Education news from around Idaho

Boise teacher hopes school summits make a difference

Anna Daley, along with a group of students and teachers at Boise High School, started hosting summits in 2014. The summits are interactive, student-led workshops and presentations that showcase what students are passionate about.

“The summit model has stuck because its incredibly empowering to young people,” Daley said.

Boise High School students have hosted three summits. The first summit in 2014 explored food in the fall and wellness in the spring. In 2016, The Sustainability Summit looked at how students can be sustainable in a variety of ways and Be the Change Summit hosted this year featured social action.

Two Idaho schools awarded NewSchools Venture Fund

Future Public School and Treasure Valley Leadership Academy (TVLA) were selected as members of the 2017 Invent Cohort at NewSchools Venture Fund. The New Schools Venture Fund Invent Cohort represents a $5.6 million investment in schools across the nation.

Idaho’s Future Public School and TVLA are among 29 organizations from across the country in the 2017 investment group. Each cohort member has committed to launching a school that inspires students to achieve a brighter future.

“This support from the highly-respected NewSchools Venture Fund is further evidence that Idaho’s new school efforts are moving in a direction that will benefit our state’s children and families, especially some of our currently most underserved students,” said Terry Ryan, the CEO of Bluum.

Set to open in the Fall of 2017, TVLA is a high school in the Nampa School District that is open to all students.

“The most important part of our mission is the desire to adjust the school to the student, rather than making students adjust to the school,” said Emmett Wemp, the principal at TVLA.

Future Public School is planning to open its doors in 2018 and serve its student community through STEM programming to help students develop the skills and character to succeed in college and life beyond.

Educate Idaho Network receives $42,000 grant

The Idaho STEM Action Center has granted $42,000 to the Educate Idaho Network to fund science, technology, engineering and math projects throughout the state. The Educate Idaho Network helps increase the number of Idaho residents who pursue college and career preparation after high school.

The STEM Action Center awarded $8,000 to each of the four regional Idaho Educate Network hubs. The grant also includes $10,000 to support the network’s statewide efforts.

“Their regionalized hubs, which are focused on the college-to-career transition, help the STEM Action Center advance its mission to connect education and industry throughout Idaho,” said Angela Hemingway, the Idaho STEM Action Center executive director.

The Idaho Educate Network promotes education and career readiness as a pathway to success, and its goal is to ensure by 2020 that 60 percent of Idahoans ages 25-34 earn postsecondary degrees.