Today we're happy to release our summer project: a powerful policy short film about teachers' role with innovation in school.
You'll see, and hear the students in, a third-grade classroom where the learning has been individualized, using games for language and math.
Innovation, to us, is letting people try things.
But please also bear in mind, as you watch, what it is not:
The video is about policy; about the strategy for innovation in the K-12 system . . . and about the potential role of teachers in change.
One other thing we should say, which is not in the video: The Minnesota Legislature in 2012 amended the state's school-based-decision-making law to encourage districts to give their schools the authority the schools believe they need to individualize learning.
We hope the video will stimulate both thinking and discussion. We'd be much interested in your reaction, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's the link again: A Split Screen Strategy: Creating the Capacity for Teachers to Innovate
Chartering in Minnesota will be a topic of focus on this blog in 2016. We'll cover the innovation occurring in the sector's schools, new starts and school closures, personnel changes, legislative and rule making activity, the authorizer review process, and more.