We work to turn public education into a self-improving system, where learning is student-centered, teachers lead the learning, and policy opens to these innovations.

Recent Blog Posts

Chartered schools struggle to find appropriate facilities August 24, 2016

Nationally, as well as in Minnesota, chartered schools struggle to find and secure appropriate facilities. Many philanthropic and business groups have begun to recognize the lack of appropriate charter facilities as a significant problem, and are lending their resources accordingly.

Seven New Minnesota Chartered Schools to Open Fall 2016 August 15, 2016

Seven new chartered schools will open in Minnesota this fall as three chartered schools close. Four of the new charters will be STEM-focused; all will start as elementary schools, with five planning on eventually growing to be K-12.

Minnesota Chartered Schools Receive $2 Million for Pre-K Students August 10, 2016

On August 8th, Governor Dayton announced that 10 chartered schools and 64 school districts will receive award money for pre-kindergarten. In total, chartered schools will receive $2 million.

Minneapolis Chartered School Finalist in National School Design Contest August 2, 2016

On July 21st FUSE Charter School was announced as one of fifty finalists for one of at least five $10 million grants from the XQ Super School Project Competition. Winners will be notified August 4th and announced to the public in mid-September.

Recent Publications

School District Innovation Hub Web Resource · August 2016

A new section of our website with resources on Minnesota state policies that can help enable school districts to innovate with learning. Includes info on site-governed schools, the new teacher-governed grants program, and more.

Teacher-Powered Leaders Meet With Secretary King: A Reflection Blog Post Article · June 2016

On May 18, two of our teacher-powered ambassadors sat down for tea with U.S. Secretary of Education, John King to discuss teacher leadership. One of those teachers, Jeff Austin, summarized their conversation in this post on the U.S. Department of Education blog.

Our Working Definition of Student Achievement and School Quality Memo · May 2016

Having good definitions of the terms "student achievement" and "school quality" is important in our nation's quest to improve public education. But the two terms are often defined too simply, too narrowly, too controversially. This working memo puts forth our own deeper and broader definitions of these two important terms.

Featured Content

An Ongoing Blog Series
An Initiative
Summer at our headquarters in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Photo credit.

Theory of Change

Is Student-
Lead the
Opens to
View the Theory