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.
Less than half of all students in Idaho 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 (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 2017-18 school year, corps members are working in 19 schools in nine districts serving nearly 2,500 students across Idaho. Eighty percent of students taught by TFA corps members achieve mastery of content within their respective classes.
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.
Leveraging Learning on the Fifth Day is supporting rural communities in Idaho that operate on a 4-day school week, to provide programming options for students on the fifth day to continue their learning. Marsing, Garden Valley, Challis, and Salmon currently have programs running with a variety of topics ranging from coding, carpentry, bicycle mechanics, life skills and more.