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Khan Academy in Idaho No. 1 worldwide

Idaho’s 44 best Khan Academy educators celebrated Friday

BOISE — May 16, 2014 — Idaho now ranks first in the country — and world — for the usage of Khan Academy after year one of the Khan Academy in Idaho pilot, Maureen Suhendra announced Friday. The ranking is measured by time spent on the website and student and teacher interaction.

Suhendra, in charge of Educational Partnerships at Khan Academy, was on-hand Friday at The Riverside Hotel for the KA in Idaho convening that celebrated the top 44 educators, or “Teacher Leaders,” of the Idaho pilot. Suhendra said in one year Idaho students mastered almost 500,000 skills.

Teachers at the event said through the individualized learning the pilot provides, students are seeing 150-400 percent gains in math, confidence is boosted and other subjects improve.

The day-long event started with break-out sessions to share challenges and best practices in the first year of using Khan Academy in the classroom. In the afternoon, J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation Program Officer Blossom Johnston shared options moving forward into year two.

She said option one, that is open to all current educators in the pilot, continues similar work in the pilot. Teachers who opt for option one will receive free MAP testing and professional development, among other benefits.

Option two, Johnston said, scales the pilot and provides teacher stipends of up to $10,000 on top of their regular salary. Each of the 44 Teacher Leaders invited to the convening have the option of applying for the grant that requires them to mentor two colleagues in how they were successful in using Khan Academy. The grant also provides money for substitutes while mentoring and observing, professional development and classroom technology for the Teacher Mentee learning how to implement Khan Academy.

In addition to Suhendra, Arizona State University’s Adrian Sannier was at the event and commended the teacher cohort for their ability to make change.

“The nation is going to look at you for how to make the change that is so desperately needed,” Sannier said. “You’re making this happen. You are the model for the nation.”

For more information about the Khan Academy in Idaho pilot, click here.