Bluum Wire: 1/21/16
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How Idaho School Choice Helps us Dream Big for our Children

Suzanne Metzgar, Bluum

My husband and I have two smart, warm-hearted and beautiful daughters. (Yes, I’m gushing!) While they’re only one grade apart, they’re as different as day and night. Our oldest daughter loves math, art and music – disciplines that are closely aligned and suit her creative mind. Our youngest is an avid reader, prolific writer and intense debater. We’re carefully considering their interests and skills as we begin looking at college options. It would be very convenient for us if both of our girls attended the same college, but it wouldn’t provide them with the best opportunities for their futures if that college didn’t complement their talents and career goals. READ MORE

Moving Idaho's Schools Forward Means Expanding School Options

Terry Ryan, Idaho Press Tribune
Education Week — the nation’s education journal — gave Idaho a D+ (ranking 48th), and an F on school finance, worst in the country. Idaho’s graduation rate is lower than all but eight states. These are tough numbers to stomach, but they should motivate improvement efforts. Idahoans are concerned about their schools and want better. Education will continue to be a critical issue at the Statehouse with public promises from Gov. Butch Otter and other state officials to increase school funding.  READ MORE

High School Teens Make Sacrifices to Complete College Courses

Andrew Reed, Idaho Education News

When seven students from Vision Charter School in Caldwell walk across the stage to get their high school diplomas in May, they’ll already have college degrees. Six seniors and a junior will receive associate degrees from the College of Western Idaho (CWI) in May. “It was a sacrifice I was willing to make,” said senior Mitchell Dial. “My priorities changed when I started taking college classes.” READ MORE

Three Things Students Desire to Hear from Teachers

Dr. Lori Desautels, Edutopia

A year and a half ago, I decided that I needed to return to the K-12 classrooms and really experience ground-level teaching, testing, core standards, differentiating, and emotionally connecting with children and adolescents in ways I had not for many years. I have been and still am an assistant professor in the school of education at Marian University, but the environments, experiences, and my own learning have grown and changed immensely from returning to the classroom 18 months ago. READ MORE

5 Leadership Styles that Can Transform Education As We Know It

Matthew Lynch, The Edvocate

When considering school reform, it’s often easy to think of factors such as who is responsible (teachers, parents, school systems, the government?), or of funding issues such as the fact that 23 states spend less on poor schools than on more affluent schools.Of course all the obvious factors are important. But what about leadership? Not just who is leading the change, but how. Fortunately, when it comes to developing an ideal for effective leadership, there’s no need to invent the wheel. There are several leadership styles that prominent leaders in any school reform movement can choose to embody. READ MORE

What I Learned in Reporting About Teach For America's 25th Anniversary

Stephen Sawchuk, Education Week

Last Friday, Education Week put up a big package of stories I reported highlighting Teach For America's 25th anniversary. It's a lot of stuff to digest. To give you a place to start, I wanted to outline some of the main themes that emerged in the course of my reporting—think of this as a Cliff's Notes version. READ MORE

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