back is a way of life that rewards and enriches her own life. Whenever there is a need at the school, Sabrina finds the will and the way to make it happen. Payne said, “I want to build a community that helps our kids because our community, our lives, our world is so much better when we have that unity, that connection, and that comes by nurturing our children and starting that when they are young.”

The last remaining finalist will be announced soon. Check in with us tonight!

Bluum Idaho Charter School Network

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Check out this awesome piece on two of our very own Compass Alumni teachers!

https://www.bluum.org/two-journeys-one-destination/

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Proud of our work with Bluum to help #charterschools in Idaho maximize facility financing solutions so more resources can be poured into programs for kids. #idedu #Idaho
Our awesome Ana Earl was featured in this great article by Bluum. Yes indeed, we DO need and appreciate you Ms. Earl! 💜 Of all the schools in the world, thanks for choosing us.
Bluum, along with the J.A and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, conducted an analysis of student outcomes for Idaho schools implementing full-day kindergarten. With JKAF awarding Bluum $1.5 million in 2020 and $1.5 million again in 2021 to fund full-day kindergarten for 17 partner schools, they sought to find what does and doesn’t work when it comes to the education of our youth.

As expected, the analysis found substantial academic benefits for students who attend full-day kindergarten, which aligns with national research. The researchers note that while the average impact of full-day kindergarten is large in Idaho, the outcomes “vary a great deal from school to school.”

Click to read the full analysis and learn how state policymakers can prioritize learning and what the most successful programs are doing! http://ow.ly/92YR50HULft

#BuildingHope #Education #Bluum
See where the new schools are, and how many grant dollars charter-support group Bluum helped funnel to expansion efforts last year.
Our members are always looking for a worthy cause to donate to. Here’s a cause that hits home as the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks draws closer.

Our friends at Elevate Academy in Caldwell, Idaho are sending 25 students to New York to visit Ground Zero. They are part of the Bluum network of schools and we are proud to be able to support them.

They will get to interact with first responders, survivors, and other educators to ensure that the next generation understands the magnitude of that day and how it affected so many lives.

To show your support and help fund their trip, visit https://ca.gofundme.com/f/trip-to-new-york-for-sept-11-remembrance-project
With school starting up recently, check out this article from Bluum that includes our local schools: Anser Public Charter School and Future Public School.
Bluum has helped make the dream of this school a reality for young parents in the Treasure Valley.

Read more here:

https://www.bluum.org/cardinal-academy-is-tailored-to-educate-parenting-teens/
Calling all school leaders—did you know you could be saving money on your school building by refinancing? @National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and Bluum detail how to do it in their new resource + video https://www.bluum.org/charter-school-facility-refinancing-guide/

And check out a new video from National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and Bluum that shares how charter schools can save hundreds of thousands of dollars per year on their facilities. Take a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvPyuxd47Nc
Thank you to all of our community partners and neighbors for believing in our vision and helping us build our dream school right here in Garden City! #schoolofkindhearts #engineersofcommunity erstad ARCHITECTS City of Garden City, Idaho Parkway Station Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County Councilman Jeff Souza NewSchools Venture Fund Bluum
"Divisiveness, anger, frustration, mistrust, and threats. That is the narrative emerging around the 2020 presidential election. What I saw on election day as an Ada County poll worker in Boise, Idaho, couldn’t have been more different," says Terry Ryan of Bluum.

Bluum exists to ensure that children reach their fullest potential by cultivating great leaders and innovative schools. • We believe in empowering and supporting educators who put children first.
• We stand for freedom and flexibility so innovative leaders can transform learning.
• We value questioning, examining and disrupting the status quo.
• We believe school choice helps families, children and educators achieve more and do better.
• We support educators who take risks to help all students maximize their human potential.
• We believe Idaho can become a national model for how-to maximize learning.

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Leadership in Times of Stress: How to Put People First in the Digital World - BLUUM 05/17/2022

Leadership in Times of Stress: How to Put People First in the Digital World - BLUUM

Join us tomorrow for this free leadership learning event! In an ever-growing world of uncertainty from the workforce to war, leadership is harder than ever before. Nationally-recognized leader, veteran, author and entrepreneur will share how leaders can be more intentional than ever, making sure their cups are full before pouring too much into those around them. https://bit.ly/35WsVRI

Leadership in Times of Stress: How to Put People First in the Digital World - BLUUM Entering our third year of COVID and an ever-growing world of uncertainty from the workforce to war, leadership is harder now than ever before. One thing is certain. Leaders must be more intentional than ever, making sure their cups are full before pouring too much into those around them. Join us Ma...

A True Original - BLUUM 05/16/2022

A True Original - BLUUM

Jackie’s legacy can be found in the hundreds of lives she has helped to change and improve because of the impact her school has had on a generation of Nampa school children. Congratulations on your well-earned retirement, Jackie! Idaho Arts Charter Schoolhttps://www.bluum.org/a-true-original/

A True Original - BLUUM Charter School Pioneer Celebrates Retirement by Alan Gottlieb Jackie Collins is retiring at the end of this school year, after leading Idaho Arts Charter School in Nampa since it opened in 2005. Jackie is one of Idaho’s charter school pioneers, and the K-12 school she has led is the second-largest...

“Our Children, Our Choice, Can’t Silence Our Voice” - BLUUM 05/13/2022

“Our Children, Our Choice, Can’t Silence Our Voice” - BLUUM

Washington DC is 2,381 miles away from Boise, Idaho. This group of Idaho parents went the distance to join over 1,000 advocates and parents from various other states such as New Mexico, Texas, California, and many more to advocate for their children and their choice in education.

“Our Children, Our Choice, Can’t Silence Our Voice” - BLUUM Group of Idaho parents participate in rally against new proposed CSP regulations by Ashley Cotton and Lindsay Trombly Like many [Chicano, LantinX] children who grew up in rural Texas during the 70’s and 80’s, my mother is the daughter of Mexican immigrants who came to the United States in hopes ...

Timeline photos 05/13/2022

Thanks for following along with us this week to celebrate the opportunity, choice, and empowerment #charterschools bring to parents and communities!

Timeline photos 05/12/2022

Grandparent Dennis Turner, shares how Gem Prep: Pocatello has helped his grandson in special education reach his long-term goals. #NCSW22

05/11/2022

Today Bluum is at the White House, standing with parents as they rally against the new proposed regulations to the CSP Grant which ignore the needs and desires of families.

@charteralliance
#backoff #NCSW22
#charterschools
#idedu #letlearninggrow
#idahome #k12education #treasurevalley #magicvalley #northidaho

Photos from Bluum's post 05/11/2022

In a group of 1,000 advocates and parents, these Idaho parents are ready to rally against the new proposed regulations of the CSP Grant tomorrow. Look out tomorrow for Bluum’s coverage of the event. #backoff

Timeline photos 05/10/2022

Rural #charterschool parent, Lisa, values the choice the charter brings to the community. "I hope that this choice isn't taken away from other parents as these changes to the grant process are considered.”

Timeline photos 05/09/2022

Idaho parents are traveling to Washington D.C. this week to rally in support of their #charterschools. Jess Westhoff is ready to tell the US Department of Education why they should discard the new proposed rules for the CSP Grant.

Timeline photos 05/08/2022

National Charter Schools Week is the time to celebrate these schools, which are an important part of our public school system. This week we will be elevating parent voices to share how important Idaho #charterschools are to families.

05/07/2022

Mr. Longoria at Elevate Academy

Mr. Longoria at Elevate Academy is very passionate about what he does, and puts students first. Thanks for all you do Mr. Longoria! 👏 #teacherappreciationweek

Guide For Choosing A School Option - BLUUM 05/06/2022

Guide For Choosing A School Option - BLUUM

A Career Technical School is a great choice for a student who wants to graduate into a higher-wage career field. Read our Parents Guide to learn more about career technical schools.

Guide For Choosing A School Option - BLUUM To ensure every child has the possibility to reach their maximum potential for a successful future, Idaho has created a marketplace of school and learning opportunities. This guide will help you understand your options for choosing the right type of education for your child(ren). We believe that pro...

05/05/2022

Landon at TVCA

Landon at Treasure Valley Classical Academy, used to have test anxiety until he had an educator who wanted to help. #teacherappreciationweek

05/04/2022

Mrs. Radford at Alturas Preparatory Academy in Idaho Falls is extremely passionate about empowering students in her community. Thank you for all you do Mrs. Radford! 👏
#teacherappreciationweek

05/02/2022

Elevate Academy Student Dominique Talks About Her Teachers

Dominique, a student at Elevate Academy, shares how her teachers have helped her take charge of her own learning — and how it’s made a positive impact on her education.
#teacherappreciationweek

Timeline photos 05/01/2022

Let’s kick off Teacher Appreciation Week by reflecting on the teachers that have shaped us and the educators that are continuing to inspire students. We would love to hear about an educator who has inspired you, tell us about your favorite educator in the comments below! ⤵️

Terry Ryan, Monthly Minute - April 2021 04/29/2022

Terry Ryan, Monthly Minute - April 2021

Our eleventh episode in the Monthly Minute series features Bluum's CEO, Terry Ryan. Terry shares his experience traveling to Poland and visiting schools who are taking in and educating Ukrainian refugee students. Education is a global effort - If you feel compelled to help, your donation can help provide books and other educational materials to these students in their native language: https://bit.ly/3LvmjZS

Terry Ryan, Monthly Minute - April 2021 Our eleventh episode in the Monthly Minute series features Bluum's CEO, Terry Ryan. Terry shares his experience traveling to Poland and visiting schools who ...

Two Journeys, One Destination - BLUUM 04/28/2022

Two Journeys, One Destination - BLUUM

Melissa Stevens and Matthew Trudeau are the perfect example of the impact a positive educational experience can have on students – so much so that they are bringing the lifelong love of learning they developed at Compass Public Charter School to inspire the next generation of graduates.

Two Journeys, One Destination - BLUUM Two alumni return to Compass as teachers by Lindsay Trombly ‘I VALUED WHAT I WAS TAUGHT’ Being a teacher was always in the plan. Melissa Stevens now teaches at Compass Public Charter School in Meridian, and knew her calling ever since her time as a student at Compass. Stevens attended Compass in...

04/27/2022

Diamond Heating and Cooling

Congratulations to Vince Taylor for earning the Shine A Light Award from Diamond Heating and Cooling! Vince is a teacher at Pathways In Education - Idaho, one of Bluum's portfolio schools. Thank you for your dedication to Idaho students!

Guide For Choosing A School Option - BLUUM 04/22/2022

Guide For Choosing A School Option - BLUUM

Career Technical Education (CTE) schools help students get a head start on their career path by giving them hands on experience in different trades. This includes construction, welding, medical arts, and more. Read our Parents Guide to learn more about CTE. Career Technical Education (CTE) schools help students get a head start on their career path by giving them hands on experience in different trades. This includes construction, welding, medical arts, and more. Read our Parents Guide to learn more about CTE.

Guide For Choosing A School Option - BLUUM To ensure every child has the possibility to reach their maximum potential for a successful future, Idaho has created a marketplace of school and learning opportunities. This guide will help you understand your options for choosing the right type of education for your child(ren). We believe that pro...

Making Their Mark - BLUUM 04/21/2022

Making Their Mark - BLUUM

With graduation around the corner, Elevate Academy's '80 for 80' program is helping seniors lock in their post-graduation plan.

Making Their Mark - BLUUM Elevate Academy students make career commitments with support from peers and community partners by Lindsay Trombly Spring has sprung and graduation is right around the corner for the 80 seniors in Elevate Academy’s inaugural graduating class. The school’s ‘80 for 80’ program is designed to p...

Photos from Bluum's post 04/19/2022

Last week, Bluum hosted a free Advanced Civil Rights Training Workshop for a diverse group of representatives from Idaho’s rural and urban district schools, public charter schools, and more. “I thought it was a great opportunity for all of these folks that support education in different realms to be together in the same place and work collaboratively and discuss the same issues we are all concerned about."
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Children over brick and mortar – maximizing facility financing solutions to better serve students | Idaho Business Review 04/18/2022

Children over brick and mortar – maximizing facility financing solutions to better serve students | Idaho Business Review

Children over brick and mortar – maximizing facility financing solutions to better serve students | Idaho Business Review Five Bluum-partner charter schools are saving millions of dollars in facilities costs and pouring those funds into programs for kids, thanks to a 2019 Idaho law that allows public charter schools to use the state’s creditworthiness to borrow money at discounted interest rates. Charter schools in I...

Timeline photos 04/15/2022

Happy Flashback Friday! 📸 Students and staff celebrated the opening of Pathways In Education - Idaho back in 2017! This year, the school is celebrating another graduating class of students.

04/14/2022

Educating the next generation is a major responsibility. To understand the board’s role and the importance of legal compliance, experts like Renita Thukral, Sr. Legal Advisor for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools share their know-how in Charter School Governance: The Essential Guide. https://bit.ly/33ICq34

How to Put People First in the Digital World - BLUUM 04/13/2022

How to Put People First in the Digital World - BLUUM

Entering our third year of COVID and an ever-growing world of uncertainty from the workforce to war, leadership is harder now than ever before. Join us May 18th, for a discussion with nationally recognized motivational speaker, entrepreneurial leader, veteran, and author, Mike Erwin.

How to Put People First in the Digital World - BLUUM Entering our third year of COVID and an ever-growing world of uncertainty from the workforce to war, leadership is harder now than ever before. One thing is certain. Leaders must be more intentional than ever, making sure their cups are full before pouring too much into those around them. Join us Ma...

Children over brick and mortar – maximizing facility financing solutions to better serve students | Idaho Business Review 04/13/2022

Children over brick and mortar – maximizing facility financing solutions to better serve students | Idaho Business Review

Five Bluum-partner charter schools are saving millions of dollars in facilities costs and pouring those funds into programs for kids, thanks to a 2019 Idaho law that allows public charter schools to use the state’s creditworthiness to borrow money at discounted interest rates.

Children over brick and mortar – maximizing facility financing solutions to better serve students | Idaho Business Review Five Bluum-partner charter schools are saving millions of dollars in facilities costs and pouring those funds into programs for kids, thanks to a 2019 Idaho law that allows public charter schools to use the state’s creditworthiness to borrow money at discounted interest rates. Charter schools in I...

Local teacher nominated for National History Day Teacher of the Year 04/12/2022

Local teacher nominated for National History Day Teacher of the Year

Gem Prep: Pocatello: "This was the first time our scholars leaped into NHD. This rigorous experience requires research--finding both primary and secondary sources, creating historical arguments, critical thinking and rolling of this into a finished product and then creating an annotated bibliography. With great determination, moments of discouragement and flashes of triumph, every scholar grades 7-9 in Gem Prep's whole network participated in the journey! We're so proud of them!”

Local teacher nominated for National History Day Teacher of the Year Two Idaho teachers were nominated for the Patricia Behring National History Day Teacher of the Year award. Gem Prep: Pocatello (GPP) charter school teacher, Ms. Sara Olds, was nominated in

04/12/2022

Treasure Valley Classical Academy - “Being a parent here has forced me to really truly decide what success looks like for our children and what we want their education to look like.”
Contact U.S. Department of Education today and make sure they know that the charter school community will not accept the new proposal that puts government interests before students. https://act.publiccharters.org/en/

Good Day: MOSAICS Public School Student Art Earns National Recognition 04/11/2022

Good Day: MOSAICS Public School Student Art Earns National Recognition

“Art is the purposeful expression of an idea. By including art in our STEM model, we are preparing our students to communicate in meaningful ways with others,” shared Anthony Haskett, principal of MOSAICS Public School.

Good Day: MOSAICS Public School Student Art Earns National Recognition CALDWELL—Seven students from MOSAICS Public School were recognized at the state level for excellence in art through the National PTA Reflections art program. Five of these students went on to

Guide For Choosing A School Option - BLUUM 04/08/2022

Guide For Choosing A School Option - BLUUM

Magnet schools are free for students to attend while offering more educational choices within their school district. They offer kids the opportunity to immerse themselves in a specific discipline.

Guide For Choosing A School Option - BLUUM To ensure every child has the possibility to reach their maximum potential for a successful future, Idaho has created a marketplace of school and learning opportunities. This guide will help you understand your options for choosing the right type of education for your child(ren). We believe that pro...

04/08/2022

Elevate Academy - “I just always thought being, you know, the trouble kid — that’s what I was going to be. Ever since I came here my whole mind changed and everything and I have a better vision of what I want for myself.” Charter schools change lives.
Contact U.S. Department of Education today and make sure they know that the charter school community will not accept the new proposal that puts government interests before students. https://act.publiccharters.org/en/

Plague followed by war: A personal story from Poland 04/07/2022

Plague followed by war: A personal story from Poland

Our CEO, Terry Ryan, began his career as an English teacher in Poland. Current events in Europe led him to return in hopes to help Ukrainian students continue their education. There is a serious shortage of educational materials for Ukrainian students and your donation can help make a real difference: https://pomagam.pl/en/innabajka

Plague followed by war: A personal story from Poland Idaho education activist Terry Ryan is visiting schools in Poland, which could eventually have to find room for 700,000 new pupils.

04/06/2022

Alturas Preparatory Academy - “As a teacher, to be in a position where I have the opportunity to help students that otherwise would feel invisible is very empowering.”
Contact U.S. Department of Education today and make sure they know that the charter school community will not accept the new proposal that puts government interests before students. https://act.publiccharters.org/en/

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