Making Students Leaders, and The World a Better Place. One Stone is a free, independent high school like no other in the nation. No classes or grades; no teachers or classrooms. Instead, One Stone is a student-led, collaborative learning environment where coaches help students explore their passions using design thinking and project-based learning. Students learn by doing and by doing students are prepared to succeed in the real world. One Stone is based in Boise and began the “unschool” in September 2016.
For many students in Idaho, the road to college, career readiness, and a living wage is rocky—filled with obstacles and barriers. The Idaho PTECH Network seeks to mentor students to build bridges from high school to college and career while providing Idaho businesses with skilled employees.
Life-long learning is built on a love for learning that’s established early on in a student’s life. Bluum invests in high-performing learning models that blend technology with best teaching practices. All students from all walks of life deserve to love learning. Let learning grow.
Idaho is a landscape carved by dramatic falls and canyons, and its education system can at times feel similarly rugged. Less than half of all students are proficient in reading and math and less than a quarter of adults in the state have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Teach For America is playing a role to help districts recruit, develop and bring a diverse group of our nation’s emerging leaders into Idaho classrooms.
Khan Academy Idaho is a pilot program out to see if it’s possible to transform the way teachers teach and students learn math. From the promising results so far, it’s apparent that this unique—and free—program may just improve the math achievement of an entire state.
Attempts to fix Idaho’s education system have included input from state leaders, advisory boards, education experts and stakeholders across the state, but still four of five Idaho high school juniors aren’t prepared for learning after high school and the Gem State lays claim to the worst college-going rate in the country. Through a 24-hour design thinking process, 24-Hour Think Challenge asked 150 high school juniors from 34 Idaho high schools to reimagine their learning in to be 21st-century relevant. Groups created new physical spaces, revamped curriculums and demanded two students be added to the Idaho State Board of Education.