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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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Photos from Forge International School's post 06/04/2021

Forge International School and MOSAICS Public School partnered up for students to experience what life was like in the wild west!

06/04/2021

Happy Flashback Friday! We are going back to 2016, when Sage International School of Boise cut the ribbon for their new campus!
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Happy Flashback Friday! We are going back to 2016, when Sage International School of Boise cut the ribbon for their new campus!
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As schools commence plans to address unfinished learning, here’s how to sequence implementation 06/04/2021

As schools commence plans to address unfinished learning, here’s how to sequence implementation

One question from The Acceleration Imperative from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute is, how school leaders will help address unfinished learning? Here are some suggestions.

As schools commence plans to address unfinished learning, here’s how to sequence implementation Helping students recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the other crises of the past year is likely the greatest challenge that most of today’s educators will ever face. It will take extensive time, skill, and collaboration between leaders, teachers, staff, and families. And it will...

Schooling Has Changed Forever. Here’s What Will Stay When Things Go Back to ‘Normal’ 06/03/2021

Schooling Has Changed Forever. Here’s What Will Stay When Things Go Back to ‘Normal’

School changed forever in 2020. Some changes were temporary, but here are a few examples of changes that may stick around in the new "normal."

Schooling Has Changed Forever. Here’s What Will Stay When Things Go Back to ‘Normal’ Get essential education news and commentary delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up here for The 74’s daily newsletter. There’s no going back. That is the consensus emerging from education leaders across the country as the nation enters a second year of schooling in a pandemic. A public school...

FBCS celebrates dual credit, honors and certificate students 06/02/2021

FBCS celebrates dual credit, honors and certificate students

Through the dual enrollment program at Forrest M. Bird Charter Schools, students will gain an associate's degree from North Idaho College! Another student is even earning a plumbing certificate from NIC.

FBCS celebrates dual credit, honors and certificate students Four students will be receiving their associate's degree thanks to dual enrollment with North Idaho College and the Forrest Bird Charter School

Morton: Combining Summer School & Summer Camp — How a Group of Boston Nonprofits Is Reimagining Public Education 06/01/2021

Morton: Combining Summer School & Summer Camp — How a Group of Boston Nonprofits Is Reimagining Public Education

Four Boston nonprofits are teaming up to reimagine education in their city, and they are starting with summer learning. Latinos For Education, YMCA of Greater Boston, IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción

Morton: Combining Summer School & Summer Camp — How a Group of Boston Nonprofits Is Reimagining Public Education Get essential education news and commentary delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up here for The 74’s daily newsletter. For so long, educators and youth advocates have dreaded summer slide, the deterioration of skills over summer, when children without access to enriching activities fall further...

A Better Equation: New Pandemic Data Supports Acceleration Rather than Remediation to Make Up for COVID Learning Loss 05/31/2021

A Better Equation: New Pandemic Data Supports Acceleration Rather than Remediation to Make Up for COVID Learning Loss

Remediation vs. acceleration - TNTP and Zearn report on the potential of learning acceleration in making up academic losses from COVID-19.

A Better Equation: New Pandemic Data Supports Acceleration Rather than Remediation to Make Up for COVID Learning Loss Get essential education news and commentary delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up here for The 74’s daily newsletter. As educators plan how they will address lost student learning during the next school year, they should forgo the traditional remedy of remediation in favor of a strategy known ...

05/29/2021

MOSAICS Public School Groundbreaking in 2019

Happy Flashback Friday! We are throwing it back to 2019. Here is the beginning of MOSAICS Public School's home!

Free, all-day kindergarten provided to over 1000 Idaho kids 05/28/2021

Free, all-day kindergarten provided to over 1000 Idaho kids

Providing all-day kindergarten, at no cost to families is an important part of setting a great foundation for learning and ensuring all families are able to choose a school that is right for them.

Free, all-day kindergarten provided to over 1000 Idaho kids The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation announced it’s fully funding all-day kindergarten at 17 Idaho schools during the 2021 – 2022 school year. This is the second year the foundation has donated over $1.4 million to fund kindergarten for more than one thousand Idaho students. [McCall ...

KIPP Massachusetts School Leader: I Shared The Power To Lead With My Families During the Pandemic, and We All Benefitted 05/28/2021

KIPP Massachusetts School Leader: I Shared The Power To Lead With My Families During the Pandemic, and We All Benefitted

OPINION: "If we have learned anything through this difficult time, it is that empowering parents in the decision-making process is crucial for our success."

KIPP Massachusetts School Leader: I Shared The Power To Lead With My Families During the Pandemic, and We All Benefitted Get essential education news and commentary delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up here for The 74’s daily newsletter. In my 30 years as an educator, I have always believed in partnership. And I have never experienced a deeper connection to families than this last year during the pandemic. It i...

Idaho Codes - Idaho STEM Action Center 05/27/2021

Idaho Codes - Idaho STEM Action Center

"Idaho Codes is computer science program that teaches students the foundational skills of building websites and developing apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The summer program will offer Idaho 7th-12th grade students this exciting opportunity to learn web development at both online and in-person through camps."

Idaho Codes - Idaho STEM Action Center We are excited to partner again with Success in Education and a consortium of industry, government, and education leaders to launch version 2.0 of Idaho Codes, an online computer science course with a new coding camp component to teach junior high and high school students statewide how to build webs...

Photos from Bluum's post 05/26/2021

We checked out all the cool things Elevate Academy is doing in Caldwell! They teach Career Technical Education where students learn welding, construction, medical arts and even culinary skills. We are also excited to support, through our Idaho New School Fellowship, new Elevate locations in North Idaho and Elevate Academy Nampa.

Best Free Online Virtual Summer Camps 2021 - Summer Camp Hub 05/26/2021

Best Free Online Virtual Summer Camps 2021 - Summer Camp Hub

"Virtual summer camps provide a way for children to socialize with others and prevent summer learning loss. Here is a list of completely free online summer camps to keep your child's mind active and continuously expanding their knowledge."

Best Free Online Virtual Summer Camps 2021 - Summer Camp Hub Want to keep your child entertained and educated for the summer at absolutely no cost? Check out our guide on free online summer camps.

Park Avenue in downtown Idaho Falls focus of cleanup project Tuesday morning - East Idaho News 05/25/2021

Park Avenue in downtown Idaho Falls focus of cleanup project Tuesday morning - East Idaho News

“One of the pillars of our school is teaching kids service," says principal Shawn Rose. Students from American Heritage Charter School used their service project this year to clean up downtown Idaho Falls.

Park Avenue in downtown Idaho Falls focus of cleanup project Tuesday morning - East Idaho News IDAHO FALLS – A group of 20 high school students will gather in downtown Idaho Falls Tuesday morning for a cleanup project. The seniors at American Heritage Charter School provide a service project every year ahead of their graduation ceremonies and this year’s project will focus on cleaning up ...

Delisle & Stanton: Students Say Supportive College and Career Pathways Kept Them Engaged Through COVID Shutdowns. How Schools Can Use Federal Funds to Help 05/25/2021

Delisle & Stanton: Students Say Supportive College and Career Pathways Kept Them Engaged Through COVID Shutdowns. How Schools Can Use Federal Funds to Help

OPINION: Students need comprehensive college and career pathways that blend rigorous academics, work-based learning experiences, including internship, and opportunities for high school students to earn college credit.

Delisle & Stanton: Students Say Supportive College and Career Pathways Kept Them Engaged Through COVID Shutdowns. How Schools Can Use Federal Funds to Help After a year of interrupted learning and adapting to virtual classes, families and educators are intensely worried about how to make up for lost instruction. The scope is staggering. Millions of students, many at critical junctures in their development, have lost meaningful in-person connections to....

Improving assessments and accountability in the post-Covid era 05/22/2021

Improving assessments and accountability in the post-Covid era

In their new book, four education research and thought leaders present research-based approaches to address immediate post-pandemic challenges, and look beyond to a more fundamental rebooting of K–12 education.

Improving assessments and accountability in the post-Covid era As U.S. schools reopen in the fall, a year and a half after nearly all of them closed due to the pandemic panic, what should be different? What needs to change if kids are actually to catch up? What’s important to retrieve from pre-Covid days? And what other changes, changes that should have been ...

Monthly Minute - May 2021 05/21/2021

Monthly Minute - May 2021

Welcome to Bluum's first Monthly Minute where we interview the interesting people we are privileged to work with - stakeholders, policy makers, and thought leaders from the education sector and beyond. ⏱ Meet our first guest! ⬇️

Monthly Minute - May 2021 Welcome to Bluum's first Monthly Minute where we interview the interesting people we are privileged to work with - stakeholders, policy makers, and thought l...

05/21/2021

Upper Carmen Charter School students singing

Happy Flashback Friday! Here's a short clip of students at Upper Carmen Charter School singing at their Hill Side Concert back in 2017!
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Terry Ryan transformed Idaho education. He’s not done yet. 05/20/2021

Terry Ryan transformed Idaho education. He’s not done yet.

In a piece for his "Education Influencers" series, Devin Bodkin of Idaho Education News takes readers on a retrospective journey with Terry Ryan, Bluum's CEO, on the events that shaped his career in education leadership. Follow along, from a teaching fellowship in 1990's Poland, to Idaho in 2021.

Terry Ryan transformed Idaho education. He’s not done yet. The controversial out-of-stater has influenced the addition of 12,000 public charter seats in Idaho. He plans to add thousands more, causing a disruption to traditional schools.

An ode to elementary schools 05/20/2021

An ode to elementary schools

Michael Petrilli from Thomas B. Fordham Institute takes a moment to appreciate elementary schools.

An ode to elementary schools If I had to name the most important institution in American life, and the one with the most potential for changing the course of our country, it would be the humble elementary school. Especially the 20,000 or so high-poverty elementary schools in the nation’s cities and inner-ring suburbs, educati...

PMP244: Being a Hope Giver with Marita Diffenbaugh | Principal Matters 05/19/2021

PMP244: Being a Hope Giver with Marita Diffenbaugh | Principal Matters

Get to know Bluum's Idaho New School Fellow, Marita Diffenbaugh, who is launching Elevate Academy in North Idaho!

PMP244: Being a Hope Giver with Marita Diffenbaugh | Principal Matters Marita Diffenbaugh is honored to serve as principal of Elevate Academy North, a public Career Technical charter school for students in 6th-12th grades.  She has served as a teacher, admin

Photos from Cardinal Academy's post 05/18/2021

So proud of the students at our partner school Pathways In Education - Idaho, who hosted a diaper drive to support our new partner school, Cardinal Academy!

Analysis: Arizona Leads in Academic Growth — and Both Charter and District Schools Contribute to Student Success 05/18/2021

Analysis: Arizona Leads in Academic Growth — and Both Charter and District Schools Contribute to Student Success

Arizona is the leading state for academic growth. Students’ needs and the ability of families to choose a school that is a good fit for them puts the state in a high ranking.

Analysis: Arizona Leads in Academic Growth — and Both Charter and District Schools Contribute to Student Success Get essential education news and commentary delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up here for The 74’s daily newsletter. In 2001, the Manhattan Institute ranked states by their combination of public charter, private and home-school choice. Arizona ranked first. In 2015, the Brookings Institut...

05/17/2021

We’ll wrap up #nationalcharterschoolsweek with one last school snapshot! Gem Prep is located in Meridian, Nampa, Pocatello, and online. On average, Gem Prep graduates have earned 21 college credits upon high school graduation.

We’ll wrap up #nationalcharterschoolsweek with one last school snapshot! Gem Prep is located in Meridian, Nampa, Pocatello, and online. On average, Gem Prep graduates have earned 21 college credits upon high school graduation.

05/16/2021

Idaho Charter School Leaders Interview

Idaho's charter schools give parents a say in their child's education. Each charter school has its own unique model to cater to a student's needs.

05/16/2021

Elevate Academy provides students with hands-on learning in professional areas such as culinary arts, construction, medical arts and criminal justice.

Elevate Academy provides students with hands-on learning in professional areas such as culinary arts, construction, medical arts and criminal justice.

05/15/2021

Hayden Canyon Charter School — Cynthia Lamb

Meet Cynthia Lamb! She is the Education Director of Hayden Canyon Charter School. Hayden Canyon educates students using expeditionary learning. But, that's just one part of a student's experience at this school.

05/15/2021

Future Public School serves a diverse student population - with a focus on STEM fields, they aim to prepare their students for jobs that may not even exist yet.

Future Public School serves a diverse student population - with a focus on STEM fields, they aim to prepare their students for jobs that may not even exist yet.

Seven Idaho Public Charter Schools Awarded $4.18 Million in New School Grants 05/14/2021

Seven Idaho Public Charter Schools Awarded $4.18 Million in New School Grants

Today, Idaho’s Communities of Excellence consortium announced the award of $4.18 million in grant funding from the Federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) to seven Idaho public charter schools.

Seven Idaho Public Charter Schools Awarded $4.18 Million in New School Grants Download Press Release Boise – (May 14, 2021) Idaho’s Communities of Excellence consortium announced the award of $4.18 million in grant funding from the Federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) to seven Idaho public charter schools. Bluum has conducted five rounds of grant competitions since 2019,...

Veney: Meet the 30 Under 30 Charter School Changemakers — Young Leaders Using Their Talents and Platforms to Make the World Better 05/14/2021

Veney: Meet the 30 Under 30 Charter School Changemakers — Young Leaders Using Their Talents and Platforms to Make the World Better

Meet the 30 under 30 charter school changemakers — young leaders using their time, talents and platforms to make the world better.

Veney: Meet the 30 Under 30 Charter School Changemakers — Young Leaders Using Their Talents and Platforms to Make the World Better Get essential education news and commentary delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up here for The 74’s daily newsletter. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first charter school law. Since then, a fledgling idea to create a new type of public school grew into a powerful movement that has ...

05/14/2021

Alturas International Academy — Michelle Ball

Meet Michelle Ball! She is the Executive Director for Alturas International Academy and Alturas Preparatory Academy. She shares the best part of being a school leader for a charter school.

Idaho Arts Charter School - Primary Campus Tour! 05/14/2021

Idaho Arts Charter School - Primary Campus Tour!

Tag along and take a tour into Idaho Arts Charter School! Idaho Arts gives students a chance to channel their creative side while engaging in theatre, art, music and dance. Check out their YouTube channel to see what students have been up to!

Idaho Arts Charter School - Primary Campus Tour!

05/13/2021

Island Park Elementary — Connie Day

Meet Connie Day! She is the Executive Director and teacher at Island Park Elementary. She describes the benefits for students who go to her very small school in rural Idaho.

05/13/2021

Upper Carmen Charter School is well known for their reading curriculum. School leader, Sue Smith, produced a reading series to teach students with diverse needs how to read; including children with dyslexia.

Upper Carmen Charter School is well known for their reading curriculum. School leader, Sue Smith, produced a reading series to teach students with diverse needs how to read; including children with dyslexia.

How A New Boise School Helps Empower Teen Parents 05/12/2021

How A New Boise School Helps Empower Teen Parents

Gemma Gaudette from Boise State Public Radio spoke with our fellow, Emily Bergstrom about the new school, Cardinal Academy! Check out the interview here.

How A New Boise School Helps Empower Teen Parents There’s a new school for pregnant and parenting teens in the Treasure Valley. Idaho Matters learns more about the Cardinal Academy from Emily Bergstrom, Executive Director of the school and Danielle Hansen with the Salvation Army.

Videos (show all)

MOSAICS Public School Groundbreaking in 2019
Upper Carmen Charter School students singing
Idaho Charter School Leaders Interview
Alturas International Academy — Michelle Ball
Island Park Elementary — Connie Day
Hayden Canyon Charter School — Cynthia Lamb
MOSAICS Public School
Fernwaters Charter School — Kristin Foss
Bluum at Five (2020 Annual Report)
Episode 1: Governance
Charter School Governance Interview 5

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