Launched in 2016, the One Stone high school is an independent, tuition free school. The school’s three-year program empowers students to learn and practice 21st century skills through experiential service, innovative initiatives and social entrepreneurship. Student work is rooted in design thinking, a creative problem solving and innovation discovery process developed at Stanford University’s d.school. Using design thinking, students uncover new ideas that allow them to disrupt for good—improving the status quo for lasting change. One Stone currently serves 70 students in the school.
America’s current education system is not preparing all students for the future demands of college, career, the global economy, and effective participatory democracy. Bluum was launched as an Idaho-based nonprofit organization in early 2015, to lead the way in creating new high-performing school options for the children of Idaho who aren’t receiving what they need from their current educational experience. Bluum works to cultivate great leaders and innovative schools and is committed to creating 20,000 new high-performing charter, private and innovative public school seats by 2024.
Teach For America (TFA) is playing a role to help districts recruit, develop and bring a diverse group of our nation’s emerging leaders into Idaho classrooms. TFA was successfully launched in Idaho in 2015. TFA corps members commit to teaching a variety of classes for a minimum of two years in some of Idaho’s most economically disadvantaged schools. Seventy-five percent of corps members are teaching in Idaho’s highest-needs positions within STEM and Special Education. As of the 2018-19 school year, 43 corps members are working in 34 schools and have served 7,400 students. There are 95 program alumni who live in Idaho, the vast majority of whom remain in the classroom and field of education.
The Rural School Leadership Academy (RSLA) has been a critical lever in supporting Teach For America alumni in rural regions to succeed as school leaders. RSLA is unique in its professional development programming for early emerging, aspiring rural school leaders. They help clarify the pathway, develop key skill sets, and foster networks of RSLA participants.