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NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans-based nonprofit SELF, which stands for Special Education Leader Fellowship, announced a 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.

Founded in 2015 by Aqua Stovall, SELF is a New Orleans-based nonprofit that trains teachers and leaders to provide services for students with learning differences. 

“In my experience, educators want to do what’s best for students, but often lack the knowledge and specialized skills they need,” said Stovall in a press release. “I founded SELF to build up special education leadership and teachers by giving them the support and resources they require and deserve. We are excited to partner with Bluum to bring our customized programs to Idaho.”

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Bluum is an Idaho-based nonprofit that provides learning opportunities for Idaho children and families by “cultivating leaders, replicating high-performing school models and taking risks to develop new approaches so all Idaho students have access to a great education.” 

“We are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to partner with SELF to support the critical development of our special education capacity for charter school leaders in Idaho. This year-long, intensive program will provide high-level leadership training opportunities specific to the needs of special education in Idaho charter schools, unlike anything previously available in our state,” said Jennifer Ribordy, Bluum’s special education development director.

The partnership is made possible by Idaho’s federal Communities of Excellence Charter School Program grant representing $22 million in funds available to help Idaho expand opportunities for students to attend excellent public charter schools that meet and exceed state academic standards. 

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For more information on SELF and its programs please visit selfnola.org.

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