The Albertson Foundation and Khan Academy have teamed up to announce the first ever, state-wide launch of
The Albertson Foundation is granting nearly $1.5 million to the schools to allow for proper equipment, professional development, training and technical support.
school district is one of the grant winners. The grant council was impressed by how the rural schools have embraced technology and worked hard to have a successful school. Garden Valley
After sorting through more than seventy-five different traditional, private, enrichment programs and charter school applications, an independent review committee identified schools and programs that demonstrated a motivation for innovation and a passion to implement the Khan Academy’s personalized learning experiences for all students.
Idaho, we hope to see educators using to individualize their instruction,” said Khan. “Instead of a one-size-fits-all lesson, teachers will be able to focus their attention on specific students who are struggling while the rest of the class engages with material appropriate for them.” Khan Academy
Last October, the Foundation sponsored a two-day
Khan Academy workshop for Idaho teachers in , drawing more than two-hundred educators from across the state. After the successful workshop, usage on Boise Khan Academy increased by more than 70 percent in the state of . Due to the success of the workshop, the Foundation and Khan Academy agreed to partner on the pilot. Idaho
Bob Powell, Garden Valley Middle School Science teacher and Math/Athletic Director, attended the two-day workshop and says, “I have been using
since then. I applied for the grant, and we have received $33, 320 for equipment—I think we’re going to purchase iPad 2s for the 4th and 5th grade Middle School students. We’ll be using Khan to implement the Common Core Standards, to supplement what we’re already doing.” Khan Academy
“In our latest visits to
, we already started to hear success stories,” says Sal Khan. “But we're also excited about the stories we haven't heard yet--especially stories from rural and frontier regions where we haven't been able to visit. There's a tremendous amount of possibility in these regions, where resources have historically been strained.” Idaho
has the students, the schools and the determination to succeed in showing the nation how to innovate within our public education system,” explains Jamie MacMillan, executive director of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. “ Idaho Khan Academy is a demonstration of the learning revolution in .” Idaho