Bluum Wire: 2/4/16
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Khan Acadamy Launches 'LearnStorm 2016' Math Challenge

Doug Petcash, KTVB News

The state of Idaho is one of only four places selected to take part in an innovative new program that aims to get kids excited about math and improve their skills. The creator of the Khan Academy free online learning system was in the Treasure Valley Monday to launch a new nine-week math challenge called "LearnStorm 2016." READ MORE

Ybarra: Schools in Different Regions of Idaho Have Different Needs

Betsy Z. Russell, Spokesman-Review

Overall, state schools Supt. Sherri Ybarra’s budget request for public schools comes to $1,577,904,100 in state general funds, a 7.5 percent increase. But that’s not including the budget for Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind; when that’s counted in, Ybarra’s budget is a 7.6 percent increase.  Her budget request reflects a $110.5 million general fund increase. READ MORE

School Choice Rally Draws Large Crowd to Statehouse

Andrew Reed, Idaho Education News

Nearly 1,000 students, parents, educators and advocates marched down Capitol Blvd. on Wednesday wearing matching yellow scarves and holding signs that read “Let me Learn” to celebrate National School Choice Week. Supporters rallied at the steps of the Statehouse to raise awareness of the different education options available to students, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, private schools, online learning and homeschooling. READ MORE

Read additional coverage from the Idaho State Journal here.

Sage International School Grows in Structures, Enrollment

Teya Vitu, Idaho Business Review

A new era starts now for Sage International School, the Boise charter school that has pieced together a single campus and all the K to 12 grades in its first six years. Sage has ambitions to become the first public International Baccalaureate school in the nation to offer all four IB primary, middle, diploma and career related programs, said Don Keller, Sage’s executive director and a founding member who started the school in 2010. To that end, Sage closed Dec. 18 on the $8.125 million purchase of the former Parkcenter Mall, a former Sara Lee Bakery office across from the mall and an adjacent former bank property. READ MORE

How to Create and Sustain Educational Change

Matthew Lynch, The Edvocate

When it comes to creating and launching school reform, the most critical question administrators must confront is: where do we begin? It is not advantageous to begin reform by tackling several goals at once; when trying to start reform in a complex environment such as a school, administrators need to focus on one task at a time. When making decisions, the administration needs to be sure to complete all steps of the reform in sequential order, using a strategic way of thinking. READ MORE

The Difference Between Administrator and Leader

Pete Reilly, Edutopia

I believe that each of us has a leader within and that educational leadership is not the sole domain of school administrators. I've see classroom teachers step up and lead incredible school transformations without the authority of a title or degree. But that's a topic for another day. Today, I want to examine the not so secret, ‘secret’ among educators. READ MORE

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