SELF Announces Agreement with Idaho-based Nonprofit Bluum

Jul 19, 2022

SELF is in the news! SELF recently announced a new multi-level partnership with Bluum, an Idaho-based nonprofit aimed at helping Idaho become a national model for how to maximize learning outcomes for children. This partnership gives SELF access to grow innovative leaders and school models though the Idaho New School Fellowship while offering school support and management, and learning innovations to help education thrive in Idaho and beyond.

What does independence mean for schools?

Jul 18, 2022 by Aqua Stovall

Since my last note, we have celebrated Juneteenth and the Fourth of July. Coming up on July 29th, we will celebrate the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, National Disability Independence Day, which guarantees access to economic and civil rights to Americans with impairments. With these celebrations of independence, let’s think about what independence means for schools. Imagine a school where expert teachers empower all ...

Techniques to Foster Independent Learning

Jul 17, 2022

Developing independent learning skills is the best way to ensure that our students will become lifelong learners. Independent learners can make their own choices, complete tasks on their own and set their own goals. This creates a dynamic of teacher as coach and guide, giving extra help where it is needed. What are some techniques we can use in the classroom to support students as they develop these skills? It may seem counterintuitive, but on...

Developing Diversity Competency

Jul 16, 2022

Many of the barriers to participation within schools exist because of a lack of awareness of differing needs. Barriers can be removed, and access can be increased by first exploring what some of these barriers are and how we can learn to notice them in the behaviors of ourselves and others. A barrier is an obstacle that prevents an individual or group from accessing certain services or opportunities. A barrier can be physical (e.g., s...
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