We advance student-centered learning for all students, by supporting teachers designing and leading schools, and by advocating for policy that is open to innovation.

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Ron Brown College Prep: A Student-Centered School For Male Students of Color June 14, 2018

Ron Brown College Preparatory opened its doors in August 2016 to 110 freshmen as part of DC Public Schools’ twenty million dollar “Empowering Males of Color” initiative. The primary purpose of the school is to serve the city’s young African-American and Latino men, two groups who have historically struggled in the district.

What I Wish I Had Known Before I Left Teaching May 23, 2018

Bewildered by the unrelenting demands of the job, and not impermeable to the demoralized banter of my colleagues, I left my 5th grade teaching post—and the teaching profession—after just two years. Strangely, I even insisted to my now-husband that he not let me teach again. Somehow I knew that I would want to.

MN Charters Recognized for Innovation and Leadership May 17, 2018

On May 10, the Minnesota Association of Charter Schools recognized four schools at the third annual Innovation Awards event. Additionally, under a new award program established this year, one educator was honored with the Minnesota Charter School Leadership Award.

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Evidence for Student-Centered Learning Report · January 2018

The design of America’s schools needs to shift from adult-centered and standardized to student-centered and individualized. This report examines the academic and historical research that supports the need for the transition to student-centered learning.

A Guide to the Charter Sector of Minnesota Public Education Report · November 2017

In its first twenty-five years, the charter option has spawned a vibrant and growing second sector of public education in Minnesota and around the country. This report takes stock of the sector, and looks at innovations across Minnesota's chartering landscape.

2017 Innovation Zone Law FAQ Memo · June 2018

A 2017 law allows districts and charter schools in Minnesota to form an innovation zone in order to try new approaches to learning that will raise student acheivement. The law provides flexibility from state law and rule to try those innovations.

Clearing Policy Barriers to Student-Centered Learning Report · October 2017

A comprehensive review of barriers in Minnesota state policy faced by educators innovating with student-centered learning, and recommendations for removing those barriers.

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